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Growing Fan Flower – Scaevola Aemula – Care Tips for Scaevola Plant

Fan flower (Scaevola aemula) is an excellent warm weather plant that is often grown as a summer annual. It is useful to grow in window boxes, hanging baskets, containers, or as a border plant. Even if you are a seasoned gardener, you may not of heard of scaevola. It is a relative new-comer to the …

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Easter Lily – Caring for & Growing Lilium Longiflorum – Symbolism & Types

There is one thing that you can be sure to find in flower shops and nurseries early in spring each year. The trumpet-shaped flower of the Easter Lily – (lilium longiflorum) – is a well known Easter plant decoration. These beautiful perennials are forced to bloom around the time of the religious holiday, but this …

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Growing Dinner Plate Dahlias – Varieties – Shopping List and Care Tips

Dinner plate dahlias are not plants that one would call shrinking violets. They are impressive in a garden and make wonderful cut flowers for arrangements. These majestic plants command attention in a garden bed and also need plenty of room to grow and flower. Keep reading for tips for how to grow these magnificent dahlias …

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Forsythia Hedge – Tips for Planting -Spacing – Best Type – Flowering Time

Growing a forsythia hedge allows you to add privacy and beauty to the borders of your yard. While not a quick project, it is one that brings beautiful dividends over time. With its abundance of bright yellow flowers and early bloom time, forsythia adds a burst of color to your lovely garden each spring. This …

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Easter Cactus – Growing Rhipsalidopsis Gaertneri – Spring Cactus

Are you in search of a plant that will add lots of color to your home for Easter? The Easter cactus plant is the perfect choice. This pretty holiday plant has blooms in lots of pretty colors that last a long time. The plant is easy-to-grow and popular with all types of gardeners.  The various …

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33 of the Best Varieties of Coneflower – Types of Echinacea Plants

These varieties of coneflower will have your garden blooming in style all summer long! Echinacea, also known as coneflowers, are native to eastern and central North America, where they originally were found on prairies and open woodlands. They are a popular cottage garden plant that is robust and very hardy. The plant can easily be …

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Gazania Plant – Care Tips for Gazania Rigens – How to Grow African Daisy

Today we’ll be discussing gazania plant – a lovely and bright perennial which is native to South Africa. If you like a low maintenance flower that gives a lot of bang for its buck, try growing gazania rigens. Lovers of English cottage gardens will find gazania a nice choice to add to their cottage garden …

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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Care – Growing Flaming Katy – Widow’s Thrill – Christmas Kalanchoe

These tips for kalanchoe blossfeldiana care will show you how to care for and get this plant to keep blooming all winter long. Flowering kalanchoes are plants that are often seen around the holidays and in the winter months. The plant is also known as Florist Kalanchoe, Christmas Kalanchoe, Flaming Katy and Widow’s Thrill.  Christmas …

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How to Keep Squirrels from Digging up Bulbs + 18 Squirrel Resistant Bulbs

A commonly asked question from readers of my blog is “how to keep squirrels from digging up bulbs in my garden?” Since fall is bulb-planting time for daffodils, crocuses, and tulips, the question is posed even more often right now. If you spend much time in the garden, you will likely have had a run-in …

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Hydrangea Color Change – Changing Color of Hydrangeas Blue | Pink

Hydrangea color change is always a surprise to gardeners. You buy a plant with blue blooms only to discover later that the blossoms are now pink. Why does this happen and what can you do about it? Hydrangeas are a very popular garden plant. They are a perennial shrub that comes in a variety of …

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Deadheading Daylilies – How to Prune Daylilies After They Bloom

Every morning I take a garden walk to see what is growing and what needs tending. Today, I spent the morning deadheading daylilies. I have clumps of daylilies – hemerocallis – that have naturalized into plants with numerous blooms on them. Some of them have 12 or 13 blooms out in a day. Since daylily …

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Gloriosa Lily – How to Grow Climbing Flame Lily – Gloriosa Rothschildiana

Gloriosa lily (gloriosa rothschildiana) is a climbing tender perennial that is sure to catch the eye of anyone who likes dramatic flowers. The flame-colored red flowers have scalloped yellow edges and swept back petals. If you have a bare trellis or a wall in your garden that needs spicing up, plant gloriosa and prepare yourself …

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Mandevilla Vine: How to Grow Colorful Mandevilla in your Garden

I have a new favorite flower – it’s my beautiful mandevilla vine! This stunning plant is now covered with gorgeous pink flowers that have been blooming for months and shows no signs of slowing down. One of my favorite places to sit outside during the summer in on my back deck overlooking my garden beds. …

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How to Keep Cut Flowers Fresh – 15 Tips for Making Cut Flowers Last

If you like the cottage gardening style, you will likely have a cutting garden. A common question from readers of my blog asks “how to keep cut flowers fresh?” When you purchase a bouquet of flowers from a florist or specialty shop, it will likely have a package of flower food attached. But what about …

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Growing Tulips – How to plant, and Care for Tulips + Warm Weather Tips

Growing tulips is a treat for gardeners who love a big splash of color in the spring. No plant ushers in the start of warm weather in a more dramatic way than tulips, so it is worth going the extra mile to have them growing in your garden. Tulips, native to Turkey and then imported …

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Oxalis Plant Care – How to Grow Shamrock Plants – Growing Ornamental Oxalis

Oxalis plant care is generally easy but some varieties of the plant can be considered a weed. Even so, it is a popular perennial plant that often shows up around St. Patrick’s Day. Another version (candy cane sorrel) is also commonly seen during the holidays as a Christmas plant, because of its candy cane striped …

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Caring for a Cyclamen – Growing Cyclamen Persicum – Florist Cyclamen

Looking for a pretty Christmas plant to decorate for the holidays? Try growing cyclamen persicum. Caring for a cyclamen is easy if you plan to grow this houseplant as an annual and discard it after flowering. Taking care of florist cyclamen during the dormant period so that they will bloom again the following year is …

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Thanksgiving Cactus Care – Tips for Growing Schlumbergera Truncata

The weather is getting colder outside, but this does not mean that gardening is over. Read on to get some tips for Thanksgiving cactus care and enjoy blossoms indoors even when there is snow on the ground! We often think of Christmas as a time for lots of flowering plants in the house, but there …

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Sunflower Pumpkin – Easy No Carve DIY Thanksgiving Table Decoration

This no carve sunflower pumpkin uses the heads of silk sunflowers or any other colorful daisy like flower to cover the outside of a faux pumpkin. This is a great idea for those of you who do not like the mess of a carved pumpkin. It’s also one that gardeners will love!  Fall is my …

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Candy Corn Plant – Cuphea Micropetala | Types of Candy Corn Plants

The common name of this pretty perennial says it all – candy corn plant has blooms that look quite similar to the popular candy that we love to eat in the fall! It wouldn’t be fall without a candy corn martini, or a candy dish or two loaded with candy corn. Good news for gardeners …

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Inspirational Flower Quotes – Motivational Sayings with Photos of Flowers

These inspirational flower quotes are both pretty and motivational. Share one today with friends. I love to start the day with an experience that gives me a moment of inspiration.  Often, that is simply walking through my garden, admiring the flowers. Why are Quotes so Popular? When things in life get tough, like they have been …

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14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

The Shasta daisy has lovely summer blooms. Caring for Shasta daisies is easy. It is a fairly low maintenance perennial plant that naturalizes to give more and more blooms each year. It is a great plant for filling in garden beds and bare spots in your garden. Is your birthday in April? You are probably …

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Attracting Monarch Butterflies – Start Seeing Monarchs Day – First Saturday

Would you like tips for attracting monarch butterflies to your yard this year?  I’ve been seeing them in my garden for a few weeks now. The first Saturday in May is marked National Start Seeing Monarchs Day. What an appropriate national day for this time of the year!  This day was chosen to raise people’s …

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Planting Forsythia – When Where and How to Plant Forsythia Bushes

Planting forsythia is all about timing and spacing. The two best times are early spring and mid fall depending on your hardiness zone. One of the earliest plants to bloom in spring is forsythia, but when should it be planted?  Forsythia bushes delight us each spring with their burst of cheery yellow flowers. This deciduous …

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International Waterlily Collection – Things to do in San Angelo, Texas

If you are passing through San Angelo, Texas, be sure and fit in a visit to the International Waterlily Collection. You will get a chance to view the premiere collection of waterlilies found anywhere in existence. Water lily, from the family Nymphaeaceae, comprise 58 species of freshwater flowering plants, native to the temperate and tropical …

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20 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year – Updated

There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the southern part of the USA, to very hardy perennials that keep coming back after a freezing winter outside. Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a …

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