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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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Cottage Garden Plants – Perennials Biennials & Bulbs for Cottage Gardens

To choose cottage garden plants, think of tall flowering perennials, self seeding annuals and hardy biennials to give your garden just the right look. English cottage gardens have a very romantic feel to them.  The look may seem haphazard but is actually planned. A cottage garden has a very distinct style that throws formality out …

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How to Grow Angel’s Trumpet – Tips for Growing Brugmansia

What a gorgeous tropical plant this plant is!  The common name for the plant is angel’s trumpet and the botanical name is Brugmansia.  One can almost hear the sound from the trumpet! Angel’s trumpet plant gets very large and its sprawling growing habit makes it a good choice when landscaping to cover an ugly fence. …

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Spring Blooming Plants – My Favorite 22 Picks for an Early Bloom – Updated

There a many Spring Blooming Plants that arrive very early in the year. Some even peek through the last of the winter snow. Some early spring bloomers can even take the last of winter snow and cold temps and still start to grow. From bulbs, to annuals and perennials, the array of early spring bloomers …

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Growing Sunflower Plants – Sunflower Care Tips for Big Beautiful Blooms

Growing Sunflower plants is one of the really fun parts of summer time gardening. These cheery sun-facing flowers are a delight to gardeners who wish to attract birds. These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular plant to get children interested in gardening. Kids will love seeing just how …

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Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Caring for Foxglove Plants

Caring for foxglove is easy – just give it part sun/part shade and evenly moist soil and you’ll be rewarded with these gorgeous flowers. Foxglove biennial plants are spectacular to view.  The term biennial means that the plant will grow for two years and then mainly die off. Foxgloves will re-seed themselves easily, so once …

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Pruning Hellebores – Tips for Lenten Rose Maintenance

Pruning hellebores will keep your Lenten rose looking its best all year long. Hellebores are a long blooming perennial plant that needs very little in the way of maintenance but it does get a bit ragged looking at times of the year.   The flowers are so pretty and resemble wild roses that have opened up. …

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Osiria Rose Care – How to Take Care of Osiria Rose Bushes

Find out why you might have trouble with this pretty rose that took the internet by storm a few years ago with these Osiria Rose care tips. The two toned color of the rose is highly desirable, but the rose is finicky at best. Photos of this hybrid tea rose with a lovely white center …

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Growing Pansies – How to Grow and Care For Pansy Flowers

Winter is coming to an end for many of us and the first signs of spring are everywhere. Growing pansies is a good way to bridge the change of seasons with one plant. They love the cool weather and are readily available at garden centers right now. The botanical name for the garden pansy plant …

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Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Some of the most interesting planters and those that recycle items used for other purposes.  These unique boot and shoe planters make great use of old shoes and boots. Some have seen their better day and some look like new but all showcase indoor plants in new and unusual ways. Do you have some old shoes …

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Sunflower Quotes – 20 Best Sunflower Sayings with Images

Join me in saying goodbye to my daughter, as she moves away, with these sunflower quotes and sayings as well as gorgeous photos of sunflowers that will bring a smile to your face. My daughter Jess loves sunflowers.  The first year I started my garden island beds, I made sure to plant them in all …

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Heuchera Plant Care – Growing Coral Bells for a Shade Garden

Heuchera is a Native American perennial plant that is found all over the country. It is more commonly known as Coral Bells and comes in many shades of purple, rose, green and variegated varieties.  The plant makes a wonderful display in any shade garden and, although it does flower, it is grown more for the …

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Forcing Forsythia Indoors – How to Force Forsythia Blooms

I love anything that gives me a jump start on spring.  Forcing forsythia indoors lets me have the showy yellow flowers of the well known harbinger of spring – forsythia bushes . They are great to enjoy indoors well before they give you their cheery spring greeting outside. Luckily, it is very easy to force …

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Growing Onions indoors – 6 Ways to Grow Onions in Containers

This article shows you how to use onions as indoor plants. Growing onions indoors is a fun project and one that the kids will love to help with.Onions are easy to grow outdoors as well as inside the home.  They are one of those vegetables that we use often and the demand for this means that …

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Forcing Paperwhites – How to Force Paperwhite Narcissus Bulbs

Forcing paperwhites indoors will give you a delightful splash of spring color in just a few weeks. The project can be done in soil or in water and the kids will love to help. These pretty blooms can be used as a Christmas plant for decorating. Since spring is far off, these flowers on a …

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Fall Blooming Perennials and Annuals for Bold Color

Are you wondering what to plant in the fall when the summer flowers have all but stopped their show of color?  These fall blooming perennials and annuals will add that last touch of bold color in most gardening zones. These late bloomers will grow in most planting zones and will give new life to a …

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Growing Gaillardia – Blanket Flower Perennial Care Tips

If you like hardy perennials that have an extended bloom time, try growing gaillardia, also known as blanket flower perennial. The plant is very showy and super easy to grow. Gaillardia is a pretty perennial plant that has an extended bloom time to give you loads of color all season long. If you like daisies, …

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory – Indoor Botanical Gardens in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Surround yourself in nature in the 25,000 square foot gardens of Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. This enclosed conservatory is an oasis nestled in the down town area of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The gardens feature tropical displays, waterfalls and a Sonoran Desert display with over 72 types of cacti. In all, the gardens boast over 1200 plants …

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Hydrangea Care – Tips for Growing & Propagating Hydrangea Bushes

Hydrangea care involves control of sunlight, adequate moisture and proper pruning. These tips for growing hydrangea bushes will help you get the most out of your plants. The size of the flower heads, alone, make hydrangeas a favorite perennial among gardeners. Cutting fresh hydrangea blooms gives you terrific cut flowers that last a long time. They …

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Daylilies at Wildwood Farms VA – Daylily Tour

Do you like Bluegrass music with a side of daylilies? If you do, you’ll enjoy this virtual tour of the daylilies at Wildwood Farms in Floyd, Virginia. Located just 42 miles from Roanoke, VA and very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, you will find Wildwood Farms. This general store features live Bluegrass music from …

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Growing Echinacea – How to Care for Purple Coneflowers

If you like the look of cottage gardens, you’ll love purple coneflowers (echinacea purpurea). These tips for growing echinacea will have butterflies, birds and bees flocking to your garden in droves! This easy care perennial draws insects and birds to it, making sure that neighboring plants will have plenty of pollinators all season long. This coarse …

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14 Rose Colors Meanings for a Thoughtful Bouquet

Roses are perennial plants that come back each year in your garden and have a very long blooming season.  They are one of the most popular garden plants.  Do you know what the different rose colors meanings are? This lovely flower is often given as a gift.  The reason is simple – each rose color means something …

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Wellfield Botanic Gardens – A Fun Filled Day in a Living Museum

The Wellfield Botanic Gardens in Elkhart, Indiana are like a living museum with art, nature, and structure all coordinating beautifully. The waters of Christiana Creek stream through the gardens, which are a combination of nature, art and hardscaping that is sure to delight. The Botanic Gardens feature 36 acres of lush gardens against a backdrop …

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