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Add A Blast of Sunshine with Yellow Flowers for Water a Flower Day

Nothing quite brightens a mood like cheerful yellow flowers.  There are loads of annuals and perennials that bring this bright splash of color to your garden. The contrast of the cheerful color against the green leaves makes a fabulous play in a garden bed. Did you know that May 30 is Water a Flower Day?  …

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Summer Garden Tips & Garden Tour – Garden Maintenance in the Summer

My gardens are the big love of my life this time of the year.  I spend hours outside tending them.  I have 10 garden beds on a block that is about 1/2 acre and I do things to improve the look of them each year.   These summer garden tips will ensure that you have …

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Red Hot Poker – Growing and Caring for Torch Lilies

The red hot poker is a showy and dramatic plant.  If you love growing perennials that give color all summer long, this is the plant for you.  Other names for this showy plant are torch lily and poker plant. The botanical name for this plant is kniphofia uvaria and there are more than 70 known …

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25 Succulent Planters – You Can Grow these Hardy Plants in Just About Anything!

These 25 fun succulent planters will show you that if it can hold dirt, it can be planted with a succulent! From teacups to wooden drawers, these planters are unique and a fun way to pot your succulent houseplants. Succulents are so versatile and easy to care for. They are very drought tolerant, perfect if you …

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Astilbe Companion Plants – What to Grow with Astilbe

These astilbe companion plants like the same moisture and light conditions and will make a beautifully coordinated garden bed. Astilbe is a gorgeous perennial that is right at home in a shady moist garden.   You can grow it alone, but a well designed garden looks better with more than just one type of plant. Keep …

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Growing Begonias – The Showy Houseplant with Amazing Flowers and Leaves

 Growing begonias is a little bit of a challenge but you should do fine as long as you follow a few tips. Begonias are a very plant worldwide. They are used as bedding plants and can also be grown as indoor plants. There are lots of different leaf types, colors and flower formations. Tips for …

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African Violets – Tips for the Care of this Popular Indoor Plant

If you go to the big box hardware stores around the holidays and during the winter months, you will most likely find African Violets for sale in a lovely variety of flower colors. Even though African Violets can be somewhat picky about care, they are still one of the most popular indoor plants grown.   Keep reading …

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12 Tips for Summer Time Gardening to Beat the Heat

If you love to garden but don’t like working in the summer heat, check out these tips for summer time gardening to beat the heat. Summer has finally arrived for real at my house and I couldn’t be more thrilled.I really enjoy spending the summer tinkering around in my garden, especially since I know that …

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Coleus Plants – One of my Favorite Annuals for Color

Coleus plants add color to a garden bed like very few other plants do. I am always looking for plants to give my garden a burst of color which will last throughout the season.  I plant the normal flowering annuals such as pansies, petunias, zinnias and others.  But there is one variety which gives huge …

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Shade Tolerant Vegetables vs Sun Friendly Veggies

Veggies, by nature, like a lot of sunlight to grow. But there are some shade tolerant vegetables, too.  Vegetables, just like flowers and other plants, need plenty of sun, but not all are equal.  They typically have a short growing season, so the more you can give them, the better they like it.  I would …

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10 Ways to Transform my Garden With Mom in Mind

Mother’s Day is right around that corner and spring has us out in our gardens.  That made me think about a project for ways to transform your garden with mom in mind. I’m sure many of my readers are looking for something wonderful to give to their mothers for this special day. After all, it …

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Pros and Cons of Gardening with Raised Garden Beds

Many homeowners have smaller yards, but would still like to enjoy the benefits of home grown vegetables. For them, gardening with raised garden beds may be the answer. Vegetable gardening normally requires large plots of land in order to get good harvests.  But this is not always possible in today’s world. This is where raised …

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Garden Make Over – 14 Tips for a Success – Before & After

This year, we spent the summer on a garden make over. I thought it would be fun to share the tips that I learned during the process. It’s that time again. Time to transform one of my garden beds that just won’t seem to keep to a single design. I call it my “what will …

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5 Tips for a Flourishing Summer Garden – Help Your Garden Take the Heat

Gardening in the summer months can be a challenge. These 5 tips for a flourishing summer garden will help to get the best out of your plants, both outdoors and inside. If you’re late to the game on spring gardening, no fear. There’s still time to create a beautiful, vivacious garden at home. Given the …

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