Outdoor Plants

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Nature and Wildlife in LA

Baja birdhouse at the La Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens has something special in store for both animal lovers and those interested in gardens and gardening. This 135 acre zoo and botanical garden was founded in 1966 and is home to more than 1,400 birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles.  Comfortable shoes are a must, since there is a…

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

Waterlilies in a pond

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. What is the history of the International Waterlily Collection? The collection is found in the Civic League Park in…

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

Best cold hardy perennials

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…

Fast Growing Forsythia Bushes Bring Summer Color to the Garden

Forsythia bush

For unbeatable spring color, try growing forsythia bushes.  These easy care bushes require very little care. Nothing screams spring in your garden quite like Forsythia. With their vibrant yellow color, these perennials are one of the first bushes to flower in the spring. The shrub is very hardy, and relatively easy to grow. These tips…

Growing Green Beans – Bush Beans vs Pole Beans

If you are looking for an easy to grow vegetable that ranks right up there in popularity with tomatoes, try growing green  beans.  Find out which variety is a good choice in your vegetable gardening project this summer – bush beans vs pole beans, and also when to plant, how to nurture and tips for…

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – Boothbay Harbor, Me

Discovering the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden in Boothbay Maine

Botanical Gardens vary greatly from one place to another, but each seems to have its own special theme. The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine. have a Children’s Garden that is one of the best I have seen. My husband and I tour the country, in the summer months, visiting garden centers around the…

Growing Hellebores – Lenten Rose – How to Grow Helleborus

Growing Hellebore

If you like the idea of a plant that flowers in winter while there is still snow on the ground, try Growing Hellebores.  Lenten Rose is another name for helleborus. The blooms come in lots of different shades and shapes. I first heard of Hellebores perennial several years ago when I spent a season trying…

Front Porch Decor for Fall – Autumn Entry Decorating Ideas

front porch decor for fall

It’s that time of the year.  Pumpkins, Indian Corn and autumn plants all help to make this front porch decor for fall a hit with visitors! Each year, I use supplies from the previous porch but mix them up a bit to make my fall front porch decor a little extra special. This year, I…

Hosta Wheee! – Variegated Slug Resistant Hosta Plant

Hosta wheee! in a garden bed

This slug resistant hosta is called hosta wheee! As the name suggests, the look of this fun plant is whimsical with an extremely ruffled foliage habit. A recent trip around the JR Raulston Arboretum provided me with a magnificent look at their collection of hostas. I have a large varieties of hostas in my shade…

Hosta Companion Plants – Growing Hostas with Shade Loving Plants

Hostas are well known for their delightful foliage that looks wonderful as border plants or in mass plantings.  But what do you grow with them?  This list of hosta companion plants will help you fill in those borders with other shade loving plants. Every experienced gardener knows how important foliage plants are in the garden. …

Growing Sunflower Plants – Sunflower Care Tips for Big Beautiful Blooms

Sunflowers come in many colors

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.  What are sunflower plants? Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) are a member of the Aster family. These big annuals are very easy to grow, which makes them a very popular…

Pruning Hellebores – Tips for Lenten Rose Maintenance

Hellebore plant

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.  Pruning hellebores will keep your Lenten rose looking its best all year long. What is a hellebore? Hellebore is a herbaceous evergreen perennial plant that has…

Hosta Kiyosumiensis – The Mountain Hosta from Japan

Dappled green hosta plant called Hosta Kiyosumiensis

Hosta Kiyosumiensis is a dappled leaf hosta also known as the Mountain Hosta. It is native to Japan. About Hosta Kiyosumiensis The name of this hosta comes from our version of the name of Mount Kiyosumi-yama, a small mountain in Japan with views of Tokyo Bay. The plant grows on this Mountain. In the northern…

Transplanting Forsythia – Tips for Moving Forsythia Bushes or Shrubs

Transplanting forsythia is a good idea if the perennial has overgrown the original planting area.  This task needs some care. These tips for moving forsythia bushes will help with the project. Forsythia shrubs are hardy bushes that are easy to grow and a real show stopper in early spring when their yellow flowers tell us…

Growing Pansies – How to Grow and Care For Pansy Flowers

How to grow 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…

Heuchera Plant Care – Growing Coral Bells for a Shade Garden

Coral Bells

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…

Growing Fittonia albivenis – How To Grow Nerve Plant

Fittonia Nerve Plant

This pretty little indoor plant adds a distinctive touch to your home decor.  The variety of fittonia is also known as Pink Angel. and is a distinctive plant with dark green leaves which have brightly colored pink veins. Growing Fittonia Albivenis is very easy for beginners, since it doesn’t mind low light.   Where does fittonia albivenis grow…