Outdoor Plants

Tips for Growing Air Plants – Tillandsia

Tillandsia is also known as an air plant. Air plants are a member of the epiphyte family. This plant needs no soil to grow and gets its nourishment from the air.  Air plants have specialized leaves that draw in nutrients. An air plant can also have roots, but it uses these only to attach itself…

Growing Gaillardia – Blanket Flower Perennial Care Tips

Blanket flower (also called Gaillardia)

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,…

Daylily Photo Gallery

Daylily photo gallery

If you are fond of growing perennials, you really should try daylilies. They are one of my favorite perennials. There is such a variety of bloom style, color and temperament. and they are very easy to grow. There are so many types that it is hard to know what you have in your garden. This…

Hydrangea Care – Tips for Growing & Propagating Hydrangea Bushes

Colorful hydrangea flowers

The size of the flower heads, alone, make hydrangeas a favorite perennial among gardeners. 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. Cottage gardeners love the huge hydrangea flowers which have a lovely old fashioned charm. …

Daylilies at Wildwood Farms VA – Daylily Tour

Daylily gallery

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…

Growing Echinacea – How to Care for Purple Coneflowers

Coneflower care

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…

18 Best Hardy Perennials that Come Back Year after Year

Best cold hardy perennials

Budget conscious gardeners have a very good friend when they turn to growing perennials. What is not to like about a plant that comes back year after year and needs very little care and watering after the first year? There are many types of perennials, from tender types, which need to be grown in the…

Plants That Don’t Need Deadheading

Plants that don't need deadheading

A lot of my time spent in maintaining my summer garden is spent in deadheading. So, finding plants that don’t need deadheading to add to my garden beds is something that I am always in search of. What is deadheading? Basically, this gardening term refers to the time spent removing old flower blooms to allow…

Autumn Frost Hosta – Easy to Grow Slug Resistant Variety

Autumn frost Hosts

Autumn Frost Hosta is one of my favorite hostas.  The leaves have blue green centers and wide yellow margins around the edge.  By summer time, the margins will turn a creamy white. It’s a slug resistant hardy perennial that comes back year after year. Variegated hostas really pop in any shade garden. This variety has…

14 tips to Make Caring for Shasta Daisies a Breeze

Shasta daisy

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 and is great for filling in garden beds and bare spots in your garden. These care tips will help you to get the most…

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

Wellfield Botanican Gardens

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…

13 Tips for Growing Liatris – Attract Bees like a Magnet!

Bees and butterflies love liatris

If you want to attract both butterflies and bees to your garden this year, try growing liatris. This perennial corm flowers in mid summer with a blast of flowers that are a magnet for them. I have 10 garden beds around my home and I’m always interested in growing perennials of all types since they come…

Asiatic and Oriental Lilies – What is the Difference?

Asiatics vs Oriental lilies

Asiatic and Oriental Lilies may look similar but they actually have several differences. All types of lilies are grown by home gardeners for their dramatic and colorful flowers on long, sturdy stems. Each type has their own particular growing needs, which may make one a better choice for your gardening needs. Although these types of lilies…

Why Heirloom Vegetables? – 6 Advantages for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom seeds

If you enjoy vegetable gardening, you may have heard about heirloom vegetables. These are vegetables grown from heirloom seeds which are an open pollinated variety of seeds developed prior to 1940. There are many advantages for growing this type of vegetable. Experts vary in their definition of heirloom vegetables, but typically they will agree that…

Growing Melons – How to Grow Cantaloupe & Honey Dew

We tend to think of edible gardens as those that grow vegetables but there are also many fruits that can be grown just as easily at home. There are several types of melons that are right at home in a vegetable garden.  Growing melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew require a few things:  plenty of sunshine and…

15 Tested Tips for Using, Storing and Growing Shallots

Red shallots have a milder flavor than onions and are smaller in size

Shallots are starting to be seen in grocery stores more and often lately. What are shallots? Like onions and garlic, shallots are a member of the allium family. Their flavor is richer and sweeter and they are very versatile in recipes. This guide will show you how to use, store and grow shallots at home.…

Hahn Horticulture Garden – Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech Horticulture Garden

Garden tours are one of my favorite things to do when I am on the road. I love touring Botanical Gardens that I have not previously visited and sharing details and photos of them with my readers.  Today we will visit Hahn Horticulture Garden in Blacksburg, Virginia. This Horticulture Gardens are set on 6 acres of…

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 green beans, and also when to plant, how to nurture and tips for…

Earth Day Activities – Crafts, Food and Fun

Earth Day April 22

Ever since it was established in 1970, people around the world take part in Earth Day Activities as a way to celebrate National Earth Day on April 22. This day is now a worldwide event where more than 1 billion people take part in a day of action. Here are some things that you can…

Planting Forsythia – When and Where to Plant Forsythia Bushes

Tips for planting forsythia shrubs

Forsythia bushes delight us each spring with their burst of cheery yellow flowers. This deciduous perennial bush has arching branches with flowers that come before the leaves appear.  Planting forsythia is all about timing and spacing. The two best times are early spring and mid fall depending on your hardiness zone. The forsythia flower bursts into…