Outdoor Plants

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. We all love to garden but some chores are not our favorites, for sure. Deadheading flowers is at…

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 Vegetable Seeds? – 6 Advantages for Growing Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom seeds

If you enjoy vegetable gardening, you may have heard about heirloom vegetable seeds. 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…

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.…

Renovation Pruning Forsythia Shrubs vs Hard Pruning Forsythia

Renovation pruning vs hard pruning of forsythia

Forsythia bushes have a wonderful arching habit will makes them a great focal point when planted in a large garden bed. All shrubs need pruning, but what do you do when you have totally overgrown forsythia shrub?  It’s either time for hard pruning or renovation pruning for them. Rejuvenating forsythia gives them a new lease…

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. Check out this article for…

Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served…

Echeveria Neon Breakers – Grow this Amazing Succulent for Great Color

Echeveria Neon Breaker rosette

Echeveria Neon Breakers is a Renee O’Donnell hybrid of the succulent Pink Frills crossed with an unknown parent.  It is a drought tolerant succulent with green leaves that have pretty pink frilly edges and deep margins. Succulents like echeveria are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow and make fantastic houseplants.  Be sure…

Hosta Minuteman – Tips for Growing Plantain Lily

Hosta Minuteman perennial

Hosta Minuteman is a delight in a shade garden with it’s deep white margins. It makes a great container plant and will stand out against other plain green hostas in any shady garden spot. This plant is one of the few hostas that don’t mind more sun as long as you take care to keep…

Growing Chives – How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Fresh Chives

How to grow chives

Chives are a perennial herb found throughout the world. They are a very versatile herb that can be grown in herb garden beds, in patio containers and flower pots.  This popular herb is a member of the lily family. Growing chives is very easy to do. These tips will show you how to plant, grow…

Harvesting Watermelons – When is a Watermelon Ready to Pick?

Harvesting watermelons

Home grown watermelons are one of the real sweet treat pleasures of summer. How do you know when your watermelon is ready? There are lots of tips that will help you with harvesting watermelons. Just remember that patience is a virtue with this summer favorite. Vegetable gardening is a love of mine and watermelons are…

Growing Columbine – How to Grow Aquilegia for Unique Bell Shaped Flowers

Columbine flowers

Growing Columbine – aquilegia in your garden will reward you with delightful dangling bell shaped flowers that come in almost every color of the rainbow.  This hardy perennial is easy to grow and much sought after by many gardeners.  Since they self seed readily, you will never be without them once you have them planted. Grow Columbine…