Gardens

Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ – Tips for Growing Hobbit Jade Plant

Hobbit Jade plant

Crassula Ovata ‘Hobbit’ is a small shrubby tender succulent that is popular with followers of J.R.R. Tolkien. because of the shape of its leaves. Grow the Hobbit Jade plant if you enjoy succulents with an unusual look. Crassulae are a genus of succulents that are often seen at garden centers. They come in many forms…

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…

Foxglove Biennial – Digitalis – Caring for Foxglove Plants

Foxglove biennials are a spectacular but poisonous flower

Foxglove biennial plants are spectacular to view.  The term biennial means that the plant will grow for two years and then mainly die off.  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. Under favorable conditions, the foxglove plant will…

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…

DIY Succulent Arrangement – Dish Garden – Centerpiece – Planter

Dish garden for succulents

One of the best things about succulents is their size. It makes them ideal for a dish garden with mixed varieties.  This DIY Succulent Arrangement comes together in just minutes and looks wonderful as a table centerpiece. This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you if…

Shallots vs Onions – What is the Difference? and How to Use Them

onions, garlic and shallots

There are many onion varieties so it’s easy to get confused about them. A common question that I get asked is “are shallots and onions the same?” This guide to shallots vs onions will answer not only this question but will also show how shallots are different from other onion types. This post may contain affiliate links.…

Sage Plant Care – Tips for Growing Garden Sage

Sage plant

Garden Sage is a culinary herb that is often used around the holidays to flavor your stuffing, but I use it all year round as a flavor component of chicken dishes.  These tips for sage plant care will help you get the most out of your plant. Sage is not just for Thanksgiving.  This fragrant…

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

Osiria roses are heavily photo shopped on the internet. This rose is a photo from one of my readers and shows the actual color. See my tips for Osiria Rose care. the gardeningcook.com

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…

Bear’s Paw Succulent – Cotyledon Tomentosa

Bear's Paw Succulent

Cotyledon tomentosa is tender succulent that is a lot of fun to grow. It is easy to see where the common name of bear’s paw succulent came from. Those chubby leaves look just like tiny bear’s paws! Each of the leaves are soft and fuzzy with a puffy look and have tiny “teeth” at the edges.…

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 Aeonium Haworthii – Kiwi Verde Succulent

Aeonium Haworthii 'Kiwi Verde'

Aeonium haworthii – Kiwi Verde is a showy succulent that has spoon shaped leaves with showy tips and color. It has a rosette shape that is very delicate and popular. This pretty succulent is also known by several names – Kiwi Verde, or simply Aeonium Kiwi.  Succulents like aeonium are drought smart plants that are super easy to grow…

Tips for Buying Succulents – Where to Find Succulents for Sale

Tips for buying succulents

Confused about what to look for when buying succulents? This guide will walk you through the process and give tips on what to look for and what to avoid. This post may contain affiliate links. I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you if you purchase through an affiliate link. Succulents are…

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…

Shoe Planters – Recycled Footwear makes a Great Garden Planter

Wooden shoe planters

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…

Sunflower Quotes – 20 Best Sunflower Sayings with Images

Join me in saying goodbye to my daughter 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 the beds.  They have…

The Gardening Cook on Social Media – [Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter]

Join The Gardening Cook on social media. I have profiles on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter to share my content and that of others on my social media pages. The Gardening Cook on Social Media Social media is a large part of marketing for most websites now.  Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram are all a good way to spread the word about…

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring – Early Spring Garden Tips

Spring gardening Check list

April 14 is National Gardening Day. That means it is time to start thinking about ways to get your garden ready with these spring garden tips. Whether you are interested in vegetable gardening or just love to grow flowers, these tips will be helpful April is a special month for gardeners. Not only does it…

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…