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Hostas, Plantain Lilies, Hosta Companion Plants, Plantain Lilies Companion Plants

Companion Plants for your Hostas

There is an endless variety of flower bulbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are suitable for companion planting with your hostas. Here are a few rules to follow to create successful plant combinations.

Basil, Companion Plant, Companion Planting, Ocimum basilicum

Best and Worst Companion Plants for Basil

Here is a list of basil companion plants you should grow in your garden

Tagetes (Marigold)

Blooming their heart out in summer and fall, Tagetes (Marigolds) is a genus of annuals and perennials with showy single or double flowers in shades of orange, yellow, red, gold, white, and any combination of those colors. The strongly aromatic fern-like foliage repels pests such as deer or rabbits, making Marigolds great companion plants to other plants. 

Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth)

Incredibly showy, Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth) is prized by gardeners for its cheery, long-lasting flowers. Blooming its heart out all summer long and sometimes until frost, this wonderful annual or perennial plant is easy to grow, tolerates heat and drought, and attracts beneficial insects to the garden. To double the pleasure, the brightly colored flowers can be dried without losing their vibrancy to create everlasting bouquets.

Helleborus (Hellebores)

There are 20 Hellebore species. Most are native to the mountainous regions of Europe, especially the Balkan region of the former Yugoslavia, south along the eastern Adriatic to Greece and Turkey. Many of the species have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms.

Spring bulbs, Spring bulbs, Hyacinthoides, Iris reticulata, Muscari, Scilla, Allium, Anemone, Chionodoxa, Galanthus, Tulipa, Narcissus, Spring Garden

Brighten Up Your Garden From January Through May with Colorful Flower Bulbs

Tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus: these are the spring bloomers everyone knows. But there are hundreds of other, lesser-known beauties to plant in fall. Some are small and delicate, others tall and ungainly. All are fabulous. Wait till you see them!

Underplanting roses, Best David Austin Roses, Best roses for borders, Rose borders, Shrub Roses, Rose companion plants, companion planting

Underplanting Roses - Companion Plants for Roses

Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.

Hostas, Plantain Lilies, Slugs, Snails, Damaged Hosta Leaves, Hosta Pest

Prevent Slugs from Feasting on your Hostas

The ravishing foliage of hostas is not only attractive to humans. Slugs and snails are the most troublesome pests to hostas. They feed on their leaves and leave conspicuous holes. They can kill young seedlings by completely eating them.

Lavender guide, English Lavender, Spanish lavender, French Lavender, Common lavender, True Lavender, lavandula angustifolia, lavandula stoechas, lavandula x intermedia, How to select lavender, How to choose lavender

How to choose the right Lavender?

There are many types and varieties of Lavender and finding the best Lavender plant for your needs might be a daunting task. To assist you in selecting the right plant, we have prepared this guide, which we hope will be helpful to you.

Flowering Crabapples, Crabapples, Malus, Plant Combinations, Border Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Companion Plants, Fragrant Treess, Small Trees, Winter Fruit, Fall Fruit

How To Choose The Right Flowering Crabapple for Your Garden

Most gardeners are unaware of the wide range of characteristics offered by Malus species and their cultivars in terms of flower color, fragrance, fruit color, fruit retention, fall foliage, tree shape, and disease resistance. These are key elements to consider when selecting a flowering crabapple. Consequently, you should not eliminate varieties merely by flower color alone, or you may end up with a less than optimum tree with limited interest.

Pollinator Plants, Butterfly Plants, Hummingbird Plants, Bee Plants, Midwest Plants, Iowa Native Plants, Native Plants

Great Pollinator Plants for Iowa

Pollinators are nearly as important as sun, soil and water in both flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. However, pollinator populations are declining. Here is a list of Iowa native plants that are very attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for plantings in gardens.

Pollinator Plants, Butterfly Plants, Hummingbird Plants, Bee Plants, Midwest Plants, Missouri Native Plants, Native Plants

Great Pollinator Plants for Missouri

Pollinators are nearly as important as sun, soil and water in both flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. However, pollinator populations are declining. Here is a list of Missouri native plants that are very attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for plantings in gardens.

Pollinator Plants, Butterfly Plants, Hummingbird Plants, Bee Plants, Midwest Plants, Indiana Native Plants, Native Plants

Great Pollinator Plants for Indiana

Pollinators are nearly as important as sun, soil and water in both flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. However, pollinator populations are declining. Here is a list of Indiana native plants that are very attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for plantings in gardens.

Pollinator Plants, Butterfly Plants, Hummingbird Plants, Bee Plants, Midwest Plants, Illinois Native Plants, Native Plants

Great Pollinator Plants for Illinois

Pollinators are nearly as important as sun, soil and water in both flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. However, pollinator populations are declining. Here is a list of Illinois native plants that are very attractive to pollinators and are well-suited for plantings in gardens.

Monarch Butterflies, Monarch Plants, Pollinator Plants, Butterfly Plants, Hummingbird Plants, Bee Plants, Midwest Plants, Iowa Native Plants, Native Plants

Monarch Nectar Plants for Iowa

Magnificent with its orange wings laced with black lines and bordered with white dots, the monarch butterfly is in trouble. Its population in North America has plummeted by 90% in the last 20 years. Here is a list of Iowa native plants that are very attractive to monarch butterflies and other pollinators. A simple, native flower garden will attract beautiful butterflies to your yard and help pollinators stay healthy.

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