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Gardening Tips

Find a collection of practical gardening tips to help you achieve the garden of your dreams. Discover the best roses, award-winning shrubs and trees, acclaimed perennials to beautify your garden. Learn how to extend the bloom season of your plants and enjoy life to the full!



Combine Early-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining early flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of advancing the season of interest of your roses. Blooming before the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Clematis Blooming Seasons

From tree huggers to container varieties, there is a Clematis for every garden and flowers for almost every month of the year!

Combining Roses and Clematis

Before starting combining roses and clematis, you need to learn a few things as not all clematis and roses work well together.

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 2)

Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They also complement one another. The clematis foliage can hide the rose's bare legs. The roses add their lovely fragrance. And when combining their blooms, they often look many times more beautiful, making a much more dramatic impact, than on a standalone basis.

Pretty Roses and Clematis Combination Ideas (Part 3)

Climbing roses and clematis are perfect companions. They happily share the same arch, trellis, pergola, doorway or garden wall, both reaching for the sun and providing a lush vertical floral display. They also have the same natural needs, require the same growing conditions (rich soil, moist, well-drained soils) and benefit from the same fertilizers. Create terrific combinations or get inspired by those presented here!

Combine Late-Flowering Clematis with your Climbing Roses

Combining late flowering Clematis with your roses would have the benefit of extending the season of interest of your roses. Blooming after the roses, the Clematis would use the roses as a support and their elegant blooms would stand out against the foliage of the roses.

Great Clematis for the Upper South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Upper South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for the Middle South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Middle South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for the Midwest

The Chicago Botanic Garden undertook an evaluation project to determine which clematis were suitable for cultivation in midwest gardens. Initiated in the spring of 1990 and continued through the fall of 1995, 64 species and cultivars were included in the project. Here is a list of Clematis varieties which performed extremely well and obtained good to excellent ratings.

Great Clematis for the Lower South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Lower South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for the Pacific Northwest

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward Pacific Northwest gardeners with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Great Clematis for the Coastal South Region

Here is a list of clematis cultivars and varieties that will reward gardeners in the Coastal South region with exceptional floral displays, provided you respect their cultural conditions and site placement

Bulbs that return to the garden year after year!

Bulbs that naturalize contribute so much to the garden! Once planted, they produce more flowers every year.

Growing Apples at Home - Basic Facts

Easy to grow and productive, apple trees can be very rewarding, no matter how large or small your garden is. Beautiful in bloom, heavy with luscious apples, picturesque when old, apple trees are wonderful additions to the landscape. There are more than 7,000 varieties of apple of varying sizes, appearances, and flavors. There is surely one for you!

Growing Pears at Home - Basic Facts

Beautiful in bloom, handsome in full leaf, heavy with luscious pears, attractive in fall, picturesque in winter, pear trees are very beautiful additions to the landscape across the seasons. Easy to grow and productive, pear trees can be very rewarding, no matter how large or small your garden is. There are thousands of varieties of pear of varying sizes, appearances, and flavors. Pear cultivars can be dessert (eating fresh), culinary (cooking) or dual-purpose. There is surely one for you!

Paeonia (Peonies)

Beloved for their abundant blooms, the beauty of their exquisite flowers, their delightful fragrance, and their bold foliage changing shades over the seasons, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color in the landscape.

A Few Tips Before Buying Bulbs

Bulbs are easy to grow and offer a wide and enchanting array of colors, sizes and blooming periods. But you have some 'homework' to do before you can fully enjoy them.

Why Spring is Really Three Seasons

Consider this: spring is really three seasons - early, mid and late. You'll want to think about this when choosing what to plant each fall. Why?

Lilies: Planting Depth and Distance

These hearty bulbs are easy to grow and require minimal care, provided that you plant them in the right place at proper depth and distance.

Plant Combination Ideas with Hellebores

Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, Hellebores are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. Ranked by some as amongst the top 10 high-performance perennials, these harbingers of spring are tough, cold-hardy, deer or rabbit resistant and easy to grow perennials.

Favorite Hellebores for your Winter and Spring Garden

There are 17 Hellebore species. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. Find the four Hellebore varieties that are the most popular and easiest to grow.

Plant Combination Ideas with Snowdrops

While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Snowdrops however look most charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

When Do Snowdrops (Galanthus) Flower?

There are 20 different Snowdrop species and several hundreds of hybrids. Yes, several hundreds (!) Some Snowdrops bloom extremely early and can show up weeks before crocuses do. Others can be found in flower in late May.

Underplanting Birches

Birches are shallow rooted, therefore many herbaceous plants struggle when planted close to their roots