Guides: Hardiness Zone 4
Milkweed: How To Grow and Care with Success
By providing the right growing conditions, you can enjoy healthy and vibrant milkweed in your garden while supporting pollinator populations.
Achillea is valued for its pleasantly fragrant, feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, flat umbel flowers. Vital ingredient of herbaceous borders or prairie plantings, Achillea blooms for weeks from late spring to late summer, in a wide range of colors
Learn How To Plant, Grow and Harvest Chives
Easy to grow, Chives are rewarding little plants to grow outdoors in the garden or indoors in pots.
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.
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.
Fascinating Cybister and Exotic Amaryllis
More and more popular, the Cybister Amaryllis are truly spectacular with their exotic, orchid-like flowers. They feature long, ribbon-like, spidery petals and splashes of bright color such as deep reds, soft green, copper, dark pink, creamy white and burgundy. They are unlike any other Amaryllis group and their cultivars belong to the Spider group.
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!
Great Daffodils that Come Back Every Year
Naturalizing bulbs is a terrific way to brighten up lawns, prairies or meadows in spring. They also make gardening easy. Once planted, there is nothing left to do: these bulbs can stay right where they are and produce flowers year after year. What could be better?
Pretty Tulips that Come Back Every Year
Many tulips are not strongly perennial and their floral display tends to decline from season to season. They bloom well the first year, but then peter out after a couple of years. But if you select the right tulip varieties, plant them in the right spot and provide the proper care, you can be rewarded with a magnificent spring display year after year.
Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violets)
A member of the Lily family, Erythronium (Dog Tooth Violet) are charming bulbous perennials grown for their nodding, lily-shaped flowers adorned with gracefully reflexed petals in spring. Equally attractive is their foliage of elliptic leaves, often copiously marbled with purple-bronze.
Treasured for their flowers, most Scillas bloom in spring, but a few species produce their pretty blooms in late summer or fall. Which one is for you?
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.
Azaleas and Rhododendrons
Coveted for their spectacular blooms which come in a wide range of shapes and colors, Azaleas and Rhododendrons are members of the genus Rhododendron, one of the largest genera in the plant world which includes over 900 species and over 20,000 named hybrids. All are fascinating.
Prevent Slugs and Snails 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.
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