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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.

Miniature Hostas, Miniatures Plantain Lilies, Small Hostas, Small Plantain Lilies, Dwarf Hostas, Dwarf Plantain Lilies,

Miniature and Very Small Hostas for Gardens and Containers

Highly popular and very cute, mini and very small hostas are a good choice if space is tight or for containers. They are great candidates for rock gardens, containers and troughs. Some can even be grown in spaces in dry stone walls as long as there is enough moisture.

Hostas, Plantain Lilies, Sun Hostas, Sunl Plantain Lilies, Hosta for Sun, Palntain Liliyes for Sun

Pretty Hostas Tolerant of Sun

While shade is important for the protection of the hosta leaves, some sun is necessary to produce great flowers. Many hostas will tolerate more sunlight, provided they receive sufficient moisture at the roots. In general, hostas with blue-green leaves or with white variegation perform best in shaded places. Hostas with green, chartreuse or golden leaves will tolerate more sun, provided moisture is adequate. These hostas can be planted in full sun because they are less prone to leaf scorch.

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.

Blue Hostas, Blue Plantain Lilies, Small Hostas, Small Plantain Lilies, Dwarf Hostas, Dwarf Plantain Lilies,

Striking Blue Hostas for Gardens and Containers

Blue being the rarest color in a garden, it is not surprising that hosta with blue leaves have long been prized by gardeners. There is a wide range of blues to choose from: deep blue, glaucous blue, blue-gray, blue-green, gray-green, soft powder blue or intense blue.

Hostas, Plantain Lilies, Warm climates Hostas, Hostas for Warm Climates, Hostas for the South, Hosta for the us South

Hostas for Warmer Climates

In general, Hostas perform best in cooler climates with cold winters and warm summers. Reliably hardy to 28ºF (-2ºC), they can tolerate summer temperatures as high as 100ºF (38ºC) for short periods of time.

Best Hostas, Best Plantain Lilies, Award Hostas, Award Plantain Lilies, Hostas,  Plantain Lilies,

Award Winning Hostas

The below list of hostas includes those which have received at least one of these awards. As you will note, several hosta cultivars have won both prestigious awards.

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.

Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

Native to southern Europe and western Asia, Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks or Houseleek) is a mat-forming succulent, that produces irresistible, evergreen rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves. Cute but tough, their beauty resides largely in their infinite variations. They are available in a wide range of colors, from light to dark green to brown, pink and purple, either at the tips of the leaves or throughout the whole plant. The leaves may be pointed or rounded, glossy or matte, with a waxy bloom or with downy hairs. Their foliage colors vary with the sun exposure, the seasons and the climate.

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.

Camellia, Camellias, How to grow Camellias, Camellias bloom time, Camellia bloom season, Japanese Camellias, Camellia Japonica, Camellia Sasanqua, Fall blooming Camellia, Winter Blooming Camellias, Cold hardy Camellias, Spring Blooming Camellias,

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Camellias

A common myth about Camellias is that they are very fussy and difficult to grow. This is not true. Camellias are exceptionally care-free plants if they are given a well-chosen site. Here are some basic rules that need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.

Companion Plants for Lilies, Species Lilies, Asiatic Lilies, Oriental Lilies, Trumpet Lilies, Easter Lilies, Companion Planting

Great Companion Plants for Lilies

Since Lilies appreciate some shade around their roots while keeping their foliage and ravishing blossoms in the air and sunshine, they welcome the company of neighboring plants such as annuals, perennials, bulbs, grasses or shrubs. However, a few rules need to be respected to ensure your Lilies will thrive.


Among the most spectacular summer flowers, Fuchsias are outstanding garden plants with their continuous display of ravishing, dancing blossoms, dangling in clusters like prize jewels. Often blooming from late spring until the first frosts, they are available in a wide range of colors, from luscious pinks and purples to whites and even peach.

Sarracenia (Pitcher Plants)

Spectacular and fascinating, Sarracenia (Pitcher Plants) is a genus of carnivorous plants, including 15 species and subspecies found naturally in North America. Most species inhabit very wet peaty bogs or swamps in the southeastern United States. Cultivated by gardeners and carnivorous plant enthusiasts, Sarracenia are easy to grow and make a terrific addition in neutral to acidic bog gardens or water gardens.

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