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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.

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage) is an attractive deciduous sub-shrub or woody based perennial with silvery stems bearing an airy cloud of blue to lavender in mid-summer to early fall. Attracting pollinating bees and hummingbirds, the tiny tubular flowers are arranged in whorls along the stems.

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.

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.

Convallaria majalis, Conval Lily, Word Lily, Mayflower, Mugget, Liriconfancy, May Bells, May Lily, Our Lady's Tears, Lady's Tears

Learn How To Plant, Grow and Care for Lily of the Valley

A real charmer and an outstanding performer, Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis) is a woodland flowering plant prized for its sweetly scented, bell-shaped flowers and attractive foliage. Widely grown in shade gardens for its cute blossoms and ground-covering abilities, Lily of the Valley is also a popular ingredient in perfumes and other cosmetics. Its fresh cut flowers are a favorite of florists.

Mums, Chrysanths, Hardy Mums, Garden Mums, Perennial Mums, Decorative Chrysanthemum, Pompon Chrysanthemum, Single Chrysanthemum, Double Chrysanthemum, Anemone Chrysanthemum, Quill Chrysanthemum, Spider Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum: Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Magnificent Flowers

Beloved for their late summer and fall flowers, Chrysanthemums or mums are terrific plants for adding color in borders and containers. Usually easy to grow, these fall garden favorites make wonderful, long-lasting cut flowers too.

Mums, Chrysanths, Hardy Mums, Garden Mums, Perennial Mums, Decorative Chrysanthemum, Pompon Chrysanthemum, Single Chrysanthemum, Double Chrysanthemum, Anemone Chrysanthemum, Quill Chrysanthemum, Spider Chrysanthemum

13 Types of Chrysanthemum for a splash of fall color in gardens and containers

Chrysanthemum blooms are composed of many tiny flowers called florets. Some have both disk and ray florets in the bloom heads, but others lack ray or disk florets. The National Chrysanthemum Society divides bloom forms into 13 classes ranging from single daisies to multi-petalled pompons, petite to giant blooms.

Bleeding Heart flower, Bleeding Heart, Bleeding Heart Plant, Dicentra spectabilis, Dicentra cucullaria, Dicentra eximia, Dicentra formosa, Dicentra canadensis, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, Dutch

How to Grow and Care for Bleeding Heart

Appealing to most gardeners, Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra) are easy-care perennials with heart-shaped flowers dangling in arching panicles or racemes above attractively divided leaves. Beautiful in leaf as soon as they sprout, they quickly add their charming blooms and make elegant additions to the garden

Hardy Hibiscus, Perennial Hibiscus, Hibiscus Tree, Hibiscus Bush, Hibiscus moscheutos, Rose Mallow, Hibiscus coccineus, Swamp Hibiscus, Hibiscus syriacus, Rose of Sharon

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Hardy Hibiscus

Prized for their huge, flamboyant flowers, hardy perennial hibiscus add exotic, tropical punch in the garden. Though they conjure up images of the tropics, they can withstand cold winter temperatures as low as -30°F (-34°C).

Tropical Hibiscus, Annual Hibiscus, Hibiscus Tree, Hibiscus Bush, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

How to Plant, Grow and Care for Tropical Hibiscus

One of the most flamboyant flowering shrubs, Tropical Hibiscus add color and excitement to landscapes, patios and decks. Cultivated for centuries, Tropical Hibiscus flourish in sub-tropical climates and adapt well to container-growing in cooler areas.

Plumeria, Frangipani, Plumeria alba, Plumeria rubra, Plumeria obtusa, Plumeria Plant, Plumeria Flowers, Plumeria Care

Learn How To Grow and Care for Plumeria

Adding a tropical aesthetic and a spectacular floral display to the landscape in the warmest climates, Plumeria (Frangipani) are small deciduous or semi-evergreen shrubs and trees with fragrant flowers, commonly used to make wonderfully scented leis in several Pacific islands.

How to grow freesias, How to care for freesias

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Freesias

An essential component of many bouquets thanks to their long vase life (over 3 weeks), Freesias are striking beauties that also deserve a spot outdoors. Visually stunning with their abundant clusters of brightly colored flowers on gently arching stalks, they are also intensely fragrant. Native to South Africa, these tender cormous perennials, often grown as annuals, require minimal maintenance, are virtually disease-free and pest-free, deer and rabbit resistant, and will multiply to form generous clumps over time - provided some basic rules are respected.

Annual Sunflowers, Perennial Sunflowers, Planting Sunflowers, Growing Sunflowers, Caring for Sunflowers

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Sunflowers

Cherished for their beauty, Sunflowers (Helianthus) are striking ornamental annuals or perennial plants grown for their colorful summer and fall blooms. Fast-growing, they can reward you with glamorous blooms between 55 and 100 days after planting. Here are some basic rules that need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.

Lycoris radiata, Red Spider Lily, Golden Spider Lily, White Spider Lily, Spider Lily, Magic Lily, Surprise Lily, Lycoris aurea, Lycoris squamigera, Lycoris albiflora

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Gorgeous Spider Lilies

A member of the Amaryllis family, Lycoris (Spider Lilies) are striking bulbous perennials, appearing almost magically in late summer and early fall. Easy to grow, they will bring many years of pleasure and plenty of compliments on your garden - provided some basic rules are respected.

Ranunculus, Ranunculus Flowers, Ranunculus Flower, Buttercups, Persian Buttercups, Ranunculus Asiaticus, Turban Buttercups, spring flower bulb, fall flower bulb

Learn How To Plant, Care and Grow Terrific Ranunculus

Adored by florists and gardeners, Ranunculus asiaticus (Persian Buttercups) is a tuberous perennial boasting brilliantly colored flowers adorned with multiple layers of delicate, crepe paper-thin petals. Easy to grow if some rules are followed, Ranunculus boast long-lasting, single, double or frilled, exquisite blossoms in a rainbow of gorgeous colors.

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