Category: Growing Flowers & Succulents

Hydrangea Color Magic

Unlike other flowers that are bred to be a certain color, the shades of pink, blue or purple on some varieties of hydrangea are determined by the chemistry of the soil...

Echinacea for Every Garden

Echinacea is an easy native to add to your water wise garden. Both E.purpurea (Purple Coneflower) and E.angustifolia (Black Simpson Coneflower) are well known for their...

How to Grow Sweet Peas

In the Victorian language of flowers, sweet peas symbolized delicate and blissful pleasures.  How very apt for this delicate flower with a blissfully pleasurable...

Lifting Tender Summer Blooming “Bulbs”

The summer blooming “bulb” is a term used for plants that develop from structures that are not true bulbs but rather tubers, corms, rhizomes or tuberous roots. The...

How to Grow Milkweed for a Butterfly Garden

Butterflies, and particularly the monarch butterfly, love milkweed. Yet for many decades farmers and homeowners both considered this wildflower to be a weed that needed...

When is the Best Time to Plant Wildflowers?

We all love the beauty of a field of wildflowers and so do all the pollinators. But when is the best time to plant and how do you prepare your site for planting? The...

Landscaping with Edible Plants

Our grandparents or great grandparents did not have to think about what to plant in their landscape, it just made sense to plant something that you can eat. With the...

Tips on Cutting Sunflowers for Bouquets

Sunflowers are great for summertime bouquets but to get the most out of your cut flowers, you should follow a few simple steps. When sunflowers are cut using the...

Attracting Pollinators to the Garden

Many of our favorite fruits and vegetables require pollinators. Fortunately you don’t need to keep a beehive to ensure that your fruit trees and vegetable garden...

Plant a Victorian Talking Garden

Cultures have given meaning to herbs, flowers, and other plants since ancient times.  These symbolic meanings became particularly well developed and socially important...