How to Build a Gabion Wall (+ Pros and Cons)

One of the best all-around hardscape elements perfect for just about any landscape is the gabion wall. A gabion wall consists of individual gabions, which are metal wire or mesh cages filled with rocks then arranged in a specific way to create the desired structure. When executed correctly, they not only serve a practical purpose

How to Plant a Moon Garden: Design, Layout, and Plant Selection

The sun is one of the plants’ required food sources, one of three they need to survive, grow, and reproduce. They also need it for photosynthesis, which is the chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide and water into the oxygen we need to live and breathe, and the glucose that results in energy-giving carbohydrates for

How to Grow and Care for the Lotus Plant

Over the centuries, lotus plants have come to be synonymous with enlightenment, mindfulness, and transformation. They dominate Buddhism and Hinduism wherever metaphorically or allegorically possible. They are the popularly chosen emblem of different groups of people from a wide range of periods. Ancient Egypt’s Ptolemies, esoteric philosophy sects, entire countries like Vietnam and India, eastern

How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Your Canna Lily

The canna lily is known for its tropical beauty and intricate blooms, which can at first glance give an impression of being high maintenance and difficult to grow. But happily, the flowering species planted in potted form are delightfully easy-keepers, especially if you’re in USDA hardiness zones 7-11. They aren’t fans of colder weather but

How to Grow and Care for Bird Of Paradise

Want to learn how to grow the bird of paradise? We’re going to cover how to grow and care for both the Caesalpinia and Strelitzia’s species of the plant. Both are surprisingly easy to maintain and they share many of the same requirements for planting and care. Before we do that, we’ll get familiar with

How to Grow Bougainvillea: Everything I Know After 20 Years of Growing

One of the marks of a conscientious gardener is a desire to research and educate oneself on the species being planted. This applies to novice and expert gardeners alike. Plants are similar in many ways but some species are unlike any other plant and have certain aspects about them so unique, even the most knowledgeable

Best Xeriscape Plants: 37 Xeriscaping Ideas 

Almost 40 years ago, in response to serious drought conditions at the time, Denver Water gave new life to a concept by coining the term “xeriscape.”  It was the beginning of an initiative to implement the concept of xeriscaping / desert landscaping and the use of xeriscape plants throughout the landscaping industry. If you’re wondering