When to Cut Back Irises

A popular ornamental spring flower, did you know that there are over 300 different types of iris? These different varieties come in a range of different shapes and colors, from large border filling specimens to smaller container plants. Part of the Iridaceae plant family the iris is not only visually attractive it is also easy

15 Hardy Drought Tolerant Plants

There are many drought-tolerant plants available, including vines, trees, shrubs, and flowers that can look great and thrive, even if you go weeks without rainfall. These plants will help you minimize the money and time you have to spend on watering your yard or garden. Some even prefer to thrive planted in poor soil, so

How to Grow and Care for Photinia

Photinia is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that can come with striking red coloring on the new leaves. As the shrub matures, the foliage takes on a deep, leathery green appearance. Many people choose to use this plant as a privacy screen or hedge due to the dense growth habit. However, fungal leaf spot can quickly

How to Grow Gourmet Shishito Peppers

Are you new to the pepper world? Shishito peppers are one of the best pepper plants you can start with. Not only do they have very simple growing requirements, but they have a mild flavor profile that blends well with dozens of recipes. They also have an earlier harvest, so you’ll have mountains of peppers

How to Grow and Care for Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

The weeping blue atlas cedar is a very majestic ornamental specimen to have as part of your landscape design. The sculptural form of lightly cascading branches make a very eye-catching display, and the bluish-gray coloring on the foliage is also very unique. It’s a perfect specimen plant to add a dramatic focal point to your

How to Plant and Grow the Loquat Tree

Grown as a shrub or the loquat tree, this fruiting plant is very interesting. It’s a relative to the rose, and it produces small fruits that taste like a mixture of mango, citrus, and peaches, and many people claim it has a honey note. However, most people have never tasted this fruit and know virtually

17 Vegetables and Fruits to Grow in in 5 Gallon Bucket Garden

Many people don’t have access to large plots of land to grow a garden, and a lot of people have to make do with a balcony or porch. However, if you don’t have a lot of space and you still want to experience picking fresh fruits and vegetables from a garden, you can try growing

How to Plant and Care for Blazing Star

Liatris, also called gayfeather or blazing star, is a perennial wildflower that has a long blooming period and is native to the eastern part of North America. It’s a member of the bigger, Asteraceae family, but it doesn’t have the daisy-like blooms most plants in this family produce. Instead, you get very unusual flower heads

10 Common Snake Plant Problems and How to Solve Them 

The snake plant (Sansevieria) is a hardy low maintenance houseplant. Tolerant of a range of conditions and even a little neglect, the snake plant is one of the easiest plants to care for. However snake plant problems are all too common. Being able to quickly identify any problems helps you to solve the issue quickly,

A Guide To How To Plant Cucumber Seeds 

A popular member of the vegetable garden, crunchy cucumbers freshly harvested from the garden are one of the joys of summer. If you don’t like eating these nutritious fruits, you can also use them to flavor water or as part of your skincare regime. As the summer draws to a close, excess fruit can be

A Complete Guide on How to Grow Bananas

Once considered an exotic delicacy today the banana is one of the world’s most popular fruits. This popularity is largely due to the fruit’s delicious flavor and creamy texture. They are also packed with nutrients such as potassium and vitamin C. A popular choice at the grocery store, but did you know you can also

How to Grow Kalanchoe Daigremontiana 

Kalanchoe Daigremontiana is a visually unique houseplant. Further adding to its popularity is the fact that it is pleasingly easy to care for. Best described as a forgiving plant, Kalanchoe Daigremontiana is an ideal choice for inexperienced and nervous plant parents. In return for just a little care it produces lots of rich, green serrated

A Guide to Fiddle Leaf Fig Propagation 

A gorgeous addition to the home, the lyre-shaped leaves of the Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata) have helped to make it one of the most popular houseplants. Its glossy, lyre or violin shaped green leaves make it a great addition to a room. Taller varieties, which can grow up to 6 ft tall, can also

A Guide to Growing Tomatoes from Seeds

One of the most popular members of the vegetable garden, lots of people, myself included, love growing tomatoes. As many gardeners will tell you, once you have tasted a homegrown tomato freshly picked from the garden, store bought types will never taste as good again. While many people buy young plants or transplants from garden

How and When to Cut Back Peonies 

One of the most popular flowers in the garden, peonies are popular for their large, showy blooms. While the peony flower is not one of the longest lasting blooms, they are certainly one of the showiest flowers, providing your garden with lots of colorful, frilly interest. Surprisingly easy to grow, particularly as a cut flower,

How to Grow Turmeric Seeds 

One of the most exotic plants you can add to the garden, turmeric has a range of benefits. In addition to its large, green leaves providing you with lots of visual interest, the plant can be used to add flavor to dishes such as curries. This useful herb also has a range of health benefits.

How and When to Cut Back Hostas 

Hostas are popular ornamental plants, their lush green leaves are an ideal choice to fill a difficult space in the garden. Once established the hosta provides long lasting interest. A resilient, shade perennial, the hosta is versatile enough to work in a range of planting schemes. Providing further interest, the plants are also available in

How to Make a Moss Pole + Uses

Do you want to give your indoor plant support with a moss pole to help it climb? While you can go out and buy moss poles from online retailers or your local nursery, they’re an easy DIY project you can make at home for a fraction of the cost. Plus, making it yourself allows you

How to Grow Hydrangea in Pots – The Complete Guide

If you’ve ever gotten a hydrangea in a pot, you probably enjoyed how it looked for a few weeks then watched as it faded and slowly died off. This experience may have led you to believe that hydrangeas in pots aren’t a good idea, but this isn’t necessarily correct. Most gifted, potted hydrangeas don’t thrive

A Simple Do It Yourself Lawn Care Schedule

While you may spend the most time relaxing outside during the spring and summer months, caring for your lawn is an all year round project. If you don’t follow some type of do it yourself lawn care schedule, it’s easy to miss something vital, like fertilizing or watering. It takes a large amount of discipline

Why Your Plant is Drooping – 12 Methods to Fix It

If your plant is drooping, this is usually a sign that it is slowly dying. If you are a plant lover or gardener, you know how frustrating it can be to see once healthy plants withering away. So, if your plant is drooping, why? There are several reasons why your plant is drooping, and a

How to Plant, Grow, and Maintain the Globe Amaranth Plant

Globe amaranth is a tropical annual that has globe-shaped blooms that last for a long time, and they come in a range of colors. They work well in rock gardens, beds, borders, and xeriscapes as they’re very tolerant to drought. This plant is one of the 90 Gomphrena species of flowering plants that you find

How to Grow the Dumb Cane Plant

Dieffenbachia is a tropical perennial genus that has several species that people commonly use as houseplants. They feature ovate, pointed leaves in a range of combinations of cream, green, and white. A very large dumb cane plant that is well taken care of can easily top 10 feet, and it’ll have leaves that are up

How to Care for and Grow the Bitter Melon Plant

The bitter melon plant is a favorite in Southeast Asian and Asian cooking, and you can stuff it with shrimp or pork and pickle or steam, or curry it before serving it in a soup or with meat. As the name suggests, bitter melons are a very strong acquired taste, and you can liken the

How to Make Your Own Flower Food – DIY Recipes

If you’ve just bought or received a bouquet of flowers, you’ll want to get them into water to make sure they last as long as they can. If you don’t get a food packet to go into the flower’s water to make them last longer, you can make your own flower food with a few

14 Pretty Purple Flowering Shrubs + Care Instructions

For centuries, purple has had close associations with royalty. The deep color implies a level of decadence that lasts to this day, and it’s no wonder that many gardeners seek out purple flowering shrubs and flowers for their garden or beds. If you are someone who loves this color, you’ll be happy to note that

20 Plants That Need a Lot of Water

There are some plants that need a lot of water to survive and thrive, and this can be an interesting challenge for some gardeners. Unlike a lot of moisture-sensitive species, they can tolerate a large range of growing conditions and planting zones. Landscapers and horticultural specialists value these plants for their ease of growth and

15 Popular Types of Guava + Uses

Guava is a fruit that you can eat, and it’s technically a large berry. It grows on the guava fruit tree, and you’ll find it growing in warm weather in subtropical locations in hardiness zones 9b. No matter the type of guava tree you have, if the temperature dips below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, it could

How to Grow and Care for the Cumin Plant

Cumin is a very popular herb that gets used in Mexican and Indian dishes. The cumin plant has very fragrant foliage that you can add to salad mixes and it resembles dill. Although the foliage looks like the dill plant, cumin is actually a part of the parsley family. Along with being added as foliage

Jewel Orchid Care – The Complete Guide

Jewel orchid plants are very pretty specimens that people grow for their stunning marked foliage. Like a lot of orchids, jewel orchid care is specialized in order for your plants to flourish and survive. To care for your jewel orchid plant, you’ll need to consider the type of pot you have for it, the growing

24 Pretty Shade Perennials for Your Forest Garden

Everyone loves a sunny garden with bright and bold flowers. However, shady gardens also deserve the spotlight. There are a range of shade perennials that have stunning leaf colors with exotic, delicate flowers, and some come with very memorable names. You should pick plants that grow in your hardiness zones, and read the plant label

How to Grow the Pomegranate Tree – A Complete Guide

Pomegranate trees produce delicious fruit, and if you live in a warmer climate and decide to grow it, they’re generally easy to maintain while not being affected by a lot of diseases or pests. The fruits have a leathery, red rind with edible, sweet seeds that are packed full of antioxidants and come with many

How to Grow Wax Begonia

Wax begonias are a very popular smaller plant. It’s a very versatile begonia type that you can use as an annual in colder climates, a houseplant in any climate, or a perennial in warmer climates. They have waxy-looking, glossy leaves that can be bronze, green, or maroon. The flowers come in shades of pink, white,

24 Pretty Caladium Varieties + Facts and Photos

Caladiums are tropical, exotic flowering plants that are very popular for their beautiful and striking heart-shaped leaves. Due to this shape, many people call them angel wings, elephant ears, caladium bicolor, heart of Jesus, and more. Caladium varieties also produce colorful foliage that comes in shades of red, pink, white, and some very rare black

16 Swiss Chard Companion Plants + What to Avoid

Chard is also called Swiss chard or silverbeet, and it’s a very easygoing and well-behaved member of your vegetable garden. It tends to stick to itself, and it’ll grow in tender, colorful, upright stalks with leafy growth without a huge amount of effort on your part. If you want to grow it in your garden,

How to Grow and Care for Flowering Kale

Flowering kale looks very close to ornamental cabbage and their edible kale and cabbage relatives. Although they get lumped into the same species category as the edible ones, flowering kale have been specifically bred for looks over flavor. They are slightly bitter, and they’re popular for garnish. The leaves will form rosettes in rose, purple,

12 Pretty Succulents that Grow Tall

If you’ve ever wanted a succulent that grows tall to fill in  your landscape, this is for you. While most succulents are tiny plants or small shrubs, you can get several succulents that grow tall indoors or outdoors. If you have a home with higher ceilings, you’ll find that these taller plants are perfect to

11 Stunning Trees with Blue Flowers for Your Garden

Blue is a very relaxing color that makes you think of tropical seas and clear skies, and trees with blue flowers are a prize to have in your garden. Small touches of purple in blue surrounded by the green foliage gives you a very unique and eye-catching look that draws people to it. They can

Growing Artichokes in Pots – The Complete Guide

Artichokes are herbaceous perennials that fall into the Asteraceae family, and this family group also includes dandelions, thistles, and sunflowers. Artichokes are short-lived perennials in warmer climates, but you can grow them as annuals in cooler climates or extend the growing season by growing artichokes in pots. Most people choose to grow them for the

28 Jalapeno Companion Plants + What to Avoid

Companion planting is arguably one of the easiest and best methods to help boost both plant’s health, and many people choose this practice to get rid of pests and some plants work as deterrents for bugs that want to eat your vegetables. Other plants draw predators in to eat the nuisance pests, but what are

Pruning Rose of Sharon Step by Step How to Guide

Rose of Sharon is also called Hibiscus syriacus, and it’s a pretty flowering shrub that produces stunning purple, pink, or white blooms. It’s a very low-maintenance plant, but pruning rose of sharon can help it thrive and give it a much more attractive and eye-catching look. You should get in the habit of cutting back

How to Grow Sedum Nussbaumerianum 

Sedum Nussbaumerianum is an attractive succulent, popular for its coppery-orange foliage. This distinctive coloring has given the plant its alternative name of Coppertone Stonecrop. A resilient succulent Sedum Nussbaumerianum practically thrives on neglect. If you want to learn more about these hardy, colorful plants this guide to growing Sedum Nussbaumerianum has all the information that

How to Care for Pink Aglaonema

Part of the Aglaonema plant family, Pink Aglaonema is an attractive houseplant popular for its colorful foliage. Also known as the Chinese Evergreen, the plant’s attractive, patterned foliage is a great way to introduce vibrant interest to a houseplants collection. Native to Asia, these easy going houseplants require little regular maintenance. This makes them ideal

12 Yellow Perennials for Your Garden 

Planting yellow perennials is a great way to introduce vibrant color to the garden. With a little care the plants return every year, providing you with a reliable source of outside interest and color. When it comes to selecting perennials, it is important to choose plants that are suitable for your garden. Our guide to

How to Harvest Kale 

Kale is a versatile, leafy green vegetable that is packed with antioxidants and nutrients. The ultimate cut-and-come-again vegetable it is also easy to grow and, as this guide explains, harvest. As well as explaining how to harvest kale we will share lots of useful care and growing tips, enabling you to get the best from

How to Use Eggshells in Garden 

Eggshells are a common piece of kitchen waste. Did you know that you can use eggshells in garden soil? Prepared and used correctly eggshells can have a range of benefits from enriching the soil to boosting growth and even feeding the birds. During the course of this article we will not only look at how

15 Dwarf Shrubs for Full Sun

Commonly used as a foundation plant in many different styles of landscape and garden, shrubs are a great way to provide long lasting interest and color. While large shrubs can provide masses of color and interest, they also require a lot of space. If you only have a small garden or patio, you need to

13 Pretty Flowers That Look Like Tulips

When people imagine tulips, they usually think of the traditional Dutch tulips with the unique shapes and bright coloring. However, there are several other flowers that look like tulips that you can plant too. We’re going to go over 13 great flowers that look like tulips you can try, and then we’ll highlight a few

17 Easy Climbing Indoor Plants to Grow

A room doesn’t give off that indoor garden vibe without climbing indoor plants that run up your walls, drape over your bookshelf, or fill in an empty corner shelf by climbing up it and replacing what was once empty space with something vibrant and beautiful. Indoor vine plants give you a great vertical dimension to

When is Rhubarb Too Old to Use?

Rhubarb is an immensely popular summertime vegetable. You can find rhubarb made into smoothies, pies, desserts, and even savory dishes at the start of summer. It’s common to pair it with strawberry, so they tend to be in stores at the same time each year. But, when should you stop eating rhubarb? When is rhubarb