Bringing that Sizzle to your landscapes and gardens with this HOT garden beauty

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Red Hot Hibiscus

Bring that sizzle to your landscapes and gardens with the red hot hibiscus. This tropical beauty is HOT and will bring that much-needed flavor with its beautiful flowers and variegated leaves, the red hot hibiscus has made a name for its self.

What I love about this plant is having that constant color year round. When the flower bloom period has passed the red hot hibiscus still adds that sizzle and dazzle with its colorful leaves. A plant like this is worth having as a part of your garden and landscape design.

I was first introduced to the red hot hibiscus many years ago as a groundsman working for a five-star resort. From the minute I saw this beauty I fell in love, it was love at first sight and to this day I am still in love with these garden beauties because they are so HOT, sounds like a love affair doesn’t it, I know what you are thinking but I can assure you that I have all my marbles.

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A tough plant that is low maintenance

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Green Island Ficus

The green island ficus, for the most part, is a gardener’s favorite. This garden beauty with its round shiny green leaves is a low-maintenance plant that can save you time and work in the garden. I have seen these plants over the years making their mark in so many gardens and landscapes designs.

What is also great about this plant is that it is a slow grower so no need to worry about constant pruning. The green island ficus is also drought tolerant meaning it can survive on very little water and the added bonus is it is also salt tolerant so if you are living in a coastal area and looking for a plant that can survive the salt sprays which are carried by the wind then this is the plant for you.

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How to use neem oil in the garden

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Peach rose plant bloom

Neem oil a gardeners dream

Neem oils are very popular and are used in so many ways. These oils can be used for acne, skin and hair care etc… but what I love about the neem oils is that it can also be used in the garden. The oil type that is formulated for garden use has proven to be effective as many gardeners are having much success with these oils winning the war on garden insect pests which can really do lots of damage.

The challenge with many pesticides is they are not environmentally friendly and can cause harm when coming in contact with humans and pets. But what I love about the neem oil is that it’s a gardeners dream. These oils are environmentally friendly and can be applied to garden ornamental plants even edible gardens.

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Gardening the safe way with horticultural oil

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Apple Blossoms

The insect world is so vast that it is mind-blowing. My mentor told me many years ago that for every human upon the planet there is about a million or more insect which means that the human population is far outnumbered, not to be afraid though because if there was ever an insect invasion we would have the upper hand.

The subject of this topic is so vast that it is beyond the scope of this article, however, we will be looking at two groups of insects that are present in our gardens. No matter the style, type or size of our gardens we can all agree that the presence of garden insects will always be seen. When it comes to garden insect they are divided into two groups the good bugs and the bad bugs.

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How to successfully grow and care for a travelers palm

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Travelers Palm

Grown for its charm and style the travelers palm is a tropical beauty that is native to Madagascar. History has it that this palm got its name from travelers who traveled long distances which became thirsty and would use a knife or sharp object slice into the leaves drinking the water that was stored. It is said that the travelers palm can store up to half a gallon of water. Now that’s a lot to quench once thirst traveling long distances, especially during the summer time.

The travelers palm can be mistaken for a large banana tree to the inexperienced but the unique design along the midsection is a clear indication that this is not a banana tree. The travelers palm can grow very large therefore sufficient space should be provided when installing this plant. What also makes the travelers palm unique is the creamy white flowers that it produces.

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