Edible Succulent Plants

7 Succulents Plants that are Edible

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Aloe Plants

Growing our very own foods is so important not only is this a great way to connect with nature outdoors, growing our food crops provide the opportunity of getting that much-needed exercise, saving that hard-earned dollar, and growing foods that are not contaminated.

Edible gardens are popular in this day and time as many homeowners are taking advantage of these garden types, there are so many food crops that can be grown but what I find to be so amazing is there are edible succulents that can boost our health.

No longer are we limited by ornamental succulents but edible succulents are here providing us with the opportunities to live a healthier life so come go with me as we enter the exciting world of edible succulent plants.

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Florida Drought Tolerant Plants

Low Maintenance Plants that will $ave You Money

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Tropical South Florida is known as the sunshine state, the weather can become pretty warm in the summer and fairly humid during this time, this is the time of the year when beachgoers head for the beach to take a dip getting relief from the summer’s heat. Many homeowners can be found in their gardens doing what they can to ensure that their gardens plants are well taken care of, this is also the time to keep an eye on our garden plants keeping them well watered.

High maintenance plants, especially during this time, should be monitored, the flip side of the coin, however, is if your desire is to spend less time in your garden because of the summer’s heat while saving a few dollars then the solution is to invest in low maintenance plants.

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How To Care For Sunflowers

Growing Sunflowers the Right Way

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Sunflowers are a popular plant which is native to North America and has been around for quite some time, there are about 60 species with which you can choose, I remembered as a child hearing about and seeing these garden beauties. What makes the sunflower stands out among garden plants is how large it grows with its bright yellow flowers.

In my yard I had a small bed of sunflowers that we once grew as a hedge, these plants can grow anywhere from 1-15 feet. Every time we cut them back they would grow again, hurricane Matthew back in 2016 was a category 4 which did a number on our sunflowers but what amazed me was that though they were badly damaged within a few short months they bounced back as if they were never touched.

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How to Grow and Care For Verbena

Succesful Growing Tips of the Growth and Care of Verbena

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A plant that will add to the overall flavor of your garden and landscape design is the verbena, this garden beauty can make it happen by taking your garden to the next level. Verbenas are popular among landscape designers and are used to create that garden oasis.

The flower of the verbena sits atop the stem perfectly arranged in bright stunning colors which makes this garden beauty a show stopper.

These colors range from red, yellow, pink, white, purple, and multi-color which blooms from early summer to fall so for more on the verbena flowering plant let’s take a closer look.

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How To Plant Grow And Care For Pansy

Gardening Tips to Grow Pansies

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Fill your garden with bright beautiful colorful plants by growing and caring for pansies, these cool-season annuals can bring that much-needed flavor that will make your garden area and landscapes so inviting. Pansies are a favorite of many homeowners.

There are many cultivars from which to choose to give you the choice to mix and match adding to your garden paradise. Pansies come in an array of colors with their heart shape flower petals.

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Coral Honeysuckle Care

How to Grow Coral Honeysuckle

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The coral honeysuckle is a garden beauty that is a native of the United States, the flowers of these garden plants are shaped like tiny trumpets which are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies attracting them as they reach into these trumpet-like flowers extracting their nectar. If you’re in the market for a plant that will keep your garden buzzing with activity then the coral honeysuckle plant is the plant for you.

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Viola Plant Care

Tips on how to Grow and Care for Violas

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A garden plant that is worth our attention is violas, these beauties can fill your garden with amazing colors that are just breathtaking. There are about 500 plus species of violas which gives you so much to choose from. Some species of violas are native to North America, the Andes, Hawaii, and Australasia.

Among this large family or group of violas are annuals, perennials, and biennials, violas are basically cool-season plants. What I found out is these garden beauties are considered weeds, well if that is the case then these are weeds that I would love to install as a part of my overall garden design.

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Hybrid Hibiscus Care

 Caring for the Hybrid Hibiscus

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If you are looking for a plant that will flower in masses then look no further, the hibiscus plant is so amazing this tropical beauty has proven that it can light up your garden areas with its beauty and charm. There are many species of hibiscus which has a range of flower colors.

On many occasions, I have taken trips to some of the local plant nurseries and one plant which I am always sure to find is the hibiscus but what amazes me at times is to see the many flower style with dazzling and radiant color bloom these plants produce.

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Caring For Ginger Plants

 Caring for the Flowering Ginger Plant

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Red Flowering Ginger Plant 

Ginger plants have made a name for themselves, there are many species of gingers from ornamentals used in gardens, landscapes and interior plantscape designs to edible gingers that are used to flavor foods and other treats.

But why I also love the ginger plant is it is famous for being used for medical purposes. I remember as a child my parents would often us the edible ginger to make a tea for health-related issues. The edible ginger is well known for its health benefits and is used widely to promote natural healing. However, in this article, we will be looking at the growth and the care of ornamental gingers with their dazzling flower bloom.

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Shrimp Plant Care

 Successfully Growing and Caring for the Shrimp Plant

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The shrimp plant is a tropical shrub that is truly amazing, when first introduced to these plants many years ago I was totally blown away by the flowers this plant produces which is so unique because the flowers resemble a shrimp believe me the shrimp plant is a garden wonder that will work wonders for your garden and landscape areas.

These garden beauties can produce flower bloom by the masses year-round, the shrimp plant is native to Mexico and can be grown in zones 8-11.

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How To Grow Aglaonema

 Caring for Aglaonemas Both Out and Indoors

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Growing and caring for aglaonemas is truly amazing, I have cared for many of these garden beauties on the interior and what I love about aglaonemas is that they are very easy to care for. These plants are not fussy making maintenance a breeze.

Aglaonemas can be grown and cared for both in and outdoors and there are many species of them that give you the option to choose from. These plants are also known as Chinese evergreens which will work wonders for you so for more on these garden beauties take a trip with me as we explore the fascinating world of aglaonemas which are a garden wonder.

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Canna Lily Care

Growing and Caring for Canna Lilies

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The canna lily is an amazing plant that stands in a class all by itself, these garden beauties can work wonders, how do I know well because I have worked with them on many garden and landscape designs and have seen what they can do and boy can they dazzle with their beauty and charm.

The canna lily produces beautiful flowers that come in an array of colors and in my humble opinion these plants are a show stopper as they show off their flower bloom which is like non-other. What I love about canna lilies is they give that feeling of being in the tropics so for a tropical look the canna lily will give you what you are looking for.

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Pentas Plant Care

How to Grow and Care for Pentas

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The world of plants is truly amazing because there is so much to choose from with their style, shape, and colors that can have your gardens and landscapes looking so polished and beautiful. Among many of the garden, plants that deserve our attention is the Pentas. I have worked with Pentas on several garden projects and just love these garden plants and how they perform.

Pentas are also known as the Egyptian Star, these garden beauties produce many flowers that come in an array of colors from purple, white, red, dark pink, and so on. What also makes Pentas so unique is the small star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters. Pentas can be grown as annuals or perennials and can be planted in a wildlife garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Chenille Plant Care

Garden Tips on Growing the Chenille Plant

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As a child, I was always Fascinated with the chenille plant that we called cattail.  The chenille garden plant produces a very interesting flower that resembles a cattail hence the name that fits this garden beauty so wonderfully. My father who is now deceased worked as a gardener and handyman and as far as I can remember I along with my sister and brother who is older than I am, went with our dad on Saturdays to work, His responsibilities were to take care of a few properties which was so much fun.

On one of these properties were many chenilles which grew that we played with. It is so amazing as kids how we can use our imagination and create anything and have so much fun, my how time flies it was just like yesterday the good part, however, is to always have those memories and cherish them.

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Yellow Elder Flower

Successfully Caring for the Yellow Elder Flower

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The yellow elder is the national flower of the Bahamas, this garden beauty is native to South America, Florida, West Indies, and Mexico this garden beauty produces beautiful flower bloom year-round. It is recorded that the yellow elder plant is used for medical purposes such as helping to regulate digestive problems, is used to eliminate parasitic worms from the body, is said to be used in the production of anti-syphilis drugs, etc…

What I found interesting, however, is there is another tree that also survives in the same climate as the yellow elder known as the yellow tabebuia that produces yellow followers which is extremely gorgeous. During the spring and summer months, the yellow tabebuia tree is a real show stopper especially when they are planted in a row as they lined the street, this is a coda moment where you want to take your camera out and just start snapping photos. If your desire is to attract wildlife to your gardens such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds then this plant will be the right fit for you.

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Angel Trumpet Plant Care

A Complete Guide to Growing Angle trumpets

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The angel trumpet is a tropical-subtropical plant that is a native of South and Central America, These garden beauties can reach a height anywhere from 6-12 ft. What I find so amazing about the angel trumpets are the flowers that it produces.

These flowers can get the attention I believe of just about anyone, the flower which is produced seems to be upside down in the form of a bugle. What also is unique about the flowers is the fragrance which it produces.

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Coleus Plant Care

Tips for Successfully Growing Coleus

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A garden plant that I have grown to love over the years is coleus, coleus is so beautiful and just simply amazing. These garden beauties come in an array of colors that is so stunning, what makes these plants even more unique is the variegated leaves which means you can have a colorful garden all year long.

The burst of colors which these plants produce WOW I am telling you, you will be so happy that you made the investment with these garden beauties.  I have worked with coleus on several garden projects and have never been disappointed with the results.

Driving around the country the presence of coleus can be seen as they grace many gardens and landscape designs with their beauty these plants are truly a gardener’s choice. So if you are on the hunt for garden plants that can work wonders giving that much-needed flavor then look no further your search is over because you have found what you have been looking for. Come go with me as we take a closer look into the world of coleus.

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Care of Geranium

Tips on Successfully Grow Geraniums

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Geraniums are great to add to your gardens and landscapes designs, my former place of employment every few months would order a 40-foot container of plants, and among those plants which were ordered many were geraniums. Geraniums will work wonders by beautifying both your gardens, landscapes, and interior plantscapes. Geraniums look great when installed in a plant bed giving that needed flavor with its beautiful flower bloom.

If you are looking for a plant that will spice up your landscape and garden area including the interior then look no further the geranium has come to the rescue to brighten your day as you get a taste of these garden beauties.

Planting Location

In order for your geranium to perform at their best installing them in an area that gets full sunlight is a must.

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Begonia Plant Care

Tips on how to Successfully Grow Begonias

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Begonias flowering plants

Begonias are garden beauties that can brighten your gardens, landscapes, and interior plantscape. I have worked with begonias over the years and have seen the results they bring. These plants are truly amazing and will give that much-needed flavor with their beautiful flowers and soft texture makes begonias a must for your garden.  Begonias can be planted directly into the soil, can be installed in containers, and can also be placed in hanging baskets that look so great. The foliage or leaves of the begonias are like none other, set in a style that grows uniquely.

If you think these plants are worth the investment Then I encourage you to continue reading as we discuss how to grow and care for begonias that have made a name for themselves and are used in so many gardens and interior plantscape designs to give that WOW which I believe is so amazing.

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African Iris Care

Growing and Caring for African Iris

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African Iris

The African iris is a native of South Africa, this garden beauty can be found near marsh areas. I love the iris plant because of the bloom which is a mixture of yellow and purple. The African iris belongs to a family of 300 species which is a large family, I have worked with this plant over the years and have always been impressed with its beauty. Installing a bed of African iris followed by adding a 2-inch of layer wood chips or bark nuggets looks really amazing.

Personally, I have not had any problem with these plants and recommended that you give them a try. If you are interested in installing the iris plant in your garden bed then continue reading as we take a closer look at how to successfully grow and care for the African iris.

A complete guide to growing and caring for the African Iris

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Hydrangea Plant Care Guide

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Hydrangea Flowering Plant

My sister is about to build her dream home so we got into a discussion the other day about creating a garden and one of the plants which she mentioned was the hydrangea. She really placed a lot of emphasis on this plant saying she would love some of these installed in her garden so thinking back on that talk which we had about these garden beauties I have decided to dedicate this post on how to successfully grow and care for hydrangeas.

With their mass of beautiful flowers, hydrangeas will bring that charm and much-needed flavor. The flowers of the hydrangeas grow in clusters with an array of colors, the beautiful display of these flowering plant is eye-popping. These garden beauties can grow anywhere from 6-8 ft in height and width.

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How To Care For The Salvia Plant

How to Successfully Grow Salvias

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Salvia Flowering Plants

For all, you weekend warriors that are looking for a plant that will spice up your gardens this spring and also during the summer months I recommend installing salvias. Salvias can give that WOW especially as they are planted in masses mixing the various colors. I have used these plants on many garden projects and have been pleased with the results. There are many types of salvias which means you have many to choose from which I think is pretty cool.

If you are planning a wildlife garden then your choice of installing purple salvias will attract both butterflies, honeybees, and hummingbirds. Salvias are also drought tolerant which again makes this garden beauty a SUPERSTAR  so if this sounds good and you would love to make these plants a part of your overall garden design then come on this journey as we enter the fascinating world of salvias.

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Celosia Plant Care

Growing and Caring for Celosia

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A butterfly on a celosia plant

Celosia is one of my favorite plants that I have worked with for many years. These tropical garden beauties look great planted in masses especially when the colors are mixed it gives a dazzling effect. A private club where I was employed many years ago used celosia in great abundance these plants were seen in many areas of the property painting the landscape and gardens with an array of colors. What I also love about these plants are feathery-like flowers which are so unique and can stand out in garden designs.

This shop stopper once installed will sure turn heads. The celosia goes by many common names such as Flamingo feather, wool flowers, and cockscomb flowers. The colors these flowers produce are pink, purple, red, yellow, white, and orange. If you want to learn more about these amazing plants then continue reading as we discussed how to successfully grow and care for celosia.

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Tulip Plant Care

 Successfully Planting and Care for Tulips

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Tulips

I would like for you to take a journey with me as we tiptoe through the tulips. Tulips are just simply amazing and can be grown both out and indoors. These garden beauties have made a name for themselves and have been around for quite some time. Tulips are a native of central Asia but have found their way into the warmer climates like South Florida.

Tulips are so beautiful and will paint your gardens and landscapes with colors that are eye-popping. These plants are a gardener’s favorite, what I love about the blooming of tulips is a sign that spring is here. So if your desire is to have a garden that is bursting with colors signaling that spring is just around the corner then continue reading as we not only enter the fabulous world of tulips but learn how to successfully grow and care for them.

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Petunia Plant Care

 Growing and Caring for Petunias

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Petunias

Petunias are garden beauties that come in an array of colors, these blooms let us know that spring and summer is here. The first time I was introduced to these garden plants was many, many, many, years ago WOW how time flies, at that time I was working for a private club which was one of those upscale getaways. Only those that were rich or well off stayed at this place, this club had everything it seemed from spas, pools for kids and adults, tennis courts and so on, it was a club that was really nice and it still is to this day even though I am no longer employed there.

Back then I was a groundsman along with my then team and supervisor which did a pretty good job in maintaining the many gardens at this club. One of the plants which we used in abundance was petunias because of its soft texture and beautiful colors was a show stopper which lit up the garden areas.

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How To Plant And Care For Marigolds

Learning How to Grow Marigolds Successfully

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A great way to bring life to your garden is by installing plants that have colorful blooms, Have you ever seen a garden with nothing but green what were your thoughts? there is just something about including flowering plants in a garden. The burst of colors is really awesome and puts you in a more peaceful and relaxed state of mind.

Garden flowering plants do have their place, I have worked on many garden projects apart from maintaining them and one plant which I have worked with on many designs was the marigold. These plants are a real beauty with their bright colors that can soften up a garden area giving that WOW.

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Growing Mandevilla Indoors

Successfully Growing Mandevilla Indoors

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Potted Mandevilla Vine

It gives such a good feeling to bring nature indoors, including garden plants on the interior can really take it up a notch. I remembered many years ago the apartment in which I lived needed a facelift on the interior so besides changing the carpet and shifting around the furniture I added a few plants, by the time I was finished my apartment was totally transformed it was a total makeover and it looked really great. Indoor plants do not only bringing that much-needed flavor but have the ability to purify the air that we breathe by pulling toxins out of the air so by adding these plants indoors we get the best of both worlds sounds good ok we will be having a look at growing another garden beauty indoors which is the Mandevilla.

Growing and caring for Mandevillas on the interior can give that WOW, this tropical beauty can really liven things up with its beautiful display of flowers which will give you a taste of the tropics. Why should these plants only grace our landscapes and gardens when they can be brought indoors displaying their dazzling effects and charm. So if you are interested in knowing how to grow and care for Mandevillas on the interior then stick around trust me it will be worth your time.

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Mandevilla Plant Care

Tips on Growing Mandevilla

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Mandevilla Vines

The Mandevilla is a tropical beauty that deserves our attention, this vine is native to South America and can be seen growing in many gardens in tropical regions. I first was introduced to the Mandevilla vine many years ago as a groundsman where I was employed at a five-star resort. When first introduced I was blown away by the number of flowers these plants produce and how beautiful they were.

Since then I have become a lover of these plants. The Mandevilla produces glossy green leaves and flowers which come in many colors. This summer and spring beauty can brighten up your garden area bringing that much-needed flavor. Can you imagine growing this vine on your fence as they gracefully climb? what a delight to have a fence that is covered with lots of flowers. This will truly be a show stopper as many that pass by is captivated by their beautiful display.

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Frangipani Care

Tips on Growing the Frangipani Tree

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Frangipani

The frangipani tree is an amazing plant that produces beautiful flower bloom. The colorful bloom of these flowers sets the stage of having the feeling of being in the tropics with an amazing fragrance which makes this plant a must for your garden and landscapes. This garden beauty can be seen growing on a wide scale in tropical regions, as I move about the country one of the things which I often notice is that the frangipani is used in so many home gardens and commercial landscapes.

Frangipani trees can give you the colors that you are looking for especially in a garden where there is a lot of green which can really highlight that area. The frangipani tree is native to Central America which grows quite fast and can reach heights of up to 30 ft. So continue reading as you learn how to grow and care for this tropical beauty that has made its mark and a name for itself.

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Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

 Caring for Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass

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Hameln dwarf fountain grass

The world of ornamental plants is just simply amazing and the good part is there is so much to choose from so there is something for everyone. Ornamental grasses have taken the spotlight for many years and these grasses are continuing to gain recognition from many garden designers and homeowners. What I love about these grasses is their ease of growth and how so many of them are drought resistant along with having no major garden pests and disease issues.

These grasses will make an added feature for low maintenance gardens for the homeowner who is always on the go, want a garden but don’t have time to maintain them, a garden that will save both time and money, adding ornamental grasses is a benefit you don’t want to miss out on. In this article, however, we will be discussing another ornamental grass that has made its mark, this grass is the Hameln dwarf grass so if you are interested then continue reading as we take a closer look at this garden beauty.

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Feather Reed Grass Care

 Growing the Feather Reed Grass

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Feather Reed Grass

Installing ornamental grasses within your garden and landscape can really work wonders. These grasses are used by so many homeowners to bring the much-needed flavor. I have worked with ornamental grasses on many garden projects and have never been disappointed. For those of you who are tired of the way things are in your garden can try planting some of these grass types which I think you will get a delightful surprise that is really amazing.

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Growing Blue Fescue Plants

Growing and Care of the Blue Fescue Plant

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The blue fescue is an ornamental grass that deserves our attention. This plant gets its name from the color of its blades or leaves which are blue-grayish. Zones 4 through 8 are ideal for this ornamental wonder. The blue fescue makes an added attraction that can bring that WOW, this evergreen beauty has tipped steams which produces tall flowers. Investing in these perennials is worth every dollar.

This fescue which is a show stopper grows in clumps and is very versatile so if you are interested in growing and caring for these ornamental grasses then continue reading as we journey in the world of these garden wonders.

Planting Location

Because the blue fescue grass loves full sun it is best to provide a location for them that meets this description. These grasses should be placed 8-10 inches apart.

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Foxtail Barley Grass

Tips for Growing the Foxtail Barley

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Foxtail Barley Grass

A grass that is sure to turn heads is the foxtail barley grass. This grass is a real show stopper with leaves that are arching and beautiful colors that will lighten up your garden and landscapes.  I love this grass because it is real showy and has such charm.

The foxtail barley can be found growing in pastures, railroads, the edges of marshes, poorly drained fields, coastal beaches, and along roadways. This plant can reach heights of one to three feet at maturity.

Native to North America the foxtail barley can be grown as an annual or perennial. There are some things to consider however when growing these grasses which we will be taking a closer look at so if you are interested in growing this beauty then continue reading as we enter the exciting world of the foxtail barley that has gotten so much attention.

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Zebra Grass Care Maintenance

  Caring for the Zebra Grass

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Zebra Grass

The zebra grass is an ornamental beauty that is native to Japan, this grass has a unique appearance because if you are not familiar with this plant you may think that it has a disease when in reality this is how this plant grows. The striped foliage (Leaves) is a show stopper and will get the attention of just about anyone.

This garden perennial does not take to the colder months and will die back during this time but not to worry because during the growing season it will re-sprout. The zebra plant is also known as Japan silver grass. Besides the stripes what makes this plant so unique is the slender long leaves. Zones 5-9 is ideal for this plant.

The zebra grass will give your garden and landscapes that much need flavor so if you are looking for a plant that is showy and easy to maintain then the zebra grass may just be the plant for you. Below we will be discussing how to grow and care for the zebra grass.

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Sea Oats Care

How to successfully Grow Sea Oats

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Sea Oats

The name of this plant speaks for itself which is the sea oats, the sea oats are a favorite to install in coastal areas which can take the salt sprays. If you have ever driven along coastal areas and seen these plants now you know if you haven’t why they are used in great abundance along the shorelines.

Too some sea oats may not be that showy but the good news is this plant has its place and serves its purpose by helping to withstand the salt sprays as mentioned, sea oats also aid in soil retention. The sea oats is a perennial plant which means you will have this plant at your service year-round which I think is a great investment for your hard-earned dollar and time.

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White Fountain Grass

 How to Care for the White Fountain Grass

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White Fountain Grass

The white fountain grass was the first ornamental grass that I was introduced to many years ago since then I have learned about so many other ornamental grasses which are grown and made available for our use. The white fountain grass is another ornamental beauty that is worth our attention.

This grass has also earned its way on the list of ornamental grasses that has and is making an impact. I have seen these plants used on so many landscapes and garden designs as I drive around the county. The five-star resort where I was employed several years ago used these grasses on its grounds to create beautiful designs.

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Purple Fountain Grass Care

 Caring for the Purple Fountain Grass

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Purple Fountain Grass

I love the purple fountain grass because of its rich color along with its feathery display which I think makes this ornamental grass one of the more highly prized and favorites. This perennial beauty is not cold hardy and is best suited for zone 9. What I also love about the purple fountain grass is that it is so simple to care for.

There is a business establishment that I often pass which has several of these growing in a bed that looks like a rock garden. These grass are just going for themselves looking so healthy and beautiful. I am often amazed as I pass that area sometimes taking a look at them and admiring their beauty.

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Miscanthus Grass Care

Tips for Growing Miscanthus

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Miscanthus ornamental grass

The world of ornamental grasses is so fascinating, these grasses have made such an impact on many landscapes and gardens. The Miscanthus Sinensis or maiden grass is another ornamental which has proven that it can spice up your garden with its amazing appearance. The Miscanthus is a native of Asia but can be seen growing throughout the United States. These grasses are used by many homeowners. Miscanthus can reach heights anywhere from 3-15 depending on the variety with feathery plumes which are showy.

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Pampas Grass Care

Growing Pampas Grass

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Pampas Grass

Another ornamental grass that is worth giving our attention to is the white pampas grass. This ornamental beauty is a native of North America. The plumes of the Pampas Grass is showy and will stand out in just about any landscape or garden design, the statement that this ornamental grass makes is so bold.

The Pampas Grass is truly an amazing plant with its soft puffs of feathery plumes that sit atop a slender stock that will take your garden to the next level. This ornamental grass is said to be used in many floral arrangements. The foliage (leaves) of this garden beauty grows full or in clumps. With a plant like this and its amazing display of white will give that WOW. For more on the Pampas grass continue reading as we learn how to grow and care for them.

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Pink Muhly Grass Care

Tips for Growing the Pink Muhly Grass

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Pink Muhly Grass

A grass that I have found to be very unique is the pink muhly grass. This ornamental beauty is a native of North America which has an amazing color that is so inviting. When in full bloom the muhly grass produces a pink color that is showy, I remember seeing this color many years ago and was very impressed with this display. Not to be in a rush however because the muhly grass produces this color only during the colder months so be patient because this beautiful display of pink is worth the wait.

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Red Fountain Grass Care

 Growing and Caring for Red Fountain Grass

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Red Fountain Grass

Ornamental grasses have found their way into the hearts of many garden designers, home and business owners. These grasses can give that much-needed flavor with a stylish appearance which is so amazing. I have work with some of them on many garden projects to create such pleasing designs.

I have seen red fountain grass used in my garden designs as I drive around the country, it is no wonder why these grasses are well-loved. The style in which they grow with a soft restful look as the leaves and the flowers is positioned in such a graceful manner makes this plant a must for your garden and landscape projects.

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How To Grow Ferns

How to Care for Ferns

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Ferns

It is a common thing to see ferns growing in the wild, some of these places include the rainforest and also woodlands. This tropical to sub-tropical beauty belongs to a family of nearly 12,000 species. I have used these garden materials on many interior plantscape projects to create beautiful garden designs.

If you have an interest in the growth and care of ferns then this may be the post for you. What I love about nature is nature has so much to offer so let’s connect with nature by giving nature a helping hand as we take a closer look at these amazing garden wonders that have caught not only the attention but the hearts of so many people.

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How To Harden Off Houseplants

Preparing Your House Plants for Outdoors

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Indoor Plants

A challenge for many beginner gardeners is having the know-how of hardening off indoor plants for the great outdoors. Some because of a lack of knowledge in this area have paid the price dearly or should I say their plants paid the price which was so unfortunate. Indoor plants are grown in a controlled environment and because of this, their response is quite different when they are placed outdoors.

Plants that are acclimated or groomed for the indoors are grown as such to adapt to this kind of environment so taking them and placing them outdoors will be doing both you and them a great injustice. I have seen the results of indoor plants that were treated this way. From indoors directly outdoors and to be honest with you the end result was not pretty.

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Geiger Tree Information

 Geiger Tree Growing Tips

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Geiger Tree

The Geiger tree is a warm-season plant that is native to the West Indies, South Florida, and the Caribbean, this tree is a beautiful garden plant that shoots amazing orange flowers. The Geiger tree can really highlight your garden area, makes a good garden plant if you are living in coastal areas because these plants can hold up well when exposed to the salt sprays. This plant it seems is tailor-made to coastal areas because they do well in salty soils.

The Geiger tree, however, is a slow grower so much patience is needed when growing this plant, the good part to this story is that if you are looking for a low maintenance plant, investing in this garden beauty is worth the effort. Another feature is the rounded dense canopy which will give that much-needed flavor.

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Bromeliad Propagation Methods

How to Successfully Propagate Bromeliads

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Bromeliads

Bromeliads are a plant wonder which can create wonder. I have worked with these garden beauties over the years and to be honest with you bromeliads are worth the investment. The bromeliad family is very huge in fact there are some 2, 700 species of bromeliads with their individual beauty and uniqueness.

If you are looking for hardy type plants with an array of amazing colors then look no further bromeliads are the plant for you. Bromeliads can both be grown out and indoors to give that color pop. I have seen first hand what they can do when they are incorporated into a garden design.

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Jasmine Plant Care

Jasmine Plant Growing Guide

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Jasmine Plant

Jasmine is a gardener’s choice, this tropical sub-tropical beauty has an amazing fragrance and what makes the jasmine more unique is that there are over 200 hundred species making the jasmine a very huge family. The jasmine also produces beautiful white flowers so if you are ever thinking of installing a beautiful fragrant plant the jasmine is the plant for you.

My wife and I brought a jasmine plant a few years ago and planted it near our bedroom window and there are times in the stillness of the evening when the weather is cool and cozy the beautiful aroma that comes through our bedroom window from her jasmine plant is pretty amazing. So sit back and continue reading on how to grow these fragrant beauties both in and outdoors.

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ZZ Plant Care

ZZ Plant Grow Guide

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ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant will give you a BANG for your BUCK. This garden beauty can really withstand drought conditions and still look as beautiful and healthy as ever. The scientific name for the ZZ plants is Zamioculas Zamiiffolia, now I don’t want you to get tongue twisted trying to pronounce this name so we will just stick to ZZ which is so easy.

The ZZ plant is a tropical plant that is native to eastern Africa, the ZZ plant is also a perennial plant which means you can care for this garden beauty from year to year with amazing results. The leaves of the ZZ plant are green, small, and glossy, I have had success with them over the years creating beautiful designs installing them with other garden plants, or planting them as a stand-alone or specimen plant.

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Periwinkle Plant Care

Tips for Growing Periwinkle

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Colorful Periwinkle

Create a garden design that is bursting with colors by installing periwinkles. Periwinkles are very popular among many homeowners and garden designers. I have seen these garden beauties in so many gardens making a beautiful impact. Besides their beautiful color what I love about the periwinkle is they are ground covers that can block out weeds, also this plant on reaching maturity can survive on very little water.

What causes the periwinkle to stand out in a garden design is to have a mixture of colors growing in masses, an effect like this is very pleasing to the eyes making a major impact. But how do we grow and care for these garden beauties that can really bring that much-needed flavor to your garden and landscape?

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Red Hot Hibiscus Care

Successful Tips to Growing Red Hot Hibiscus

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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.

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How To Grow Green Island Ficus

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 landscape 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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