Blue Daze Care

How to Successfully Grow Blue Daze Evolvulus

Blue daze is so amazing filling your garden with its amazing colors while bringing that much-needed flavor.

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Blue Daze Flowering Plant

How would you love to have blue daze? not blue days but blue daze as a part of your garden and landscapes, these garden beauties can brighten your day with their beautiful flowers though small which can be an eye-catcher adding to the overall design of your landscape and gardens.

The blue daze evolvulus flowering plant is native to Paraguay and Brazil. This perennial beauty is evergreen and a member of the morning glory family. Another name for the blue daze is the dwarf morning glory.

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Ixora Dwarf Yellow

Ixora Dwarf Yellow Care

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Ixora dwarf yellow

Ixora’s are tropical to subtropical evergreen shrubs that produce an abundance of small flowers that forms in clusters, with small green glossy leaves. Although Ixora is grown as a perennial in warm climates it’s viewed and grown as an annual in temperate and colder climates. This plant performs best however in USDA zones 9 and above.

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Blue Daze Propagation In Water

Blue Daze Flower From Cutting In Water

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Blue daze flowers

Up to this point, we have discussed blue daze winter care, blue daze care, blue my mind, blue daze ground cover, blue daze hanging basket, blue daze seeds, and propagating blue daze in soil but what we haven’t touched on yet is propagating blue daze in water. Yes, this method of growing blue daze has proven to be effective which we will be discussing below.

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Hibiscus Propagation In Water

Propagating Hibiscus In Water

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White hibiscus flowers

The hibiscus plant is an ornamental beauty that will fill your garden with lots of flower bloom, this shrub thrives best in tropical to sub-tropical regions. There are said to be more than “200 species of hibiscus worldwide, each variety different in shape, color and size”.

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Blue My Mind Dwarf Morning Glory

Blue My Mind Flower Care

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Blue daze plant

The blue my mind dwarf morning glory is native to Brazil, this garden beauty can be used as a ground cover, container gardening, grow in a basket, massing planting, or plant edging. The plant’s genus name comes from the Latin word  ‘evolvo’,  which means twisted or unraveled, this perennial beauty grows best in USDA growing zones 9, 10, and 11.

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Ornamental Grass Companion Plants

What to Plant with Ornamental Grasses

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Red fountain grass

Ornamental grasses have made a name for themselves in the landscape and garden industry, there are said to be more than” 30 species of these grasses ” which you can choose from. It’s’ believed that the popularity of ornamental grasses arose first in Germany during the mid-1930, what I love about ornamental grasses is their low-maintenance withsanding drought conditions once established along with their cold tolerance.

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Blue Daze Ground Cover

Blue Daze Ground Cover Plant

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A blue daze flowering plant

The blue daze evolvulus flowering plant is native to Paraguay and Brazil, the blue daze is an evergreen and a member of the morning glory family. Another name for the blue daze is the dwarf morning glory, this evergreen beauty is a low-growing plant that makes a good ground cover.

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Copper Leaf Plant Propagation

Growing Copper Leaf plant from Cuttings

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A copperleaf plant

Copper leaves are one of my favorite garden plants, this tropical evergreen produces beautiful broad colorful leaves that can light up any garden and landscape design. The copper leaf belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae, it’s believed there are 450-462 of these species, some of the common names of the copper leaves are Jacob’s coat, Copper plant, Lance copperleaf, Coat of many colors, Catch me if you can, Fire dragon, etc…

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Hanging Succulent Plants

5 Hanging Succulent Plant Variety

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Flowering cactus

Succulents originated in dry arid desert locations, the word succulent comes from the Latin word “sucus, meaning juice or sap.” The leaves of succulents tend to be thick, fleshly, and plumpy, the reason for this is to store water. It’s believed that during the 15th century Christopher Columbus on his route to India came across some of these succulents (cacti) some of which he took and presented to Queen Isabella of Spain.

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Propagating Hibiscus From Cuttings

Hibiscus Propagation Methods

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Hibiscus Flowers

The hibiscus is a tropical-sub-tropical evergreen that produces an abundance of flowers that comes in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes. This garden beauty is believed by experts to have first originated in India, there are said to be over 200 species worldwide, the species name means rose of China.

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Propagating Magnolia Seeds

Growing Magnolia Tree From Seeds

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Tulip magnolia

Magnolias are deciduous plants that can be grown as a tree or shrub these garden beauties are evergreen, belonging to the flowering plant family the “magnolia family, in the order Magnoliales consisting of two subfamilies. Magnolioideae, of which Magnolia is the best-known genus, and Liriodendroidae, a monogeneric subfamily, of which Liriododendroidea, is the only genus”.

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Blue Daze Hanging Basket

Blue Daze Hanging Basket Tips

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Blue daze flowers

Gardening above the ground is a great way to fill that empty space and what better way to accomplish this than with the use of hanging baskets that can bring a feeling of beauty and serenity to your environment.  There are so many advantages with hanging baskets some of which includes, low maintenance cost, hanging baskets can always be moved to a more secure location when the weather is unfavorable and return when conditions changes, pest problems are kept at a minimal, disease issues are like zero, can increase your property’s value, helps to filter toxins out of the air, weeding is reduced, Hanging baskets can be move easily from place to place bringing a different feel and looks, etc…

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Blue Daze Not Blooming

Blue Daze Flower Bloom Guide

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Blue daze flowers

Blue daze is commonly called evolvlus, shaggy dwarf morning-glory, or Hawaiian Blue Eyes, this perennial that is evergreen is native to  Brazil and is a member of the morning glory family. The blue daze plant produces beautiful lavender or sky blue flowers that are funnel-shaped an inch long with silver-green leaves that are oval-shaped and fuzzy.

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Growing A Lemon Tree From Seeds

Lemon Tree Seed Growing Guide

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Lemon seeds

Lemons have a delightful zesty taste and are used in many food recipes and drinks for their amazing flavors, the lemon peel or skin can also be used for these seem purposes. The lemon tree as we know grows in tropical-sub tropical regions and comprises some 30 different species.

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How To Grow Duranta From Seeds

Duranta Seed Growing Guide

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Golden duranta plant

The duranta ereta is a species of flowering shrub in the verbena family Verbenaceae, this tropical broadleaf evergreen plant is also widely known as golden dewdrop. Durantas are native to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America, this garden beauty can be cultivated as an ornamental plant or as a hedge.

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How To Grow A Lemon Tree Indoors

Lemon Tree Indoor Growing Tips

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Lemons growing on a tree

Creating an edible garden is a great way to connect with nature while providing a means to sustain both you and your family, but for many, there is the challenge of finding the space in making their dream garden a reality.

The good news is even though you may not have the space for an outdoor garden you can always bring nature indoors by creating an indoor edible garden.

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Propagate Ixora Cuttings

Simple Methods to Propagate Ixora Plants

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White ixora plants

We have discussed in previous articles how to care for and how to prune ixoras to keep them growing healthy with a good spread but if your desire is to populate your garden and landscapes with this tropical (ixora plant) beauty without having to break your piggy bank then this proven method is sure to help you in achieving your goal while saving those extra bucks.

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How To Prune Ixora Plants

Tips For Ixora Plant Bloom

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Butterfly On Ixora

The ixora coccinea plant commonly known as scarlet jungle flame is an evergreen shrub that is native to Bangladesh, Thailand, Sir Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, and India. This garden beauty is a tropical-subtropical plant and is used widely in many landscapes and garden designs. Ixora’s are a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae.

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Blue Daze Winter Care

Over Wintering Blue Daze

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Blue daze flowers

Blue daze is a beautiful ornamental flower evergreen plant in the Convolvulaceae family and is native to Brazil and Paraguay, this tropical beauty can brighten up your spring and summer garden. The Evolvulus or the blue daze which is its common name grows to a height of 12 inches with a spread of 2-3 ft.

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Grow A Geiger Tree From Seeds

 10 Steps to Grow Geiger Tree from Seeds

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A Geiger Tree

The geiger tree (Cordia sebestena) is a stunning plant that’s native to the Caribbean islands, and possibly the Florida Keys. This garden beauty thrives well in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The geiger tree is a hardy evergreen that produces dark green leaves that are stiff, growing 4-9- inches long, The flowers that this plant puts fort are even more stunning growing in clusters of yellow, orange, or white.

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Magnolia Tree In Containers

Tips To Growing Magnolia In Containers

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White magnolia flower

The magnolia is a beautiful broadleaf evergreen and is a large genus of about 210 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae of the family Magnoliaceae. Magnolias are tropical-sub tropical plants and are native to The Caribbean, Central America, South America, eastern North America, and areas of southeastern Asia.

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Silver Buttonwood Tree Propagation

How To Propagate Conocarpus

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Silver buttonwood plant

Silver buttonwood plant is also known as Conocarpus erectus and is a tropical evergreen that is native to Florida, South America, and the Caribbean. This garden beauty produces attractive grayish silky-velvety-soft leaves, the buttonwood habitats are Coastal Areas, Beach Dune, Marl Prairie, and Mangrove, the silver buttonwood plant can be grown as a tree or shrub and makes a great centerpiece, stand-alone plant, or specimen plant.

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Golden Dewdrop Propagation

How To Propagate Golden Dewdrop

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Golden dewdrop plant

The golden dewdrop is a tropical to sub-tropical ornamental plant that can be grown as a shrub, this garden beauty is a flowering plant in the verbena family Verbenaceae and is native to Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean. This showy evergreen produces shiny green- yellowish-golden color leaves with blue or white flowers.

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Variegated Bougainvillea Plant

Variegated Bougainvillea Guide

Bougainvilleas are native to tropical South and Central America, these garden beauties are rapid growers and are also commonly called paper flowers. Bougainvillea belongs to the family Nyctaginaceae with approximately 18 species and is drought-tolerant making this plant low-maintenance.

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Variegated Bougainvillea

A favorite of mine however is the variegated bougainvillea plant, this garden beauty is amazing. I came across this plant species many years ago and it was love at first sight. The variegated bougainvillea is a tropical beauty that will add that much-needed flavor to your garden and landscapes. I move around the country a lot and to my surprise, the more popular ones which are used are the non-variegated ones but the advantage with the variegated bougainvillea is that once the flower bloom ends you can still have a colorful garden because of the variegated leaves.

If you have a love for the variegated bougainvillea and would like to make this beauty a part of your garden and landscape giving that tropical look and feel then join me on this journey as we take a closer look at the variegated bougainvillea that is a showstopper which will light up your garden and landscape areas.

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Juniper Plant Care

How to Grow Juniper

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A juniper plant

Among the many garden plants that grace our gardens and landscapes, junipers have been one of the more popular ones, junipers are coniferous shrubs or trees belonging to the cypress family. What I found interesting about junipers is their ability to grow in most regions.

Junipers are native to The UK, Europe, and much of the northern hemisphere. In its natural habitat junipers can be found growing in old native pine woodlands, chalk lowland, rocky areas, and moorland. Junipers are highly prized for their foliage (leaves).

There are some 50-60 species of juniper giving a wide selection to choose from, junipers are also popular in helping to prevent soil erosion. Junipers can be grown as a screen, ground cover, or can be used in foundation plantings. Depending on the variety some species can reach heights of 20 ft or more. If you’re interested in learning more about juniper plant care continue reading as we take a closer look.

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How To Grow A Wildflower Garden

Wildflower Grow Guide

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Wildflowers

A wildflower is a plant that is native to its region and grows naturally in the wild hence the name (wildflowers). Wildflowers are drought tolerant and also attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Creating a wildflower garden can be really awesome as you give your landscapes and garden areas gets facelift enhancing their appearance with this type of gardening.  What I love about garden construction is taking an area that is unsightly or barren and turning it into a thing of beauty where there is an array of colors that are pleasing to the eyes besides providing a habitat for wildlife.

In this article, we will be doing just that, turning that drab area into a work of art that is breathtaking so that both you, your family, and friends can enjoy it. But what are the steps to take in constructing a wildflower garden?

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Spider Plant Not Growing

Tips on Growing Healthy Spider Plants

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Spider Plant

The spider plant can be grown both out and indoors, this garden beauty is a low maintenance hardy plant belonging to the family Asparagaceae and is commonly known as an ornamental houseplant, these garden beauties also goes by the name ribbon plant, spider ivy and hen, and chickens, There is said to be about 150 species of flowering plant in this family. Spider plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions,  I have worked with the spider plant on many interior plant scape projects, what makes this plant so unique is the cluster of leaves that are produced which looks like little baby spider plants dangling or hanging from the parent plant.

The leaves of the spider plant are arched, long, and thin with variegated colors of light green and white or solid green. These plants look especially great when planted in a hanging basket so if you are a spider lover, not the insect but a lover of the spider plant then continue reading as we take a closer look at the spider plant.

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Coneflowers Care

How to grow and care for coneflowers

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ConeFlowers Care

Coneflowers are a weedy flowing plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae, the common name for most Echinacea species is ‘purple coneflowers’. Echinacea purpurea was the original coneflower that was discovered by European explorers in the forest of the southeastern US in the 17 century and in 1699 was sent to England.

The purple coneflower was believed to be popular in European gardens as an ornamental plant as well as a medical herb. This perennial plant is native to eastern and central North America.

What makes the coneflower a gardener’s favorite is its ability to withstand the heat as well as drought, attracts pollinators and birds, ease of growth, and blooms for months, and can also be used as cut flowers. The coneflower is a must and will go to work for you. For more on how to grow and care for coneflower let’s take a closer look.

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Air Plants Care

Air Plant Care Guide

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Tillandsia

Air plants have an unusual appearance like they have come from another planet and will catch your eyes, these garden beauties can be grown without soil hence the name (air plant). It is also believed that air plants may only flower once during their lifetime, the good news, however, is that the pups from the parent plant can be harvested giving yet another generation. In this group or family of air plants, we get the name tillandsia, tillandsia is a genus of about 650 species of flowering plants, evergreens, and perennials that receives the majority of their nutrients from the air that circulates around them.

These species of plants come from tropical climates and are native to the Caribbean, south-eastern United States, mid-Argentina, northern Mexico, and Mesoamerica growing in deserts, forests, and mountain areas. The varieties can either be trailing, furry, spiky, or fuzzy,  For more on the growth and care of tillandsia let’s take a closer look.

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Dianthus Plant Care

Dianthus Planting and Care

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Butterflies on dianthus flowers

Dianthus are low-maintenance plants giving your garden that color pop while attracting butterflies and other pollinators.  These garden beauties also go by the name Sweet William and are a real show stopper with their array of flowering colors which are so dazzling and will spice up your summer garden. Dianthus belongs to the family Caryophyllaceae and is in a genus of 3000 species of flowering plants which include carnation. Dianthus are native to Asia, Northern Europe, China, Alaska, and South Africa. Dianthus produces a spicy fragrance, most species have an abundance of flowers that comes in many shapes and colors with simple narrow leaves.

Dianthus can be classified as perennials, hardy annuals, or biennial, these plants can get up to 6-18 inches tall. Liven up your spring and summer gardens with dianthus as you work on the great outdoors, if you are interested in the growth and care of dianthus continue reading as we take a closer look at the world of dianthus which can transform your garden with so much color pop.

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Yarrow Plant Care

How to Grow and Care for Yarrow Plants

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A bee on a yarrow plant

The Yarrow plant is easy to care for, this garden beauty attracts pollinators is drought-tolerant, and insect resistant. Yarrow plants are aromatic or fragrant. This garden beauty is native to Eurasia and is found widely from the UK to China and North America, yarrows can be found commonly growing in grassland and open forest.

Yarrows belongs to the family Asteraceae, they were described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753, the genus was named after the Greek mythological character Achilles. Sunflowers, aster, zinnias, and chrysanthemums also belong to this family.

What also makes yarrow a must-have is its healing properties that aid in reducing fever, treating muscle cramps or muscles that are swollen, and minor wounds.  This perennial can grow in your flower or herb garden and can be used as a ground cover or border plant.

The flowers of the yarrow plant are showy and come in colors of pink, yellow, red, gold, or orange improving the appearance of your garden and landscapes however, this North American plant is invasive which is why it’s important to give yarrows space to go for themselves. For more on how to grow and care for yarrows continue reading.

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Cast Iron Plant Care

 Cast Iron Plant Grow Guide

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Cast-iron plant

Cast irons are low-maintenance plants that are easy to care for and will go to work for you by bringing that much-needed flavor into your outdoor as well as indoor living space.  The five-star resort where I once worked as an interior plantscape designer had these plants installed in the lobby areas as well as garden walking pathways. There are many varieties to chose from which some include’ Hoshi-zora’, ‘ Variegata’, ‘Lennon’s Song,’ Asahi’ etc…

The cast iron plant is known for its durability, it is a tough hardy plant that can survive under just about any condition. The cast iron ( Aspidistra elatior ) or bar-room plant by which it is name is native to Japan and Taiwan, this plant has tough leathery foliage and is a popular house plant.

Cast iron is also cultivated to be grown outdoors, in some parts of the United States cast iron is used as a ground cover in shaded areas. The cast iron is family to lilies and produces small purple flowers that grow near the soil’s surface and are hidden by the leaves. Even when neglected the cast iron will still thrive. For more on this hardy plant which has been widely accepted growing both commercially and in many home gardens, let’s take a closer look.

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Dusty Miller Care

Tips on How to Care for Dusty Millers

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Dusty Miller

Dusty millers are herbaceous sub-shrub in the Asteraceae family and are native to the Mediterranean regions. There are many types of dusty millers that include ‘New Look’, ‘Cirrus’, ‘Silver Lace’, ‘Silver’ Dust’etc… these garden beauties that produce beautiful yellow flowers are commonly used as an annual bedding plant and grow from 6 t0 12 inches. What I also love about the dusty miller is that it is drought-tolerant and not fussy at all when it comes to maintenance.

Deers and rabbits avoid dusty millers so planting them along the edge of your planters and pots will keep them away because they (dusty millers) are deer and rabbit resistant.

As far as I can remember I first saw this plant I believe while in a neighborhood passing a home that was nicely landscaped many years ago. I was so impressed by the appearance of dusty millers that I went and did research to find out what plant species this was, I was even taken by the name of this plant that stuck with me from that day until now.

The dusty miller does not only have a unique name but also an appearance that will have heads turning. This garden beauty can stand out among garden plants becoming a real show stopper. Since that day I have seen dusty millers all over the country in garden and landscaping designs. The dusty miller leaves are a gray-silver color with a velvety texture that is so stunning. For more on how to care for the dusty miller let’s take a closer look.

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Agave Plant Care

 Growing and Caring for the Agave Plant

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Yellow stripped Agave

Agave belongs to the family Asparagaceae and is a genus of monocot native to regions that are hot and arid, this drought-tolerant plant dates back as far as the Aztec Civilization that is now northern Mexico. The sap called pulque was central to religious rituals rights and sacrifices, agave or the century plant is used widely in low maintenance gardens because of its ability to go weeks without water. This garden beauty is native to South and Central America and also Mexico.

American Indians use agave fiber to make twine, today the fiber is used by manufacturers in the textile industry, other companies use the fiber of agave in green products to make slippers, washcloths, spa products, belts, and artisan crafts.

There are more than 450 species of agaves, some of them have spiny thorns that are dangerous and can cause server injury which we will be discussing a bit later. Agaves are succulent plants that have long leaves, some species of agaves display a beautiful flower that really stands out but the flip side of the coin is once the flower is produced the parent plant dies leaving behind pups. Agaves are a must-have for your garden and landscape areas. For more on the installation and care of agave continue reading.

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Cactus Plant Care

Tips for Taking Care of Cactus both Out and Indoors Cactus are low maintenance plants that will survive on little water, these garden beauties will complement a rock or low maintenance garden. Cactus belongs to the family Cactacea and is native to the Americas, ranging from Patagonia in the south to parts of western Canada … Read more

Philodendron Plant Care

Growth and Care of Philodendron

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Split leaf philodendron

Philodendrons are perennial plants that are native to the Caribbean, Venezuela, Asia but also grow in Colombia. Philodendron dates back hundreds of years as far back as 1644, there are said to be 450 species of these garden beauties. The philodendron belongs to the family Araceae, the shape, size, and texture of foliage (leaves) vary while the leaves may be either green, red, purple, or copper color.

The leaves of some species are broad and will give your garden good coverage by covering large empty spaces or closing in large empty spots. Because of their ability to adapt in low light areas in the rainforest the philodendron makes a great indoor plant as well. For more on the growth and care of philodendron continue reading.

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Hosta Plant Care

 How to Successfully Grow and Care for Hosta Plants

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Blue hosta plant

Hosta has been traced back as far as 800 years growing in China’s shady forest, there are said to be about 40 species of these perennial beauties that belong to the family Asparagaceae. Some species and cultivars are grown for their beautiful foliage (Leaves) which range in colors from variegated, yellow, light-to-dark green, or blue.

The hosta plant has left its mark and found its way into the hearts of many gardeners from the amateur to the professional, these garden beauties can thrive either in partial or full shade, what I love about hosta is the beautiful flowers which are produced, the variegated foliage is an added bonus that will provide that much-needed color.

Hosta comes in many shapes, sizes, and textures, there are said to be 2,500 cultivars which is a wide selection to choose from, installing hosta in your outdoor or indoor living space will brighten your day, with a hosta plant your work will be made easy as these garden beauties are so simple to grow and maintain. For more on how to grow and care for hosta continue reading and find out why the hosta plant has caught the attention of persons from all walks of life.

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Zinnia Flower Care

 Tips for Successfully Growing Zinnias

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Bee and Butterfly on Zinnia Flowers

Installing zinnias in your garden and landscape area is a creative way to create that color pop while encouraging wildlife ( butterflies and bees). Creating a garden paradise should be the desire of every homeowner, including zinnias can help to meet that goal, there are many varieties of zinnias. These garden beauties are native to North America and are a favorite of gardeners producing flower bloom in such abundance that it is eye-popping.

Zinnias are drought-tolerant plants that produce daisy-like flowers which sit atop a single stem, while the leaves are simply arranged opposite each other being oblong, lanceolate, or ovate in shape hairy dark green with veins that are prominent the flowers come in an array of colors ranging from white, red, pinks, green, purple, yellow, etc…

Zinnias are a must for the home garden so continue reading and see why zinnias have such a high score when it comes to making them a part of garden and landscape designs.

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Caladium Plant Care

Gardening Tips on the Care of Caladiums

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Caladiums plants

A fun plant that is easy to grow and care for is caladiums, these drought-tolerant plants belong to the family Araceae with 1000 new cultivars. Caladiums also go by the common names angles wings, elephant ears, etc… caladiums are one of gardeners’ choices and will Enhance your garden and interior plantscape living space.

These garden plants produce beautiful heart-shaped multi-color leaves that are so amazing. I have worked on many interior plantscape projects with caladiums and have seen the amazing change they bring to any outdoor and indoor living space. What I love about caladiums are the different patterned designs that are found on the leaves which is truly a work of art.

These tropical plants are native to South Africa and can be found growing on the banks of the Amazon river but also believed to hail from Central and South America. Caladiums, however, cannot tolerate the cold and are tuberous plants meaning spring to autumn is the only time for them to show their beauty but despite that, they are still worth the investment, these garden beauties are a show stopper bringing that color pop to your spring garden. To spruce up, your spring continue reading to learn more about caladium plant care.

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Caring For Liriope

A Guide to Growing And Caring for Liriope

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Liriope plant

Liriope is a ground cover that is popular among garden plants, this flowering herbaceous evergreen is native to East Asia and is grown on a wide scale in tropical and sub-tropical regions. These garden beauties are highly disease tolerant, liriope is a grass-like hardy plant with rich dark green slender leaves and purple flowers that can withstand drought conditions.

Liriope don’t get that tall growing from 10 to 18 inches with a spread of 12 t0 18 inches, once this plant is established it is very low maintenance, not fussy at all bringing that much need flavor makes the liriope a must-have in your home garden.

Liriope commonly goes by the name blue lily turf or turf Lilly, this perennial is famous for growing in clumps and looks great when using as a low border hedge. There is also a dwarf and variegated species that can be used as a part of a garden and landscape design, liriope is a high prize that will go to work for you so if you are interested in the growth and care of the liriope then stick around as we take our journey into the world of this hardy type plant that is not only a show stopper but is easy to grow and care for.

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Black-Eyed Susan Flowers

How to Grow and Care for Black Eyed-Susan Flowers

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Black-Eyed Susan

A splash of yellow here and there in a garden setting can really brighten up a dull area, while there are so many flowering plants that produce gorgeous yellow flower blooms there is a plant that is popular among garden lovers which have made a name for its self that is the Black-Eyed Susan Flowers.

This charming perennial gets its name in part from its black center or eye and attracts butterflies, bees, and birds creating a garden wonder when planted in masses. Black-eyed Susan produces a golden to yellowish flower that is so beautiful, this garden beauty is classified as a wild flowering plant and can be found growing in open fields. The black-eyed Susan is a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae) and is native to North and Eastern America, this perennial is a drought-tolerant plant that can withstand extreme heat blooming mostly during the summer months.

It’s believed that the black-eyed Susan was used as a medical herb during the early days of its discovery. This garden beauty will make the perfect plant for your summer garden. For more on how to care for black-eyed Susan that has so much to offer let’s take a closer look.

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Cosmos Flower Care

How to Grow and Care for Cosmos

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Cosmos flowers

Cosmos is native to the southwestern desert and Mexico but can be found growing in Europe and all over the United States. This low maintenance plant produces clusters of showy flowers, cosmos grows 2-3 feet tall and is in the family Asteraceae. There are dozens of cultivars of annuals cosmos but at least four species.

These garden beauties can also give your indoor living space that color pop as cut flowers, the flowers are daisy-like ranging in colors from orange, maroon, red, pink, white, yellow, purple, etc… cosmos produces nectar and pollens that attracts wildlife such as bees, birds, and butterflies along with predator insects ( hoverflies, wasps, parasitic and tachinid flies).

What I love also but cosmos is that they are self-seeding meaning once the season starts again the seeds will germinate. It’s believed that the “leaves of cosmos represent peace and love”. Cosmos will give your summer garden that much-needed flavor so continue reading to see how easy it is to grow these garden beauties.

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Oregon Grape Care

Oregon Grape Care and Maintenance Guide

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Oregon grape plant berries

Oregon grape also called holly grape is a drought-resistant evergreen shrub that is native to western North America and is the state flower of Oregon, other common names for Oregon grape are mountain grape, holly-leaved barberry, Oregonholly grape, and Oregon grape holly.

This evergreen shrub can grow up to 6ft tall and 3ft wide with some reaching up to 10ft in height, the berries from this plant attract birds and wildlife. The leaves of Oregon grape are beautiful dark green holly-shaped leaves that turn bronze during autumn. This garden beauty also produces bell-like flowers that are small and yellow.

The Latin name for this plant species is Mahonia aquifolium, there are 6 species of Oregon grape that belong to the Berberidaceae family. What has also been said about the Oregon grape is that” the root and root-like stem (rhizome) are used to make medicine to cleanse the bowels, for gastroesophageal reflux disease, to treat infections, for upset stomach, for stomach ulcers, and as a bitter tonic”.For more on how to grow and care for Oregon grape along with proper placement in your landscape and gardens continue reading.

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Lantana Plants

Lantana Grow and Care Guide

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Black swallowtail on lantana plant

The lantana is a tropical plant that is known for its versatility thriving in the most adverse conditions. This hardy perennial is native to the tropical regions of the Americas and Africa being used in many home garden designs as well as commercial landscaping projects.

Lantanas belong to the family Verbenaceae and go by the common names wild sage or button sage. The genus includes both herbaceous plants and shrubs growing to 0.5-2 m ( 1.6-6.6 ft) tall.

Lantanas are beautiful plants that produce small clusters of flower blooms, there are many varieties that will give your gardens and landscapes that color pop. The lantana which is an evergreen runs like a vine as it matures although it has been classified as a shrub.

This garden beauty will attract wildlife such as butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other bird species withstanding the drought as well as salt sprays in coastal areas. Lantanas carry an aroma that is mild and pleasant although the fragrance may not appeal to some.

From my personal experience, I believe that this plant makes a great choice for your spring and summer gardens with its stunning multi-colors. In warmer climates, lantanas can be grown as a perennial but in colder climates as an annual. To successfully grow and care for the lantana plant continue reading to see how easy it is.

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Kalanchoe Plant Care

 Kalanchoe Grow and Care Guide

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Kalanchoe flowering plants

Kalanchoe belongs to the family Crassulaceae and is in a genus of 12 species of succulent flowering plants this garden beauty is native to Madagascar. Kalanchoes are available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and sizes, these plants are famous for their showy colorful bloom and their thick leather leaves.

What I love about kalanchoes is their ease of care as they bring that much-needed color pop to your indoor living space. Most kalanchoe species are perennial herbaceous plants, though some are shrubs and a few are annuals. For more on the care of this evergreen continue reading.

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Phlox Flowers Care

How to Plant, Care and Grow Phlox Flowering Plant

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Phlox Flowers

Fill your garden with amazing colors and fragrance this spring and summer with the phlox flowering plants, this garden beauty is native to Arkansas, New York, Mississippi, and Iowa south to Georgia. Phlox belongs to the family Polemoniaceae and is a genus of 67  species of annuals and perennial plants thriving in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8.

Phlox flowering plants are low maintenance nectar-producing plants that are used in wildlife gardens to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and are also animal resistant. Phlox can be used as fresh-cut flowers or to create a perennial border, this garden beauty is showy in the landscape bringing that much-needed color and life.

Growing and caring for phlox flowering plants has its benefits as you get the best of both worlds and these plants are so easy to maintain. If you are interested in joining the many homeowners who are having much success with this garden beauty then continue reading to find out how it’s done.

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Golden Pothos Plant Care

A Complete Guide on the Growth and Care of Golden Pothos

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Golden pothos plant vine

Epipremnum aureum commonly called golden pothos or creeping charlie belongs to the family Araceae and is native to the Solomon Island. This hardy plant whether growing in or outdoors cannot be killed easily, I have worked with the golden pothos on many garden projects and have seen how well they perform.

The golden pothos is a popular indoor plant, this plant looks great especially when used at the base of palms and other garden plants which was one of my specialties when creating both indoor and outdoor garden designs. For more on golden pothos plant care continue reading and find out how easy it is to grow and care for this plant.

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Japanese Anemone Flower

Japanese Anemone Flower Grow Guide

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Japanese anemone flowers

Eriocapitella hupehensis (Japanese anemone flowers) belongs to a species of about 200 flowering plants in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, these wildflowers though native to China have been cultivated in Japan for hundreds of years. The Japanese anemone flower can also be found growing worldwide including North America, Europe, the U.S., etc… the name of this plant is derived from the Greek word anemōnē which means the daughter of the wind.

The Japanese anemone flower is given this name because of the delicate flowers that are blown open by the wind which also blows away the dead petals. This perennial produces flowers that resemble a saucer with glossy foliage (leaves) the flowers ranges in many colors including creamy pink, white, purple, etc…

This garden beauty is salt tolerant, attracts butterflies but is deer and rabbit resistant along with being popular in wedding bouquets and is a favorite choice among garden and landscaping specialists, bring your garden to life by making the Japanese anemone flowers a part of your garden design. For more on how to successfully grow the Japanese anemone flowers continue reading as we take a closer look.

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Calathea Ornata Plant Care

How to Care for and Grow Calathea Ornata Plant

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Calathea ornata plant

Calathea Ornata also called the prayer plant, pine-stripe, zebra plant, peacock plant, etc… is native to South America (Colombia, Venezuela) and is a genus of plants belonging to the family Marantaceae. There are said to be over 300 species of these garden beauties of which many can be found growing in tropical regions such as Thailand, Africa, the West Indies, and Central America.

This low-maintenance plant that is non-toxic to humans and pets will put on a show for you with its pinstriped leaves that are so stunning. The calathea ornata brings a tropical flavor that is worth the investment so give it a try and see for yourself. You will be so happy that you did, with that said let’s take a closer look as we venture into the world of this garden beauty.

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Weigela Care Maintenance

How to Grow and Care  for Weigela Bush

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Weigela shrub

Weigela bush is a beautiful low-maintenance shrub that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds, this plant can be grown with much success in the home garden, and is a member of the honeysuckle family. The weigela shrub is native to Asia comes in many varieties including, ‘Wine and Rose’, ‘Crimson Kisses’, ‘Czechmark Sunny Side Up’, ‘Sonic Bloom Pink’, ‘Golden Jackpot’ etc…

Weigela Bush/shrub grows dense and is a Deciduous plant reaching heights from 6-10ft. tall and 9-12ft. wide while the dwarf grows to about 3 ft. These bushes are easy to transplant and are used mostly for mass planting in a shrub border or as a foundation plant.

If you have an interest in how to grow and care for weigela bush then continue reading as we take a more in-depth look at this amazing shrub that is a garden wonder.

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