Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon Roselle plant care – how to grow roselle plants in the garden

Roselle plant care – how to grow roselle plants in the garden

Image by joloei By Liz Baessler What is a roselle plant? It’s a tall, tropical, red and green shrub that makes for a colorful garden addition or hedge and tastes an awful lot like cranberries! Keep reading to learn more about how to grow roselle plants. Roselle Plant Care Native to tropical Africa, roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is common in the tropics worldwide. It can be grown from seed in USDA zones 8-11, and as far north as zone 6 if it’s started indoors and then transplanted outside. Advertisement Growing roselle…

postheadericon Madrone tree information – how to care for a madrone tree

Madrone tree information – how to care for a madrone tree

Image by kazoka30 By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is a madrone tree? Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) is a dramatic, unique tree that provides beauty to the landscape all year long. Keep reading to learn what you need to know to grow madrone trees. Madrone Tree Facts Pacific madrone is native to the coastal ranges of the Pacific Northwest, from northern California to British Columbia, where winters are wet and mild and summers are cool and dry. It tolerates occasionally chilly weather, but isn’t highly frost-resistant….

postheadericon Growing bamboo in pots: can bamboo be grown in containers

Growing bamboo in pots: can bamboo be grown in containers

Image by doji1989 By Liz Baessler Bamboo gets a bad rap. Famous for spreading rapidly through underground rhizomes, it’s a plant that a lot of gardeners deem not worth the trouble. And while some varieties of bamboo can take over if not kept in check, there’s one surefire way to prevent those rhizomes from getting all over your yard: growing bamboo in pots. Keep reading to learn more about container grown bamboo and caring for bamboo in pots. Growing Bamboo in Containers Bamboo varieties can be split into two main…

postheadericon Best fertilizer for butterfly bushes: tips on fertilizing a butterfly bush

Best fertilizer for butterfly bushes: tips on fertilizing a butterfly bush

Image by Candyspics By Teo Spengler Butterfly bush is a large, fast-growing shrub. Mature plants have arching 10- to 12-foot high stems laden with panicles of bright flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Despite its ornamental appearance, a butterfly bush is a tough shrub that requires little human assistance. The plant is not a heavy feeder, and fertilizing a butterfly bush is not essential to growth. However, some gardeners use fertilizer in spring. Read on for information about feeding butterfly bushes and the best fertilizer for butterfly bushes. Do Butterfly…

postheadericon Blooming african baobab trees: information about baobab tree flowers

Blooming african baobab trees: information about baobab tree flowers

Image by valeriebarry By Jackie Carroll The large, white flowers of the baobab tree dangle from the branches on long stems. Huge, crinkled petals and a big cluster of stamen give baobab tree flowers an exotic, powder puff appearance. Find out more about baobabs and their unusual flowers in this article. About African Baobab Trees Native to the African Savannah, baobabs are best suited to warm climates. The trees are also grown in Australia and sometimes in large, open estates and parks in Florida and parts of the Caribbean. Advertisement…

postheadericon Sobaria shrub care: learn how to grow false spirea

Sobaria shrub care: learn how to grow false spirea

Image by Leonora (Ellie) Enking By Teo Spengler Sorbaria false spirea is a sprawling deciduous shrub (Sorbaria sorbifolia) that bears frothy white flowers in panicles at the end of its shoots. It will cover your slopes or fields with deep green foliage in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 8. Read on for information about how to grow false spirea and Sorbaria shrub care. Sorbaria False Spirea If you plant Sorbaria false spirea, don’t expect a prim and proper shrub that knows its place. The charm of…

postheadericon Watering a trumpet vine: how much water does a trumpet vine need

Watering a trumpet vine: how much water does a trumpet vine need

Image by KitAy By Liz Baessler Trumpet vines are stunning flowering perennial vines that can completely cover a fence or wall in brilliant orange blossoms. Trumpet vines are very hardy and pervasive – once you have one, you will likely have it for years, possibly in multiple parts of your garden. Though care is easy, it’s not completely hands free. Trumpet vines do have certain watering needs you’ll need to take care of if you want a happy, healthy plant. Keep reading to learn more about trumpet vine water requirements…

postheadericon Types of hosta plants: how many types of hosta are there

Types of hosta plants: how many types of hosta are there

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Liz Baessler How many types of hosta are there? The short answer is: a whole lot. Hostas are extremely popular in gardening and landscaping due to their ability to thrive even in deep shade. Maybe because of their popularity, a different hosta variety can be found for pretty much any situation. But what are the different types of hosta? Keep reading to learn more about the types of hosta plants. Different Types of Hostas Different varieties of hosta can be split…

postheadericon Guide to christmas cactus feeding – best fertilizer for christmas cactus

Guide to christmas cactus feeding – best fertilizer for christmas cactus

Image by joloei By Bonnie L. Grant If you have been lucky, you might have received a Christmas cactus as a gift around the winter holidays. There are a couple of varieties of Schlumbergeria blooming cacti that tend to come into flower during certain holidays. These popular plants, which include Easter and Thanksgiving cacti, often come from the nursery bursting with blooms, but getting them to flower the next year can be tricky. This is where the importance of Christmas cactus feeding comes into play. Fertilizing Christmas cactus at just…

postheadericon Watering a trumpet vine: how much water does a trumpet vine need

Watering a trumpet vine: how much water does a trumpet vine need

Image by KitAy By Liz Baessler Trumpet vines are stunning flowering perennial vines that can completely cover a fence or wall in brilliant orange blossoms. Trumpet vines are very hardy and pervasive – once you have one, you will likely have it for years, possibly in multiple parts of your garden. Though care is easy, it’s not completely hands free. Trumpet vines do have certain watering needs you’ll need to take care of if you want a happy, healthy plant. Keep reading to learn more about trumpet vine water requirements…