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postheadericon Growing fritillaria bulbs – how to grow and care for wildflower fritillaria lilies

Growing fritillaria bulbs – how to grow and care for wildflower fritillaria lilies

Image by F.D. Richards By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Delicate and exotic, Fritillaria flower varieties may appear difficult to grow, but most Fritillaria care is simple after the large bulbs bloom. Fritillarias are true lilies, growing from non-tunicate bulbs. Fritillaria imperialis, or Crown Imperial, has the showiest flowers of the species, but some say it also has a malodorous fragrance reminiscent to that of skunk odor. These Fritillaria bulbs have nodding flowers, topped with a tuft of foliage. Another of the wildflower Fritillaria lilies…

postheadericon Grape holly plant care – how and where to plant oregon grape hollies and creeping mahonia

Grape holly plant care – how and where to plant oregon grape hollies and creeping mahonia

Image by Matt Lavin By Jackie Carroll Growing a grape holly plant in the landscape will offer unique interest to the area. Not only easy to grow and care for, these lovely plants also offer an abundance of food to wildlife through their fall berries. These plants will also add year-round interest through their attractive foliage color and texture. Grape Holly Plant Info Oregon grape holly (Mahonia aquifolium) is a handsome, 3- to 6-foot ornamental shrub that can play a number of roles in the garden. The shrub’s appearance changes…

postheadericon Growing spirea shrubs: information on how to care for spirea bushes

Growing spirea shrubs: information on how to care for spirea bushes

Image by Cliff By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Novice and experienced gardeners alike love spirea bushes (Spiraea) for their eye-catching beauty, fast growth rate, hardiness and ease of care. Spirea shrubs are deciduous shrubs that can be divided into two categories: spring blooming and summer blooming. The spring blooming spirea has a delicate cascading habit with large clusters of white flowers poised on arching branches. The summer blooming spirea bush boasts beautiful pink, white or red flowers atop upright branches. Both varieties are prized for their shape and flowers. How…

postheadericon Forsythia shrub care – how to care for your forsythia plant

Forsythia shrub care – how to care for your forsythia plant

Image by mlok By Heather Rhoades A forsythia plant (Forsythia spp) can add dramatic flair to a yard in the early spring. Forsythia bushes are among the first plants of spring to burst forth in flower and in order to get the most from their brilliant yellow flowers, you need to make sure that you take proper care of forsythia in your yard. Keep reading to learn more about forsythia shrub care. Basic Care of Forsythia While forsythia bushes are easy to care for, there are a few things you…