Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon How to plant crocuses and proper crocus flower care

How to plant crocuses and proper crocus flower care

Image by catlovers By Heather Rhoades Crocuses are among one of the most popular of the early spring bloomers. Whether you plant them in a stately group or use them to naturalize your lawn, crocuses can add a bit of color to your lawn. With a little crocus flower care, these plants will last a lifetime. Information about Crocus Bulbs or Corms An early spring bloomer, crocus "bulbs" are technically corms. Like corms, they have a definite up end and down end. They are solid inside like a potato if…

postheadericon Growing daffodils indoors – forcing daffodils into bloom

Growing daffodils indoors – forcing daffodils into bloom

Image by Kain Kalju By Heather Rhoades Forcing daffodils into bloom is an excellent way to help stave off mid-winter blues. Seeing a bright yellow daffodil indoors while the daffodils outside are still fast asleep under snow is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Growing daffodils indoors is not difficult. Let’s look at how you can force daffodils into bloom inside. Growing Daffodils in Water or Soil First, choose which growing medium you will use to grow a daffodil indoors. Your choices are water or soil. Advertisement If…

postheadericon Planting agave: how to grow agave

Planting agave: how to grow agave

Image by Katy Warner By Bonnie L. Grant Agave is a long-leaved succulent plant that naturally forms a rosette shape and produces a flower spire of attractive cup shaped blooms. The plant is drought tolerant and perennial, making it ideal for the mature arid garden. Many agave plants are native to North America and are adaptable to colder climates in the Pacific Northwest and even Canada. Types of Agave Almost every climate is capable of growing agave as some are hardy down to single digits for short periods of time…

postheadericon Daffodil leaves – when do i prune daffodils

Daffodil leaves – when do i prune daffodils

Image by Gardening Know How By Heather Rhoades Daffodils are among the most popular spring blooming bulbs grown in the garden. But, when the flower is gone, when is the right time to remove daffodil leaves? If you are wondering, “When do I prune daffodils,” you will find the answer below. When to Cut Back Daffodils Daffodil leaves should not be cut back until after they have turned yellow. Daffodils use their leaves to create energy, which is then used to create next year’s flower. If you cut back daffodils…

postheadericon Fertilizing daffodil plants: how and when to fertilize daffodils

Fertilizing daffodil plants: how and when to fertilize daffodils

Image by peaceshooter By Bonnie L. Grant We all wait for it. – those first brilliant green shoots peeking out of still chilly, somewhat soggy soil to announce the beginning of spring. By the time the first sunny golden flowers appear, our hearts and minds are lifted by the spectacular display of daffodils in bloom. Perennial bulbs, like daffodils, will naturalize and produce flowers for many years. Daffodil fertilizer can enhance the perfect trumpet-shaped forms and colors of these cheery flowers. Find out when to fertilize daffodils and what to…

postheadericon Viburnum pruning – how and when to prune viburnum

Viburnum pruning – how and when to prune viburnum

Image by pizzodisevo,on/off By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) On average, viburnum shrubs need relatively little pruning. However, it never hurts to practice occasional viburnum pruning each year to maintain shape and overall beauty. When to Prune Viburnum While light pruning can be performed anytime throughout the year, it’s best to leave any major shearing or severe pruning for late winter or early spring. Of course, much of viburnum pruning depends on the variety grown too. In many cases, pruning just after flowering but before the setting of…

postheadericon Curing daffodil bulbs: guide to digging and storing daffodil bulbs

Curing daffodil bulbs: guide to digging and storing daffodil bulbs

Image by Copit By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Daffodil bulbs are extremely hardy bulbs that survive winters in the ground in all but the most punishing winters and hot summers. If you live north of USDA plant hardiness zone 3 or south of zone 7, it’s a good idea to store your daffodil bulbs during the off-season, a process also known as “curing.” Storage of daffodil bulbs is also a good idea if you want to replant the daffodils in a different location for the next…

postheadericon Japanese beetles rose damage – how to get rid of japanese beetles on roses

Japanese beetles rose damage – how to get rid of japanese beetles on roses

Image by B Garrett By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District There is nothing more frustrating to the rose loving gardener than this nasty pest from the land of the rising sun known as the Japanese beetle. A beautiful rose bed one day can be turned into a field of tears in just moments by an attack of these garden bullies. Let’s look at some ways how to control Japanese beetles on roses. How to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles on Roses I…

postheadericon Chuparosa plant information: learn about chuparosa shrubs

Chuparosa plant information: learn about chuparosa shrubs

Image by M. Dolly By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Also known as Belperone, chuparosa (Beloperone californica syn. Justicia californica) is a desert shrub native to the arid climates of the Western United States—primarily Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Colorado and California. With its open and airy growth habit, chuparosa is an ideal addition to an informal, low-maintenance desert landscape. Growth rate of the plant is moderate. Chuparosa Plant Information Chuparosa is the Spanish word for hummingbird. The descriptive name suits the plant well; flocks of hummingbirds are…

postheadericon Pasque flower care: learn about pasque flower cultivation

Pasque flower care: learn about pasque flower cultivation

Image by Antaloczy By Bonnie L. Grant Growing Pasque flowers as part of a meadow wildflower display, in containers or as part of a border, allows for an advance glimpse of springtime’s promise and a reminder of the tenacity of wild flora. Learn about Pasque flowers and cultivate these gems in your own landscape. About Pasque Flowers Pasque flower (Pulsatilla patens syn. Anemone patens) is the state flower of South Dakota and found across much of the northern United States. It is a prairie flower with an early appearance in…