Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon Butterfly bush leaves turning yellow: how to fix yellowing butterfly bush leaves

Butterfly bush leaves turning yellow: how to fix yellowing butterfly bush leaves

Image by Jennifer Arrow By Bonnie L. Grant Butterfly bush is a common ornamental specimen, prized for its long flower spikes and ability to attract pollinators. This plant is a perennial, which dies back in fall and produces new foliage in spring. When it defoliates in autumn, the leaves change color naturally; but during the growing season, yellow leaves on my butterfly bush can signal other problems. Cultural or insect issues are likely the cause for leaves turning yellow on butterfly bush. Here are some potential causes so you can…

postheadericon False indigo growing tips: growing and caring for baptisia plants

False indigo growing tips: growing and caring for baptisia plants

Image by Jennifer Rafieyan By Jackie Rhoades If you’re looking for a striking perennial that needs minimum care to produce maximum results, take a good look at Baptisia plants. Also known as false indigo, the flowers were once used by Native Americans and early European settlers to dye cloth before the true indigo became available. False Indigo Flowers Members of the Fabaceae or pea family, false indigo flowers’ distinctive pea-like blossoms also come in white (Baptisia alba) and yellow (Baptisia tinctoria) as well as the more widely known blue (Baptisia…

postheadericon Growing christmas cactus outdoors: can christmas cactus be outside

Growing christmas cactus outdoors: can christmas cactus be outside

Image by Andrew Fogg By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Can I plant my Christmas cactus outside, you ask? Can Christmas cactus be outside? The answer is yes, but you can only grow the plant outdoors year round if you live in a warm climate because Christmas cactus is definitely not cold hardy. Growing Christmas cactus outdoors is possible only in USDA plant hardiness zones 9 and above. How to Grow a Christmas Cactus Outside If you live in a cool climate, plant Christmas cactus in a…

postheadericon Pruning in the garden – do you have to prune garden plants

Pruning in the garden – do you have to prune garden plants

Image by OlgaPonomarenko By Jackie Carroll Are your trees and shrubs starting to look a little neglected? Have your flowers quit blooming? Maybe it’s time for a little tidying up. Find out when to trim garden plants in this article. Pruning in the Garden Nothing improves the appearance of a garden like pruning at just the right time. The plants look neater, and they’ll often reward you with a fresh flush of flowers after a good trim. The best time for pruning in the garden depends on the type of…

postheadericon Cosmos flower care – tips for growing cosmos

Cosmos flower care – tips for growing cosmos

Image by William Warby By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Cosmos plants (Cosmos bipinnatus) are an essential for many summer gardens, reaching varying heights and in many colors, adding frilly texture to the flower bed. Growing cosmos is simple and cosmos flower care is easy and rewarding when single or double blooms appear on stems reaching 1 to 4 feet. Cosmos plants may be featured at the back of a descending garden or in the middle of an island garden. Taller varieties may need staking…

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 Azalea fertilizer tips – what’s the best fertilizer for azaleas

Azalea fertilizer tips – what’s the best fertilizer for azaleas

Image by PCostaBaldi By Teo Spengler Azaleas are among the iconic flowering shrubs of the South, but they also thrive in many states across the country. They offer early spring blossoms in bright colors. Compared with other heavily blooming shrubs, azaleas are not hungry plants. Fertilizer for azaleas is often unnecessary unless the plants are showing signs of nutritional deficiency. It is important to recognize when to fertilize azalea plants and when it is not necessary. Read on for azalea fertilizer tips. When to Fertilize Azalea Shrubs If you work…

postheadericon Chinese juniper shrubs: tips on caring for chinese juniper

Chinese juniper shrubs: tips on caring for chinese juniper

Image by gtokimi By Jackie Carroll Although the original species (Juniperus chinensis) is a medium to large tree, you won’t find these trees in garden centers and nurseries. Instead, you’ll find Chinese juniper shrubs and small trees which are cultivars of the original species. Plant taller varieties as screens and hedges and use them in shrub borders. Low-growing varieties serve as foundation plants and ground covers, and they work well in perennial borders. Caring for Chinese Juniper Chinese junipers prefer moist, well-drained soil, but they will adapt almost anywhere as long…

postheadericon How to plant a living fence – using a fast growing plant to cover fence

How to plant a living fence – using a fast growing plant to cover fence

Image by Ulga By Heather Rhoades Covering chain link fences is a common problem for many homeowners. While chain link fencing is inexpensive and easy to install, it does lack the beauty of other kinds of fencing. But, if you take a few minutes to learn how to plant a living fence with a fast growing plant to cover fence sections, you can have a fence that is both lovely and inexpensive. Covering Chain Link Fences with Plants There are a few things to consider when covering chain link fences…

postheadericon Tips for fountain grass pruning: cutting back fountain grass

Tips for fountain grass pruning: cutting back fountain grass

Image by Kamal Hamid By Heather Rhoades Fountain grasses are a reliable and pretty addition to the home landscape, adding drama and height, but their nature is to die back to the ground, which causes confusion for many gardeners. When do you prune fountain grass? In the fall, winter or in the spring? And what steps are involved in cutting back fountain grass? Continue reading to learn more about fountain grass pruning. When to Cut Back Fountain Grass The best time when to trim fountain grass back is in the…