Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon What are viburnum borers: learn about the control of viburnum borer

What are viburnum borers: learn about the control of viburnum borer

By Jackie Carroll Viburnum borers cause serious damage to shrubs in the viburnum family. Learn to identify these insect pests and eliminate them from the landscape with the viburnum borer treatment tips in this article. Viburnum Borer Life Cycle So what are viburnum borers? Viburnum borers are day-flying moths that look a lot like wasps. They have dark bodies with yellow markings and clear wings. It takes a close inspection to see the difference between the two distinct species of viburnum borers. The clearwing borer has white scales on its…

postheadericon Lapageria plant care – how to grow a chilean bellflower vine

Lapageria plant care – how to grow a chilean bellflower vine

Image by Inao Vasquez By Liz Baessler Lapageria rosea plants, also frequently called Chilean bellflowers, are native to the coastal regions of Chile. It is the national flower of Chile and named after Empress Josephine Lapagerie, wife of Napoleon Bonaparte. It can’t be grown just anywhere, though, and takes some special care to flourish. Keep reading to learn more about Lapageria plant care and Chilean bellflower information. Lapageria Plant Care Lapageria rosea plants are long, spreading vines that can grow to 15 feet in length and spread just as wide….

postheadericon Winter jasmine care: how to grow winter jasmine plants

Winter jasmine care: how to grow winter jasmine plants

Image by 4028mdk09 By Bonnie L. Grant Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) is one of the earliest flowering plants to bloom, often in January. It has none of the characteristic scents of the family, but the cheery buttery blooms help dispel winter gloom and bring encouragement to the cabin fevered gardener. This decorative plant is quick to establish and winter jasmine care is a breeze. Learn how to grow winter jasmine and perk up your cold season garden. Winter Jasmine Information Any type of flower in winter seems like a major…

postheadericon Growing mariposa lilies: care of calochortus bulbs

Growing mariposa lilies: care of calochortus bulbs

Image by alessandrocampagnolo By Bonnie L. Grant I want to be the person that gets to name plants. For instance, Calochortus lily plants are also called such picturesque names as butterfly tulip, mariposa lily, globe tulip or star tulip. All very descriptive and appropriate monikers for this broad species of bulb flowers related to lilies. This is a native plant, but seed catalogs and nurseries carry bulbs in their many cultivars. Even the green thumb free novice can easily learn how to grow a Calochortus mariposa plant, with a little…

postheadericon Brugmansia diseases: fixing common issues with brugmansia

Brugmansia diseases: fixing common issues with brugmansia

Image by JaimePharr By Kristi Waterworth The classic, trumpet-shaped flowers of brugmansia make it a favorite of gardeners everywhere, but brugmansia diseases can stop this plant’s display short. Because brugmansia is a close relative of tomatoes, issues with brugmansia are similar to those of its popular cousin. Treating sick brugmansia plants starts with correct identification of the pathogen involved. Disease Problems of Brugmansia Understanding the pathogen is the best way to get started with diseased brugmansia care. Although this list is far from exhaustive, being able to recognize these common brugmansia…

postheadericon Brugmansia problems: how to treat disease and pests of brugmansia

Brugmansia problems: how to treat disease and pests of brugmansia

Image by Shef-time By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Also known as angel trumpet or simply “brug,” brugmansia is a shrubby plant with masses of impressive, trumpet-shaped flowers measuring up to 20 inches in length. The stunning blooms appear from spring until early winter. Although little care is required to grow this beauty, brugmansia pests and diseases may compromise the health and longevity of the plant. Brugmansia Diseases The most common Brugmansia diseases include: Advertisement Fungal wilts Fungal issues affecting brugmansia include fusarium and verticillium wilt. Both diseases,…

postheadericon Common gladiola disease problems and gladiolus pests

Common gladiola disease problems and gladiolus pests

Image by ktylerconk By Kathleen Mierzejewski If you have planted gladiolus, you should usually be able to enjoy gladiolus problem-free. They are beautiful and come in a variety of colors, truly enhancing any landscape in your yard. However, gladiolus pests are abundant, and the most common of all is problems with the corm. Problems with Growing Gladiolus If you have gladiolus that are already growing and they are showing signs of yellowing leaves or even have flowers that seem stunted without opening before they start turning brown, your gladiolus problem…

postheadericon Rose varieties: what are some different types of roses

Rose varieties: what are some different types of roses

Image by erperlstrom By Stan V. (Stan the Rose Man) Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District, Denver Rose Society Member A rose is a rose is a rose and then some. There are different rose types and not all are created equal. Keep reading to learn more about the kinds of roses you might come across when looking for one to plant in the garden. Different Varieties of Roses The first roses started with the Old Garden or Species roses. Old garden roses are those…

postheadericon Companion planting with agapanthus: good companion plants for agapanthus

Companion planting with agapanthus: good companion plants for agapanthus

Image by JohnnyWalker61 By Teo Spengler Agapanthus are tall perennials with gorgeous blue, pink or purple flowers. Also called Lily of the Nile or Blue African Lily, agapanthus is the queen of the late summer garden. Although you may be tempted to dedicate a flower bed to agapanthus, remember that agapanthus companion plants can complement these beauties. Read on for information about plants that grow well with agapanthus. Companion Planting with Agapanthus Once you know about plants that grow well with agapanthus, you can select agapanthus companion plants for your…

postheadericon What is rose balling: reasons for rose buds dying before opening

What is rose balling: reasons for rose buds dying before opening

Image by Elen11 By Stan V. (Stan the Rose Man) Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District Denver Rose Society Member Are your rose buds dying before opening? If your rose buds won’t open into beautiful flowers, then they are likely suffering from a condition known as rose flower balling. Read on to learn more about what causes this and how to fix the problem. What is Rose Balling? Rose “balling” normally happens when a rose bud forms naturally and begins to open, but once the…