Archive for the ‘Ornamental gardens’ Category

postheadericon Caring for congo cockatoo plants: how to grow congo cockatoo impatiens

Caring for congo cockatoo plants: how to grow congo cockatoo impatiens

Image by Maja Dumat By Mary Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What is a Congo cockatoo plant (Impatiens niamniamensis)? This African native, also known as parrot plant or parrot impatiens, provides a spark of bright color in shady areas of the garden, much like other impatiens flowers. Named for the clusters of bright, orange-red and yellow, beak-like blooms, Congo cockatoo flowers grow year round in mild climates. Read on for tips on how to grow Congo cockatoo impatiens plants. How to Grow Congo Cockatoo Impatiens Congo cockatoo impatiens tolerate…

postheadericon Blue lace flower info: tips for growing blue lace flowers

Blue lace flower info: tips for growing blue lace flowers

Image by Col Ford and Natasha de Vere By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Native to Australia, the blue lace flower is an eye-catching plant that displays rounded globes of tiny, star-shaped flowers in shades of sky-blue or purple. Each colorful, long-lasting bloom grows atop a single, slender stalk. Such a beautiful plant deserves a place in the garden. Let’s learn more about growing blue lace flowers. Blue Lace Flower Info Blue lace flower plants (Trachymene coerulea aka Didiscus coeruleas) are low-maintenance annuals that ideal for sunny…

postheadericon English ivy tree damage: tips on removing ivy from trees

English ivy tree damage: tips on removing ivy from trees

By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) There’s little doubt about the attractiveness of English ivy in the garden. The vigorous vine not only grows rapidly, but is hardy too with little maintenance involved with its care, making this ivy an exceptional groundcover plant. That being said, without periodic pruning to keep it in check, English ivy can become a nuisance, especially with regards to trees in the landscape. Read on to learn more about ivy damage to trees and what can be done to alleviate the problem. Does…

postheadericon No mandevilla flowers: getting a mandevilla plant to bloom

No mandevilla flowers: getting a mandevilla plant to bloom

Image by Jill Lang By Bonnie L. Grant Vibrant pink blooms and elegant vining stems characterize the mandevilla plant. Getting a mandevilla plant to bloom in tropical to sub-tropical regions relies upon plenty of water and adequate sunshine. In cooler climates, the plant is only suitable for summer outdoor growing and may need a bit more babying as the season is short and the vines need to mature before blooming. There are a few tricks you can try if there are no mandevilla flowers on your plant. Mandevilla plants need…

postheadericon What is a colletia plant: tips on growing anchor plants

What is a colletia plant: tips on growing anchor plants

Image by A. Barra By Bonnie L. Grant For unmatched strangeness in the garden, you can’t go wrong with Colletia anchor plant. Also known as Crucifixion thorn plants, Colletia is a surprising specimen filled with danger and whimsy. What is Colletia plant? Read on for a description and growing details for this unique South American native. What is a Colletia Plant? Gardeners are often searching for that unusual, second look plant for their landscape. Crucifixion thorn plants could provide just the right amount of drama and distinctive form. However, they…

postheadericon Wetwood infected bleeding trees: why do trees ooze sap

Wetwood infected bleeding trees: why do trees ooze sap

Image by William Jacobi, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org By Kathleen Mierzejewski Older trees end up growing in adverse conditions or conditions not perfect for that particular tree. This just happens without any cause. The tree becomes too large for the area it is growing in, or perhaps at one point it received nice shade and now is larger and gets full sun. The soil becomes old and unconditioned and doesn’t nourish the tree like it used to. All of these things can cause a tree to start showing signs of…

postheadericon Amaryllis seed propagation: how to plant an amaryllis seed

Amaryllis seed propagation: how to plant an amaryllis seed

Image by aldra By Liz Baessler Growing amaryllis from seeds is a very rewarding, if somewhat long process. Amaryllis hybridize easily, which means you can develop your own new variety right at home. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it takes years, sometimes as many as five, to go from seed to blossoming plant. If you have some patience, however, you can produce and germinate your own amaryllis seed pods. Keep reading to learn more about amaryllis seed propagation and how to plant an amaryllis seed. Amaryllis…

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 Osmanthus bush uses: fragrant tea olive cultivation and care

Osmanthus bush uses: fragrant tea olive cultivation and care

Image by ntdanai By Jackie Carroll Osmanthus fragrans is a shrub or small tree recognized more by its fragrance than its appearance. Common names include tea olive, although it isn’t a member of the olive family, and false holly for its spiny, holly-like leaves. Read on to learn about growing Osmanthus plants. Tea Olive Cultivation Osmanthus bush uses revolve around the shrub’s scent. Plant it near windows, outdoor seating and patios where you can enjoy the fragrance the most. Growing Osmanthus plants as a hedge creates a wall of fragrance….

postheadericon Indoor mum care: growing chrysanthemums indoors

Indoor mum care: growing chrysanthemums indoors

Image by ronstik By Bonnie L. Grant Chrysanthemums are common gift plants and can be found as such year around. This is because they have been tricked into blooming by either hormones or manipulation of light exposure. Chrysanthemum houseplants require lower light to force blooms. They can be quite difficult to get to re-bloom in an interior setting but in warmer climes should be planted outside where they can get the appropriate lighting and resume their normal bloom schedule. Potted mums are not the same as the hardy varieties that…