postheadericon Growing bluebells: care of wood hyacinth bluebells

Growing bluebells: care of wood hyacinth bluebells

Image by Dominic Alves By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Bluebell flowers are dainty bulbous perennials that provide a profusion of color ranging from deep purple to pinks, whites and blues from April to mid May. Although some confusion may arrive from various English and Latin names, most bluebells are also known as wood hyacinths. English and Spanish Bluebells English bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) are native to France and England and have been gracing gardens and wooded areas with their beautiful bluish-purple flowers since the early 1500’s. These spring delights reach heights…

postheadericon Lenten rose flower: learn more about planting lenten roses

Lenten rose flower: learn more about planting lenten roses

Image by bobosh_t By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Also known as Hellebore, Lenten rose plants (Helleborus orientalis) are not roses at all. Instead, they are perennial flowers that derived their name from the fact that the blooms look similar to that of a rose. In addition, these plants are seen blooming in early spring, often during the Lent season. These attractive plants are fairly easy to grow in the garden and will add a nice splash of color to gloomy, dark areas. Growing Lenten Rose Plants These…

postheadericon Growing lungwort: information about the lungwort flower

Growing lungwort: information about the lungwort flower

Image by Lee Coursey By Heather Rhoades The name lungwort often gives a gardener pause. Can a plant with such an ugly name truly be a lovely plant? But that is exactly what lungwort plants are. This shade plant is not only attractive, but surprisingly resilient. About the Lungwort Flower Lungwort (Pulmonaria sp) gets its name from the fact that herbalists from long ago thought the leaves of the plant looked like a lung and, therefore would treat lung disorders. The supposed medicinal effects of the plant have long since…

postheadericon Dwarf crested iris – how to care for a dwarf iris plant

Dwarf crested iris – how to care for a dwarf iris plant

Image by Keith T. Robinson By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) They’re one of the first harbingers of spring and a personal favorite of mine—miniature irises. These beautiful wildflowers make great additions to woodland gardens and borders, offering a carpet of color each spring. About Miniature Irises It’s still an iris, only smaller. In fact, most dwarf irises only reach about 6 to 8 inches tall, making them ideal for borders or even edging. These tiny wildflower wonders spread through underground rhizomatous stems, filling the garden with their…

postheadericon Learn about the care of winter aconite plants

Learn about the care of winter aconite plants

Image by Deanster1983 By Anne Baley Beginning early in March, northern gardeners begin to eagerly scour their gardens in search of a telltale sprig of green, a sign that spring is on the way and new growth is beginning. The crocus is the traditional harbinger of warmer weather to come, but one brightly colored flower beats even that early riser – the winter aconite (Eranthus hyemalis). Winter aconite plants frequently come up through the snow, don’t mind a small amount of frost and will open their buttercup-like blooms at the…

postheadericon Tips for attracting bees: plants that attract bees

Tips for attracting bees: plants that attract bees

Image by aussiegall By Kathleen Mierzejewski When it comes to your flowers, you should know that honeybee pollination is so important. You will definitely want to plant flowers that attract bees because attracting bees will ensure that your flowers will grow and multiply. The bees pollinate the flowers and make them grow. This is critical to your garden’s success. Plants That Attract Bees Pollinating insects, especially bees, are necessary for the success of your flower or vegetable garden. Attracting bees is quite simple. Just make sure you plant flowers that attract bees….

postheadericon Pollinator gardens: creating a pollinator garden

Pollinator gardens: creating a pollinator garden

Image by Duncan Harris By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) You don’t need a lot of space to start a pollinator garden; in fact, with only a few pots of flowers, you can attract beneficial creatures, such as bees and butterflies to the area. How to Create a Pollinator Garden Pollinators thrive on flower nectar and pollen. Designate a section of the landscape strictly for a pollinator garden filled with a multitude of grasses, trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Seek out a site that receives at least six hours of…

postheadericon What is bottom watering: tips on watering potted plants from the bottom

What is bottom watering: tips on watering potted plants from the bottom

Image by endolith By Anne Baley Watering is the most common chore you do with your potted plants, and you probably do it by pouring water onto the surface of the potting soil. While this can be an effective way to get moisture to your plants, it’s not the best method for many varieties. Some plants, like African violets, get discolored and covered in spots if you drop water on the leaves. If your plant is becoming root bound, moisture might not soak into the soil and may run down…

postheadericon Reducing humidity indoors: what to do when humidity is too high

Reducing humidity indoors: what to do when humidity is too high

Image by Yandle By Kristi Waterworth There are lots of tips and tricks for keeping indoor humidity levels high, especially in the close vicinity of plants that need lots of humidity, like orchids. But what do you do if your indoor humidity is too high? As insulation techniques improve the seals on homes and greenhouses across the country, reducing humidity becomes a vital task. Not only does high indoor humidity increase the risk of damage to your home, it can cause problems for your plants. Can High Humidity Hurt Plants?…

postheadericon Quince care – tips on how to grow a quince tree

Quince care – tips on how to grow a quince tree

Image by Steve R. By Jackie Carroll If you’re looking for an ornamental flowering tree or shrub that produces fragrant fruit and looks good throughout the year, consider growing quince. Quince trees (Cydonia oblonga) were popular during colonial times but eventually fell out of favor because they offered no immediate gratification-you couldn’t eat them right off the tree. Interest in the fruit has revived somewhat thanks to improved varieties that can be eaten fresh, but quinces are such a minor player in the agricultural economy that the U.S. Department of…


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