Plant Guides: Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Common Plants

March 23, 2016
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Our Growing Guides for flowers cover popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and shrubs—as well as some houseplants.

Click on the growing guides below for information on how to plant and grow popular flowers and shrubs. You’ll also find tips on garden pests and problems, recommended plant varieties, and more!

Flower Guides

Click here for growing guides on annuals, perennials, bulbs, and roses.


 

Click here for growing guides on popular shrubs, especially flowering shrubs!


 

Click here for growing guides on popular houseplants.

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The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide, The American Horticultural Society

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It really depends on the

It really depends on the flower but it's usually fine to transplant annuals. For petunias, you want the plants spaced about 1 foot apart. See our petunia page: http://www.almanac.com/plant/p...
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When you transplant, do it on a cloudy day and try not to disrupt the roots or soil and transplant at the same depth they were growing in the containers. Water thoroughly after transplanting to avoid excessive wilting.

Basically though what I want

Basically though what I want to know is, if there are like 3 or 4 flowers in 1 pot, can I just dig a hole the size of the pot in the garden and put them all into it, without disturbing the roots or soil?

B/c it seems like when you seperate them that disturbs the roots.

I bought 3 T. Edith Verbena,

I bought 3 T. Edith Verbena, can anyone tell me how big I can figure these will get. We are also very windy here, will that be a problem?

I love flowers; live in Zone

I love flowers; live in Zone 9 in Central Florida, with 11 oak trees front & back - shade, shade, shade, and VERY little grass! I know our soil is poor, but azaleas & impatiens should do well. What other perennials should I consider?

Hello, Syndi, Here are some

Hello, Syndi, Here are some suggestions for zone 9 shade plants--both annuals and perenntials:
• Begonia
• Caladium
• Coleus
• Crossandra
• Impatiens
• Persian Shield
• Torenia
Near trees, take care. You'll want to minimize root interference, so pick small plants (with small root balls). Check with your Florida county extension for more locally-based suggestions and all the best!

Hello, i just bought some

Hello, i just bought some bare root roses today, and everywhere i have looked i have not found when is a good time to plant them. I live in central ohio, please help. I want to plant them soon but i dont want to hurt them.

You can plant roses as soon

You can plant roses as soon as your can dig the soil. Just make sure its not too wet. If you still have cold nights you may want to plant the roses in pots that you can move into a protected location during the night.

Hello, we reside in San

Hello, we reside in San Jose,Ca, in this month of March, we would love to plant tulips & have them bloom by May is that possible ? and will the tulips last all summer ? and will they return every year ? or will I need to replanted ? thank you!

Tulips require at least 8

Tulips require at least 8 weeks of cooling before they will grow. You can try keeping the bulbs planted in soil in a conatiner in the refrigerator for a few weeks and then planting them the ground, but this method would have been better if started in December. Tulips are a spring-flowering plant though some tulips do last until early summer. Tulips will return for many years, but do eventually stop producing blooms.

My yard with moles is in

My yard with moles is in NAugusta, SC.

I'm wanting to plant any kind

I'm wanting to plant any kind of flowers but "the moles" are all over both front & back yards! I'm looking forward to a lil flowering patch for my butterflies, bees & of course my hummingbirds! So, what's first?

Start with bright-colored

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Start with bright-colored annuals (asters, cosmos, zinnias, pansies, sweet peas). Start these from seed or buy transplants. Stay away from bulbs as moles like to eat them. See our list of plants that attract butterflies at www.almanac.com/content/plants....

when is it best to buy and

when is it best to buy and plant Amarillis bulbs

Amaryllis are only hardy in

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Amaryllis are only hardy in zones 9 - 10, so most people grow them indoors as houseplants, starting in time for the holidays. If you live in the South, you could plant them in gardens after all danger of frost has passed. Otherwise, you can just leave them in pots year-round -- for years!

I have had 3 Amaryllis plants

I have had 3 Amaryllis plants in a big pot on my front porch for several years now. The porch is covered so there is no fear of frost or heavy freeze to the plants. They actually started to sprout the long green leaves 2 months ago and are pretty healthy looking now. I am located in Georgia so our winters do not get as cold as other areas. I am also planting several different veggies on my porch this year. Lots of sun there and it takes place of the old square foot gardening I used to do.

Just moved back into our

Just moved back into our house after being restored after tornado. Contractor planted 8 knockout rose bushes around house. I am in Fayetteville North Carolia and want to know how to care for these rose bushes during this time of year.

i would like to know what i

i would like to know what i do with my pointsetta

I would like to know what is

I would like to know what is the earliest date I can plant dahlia tubers in my garden near Victoria, BC

Plant dahlia tubers after all

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Plant dahlia tubers after all danger of frost has passed. In zones 8 through 11 you can leave your dahlias in the ground all winter.

Awesome issues here. I am

Awesome issues here. I am very glad to peer your article.
Thanks so much and I'm having a look forward to contact you.
Will you kindly drop me a mail?

What do I do to keep my Roses

What do I do to keep my Roses out side alive in the cold Alaska winter?

Hi Thomas, if you are growing

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Hi Thomas, if you are growing hardy roses, by now you should have stopped fertilizing and pruning in order to promote dormancy in the plants. Wait until after a couple of hard frosts (and most of the leaves drop) to provide winter protection. We recommend hilling up organic mulch or compost about 10 inches around the plant. If you have tender roses, they'll need to be moved indoors and stored between 34 and 40 degrees, in a dark basement or attic. Good luck! 

I would like to know what

I would like to know what plants or shrubs are attractive to mockingbirds.

Hi Robinlynn, Mockingbirds

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Hi Robinlynn, Mockingbirds love anything they can snack on. Try planting a crab apple or cherry tree, or a low growing shrub that they can nest in. Of course, they will also most likely visit you if you have a birdfeeder and clean drinking water out for them.

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