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Morning Glory Vines: Favorite Varieties
Most of my favorite flowering vines are in the plant family Ipomoea. The most common member of this...
Growing Guide: Spring-Planted Bulbs
See how to grow spring-planted bulbs. Our handy chart takes the guesswork out of planting bulbs....
Design a Garden for Flowers All Summer Long
When planning on how to design a garden, think about how to keep the flowers blooming all summer...
Container Gardening with Flowers
Container gardening with flowers is a great way to instantly introduce color, fragrance, and beauty...
Painting Pots: The Sponge Technique
Beautifully painting a flower pot might seem like a daunting task, but the easy sponge technique...
How to Make a Hollyhock Flower Doll
Learn how to make old-fashioned hollyhock doll out of flowers, a delightful children’s craft for...
Dandelion Health Benefits
Gardeners curse the ubiquitous dandelion and its pervasive nature. They pop up everywhere in spring...
A Spring Tonic, using the early greens of spring, may be just the thing you need to get through...
December Birth Flowers
December’s flowers may be very different from each other, one being a bulb and the other an...
November Birth Flower
November’s birth flower recalls the vibrant colors of October’s autumn leaves. What is the Flower...
April Birth Flowers
By April, spring’s in full swing, and these birth month flowers are ready to express its happy...
March Birth Flowers
When the flowers begin to emerge in March, it seems that these cheery yellow blooms are among the...
Growing the Siberian Iris
When you hear the word “iris,” do you see a big bearded beauty rising up above swordlike leaves?...
Plant Guides: Flowers, Bulbs, Roses, Shrubs, Houseplants
Our Growing Guides for flowers cover popular annuals, perennials, bulbs, roses, and shrubs—as well...
Beautiful Orchid Pictures and Growing Tips
Ready for a tropical interlude? Luckily, I only had to go as far as our state’s Orchid Society’s...
African Violet Care: Grow African Violets
African violets are a beautiful indoor plant, so find out how to grow and care for African violets...
Helping the Bees and the Butterflies
Bees and butterflies have been experiencing drastic declines in the past few years. Many believe...
Bee Buzz & Blue Berries
My yard is abuzz with bees from early Spring until late October. Sometimes, I have to swat them...
Fall Tasks: Harvest, Store & Plant
Like you, I’m harvesting vegetables and fruits from my garden and preparing them for storage. I...
Antiquity Blooms in My Garden
All the historical, antique, or heirloom plants in my gardens put on spectacular shows. I’ve...
Impatient for Impatiens?
Are you having trouble finding impatiens in garden centers this spring? Did the ones you planted...
March is Jam-Packed with New Plants and Ideas
I thought I’d seen all the new stuff for 2013. Wrong! Two veteran seed companies have sprung a...
Seeds and Bees
Every seed you plant is a GMO (genetically modified organism), including heirloom and organic seeds...
Invasion of the Garden Catalogs--Part 2
So many gorgeous flowers and too little space! That’s my dilemma as I pore over the seed catalogs...
Tips and Treats
Outdoor gardening has ended for most of us north of an imaginary line drawn from Los Angeles...
Sleeping with Bananas and Other Ways to Overwinter Tropicals
Yes, I sleep with bananas all winter long. A ‘Super Dwarf Cavendish’ banana plant, that is. It’s...
I love sunflowers. They are so bright, beautiful, colorful and practical. I admire that, until the...
Potpourri: from the best annuals to giant cabbages
As I begin autumn cleanup, it’s productive to observe what grew the best, bloomed the most...
More Winding Down a Difficult Season
If you garden in an area not affected by drought, you may wonder why I’m obsessing. #1: High...
Don’t Shrink from Violets
Wild violets (genus Viola, many species; probably escaped from cultivation) pop up everywhere and...
New Plants and a Blueberry Recall
A trio of perennial plant “stars” are lighting up my drought-stricken garden this summer. Two...
Pressed flowers make lovely cards, pictures, pretty boxes, and much more. Here's instructions on...
Great Garden Plants
Looking for great garden plants? Here are plants lists and advice for different types of gardens....
Sunflowers: Smiling Faces for Sunny Places
The smiling faces of sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) growing in your yard are sure to brighten up...
Flowers: Annuals and Perennials to Start Indoors
Below is a list of annuals and perennials that can be started indoors by seed. Note: not all...
Growing Roses: Tips and Advice
Growing roses can be difficult; in fact, a truly “easy” rose doesn’t really exist outside our...
The History of Roses: Living Legends
Roses, besides being magnificent flowers, have a long history. Roses’ links to antiquity are...
Lily Flowers: Will the Real Lily Please Stand Up?
Lily flowers are magnificent plants that command attention wherever they are planted. Add some...
Care of Tropical Bulbs
Here are a few important tips on how to care for tropical bulbs from The Old Farmer's Almanac...
Best Bulbs for Naturalizing
When you shop for bulbs, you’ll see some labeled as “good for naturalizing.” This means that they...
Flower Bulb Growing Tips
Here are key flower bulb growing tips from The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Turn the soil over to a depth...
Great Gifts for Gardeners
My son asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Like he had to ask? We gardeners are always thrilled...
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