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Often grown as annuals, Petunias are one of the most popular flowers. They are tender perennials in...
Cannas are among the most colorful summer bulbs—as flamboyant as their tropical American ancestry—...
Wildflower Super Bloom Out West
What a magical sight! Dry, barren deserts are blooming with millions of flowers, drowning the land...
Coneflowers: 7 Best Echinacea Varieties
I have been under the weather lately, and one of the only things that seems to quiet my cough is...
Cooking With Flowers
Cook with edible flowers to add color and a hint of flavor to soups, chicken, and salad dishes. ...
Flowers You Can Eat
But did you know that the flowers of hundreds of common wild and cultivated plants are edible? Yes...
How to Grow Scented Geraniums
It’s only January, but already I’m tired of looking out at a bleak sheet of white. Luckily, I have...
Flowering Houseplants to Brighten Winter
Here are great flowering houseplants to brighten your winter days. These plants are practically...
Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
Holiday plants such as poinsettias, amaryllises, and Christmas cacti are traditional gifts that can...
Forcing Bulbs Indoors for Winter Blooms
As the gardening season slows down, do you still have spring-flowering bulbs that you never planted...
Asters: Stars of the Fall Garden
Summer is winding down but the asters are just getting started, adding splashes of lavender, purple...
Growing Daylilies and Daylily Propagation
The daylily really is the perfect perennial—easy to grow, virtually disease- and pest-free, and...
Saffron is An Exotic Spice Worth its Weight
Saffron is considered one of the top 16 most expensive substances in the world by weight and easily...
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...
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...
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