Category Archives: Gardening And Landscaping

How to Protect Plants from Frost (And How to Cover Plants for Frost)

How to Protect Plants from Frost

Protecting plants from frost in early spring and late fall is vital for all gardeners. An unexpected freeze can kill tender seedlings, damage roots, and ruin plant foliage. Even when you expect temperatures to drop significantly, being prepared to protect plants from freezing conditions will help save your plants from the ravages of cold weather.

Plumbago Plant Care (Blue Plumbago and White Plumbago) – Plumbago Auriculata

Plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) is a beautiful evergreen climbing plant or shrub with clusters of blue or white flowers and glossy green spatulate leaves. The most common plumbago cultivar is the blue plumbago with pale blue, five-petaled flowers. The white plumbago (Plumbago auriculata ‘Alba’) looks similar; only it has brilliant snow-white flower heads. In colder climates, you can grow plumbago as a potted houseplant.

Silver Mound Care: Growing Silver Mound Artemisia (Artemisia Schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’)

Silver Mound Artemisia

Silver mound (Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Silver mound’) is a perennial shrub with fine silvery-green needle-like leaves that create a silky mound of soft foliage. The silver mound plant is ideal in a landscape as a low-growing spacer, framing, ground cover, or edging plant. Sometimes just called artemisia, the silver mound is mat-forming clumping plant that is easy to care for as it grows in most soils, and requires little watering.

Dusty Miller: Complete Plant Care Guide (With Flower Pictures)

Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) care

Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria, syn. Jacobaea maritima) is an attractive bushy perennial flowering shrub with silvery gray, soft fuzzy lobed leaves. As a minimal care bedding plant, dusty miller plants are drought tolerant and withstand direct sunlight, drought, and frost. The only care the plant needs is to trim leggy dusty miller stems in the summer.

Caladium Plant Care (Indoors and Outdoors) – And When to Plant Caladium Bulbs

Caladium Plant Care (Indoors and Outdoors)

Caladium plants are beautiful tropical tender perennials with stunning, multicolored heart-shaped leaves. Caladium bicolor—also called Heart of Jesus—is the most popular species of the shade-loving leafy plant. Caladium leaves can be magnificent color combinations of pink, green, red, and white. Caladiums are easy to grow as summer annuals or spectacular houseplants.

Gayfeather (Liatris Spicata): Care, Growing Guide and Types (With Pictures)

Gayfeather (Liatris spicata) is a flowering perennial plant with tall spikes of showy purple or white flowers. Also called blazing star or prairie star, Liatris spicata grows in clumps and prefers moist, marshy ground. Blazing star flower spikes grow between 1 and 5 ft. (0.3 – 1.5 m) tall. The impressive gayfeather flowers mean the plant is ideal for planting individually or mass planting along borders in full sun.

Elephant Ear Plants: Types, Flowers, Leaves, and Care (With Pictures)

Elephant ear plants are famous for their enormous heart-shaped and arrowhead leaves. Elephant ears are species of perennial tropical plants that thrive in warm, humid conditions, growing in moist soil. The large striking triangular leaves add a tropical touch to your summer garden or home’s interior. Elephant ear plant leaves grow at the end of thick stems from bulbs or tubers in the ground or pots.

Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum): Plant Care and Growing Guide

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is a perennial herb with short purple flowering spikes and aromatic green leaves with aniseed scent. Also called the ‘blue giant hyssop,’ the anise hyssop plant is an excellent small bushy shrub to add color and aroma to garden borders, herb gardens, foundation plantings, or mixed beds. Anise hyssop purple flowers are also ideal for floral arrangements.

Types of Purple Flowering Vines: Climbing Vines With Their Picture and Name

Types of Purple Flowering Vines: Climbing Vines With Their Picture and Name

Purple flowering vines add dramatic color to many garden landscapes. Climbing vines with purple flowers are generally easy to grow and need little care. You can plant climbing plants in your garden to grow over trellises, arbors, pergolas, brick walls, or doorways. Their lilac, mauve, light violet, or purple colors provide plenty of interest in your yard when the climbing vines bloom.

Types of Japanese Flowers (Hanakotoba) – Names, Meaning and Pictures

Flowers play a vital role in Japanese culture, which is expressed in the language of Hanakotoba. Most flowers in Japan have a special symbolic meaning. Some of the most beautiful Japanese flowers are Sakura (cherry blossom), Tsubaki (camellia), Ume (flowering apricot tree), Sumire (violet), and Sakurasou (Japanese primrose). According to the Hanakotoba (Japanese “language of flowers”) – flowers contain secret messages and can communicate powerful messages.