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15 Shade-Loving Plants That Are Made for a Tree-Lined Garden

There's a reason impatiens are so popular.<p>Just because a plant grows outside doesn't mean it thrives in intense, direct sunlight. Just ask these varieties, all of which prefer a shady spot next to the house or under a tree. If your yard is blessed with tons of coverage, these are the plants that'll …

Thank Heaven for These Little Girls

It’s almost as certain as death and taxes. Unseasonably mild weather in late winter convinces your spring-flowering magnolia to open its blossoms too …

Country Lifestyle

Early blooming trees, shrubs have reached their cold-weather threshold

Some green plants are already sprouting in garden beds, and the earliest trees and shrubs will bloom soon. Why? Because they’ve had enough of the cold — literally.<p>“Flowering trees and shrubs need a certain amount of chilling every winter before they will break out of dormancy,” said Sharon Yiesla, …

17 Charts For People Who Love Plants But Can't Keep Anything Alive

You'll be a pro in no time.

Plants

Deal of the Day: A Pot That Will Water the Plants When You’re on Vacation

Parrot Pot<p>Whether you plan on getting out of town this summer and would rather not return home to a dried, shriveled fiddle-leaf fig, <i>or</i> you just have …

Fritillaria: Rethinking a Florists’ Favorite Flower

The zeitgeist flower for growers and florists this year is the fritillary. Not the little snake’s heads, long since fêted, but their taller, …

Know shrubs: an idiot’s guide to recognising plants

Half of British adults cannot name a single garden shrub, and four in 10 can’t name a household plant, according to a Royal Horticultural Society. Start growing your garden knowledge here …<p>Rhododendron, deutzia, lilac, mock orange, choisya. That’s the names of five common-garden shrubs, right off …

Cute

Figure Out When to Plant Your Garden With This Calculator

How do you know when to plant your tomatoes and other warm-weather crops?For those of us in temperate climates, we do our planting in and around …

What Are Some Good Xeriscape Plants for Shade?

You have probably heard about xeriscaping, but when the challenge of growing plants in shady areas is joined to that of landscaping in dry soil, you …

Gardening

Shrubs That Bloom on Old Wood

Why does it matter whether a bush flowers on new or old wood? In a word, pruning. Once you've determined that a shrub blooms on the previous year's …

Landscaping Ideas: The Case for Camellias

Too flouncy, too loud, too fussy; the flowers die badly and the leaves look sickly. Camellias: are they worth the bother? Away from pots of …

This week's gardening tips: remove faded flowers, fertilize perennials and plant basil | NOLA.com

<b>Remove faded flowers</b> and developing seed pods from spring-flowering bulbs that are to be kept for bloom next year. Do not remove any of the green …

Gardening

Plant of the week: bleeding heart

<b>What is it?</b><p>A cottage garden classic that’s an elegant option for light shade. In spring, it bursts out of nowhere with its fern-like foliage and heart-shaped pink-and-white flowers on arching stems. Its new Latin name is <i>Lamprocapnos,</i> but you may also know it by its former one, <i>Dicentra</i>.<p><b>Any good</b> …

Plants

Shade Tolerant Trees, Shrubs, and Groundcovers

Plants and Shade<p>The amount of shade a plant is growing under will directly affect the density of the foliage, as well as the flowering and fruiting …

Flowers

The key to growing healthy plants: Stay off the soil

There are many ways to make a garden bed, but one thing is constant: The soil within it should have the lightness of a fluffed-up pillow and the loft of a down-filled duvet. Adding plenty of organic matter is key to building a plant-friendly soil like that. But the bed’s design has much to do with …

Gardening

Safe weed killer made from corn

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Gardening 101: Daphne

Daphne, <i>Daphne:</i> “Highly Strung”<p>The scent of Daphne precedes it, like the reputation of Daphne, the wood nymph. In Greek mythology, she was so appalled …

10 fragrant plants that will make your garden smell amazing

These lovely perfumed plants add another level of enjoyment to your garden.<p>Whether your garden is cosy and cottage-style or manicured and orderly, a …

This low-tech gravity-fed watering system is based on an ancient irrigation technique

<b>Clayola Egypt's low-tech watering setup can keep your houseplants or garden watered when you're away.</b><p>The use of unglazed terracotta pots, also known …

Gardening

Jubilation™ Gardenia

Gardenia jasminoides 'Leeone' PP21983<p>A charming improvement on a Southern favorite, Jubilation grows compactly with fragrant, white blooms in spring; …

Cut Flowers

The 20 most magical places to see spring flowers

Cherry blossom is so last year – now Japan is going crazy for wisteria tunnels

It is impossible to think of springtime Japan without immediately imagining cherry blossom, but now there’s a new bloom in town - and it’s also rather splendid.<p>In recent years the wisteria tunnels at Kawachi Fuji-en, a botanical garden in Kitakyushu, a city in the south of the country, have started …

This week's gardening tips: Keep Louisiana irises well watered, fertilize your lawn | NOLA.com

<b>Check your oak trees</b> for masses of young, black buck moth caterpillars. If you see large numbers of them, consider having your tree sprayed. Ideally, …

Gardening

Ask Alys: which container plants are best for a windy terrace?

Our gardening expert has the answer<p><b>I have a north-facing riverside terrace. In winter, it is cold, damp and prone to wind; in summer, the sun is strong and relentless for most of the day. I’d love some year-round green for my tubs and troughs. What can you suggest?</b><p>Escallonia has suffered in the …

Gardening

Helen Yemm on how to grow spring flowers

This week Helen Yemm advises on making the most of delightful native fritillaries, taking care if you’re pruning a lively pieris, and how to avoid accidentally injuring yourself in the garden...<p>Smyrnium – repeat prescription<p>A reader at an informal “Thorny Problems” session in Dorset recently asked …

6 Heat-Tolerant Plants You Need In Your Southern Garden

For those of us who adore gardening and can't wait to get our hands in the dirt every spring, at the first signs of warmer weather we rush to the …

Country Lifestyle

Bronze leaf or green leaf begonias: Which are better in the shade? Dan Gill's mailbag | NOLA.com

<b>QUESTION:</b> I have a few questions regarding wax begonias. Some types have light-colored green leaves, and some have dark-colored bronze leaves. I'm …

Gardening

5 Ways to Naturally Protect Wood From Water Damage - One Green Planet

Wood and water, despite what beautiful pieces of driftwood might suggest, aren’t always the best combination. When unprotected and exposed to water, …

10 Fragrant Plants That Will Make Your Garden Smell Amazing

These lovely perfumed plants add another level of enjoyment to your garden.<p>Tiny blooms on this delicate annual beckon to pollinators. Sweet alyssum …

These are the meanings behind your favourite flower names

Have you ever wondered where the names of your favourite flowers come from? We are not talking about their latin or scientific names, but the common …

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