How to Grow Delightful Dahlias: A Late Summer Standard

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Looking for reliable, bold color for the late season garden? Delightful dahlias are a perfect fit. From dwarf cultivars to jumbo dinner plates, and in almost every imaginable color, these dazzling tubers flower consistently from summer until they’re felled by frost. Read all about how to plant and grow dahlias now.

How to Grow Radicchio in the Garden

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Radicchio is a cool-weather crop perfect for when most other things in the garden have turned up their toes. The bitter leaves are as gorgeous as they are tasty, and they get even better after a frost. If you’re ready to give this moderately challenging plant a go, our guide will teach you all you need to know.

How to Grow Belgian Endive

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Belgian endive offers a bit of fresh, crunchy brightness in the middle of the winter. It takes a bit of patience, as a two-step process is required to grow the creamy, torpedo-shaped heads. In this guide, you’ll learn how to plant and grow Belgian endive, including how to force and blanch the tasty heads. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Curly Endive and Escarole

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Endive is a crispy, delicious, and slightly bitter leafy green that can either be eaten raw or cooked into a variety of dishes. There are two types available, curly frisee and broad-leafed escarole. In this guide, learn how to plant and grow endive in your garden, plus we share some recipes and cooking tips as well.

How to Grow an Aromatic Chamomile Lawn

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Are you sick and tired of always having to mow the lawn? Instead, save time, money, and water by converting your grass yard to low-growing chamomile. Chamomile lawns improve the soil and attract pollinators while greatly reducing maintenance. Continue on to learn how to grow chamomile as a lawn alternative.

Putting a Blanket on Blanket Flowers: Gaillardia Winter Care Guide

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Gaillardia is an easy-to-grow perennial that puts on a burst of color throughout the summer months. With a few simple preparations, you can set up your plants to survive winter’s chill and come back healthy in springtime. Learn how to care for your blanket flowers during the winter in this guide. Read more now.

How to Care for Calendula (Pot Marigold) in Winter

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Did you know that in mild climates calendula can thrive in the garden all winter long and may even survive a light frost? The spectacular orange and yellow flowers can bring warmth and light to the winter garden, even on the chilliest of days. Learn how to keep calendula plants blooming well into the winter months.

How to Prepare Coreopsis for Winter

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Bright coreopsis flowers provide a sweet, cheerful sight during the summer months, and now they’ve died back. These perennial wildflowers will go dormant through the winter months and return in the spring. But how do you prepare your coreopsis for winter? Learn all about winter care and preparation in this guide.

How to Winterize Hardy Garden Mums

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You’ve enjoyed their vibrant autumn color and now winter is creeping in. But what if you’re not ready to say goodbye to your mums? Rather than tossing them out, our helpful guide will show you how to overwinter your plants so you can enjoy them year after year, from fall prep to spring care. Read more now.

How to Grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) Flowers

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Pot marigold, also known as calendula, is an annual herb that blooms with spectacular yellow, orange, and gold flowers. With a history of medicinal use, the edible flowers can be made into a variety of herbal remedies, used in cooking, or brewed in a soothing tea. Learn how to plant and grow calendula in this guide.

Chicory Health Benefits and Uses

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Common chicory has beautiful flowers, and it offers a multitude of culinary uses from brewed root beverages to sauteed leafy greens. It also brings a wide variety of health benefits with nutritious vitamins and antioxidants! Read on to learn how this powerful plant will make a great addition to your homegrown diet.

13 of the Best Companion Plants for Tall Late Season Asters

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Late season asters provide a colorful bridge between summer and fall. Their impressive heights and masses of tiny blossoms make a striking statement, especially when paired with other tall late season bloomers. Read on for 13 exciting companion plants for asters, and get ready to grow your best transition garden yet.

How to Grow Common Chicory

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Chicory is nutritious, with leaves that add a bright zing to salads. The roots can be also harvested and roasted to make a mean cup of coffee. It’s easy to grow and has pretty blue flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. In this guide, you’ll learn how to plant and grow chicory in your garden. Read more now.

11 of the Best Purple Aster Varieties

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If you love purple flowers, asters make a cheerful addition to the outdoor living space. Choose from early or late blooming annuals and perennials ranging from low-profile plants with a single flower per stem, to tall bushy ones with clustered masses of blooms. Discover 11 of our favorite purple aster varieties now.

11 Perennial Aster Species for Summer’s Last Hurrah

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Late season perennial asters are known for having masses of small, daisy-like flowers and a somewhat shrubby growth habit. They add color to fading summer gardens and attract beneficial pollinators until the first frost. Read on to learn about 11 different species and how they can play a role in your landscape scheme.

17 of the Best Coneflower Varieties

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Love echinacea? Go beyond the classic purple coneflower you know and adore and take a look at 17 of our favorite colorful series and cultivars that you can grow. With single or double blooms, available in just about every hue, flower arrangers and beneficial insects alike will go crazy for these perennial beauties.

11 of the Best Blue Asters to Add to the Garden

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Asters are transitional flowers that bloom from summer to fall. There’s an array to choose from that includes dwarf and tall, as well as annual and perennial types, best known for their multiple daisy-like blossoms that attract a host of beneficial pollinators. Read on to find 11 of our favorite blue varieties now.

21 Tips for Managing Perennial Asters in the Garden

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Perennial asters are vigorous plants that spread readily via self-sowing and extensive root systems. They have a clumping growth habit and masses of tiny, daisy-like blossoms. Colors include blue, pink, purple, and white. Read on to discover 21 tips for managing their aggressive nature and enjoying them in your yard.

When and How to Plant Marigold Seeds

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Ready to plant marigolds from seed for bright summer blooms? Planting marigolds from seed is easy, but you’ll want to know when you should start these annual flower seeds indoors – and when you can sow the seeds right into your garden soil. Learn more about how and when to plant marigolds from seed. Read more now.

13 of the Best Tall China Asters for the Late Summer Garden

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China aster is a late summer flowering annual with colors ranging from vibrant, vivid tones to subtle pastels. Tall varieties make the perfect anchor for beds and borders. They brighten the landscape and make attractive and sturdy cut flowers. Discover 13 of our favorite varieties of China aster for your garden.

What’s the Difference Between English and German Chamomile?

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Did you know there are two different types of chamomile with different growth habits and uses? German chamomile has cheerful flowers just waiting to be turned into tea, while English chamomile is ideal for growing as a low-maintenance ground cover. Learn about the differences between English and German chamomile now.

How to Grow and Care for Calico Aster in the Late Summer to Fall Garden

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Calico aster is a daisy-like native perennial suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8 that adds cheer to the garden from summer to fall. It needs little care once established, and readily naturalizes, especially in moist woodland settings. Read on to learn all you need to know to cultivate calico aster in your landscape.

How to Grow Chamomile in Containers

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Chamomile is boisterous in the garden, self-seeding where you least expect it. Planting it in a pot can keep this herb under control. There are just a few things you need to succeed, including the right container, soil, and location. Read more now to learn everything you need to know to grow chamomile in a container.

How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds

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Are you growing sunflowers and wondering when and how you should harvest them to enjoy your own fresh sunflower seeds? In this guide, you’ll learn all the top tips on when and how to harvest delicious, nutritious, homegrown sunflower seeds. Plus, we include instructions for roasting and recipe ideas. Read more now.

11 White Aster Varieties for the Late Summer to Fall Garden

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The aster is a daisy-like perennial that adds height and texture to gardens from late summer to fall. You may be aware that it comes in shades of blue, pink, and purple, but did you know that it’s also available in white? Read on for 11 white asters that are sure to refresh your surroundings, here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Yarrow

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Yarrow is a flowering perennial that grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Flattened flower heads called corymbs create a carpet of velvety color in late spring and summer. Choose from shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. Drought and salt tolerant, you’ll find this plant easy to cultivate. Learn how to grow it now.

11 of the Best Pink Aster Varieties

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If you want to add a touch of pink to your landscape, vigorous asters bring swaths of color, texture, and vertical interest to summer and fall gardens. Discover 11 outstanding varieties, from ballerina pink to sizzling magenta, you’re sure to find your new favorites for beds, borders, containers, and carefree meadows.

Grow New England Aster for Sensational Summer and Fall Color

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Cheerful New England aster provides late-season color with an abundance of bright flowers that attract bees and butterflies. This easy to grow native perennial blooms from late summer right up to the first frost and returns vigorously year after year. Learn how to plant and grow New England aster in your garden now.

The Many Uses and Benefits of Yarrow: A Healing Herb

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Yarrow is a perennial flowering herb with a long history of medicinal use, from treating wounds on the battlefield to modern herbal remedies. With feathery leaves and delicate flowers, it repels pests and provides ornamental interest in the garden. Read on to learn all about the history of yarrow and its many uses.

When and How to Divide Perennial Asters

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Perennial asters have daisy-like flowers and readily naturalize in the garden through self-sowing and an extensive root system. By dividing perennial asters you can keep them under control, growing vigorously, and enjoy them in other areas of the garden. Learn when and how to divide asters with our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Blackfoot Daisy

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If you are looking for a drought-tolerant flower that blooms profusely from early spring to late fall, consider blackfoot daisy, the heat-loving American native that’s not picky about soil and is resistant to pests, deer, and diseases. You will love its cheerful white flowers and low, rounded form. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Sky Blue Aster

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If you’re searching for eye-catching color, texture, and height to add to your late summer to fall garden, put sky blue aster at the top of the list. This vigorous native perennial produces masses of small, daisy-like blooms on upright, branching stems. Read more to learn how to grow sky blue aster in your garden now.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans, a Garden Favorite

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For a cheery splash of daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees, consider adding black-eyed susan to your landscape. You’ll be rewarded with masses of blooms that do well in a variety of soils and conditions. Pollinators love it, and you’ll find plenty of other benefits to this lovely flower in our feature.

How to Grow China Aster for Color in the Late Summer Garden

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China aster is a flowering annual for late summer to fall color. Many cultivars are available in vibrant, colorful tones. Sow seeds in spring and enjoy lush foliage all summer long. Then, just when other flowers are winding down, China aster bursts into bloom. Learn all you need to grow this beauty. Read more now.

How to Harvest Feverfew

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Feverfew, with its long history of use as a medicinal herb, has recently made a comeback in modern gardens. You’ll enjoy its therapeutic properties, particularly as a remedy for migraines, as well as its attractive daisy-like flowers. To learn how to harvest and use this powerful plant, read more now.

When and How to Save Native Perennial Aster Seeds

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Native perennial asters, such as the New England species, spread vigorously via roots and self-sowing. At season’s end, they form copious quantities of cottony seed heads that you can collect, to save and sow in a new location next year, or share with friends. Learn when and how to gather native aster seeds now.

How to Grow Tatarian Aster: a Dynamic Late-Season Bloomer

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Tatarian aster is a vigorous perennial that blooms from September to the first hard frost. It’s loaded with little lavender-blue flowers that butterflies love. Give it room to spread across the back of a border, or meander through a meadow, for autumn’s last hurrah. Learn more now!

How to Grow and Care for Early-Blooming Alpine Aster

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The alpine aster is a low-profile, cold-weather perennial for USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7. It’s an early-blooming species that flowers from late spring through early summer. Perfectly suited to rock gardens, its flowers are pink, purple, or white. Learn how to grow and care for alpine aster, here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Strawflowers

Strawflower is a cutting garden annual that’s perfect for both fresh and dry arrangements. It’s daisy-like, with crisp, petal-like bracts in shades of orange, pink, purple, red, and white. For garden color from spring to frost, learn to grow strawflower now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Plant and Grow Blazing Star Liatris

When hot summer temps and high humidity strike, the native prairie wildflower Liatris spicata, or blazing star, puts on an excellent show. Tall plumes of feathery purple flowers welcome extreme summer conditions and shine when delicate greenhouse plants wither. Get all the details on this North American perennial now.

How to Plant and Grow the Glorious Marigold

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The bold marigold has gracefully taken a step back as the market for new and exotic flowers expands at a wild rate. That’s a shame. This tough, colorful, and pest-resistant flower readily produces nonstop blooms, and it brings with it a host of benefits for your garden. Think twice before you pass up these darlings the next time you’re stocking up for the season. Our closer look at the marigold that will leave you ready and waiting to plant your own – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Add Harmony to your Garden with Cosmos

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Invite a riotous explosion of color into the garden with cosmos, the daisy cousin that delights with low maintenance, profuse blooms, and generous height. Learn how to grow this heat-loving annual now at Gardener’s Path.

Color Your Garden Brightly with Painted Daisy

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Consider adding brilliantly hued painted daisies to your garden, and be rewarded by large pink, purple, red, and white blooms from early to mid-summer. Learn more about these pretty plants now on Gardener’s Path.

Cozy Up with Chamomile: Growing and Harvesting a Classic

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Of all the plants in my garden, chamomile offers the most return on my investment. It is a vigorous and problem-free plant that produces a spray of beautiful flowers that can immediately be harvested to make a tasty tea. Gardener’s Path has all of the information you need to know about growing this fine addition in your own garden. Read on to learn more!

Grow Coneflower (Echinacea), A Native American Favorite

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If you’d like to add a slice of Americana to your garden, consider echinacea, the plains native favored by American Indians for medicinal uses. Coneflowers come in purple as well as a whole range of eye-popping hues. Find out how easy they are to grow now at Gardener’s Path.

Easy-Care Coreopsis Rewards with Beautiful Blooms

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Do you like easy-care, profuse-blooming, native American plants? Ones that reward you year after year for giving them very little attention? Consider adding coreopsis to your garden — read more now on Gardener’s Path.

Dusty Miller: A Plant That Really Shines

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An old-timey species with a name to match, dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima) is as easygoing as plants come. Dependable and attractive foliage adds value to the garden, and it is virtually pest free. Read all about it on Gardener’s Path to see what makes this silvery plant a must-have option for any outdoor space.

Chrysanthemums – A Late Season Dazzler

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To extend the flowering season of your garden, look no further than the chrysanthemum. With a beautiful variety of flower shapes and colors, this autumn mainstay shines brightly when all the other flowers have packed it in for the year. Join us now for a closer look at this easy-to-grow perennial!

A Gift From Down Under: Swan River Daisy

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Looking for some blues to add cheerfulness to your landscape? Now on Gardener’s Path, get information and growing tips for Australian import swan river daisy, whose fragrant and plentiful indigo blooms will add happiness to your garden all summer long.

A Medicinal and Visual Delight: How to Grow Feverfew

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A plant renowned for its ability to prevent migraine headaches, feverfew also brings joy to the beholder via its profuse and cheerful white and yellow flowers. Learn more about this shrubby beauty now at Gardener’s Path!