How to Grow Japanese Maple Trees in Containers

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Japanese maple is one of the best trees out there for container growing. These have a compact, non-invasive root system and they grow slowly. But while they’re mild-mannered, they provide an exceptional display with bold, bright, and interestingly-shaped foliage, and varied, elegant growth habits. Read more now.

How and When to Prune Japanese Maples

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Elegant Japanese maples don’t get that way all on their own. It takes careful pruning to keep the trees healthy and their shape looking graceful. All that’s required are some thoughtful winter cutbacks and spring shaping. Learn more about when and how to prune Japanese maples the right way to create a striking display.

How to Grow and Care for Yaupon Holly

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Yaupon hollies should be more popular than they are. You can make caffeinated tea from the leaves, grow them in a range of environments, and they need little maintenance. The red berries attract wildlife and the evergreen leaves offer year-round interest. Learn how to plant and raise these versatile, hardy shrubs.

How to Overwinter Snapdragons

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Snapdragons are perennials that can show off with their distinctive stalks of flowers year after year. We’ll explain how to overwinter snapdragons for several seasons of stunning color. Our comprehensive guide to protecting snapdragons during winter explains how to keep your plants healthy for future blooms. Read more.

How to Grow Plants Year-Round in an Unheated Greenhouse

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Greenhouses don’t need to be heated to help you extend the growing season. It’s possible to grow all kinds of plants year-round without supplemental heat. We’’ll help you figure out how to use an unheated greenhouse to its fullest potential, including which crops work best. Read more now in this comprehensive guide.

How to Grow Herbs in a Greenhouse

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If you can’t imagine winter without heaps of fresh herbs to use in the kitchen, we get it. A sprig of fresh basil or chives makes all the difference, improving and adding flavor to homemade meals. Read more to learn about growing herbs in greenhouses so you don’t have to be without, even at the coldest time of year.

How to Prune Cabbage Leaves (And Why You Should)

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Most of the time, you don’t need to do much to keep your cabbage plants growing well. They’re fairly maintenance-free vegetables. But sometimes it’s necessary to prune your plants to keep them healthy or to encourage them to form bigger heads. Learn why, when, and how to prune cabbage leaves in this guide. Read more now.

How to Overwinter Passionflower Vines Inside or Outdoors

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Want to keep your passionflowers going in the garden even though you live in a cold climate? You don’t have to give up on your dreams of enjoying this subtropical, multi-purpose beauty as a perennial. Passionflowers can be overwintered indoors or protected outdoors to help them survive the cold. Read more now.

How and When to Mound Roses for Winter Protection

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Mounding roses protects them from the damaging freeze-thaw cycle of winter. While the process is simple, there are some mistakes to avoid that will do more harm than good, including using the wrong material and applying it at the wrong time. This guide explains when and how to mound roses to keep them healthy.

7 Reasons Why Your Camellia Isn’t Blooming

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Camellias provide stunning color during a time of year that can be decidedly humdrum. That’s why it’s extra frustrating when they fail to bloom. If your camellias aren’t covered in blossoms as they should be, we can help you figure out what’s causing the problem, whether it’s too much shade or not enough nutrients.

How to Winterize Hollyhocks

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A little mulch, a quick prune, and your hollyhocks will be looking better than ever. These cottage garden staples are low-maintenance, but it never hurts to provide some extra care to ensure they’ll be at their best. Winterizing is especially important if you live in a region with wide temperature variation in winter.

How to Identify and Deal with Leaf Gall on Camellias

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Leaf galls are ugly and concerning but they aren’t life-threatening to camellias. They cause strange growth that can ruin the look of your plant, but eliminating the problem is straightforward. In this guide, we’ll help you deal with this unsightly disease so you can enjoy your camellia’s beautiful display once more.

How to Use a Cold Frame for Fall Gardening

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You don’t have to stop gardening when summer ends. A simple cold frame will help you extend the harvest season for months. You can start seeds, protect tender veggies, and grow an autumn or winter harvest in a basic cold frame with minimal effort and financial output. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process.

69 Incredible Edible Flowers and How to Use Them

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You may be surrounded by edible flowers without even knowing it. Dianthus, begonia, and forsythia? Edible. Forget-me-nots, yuccas, and gladiolus? Delicious. Whether you want a little something to act as a colorful garnish, or you’re serious about using flowers to add flavor to your recipes, there are so many options.

How to Fertilize Chrysanthemums for a Bountiful Display

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Chrysanthemums can benefit from a little fertilizer if you want to maximize their colorful late-season show. But it’s not as simple as tossing some food onto the soil and hoping for the best. Learn all about how to feed chrysanthemums, including when and how to apply fertilizer, and the best types to use. Read more now.

17 of the Best Fall-Blooming Clematis Varieties

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If you’re looking to add some dramatic fall color to your garden, look no further than clematis varieties that bloom in autumn. These plants stand out most when all the other summer-blooming species are reaching the end of their performance. Here are 17 of the most outstanding species and cultivars to look for.

How to Grow Wingthorn Roses

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Most of us avoid rose thorns. Breeders have even developed plants that are prickle free. But in this case, you’ll want to show those thorns off. Get to know all about striking and unique wingthorn roses. These bold plants make an impressive statement in the garden with their large, dramatic red thorns.

How to Treat Sooty Mold on Camellia Plants

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Sooty mold isn’t usually a death sentence for your camellias. It can stunt growth and it’s ugly, but it’s not fatal. But when black mold is present, it means something else is going on with your plants that needs to be resolved, like an aphid or scale infestation. Learn how to figure out the cause and fix it.

How to Propagate Rose Cuttings in Water

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If you have a rose you adore, you can easily make more shrubs by propagating cuttings from the parent plant in a glass of water. But while the process itself is simple, it’s not always the most reliable method of rose propagation. In this guide, we’ll help you find success with a few tried-and-true tips and tricks.

How to Identify and Manage Powdery Mildew on Chrysanthemums

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Powdery mildew is extremely common in home gardens, and despite being tough little plants, even chrysanthemums are sometimes plagued by this fungal pathogen. This guide helps you identify and get rid of powdery mildew on your mums using natural and highly effective methods like milk spray and copper fungicides.

Fusarium Wilt in Chrysanthemums: Identify and Control This Disease

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If part of your chrysanthemum plant looks sad and wilted, you could be dealing with fusarium wilt. This fungal disease is bad news and it can spell doom for your plant if you don’t address it. We’ll help you to identify and deal with this increasingly common issue in mums, and learn how to prevent infection. Read more.

Get to Know Meilland International and Some of Their Best Roses

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Meilland International is responsible for some of the most popular and beloved roses out there, including the storied ‘Peace’ rose that was smuggled out of France in World War II. Learn all about this respected rose breeder and some of their most popular options, from the petite Knock Out to ‘Papa Meilland.’ Read more.

How Long do Chrysanthemums Last?

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Chrysanthemums have a longer lifespan than many people realize. These fall-blooming favorites have much more to offer than a single season of color. This guide explains how long mums last and provides tips on how to keep them thriving for years to come, including how to save seeds from your favorites. Read more now.

Why Are There Ants On My Camellia Flowers?

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If you head outside to enjoy your camellias only to discover that the flowers are covered in ants, don’t panic. This common issue isn’t difficult to fix. Learn why those ants are visiting (hint: there’s something else going on as well!), how you can get rid of them, and how to stop them from returning in the future.

9 Common Reasons for Deformed Rose Flowers (And How to Fix Them)

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Rose flowers are undeniably some of the most beautiful blossoms out there. Beautiful, that is, unless they’re ugly and deformed. It can be a challenge figure out why your roses are disfigured and how to fix the problem. Our guide covers 9 common reasons why roses are deformed and how to resolve them. Read more now.

15 of the Best True Sedge Plant Varieties for the Home Garden

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Sedges are the workhorses of the plant world, offering up color and shape without asking for much in return. They add graceful interest to shady areas, wet soil, containers, and borders, and require little more than a haircut now and then. We’ve helped narrow down the dozens of excellent options to 15 of the best.

Identify and Control 7 Common Bleeding Heart Pests

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Bleeding hearts aren’t typically bothered by many pests, but when they do show up, they can be a real problem. They can spread diseases, make your plants look ugly, or even kill them entirely. Learn about 7 of the most common pests to watch for and how to eliminate them from your garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Use Garlic As Pest Control in the Garden

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It’s time to put the stinking rose to work against pests in your garden. Garlic, when used as a spray or as a companion plant, has been proven to deter lots of annoying pests like aphids, root-knot nematodes, and spider mites. In this guide, we look at scientifically-backed methods for controlling pests with garlic.

7 Common Reasons Why Roses Drop Their Leaves

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If your rose starts dropping its leaves, it’s imperative that you act quickly. If you catch the problem early on it will be much easier to fix, whether it’s a pest problem, a nasty disease, or an issue with watering that you need to correct. Left too long, you might be saying goodbye to your favorite shrub. Read more.

Holes in Camellia Leaves: What’s Causing It and How to Fix It

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Camellias offer year-round beauty – unless something decides to chew on the foliage. There are all kinds of pests that can’t wait to dine on your pretty plants. From grasshoppers to beetle weevils, this guide will help you figure out what is causing the holes in your camellia leaves and how to remedy the situation.

How to Identify and Manage Diseases in Bleeding Heart Plants

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Bleeding hearts are generally robust plants that don’t often suffer from disease. However, because they grow in the shady, moist conditions that most fungi love, they can be susceptible to fungal issues. Learn how to identify and treat nine common diseases that may infect your bleeding heart plants. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Bleeding Hearts in Containers

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Bleeding hearts lend themselves well to container life, provided you can give them the right kind of environment. It’s all about choosing the right pot, knowing how much to water and when to feed your plants, and where to place them. You also need to know what to do during winter dormancy. This guide can help!

How to Grow and Care for Maple Trees

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Maples are a diverse, adaptable, and beautiful group of trees. There are those that grow in frigid climates and some that grow in hot ones. Some love constant moisture and others deal well with drought. Need a tree that stays under 5 feet tall or one that grows 100 feet or more? The Acer genus has both – and more!

How to Identify and Correct Iron Deficiency in Roses

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Iron deficiency is common in roses, resulting in yellow leaves with green veins and a general decline in plant health. It can also leave your rose susceptible to pests and diseases. While it’s an extremely common issue, don’t lose sleep over it. It’s easy to diagnose, and once you do, we can help you work on a cure.

13 of the Best Yellow Rose Varieties to Add Sunshine to Your Garden

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There’s something extra special about yellow roses. They’re both cheerfully sweet and dramatically elegant all at the same time. Not all varieties are created equal, however, some tend to fade and others are prone to diseases. Discover 13 of the best yellow roses and choose your favorites in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Sedge Plants at Home

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Sedges are carefree, versatile plants that turn difficult-to-cultivate spots in the garden into something beautiful. Various species are tolerant of drought, boggy areas, hard freezes, and shade, and can even be used in rain gardens and drainage beds. Learn how to pick the right one and how to grow it in your garden.

How to Grow Miniature Roses in Containers

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It’s true what they say: bigger isn’t always better. Miniature roses in containers offer an outsized visual impact with minimal effort on your part. Want to bring the dramatic beauty of roses to a small space? This guide can help. Find out more about choosing, planting, and caring for mini roses in pots.

How to Grow Lemon Verbena In Your Home Herb Garden

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Lemon verbena is well-known as a tea or for jazzing up soaps, lotions, and potpourris. But it’s equally as marvelous in the kitchen – from tea to cake and fish to curry, it’s an underutilized ingredient that can transform a dish. Learn how to propagate, plant, and care for lemon beebrush in your home garden.

How to Train Climbing Roses

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A fence, wall, or arbor covered in the flowers of a climbing rose is an incomparable sight. Training the plant well in the first place is key to success down the road. This guide walks you through training your rose the right way to establish a healthy, beautiful plant that will perform well for years to come.

29 Roses with Few or No Thorns for Your Garden

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The old song isn’t true: Not every rose has its thorns. Some are thornless (or nearly so) and every bit as beautiful as thorny ones. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to 29 different options so you don’t have to suffer for beauty. From climbers to petite shrubs, there are a multitude of options available.

How to Propagate Bleeding Hearts to Create More Plants

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One bleeding heart is great, but more are better. Learn how to propagate your bleeding heart plants from root or stem cuttings, seed, or divisions so you can fill the shady spots of your garden with them for the cost of some seed starting mix and a pot. Bleeding hearts are fairly simple to propagate without much fuss.

How to Identify Rose Mosaic Virus (and What to Do About It)

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Rose mosaic virus causes all kinds of weird, ugly-looking symptoms in roses, but it doesn’t stop there. It can also make your roses weak and can even contribute to their demise. There’s no cure and no way to treat for it preventatively. So what can you do about this disease? That’s what this guide will show you.

How to Propagate Peonies from Seed and by Division

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Saw a peony in a neighbor’s yard that you fell in love with? Have a plant in your garden that you’d like to make more of? Knowing how to propagate peonies is a useful skill to have in order to replicate plants that you want more of. Learn how to make more peonies using seeds or by dividing an existing plant.

Do Bleeding Heart Flowers Change Color?

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Do bleeding hearts, with their unique blossoms, change color? Many flowers, like roses and hydrangeas, can change as the conditions around them shift. Are bleeding hearts like that? We’ll explore the science of color change in flowers and what can cause it to happen, and we’ll answer the question about bleeding hearts.

How to Identify and Treat Powdery Mildew on Roses

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Powdery mildew on roses is incredibly common and can be very destructive. It shows up as a powdery coating on the leaves and flowers and can cause them to be distorted. In advanced cases, it can stop blooms from forming and defoliate a plant. Learn how to prevent and treat powdery mildew on roses in this guide. Read more.

25 of the Best-Smelling Roses to Enrich Your Garden

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Roses are obviously a treat for the eyes, but if you plant one that has a strong, lovely scent, they can also be a feast for the nose. This guide introduces you to 25 of the best-smelling roses on the market today to help you in your search, whether you want something fruity and light or musky and spicy in your garden.

How to Identify and Treat Downy Mildew on Roses

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Downy mildew is an increasingly common problem on roses, and it’s one of those diseases that can impact some of the sturdier roses out there like Knock Outs, Drifts, and Bucks. It causes ugly dark spots, yellowing leaves, and can even kill your shrub if left unchecked. It’s difficult to address, but our guide can help.

How to Use Chrysanthemums for Pest Control in the Garden

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Chrysanthemums are used to make pyrethrins, which are the most popular insecticides on the planet, and for good reason. They have low toxicity for birds and mammals, but kill insects rapidly on contact. You can make your own insecticide using the mums that you grow in your own garden. This guide explains the process.

All About Griffith Buck Roses

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Buck roses aren’t as well-known, but they’re just as hardy, disease-resistant, and low-maintenance as familiar names like Knock Out and Drift roses, with a wider range of colors and sizes available. Griffith Buck was passionate about roses and bred some cherished cultivars, but he never sought commercial success.

Are Geraniums Annuals or Perennials? Learn About Geranium Lifespans

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Most of us grow geraniums as annuals, but they’re actually perennials and can have long lifespans if you let them. There are many options you can choose to extend the life of your pelargoniums. Our guide will help you decide what to do with your plants once they stop blooming, whether that’s overwintering or pruning.

How and When to Deadhead Hollyhocks

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Deadheading your hollyhocks isn’t required, but it can be useful if done right. Removing the faded flowers can give you a second round of blossoms – but it can also ruin next year’s show. That’s because hollyhocks are self-seeding biennials, and removing the flowers also prevents the seeds from spreading. Read more.

9 Common Geranium Diseases and How to Address Them

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Geraniums are undeniably pretty with their striking, colorful blossoms. They’re also resistant to disease problems – but that doesn’t mean they’re immune. Now and then, they might be impacted by root rot, rust, blackleg, and more. Learn how to identify and deal with common geranium diseases now. Read more.

How to Prevent and Control Rose Rosette Disease (Witches’-Broom)

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Just the mention of rose rosette disease or witches’-broom on a rose is enough to strike fear in any grower’s heart. Rose rosette virus causes a devastating disease that deforms and destroys shrubs, and there is no cure. But there are ways to prevent infection. This guide gives you the tools you need. Read more now.

Why Aren’t My Marigolds Blooming? 9 Common Causes and Solutions

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Stumped as to why your marigolds aren’t performing as they should? There can be many different reasons that range from simple issues like not enough sunlight to more complex things like a serious pest problem. No matter what is troubling your Tagetes plants, this guide can help you diagnose the problem and fix it.

How to Grow and Care for Ferns

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Ferns are fabulously varied, and they’re not just lacy fronds that grow in shady areas. There are endless options if you want some color for shade, but there are also sun-lovers and others that grow on trees. Some are drought tolerant and others can thrive in a swamp. Read more now to learn how to grow your own ferns.

Tips for Growing Knock Out Roses

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Do you love roses, but you want one that isn’t too fussy or demanding? Meet the Knock Outs. They’re drought-, pest-, and disease-resistant, self-cleaning, and hardy. And they make other roses seem downright difficult. We’ll explain where they came from and how to make them thrive in your garden. Read more now.

How to Prune Geraniums

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Pruning and deadheading geraniums can give you more blossoms and a tidier-looking plant. Whether you overwinter your plants or you’re looking to keep annuals blooming as bountifully as they can, the right pruning technique can make all the difference in your display. Learn how and when to prune geraniums in this guide.

How to Choose, Raise, and Maintain Beautiful Climbing Roses

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Climbing roses give you the beauty of a climbing vine without the risk of damage to your property. Because they don’t have suckers or tendrils, they can’t grip onto things on their own. Plus, the canes aren’t aggressively strong like the stems of ivy or wisteria can be. Embrace this classic cottage garden beauty.

How to Grow Heather Plants in Your Garden

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Heather is famous as a hardy, low-maintenance plant that offers up vibrant color even during the dreary winter months. But there are also species that bloom in the spring and summer, as well as some that create year-round interest with colorful foliage. If you need something trouble-free but showy, check out heather.

Why Are My Hosta Leaves Turning Yellow? 9 Causes and Solutions

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Pests, diseases, and various environmental issues can all cause hosta leaves to turn yellow, and the symptoms can look fairly similar. From overwatering to foliar nematodes, there are lots of things that can go wrong. The trick is to figure out which is causing your plants problems so you can determine how to fix it.

15 of the Best Miniature Teacup Roses

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Teacup roses allow you to fill a small space with a big, beautiful floral display. Whether that means a patio container, a corner of your tiny backyard, or just an empty spot near a walkway, a miniature rose can fill your space with color, fragrance, and nonstop visual interest. Discover more about 15 top picks now.

When and How to Prune Fuchsia Plants

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Pruning is one of the most important parts of producing a big, beautiful display of fuchsia flowers. Without proper pruning, your plants will eventually stop producing as many blossoms as they used to. The process isn’t difficult, but knowing when and how to do it is key to enjoying your biggest show of flowers yet.

How to Identify and Manage 7 Common Hosta Diseases

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Hostas have a reputation for being tough in the garden. That’s one of the reasons they’re one of the most popular plants out there. But when one of these disease strikes, it can spell disaster. Knowing what causes disease can help you prevent them, but if it’s too late, you need to know how to deal with hosta diseases.

Tips for Growing Shrub Roses

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Shrub roses are ideal for beginners because they’re easy to care for without forcing you to sacrifice an elegant floral display. They’re disease-resistant, most are self-cleaning, and they bloom all season long. Plus, they come in a range of colors, growth habits, and sizes. Read more to learn how to grow shrub roses.

Why Isn’t My Passionflower Producing Fruit?

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Passionflowers, also known as passion fruit, are usually simple to grow. They’re low-maintenance and fairly tough. But if your passionflowers aren’t producing fruit, something isn’t right with their growing conditions. Whether it’s sun exposure, fertilizer, or pollination issues, a little change can help a lot.

How and When to Harvest Strawberries

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Strawberries are heavenly when you pick them off the plant at the peak of ripeness. More than many other fruits, they have a very narrow window and you need to act fast when they’re ready. Otherwise, you risk pulling them when they’re young and bitter, or old and mushy. Here’s how and when to harvest strawberries.

7 Common Reasons Why Passionflower Fails to Bloom

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Passionflowers are known for their incredible blossoms. It’s right there in the name! But when things go wrong, your vine might fail to put on that display. Plus, no flowers means no fruit – it’s a terrible chain reaction. To fix the problem, you have to determine the cause. That’s what this guide aims to help you do.

How to Dry Fresh Garden Herbs

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Humans have been drying herbs for as long as we’ve been cultivating plants, and for good reason. It’s a classic choice for preserving all that flavorful goodness, retaining flavor while preventing rot so you can enjoy the harvest for months to come. Learn more about this simple process, with several options to choose.

Should I Deadhead My Nasturtium Plants?

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Nasturtiums are generally low-maintenance, which is one of the things that makes them so nice to have around in the garden. For the most part, you don’t need to worry about pruning or deadheading. But there can come a time when you’ll need to deal with spent flowers, and we’re going to explain when and how. Read more.

39 Common Weeds That You Can Eat or Use for Medicine

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Weeds can be wonderful. Don’t believe me? One bite of chickweed salad and you’ll probably be begging the notorious weed to visit your garden. Even the dreaded kudzu or garlic mustard can be welcome visitors once you know what to do with them. Learn about 39 common weeds that are both edible and have medicinal uses now.

When and How to Fertilize Blackberries

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If you’re growing blackberries, knowing how and when to fertilize is one of the most important parts of raising these fantastic brambles. If you can nail the process of fertilizing you can pretty much guarantee a massive harvest. Learn how and when to fertilize your blackberry bushes in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Passionflower Species and Hybrids to Grow at Home

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With nearly 600 known species of passionflowers, there is a lot of variety out there, from plants with massive red blossoms to those with petite purple ones. You can find vines that produce long, banana-shaped fruits and others with the familiar egg shape. From the rare to the common, we share some of the best options.

How to Plant and Grow Anaheim Peppers

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Anaheim peppers can do it all. They’re not too hot, but they’re not super mild either, so they’re perfect for families that include both heat lovers and those who are spice adverse. They can be stuffed, roasted, dried, and eaten raw or cooked. Read more now to learn how to grow this fantastic New Mexican cultivar.

All About Brambles: The Many Marvelous Plants in the Rubus Genus

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Brambles can be a marvelous addition to your yard or a hideous curse, depending on what you’re dealing with. Whether you’re thinking about planting something in the Rubus genus in your garden or you’re trying to manage some unwelcome canes, it helps to understand these plants. Learn all you need to know in our guide.

Are Marigold Flowers Edible?

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Are marigolds part of your culinary repertoire? They should be! These flowers make a nice addition to a variety of savory dishes, and desserts too. Use them in tomato or cucumber salad, egg or chicken dishes, or a sandwich. Amp up homemade biscotti or a trifle. Learn how to make the most of edible marigolds now.

How to Grow Marigolds in Containers

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If you’re looking for a big display that doesn’t take much work to fill up your porch or patio, marigolds fit the bill. These sturdy flowers are extremely forgiving but you don’t have to sacrifice color or big blossoms. Gardener’s Path shows you how to succeed with growing marvelous marigolds in containers. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Serrano Peppers

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Serranos are extremely popular in Mexico and it’s easy to see why. They’re moderately spicy without setting your mouth on fire, and the juicy flesh makes them ideal for salsas and other sauces. The plants aren’t challenging to grow – you’ll be harvesting a serrano bounty in just a few months with our tips. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Impatiens

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Impatiens are ready for their comeback. The once incredibly popular shade-lover has fallen out of favor over the past decade since downy mildew began wiping it out across the UK and US. But growers have found new techniques to help prevent this disease, and resistant cultivars are popping up on the market. Read more.

Why Is My Asparagus Ferning Out?

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Ferning out is a natural, healthy part of growing asparagus spears that happens each year. But sometimes your asparagus spears will fern out earlier than you would like, disrupting your harvest. That’s why it helps to understand when and how to deal with the problem, and when to just let your plants do their thing.

How to Grow and Care for Poppies

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Poppies are incredible stand-outs with an astounding range of sizes, colors, and growing preferences. From the vibrant, petite California to the stately, dramatic breadseed poppy, you have many options for making your garden shine. In fact, the hardest part about growing poppies might just be picking the right one.

Gardening Myths Explored: Planting by the Moon Phase

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Wondering if planting by the phase of the moon a valid practice or a busted gardening myth? The answer isn’t black or white. While the moon definitely influences plant life on Earth, waiting to plant when the moon is full might not have any real benefit. This guide explores the science of gardening by moon phase.

23 of the Best Snapdragon Varieties to Grow at Home

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Snapdragons make a colorful statement in the garden with their upright flower stalks in a wide range of hues. They are available in a wide range of heights, flower types, growth habits, and colors. In this guide, you’ll learn about 23 of the best snapdragon series and cultivars to grow in your garden. Read more now.

How to Use Marigolds for Pest Control

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You’ve probably been told that marigolds can help with pest control in the garden. Maybe your grandma always planted her cole crops with marigolds and now you do, too. But what does the science say? What kind of bugs can marigolds help to keep away? We explore the truth and find out what marigolds can and can’t do.

Snapdragon Types: Understanding Flower Shape, Group, and Other Classifications

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It’s no surprise if you’ve ever been confused by all the different snapdragon groups, series, and flower types. There’s a broad range of colors, growth habits, heights, ideal growing seasons, and patterns available. Knowing the difference and discovering the best options will help you decide which suits your space.

How to Grow and Care for French Marigolds

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Don’t be fooled by the haters, French marigolds are magical. They are sometimes dismissed as cheap and common, but they’re pretty fantastic. They deter pests and attract beneficial insects while adding color to the garden. You can also eat them or use them as a dye. Learn how to make the most of French marigolds now.

How to Grow and Care for Rhododendrons

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Rhododendrons are one of the most stunning shrubs out there. If you’ve ever seen one absolutely covered from tip to crown in blossoms, then you know what we mean. But they need a little special care to achieve that glorious display. With the right water, exposure, soil, and care, you can have a picture-perfect rhodie.

Benefits of Companion Planting Marigolds with Tomatoes

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Companion planting with marigolds and tomatoes is a common gardening technique that’s been around for a long time. But is it really worth doing? Is there any evidence to back the practice up? We’ll take a look at whether marigolds and tomatoes grow better when planted together and what the science has to say about it.

How to Grow Snapdragons in Containers

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Not all flowers love growing in pots as much as they do the ground, but snapdragons do well in containers. Our guide will teach you how to find the right pot, cultivar, soil, and location for your flowers so that they thrive. We’ll also show you how to plant and maintain your fabulous flowers. Read more now.

Are Snapdragons Annuals or Perennials? The Lowdown on How Long Snapdragons Live

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Snapdragons are confusing. They can return year after year, but most of us grow them as annuals. What’s the deal? Are they annuals? Perennials? Biennials? Why do they sometimes survive in freezing climates and how can you ensure they stick around? In this guide, we’ll sort through the misinformation to find the truth.

Eating Snapdragons: How to Harvest and Use the Flowers and Leaves

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Snapdragon flowers are edible, as are the leaves and the seeds, but not everyone is a fan of the flavor. If you love bitter veggies such as radicchio and endive, you’ll love snapdragons too. Even if you aren’t a fan of bitter plants, there are ways to use the blossoms and leaves that will have your taste buds singing.

What’s the Difference Between Late, Mid, and Early Season Potatoes?

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Knowing the different types of potatoes enables you to choose the one that will work best in your garden or kitchen. But there’s some confusion out there about which fall under the early, mid, and late categories. This guide clears up the confusion so you can get planting and select the right type for your needs.

37 of the Best Spinach Cultivars to Grow in Your Garden

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With so many fantastic spinach cultivars out there, it’s hard to choose. Narrowing down your options is probably the most challenging part of growing spinach, in fact. We make the task easier by sharing the details of 37 excellent cultivars so you can find the best picks for your garden, to meet your particular needs.

How to Plant and Grow Napa (Chinese) Cabbage

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Some plants in the brassica group are a bit of a challenge to grow (hello, brussels sprouts). But napa cabbage is fairly easy. It’s also versatile in the kitchen thanks to its mild flavor and tender leaves. Whether this is your first try or you want to take your harvest to the next level, this guide will help you out.

How to Select the Best Houseplant Potting Soil and Containers

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Choosing the right potting soil and container is part of the foundation of exceptional houseplant care. If you choose the wrong pot and medium, you’ll never have a thriving, happy plant. But there are lots of options out there. This guide helps you cut through the confusion to make the best choices for your plant.

17 of the Best Multiheaded Tulip Varieties

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Picture a tulip. I bet you imagined a single flower at the end of a stalk, right? If so, it’s time to get to know bouquet tulips. Multiheaded tulips are plants that produce several blossoms from a single bulb, so instead of a solo flower, you can grow a whole bouquet on one plant. Here are our picks for the best ones.

Tips for Growing Outdoor Weeping Fig Trees

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Fussy indoors, weeping figs are hardy outside. But keeping them – and yourself – happy requires planting them in the right spot. Near sidewalks, plumbing, or pools, they can spell disaster. You can have a beautiful evergreen that works equally well in the landscape as it does as a hedge or topiary. Read more.

Why Is My Pothos Plant Stunted? 7 Reasons for Poor Leaf Growth

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There’s nothing worse than when a plant touted as “easy to grow” fails to thrive on your watch. It can be a real blow to the ol’ self-esteem. The truth is, even the most experienced gardener runs into trouble now and then. This guide helps you troubleshoot stunted pothos growth so you can make your plant thrive again.

33 of the Best Iris Cultivars for Your Garden

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Do you want to plant iris flowers in your landscape but you’re not sure what cultivars to choose? There are thousands of different irises available, with different color patterns, sizes, and flowering times. To make your selection a little easier, check out our roundup of 33 top picks. Read more now.

How to Propagate Dieffenbachia to Grow Extra Dumb Cane Plants

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Dieffenbachia is surprisingly easy to propagate. It’s one of those plants that you can practically ignore and you’ll be treated with new ones without even trying. There are three easy methods for propagating dumb canes, including rooting stem cuttings, division, and air layering. We go over them in detail in our guide.