How to Grow and Care for Redbud Trees

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Spring is such a colorful time of year as winter fades away, and one of the most colorful contributors is the glorious redbud tree. These can put on a big, bright, flowery show with very little effort on your part. This guide shows you all you need to know about growing these sturdy, beautiful harbingers of spring.

How to Identify and Manage Bud Mites on Camellia Plants

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Are your camellia flower buds not opening as expected? Are the terminal buds on your plant looking sad and brown? It could be bud mites. These microscopic pests can wreak havoc on camellia plants, causing buds to turn brown and maybe even fall off. Identifying these pests can be a challenge. Learn more in our guide.

How to Start Pansies from Seed

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Pansies are perfect for adding color to your garden during cool weather. They’re also ideal for amping up bland, partially shady spots. Starting pansies from seed is an affordable option and it’s super easy to do. The trick is to embark on your seed-starting adventure well in advance of the ideal transplanting date.

Why Hellebores May Fail to Bloom (And What to Do About It)

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Gardeners love the winter color Lenten roses provide, but there are several common problems that can cause your hellebores not to bloom. Disease, watering or light exposure issues, planting depth, and more can all result in zero blossoms. Learn more about what causes hellebores to fail to flower and how to fix them.

How to Grow and Care for Staghorn Ferns

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Staghorn and elkhorn ferns are dramatic houseplants, living works of art that will turn heads. You can raise them in pots like a typical houseplant, or mount them on the wall for a bolder look – and happier plants. Ready to get started? Read our guide now to learn how to grow these unique plants indoors.

How to Grow and Care for Cattleya Orchids

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Do you love bold, bright color and flouncy petals? Cattleya orchids are perfect for those who like their houseplants with some added flair. Known as “Queen of the Orchids,” these are a must-have for orchid lovers or for anyone who seeks some added vibrancy in their home. Learn how to grow them in our guide.

How to Deal with Japanese Maple Winter Dieback

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Japanese maples are fairly sturdy trees that can live a long time but they’re not immune to winter dieback. When temperatures rise and fall repeatedly, especially coupled with desiccating winds, it can seriously harm your precious plants. Learn all about dealing with and preventing winter damage in Japanese maples now.

How to Grow a Japanese Maple Bonsai

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Japanese maple bonsai trees are striking with their unique foliage and dramatic forms. Plus, each season brings a change as they transition from spring into winter. This guide demystifies the process of planting and caring for one of your own. Don’t worry, while they aren’t the easiest species to grow, it isn’t hard.

How to Grow Monstera on a Moss Pole

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Moss poles aren’t just a new, fancy accessory for growing monstera houseplants. They’re a necessity if you want the healthiest growth and an attractive appearance. Our guide has all the details on how to use moss poles effectively to make sure your Swiss cheese plants are as healthy and happy as possible. Read more.

Tips for Growing Bonsai Apple Trees

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Apple bonsai are dramatic, striking trees in a small package. They produce full-sized fruits on a teeny-tiny tree. Oue guide explains how to grow your own bonsai apple trees, from selecting a specimen to potting, pruning, and shaping them for the most impact. We’ll also help you manage problems that might pop up.

How to Grow and Care for Moth Orchids

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Phalaenopsis orchids are fantastic. They’re incredibly elegant, yet despite their delicate appearance, they aren’t all that fussy or tender – tougher in fact than most other orchids, and many other plants in general! But they have unique care requirements compared to other common houseplants. Learn more in our guide.

17 of the Best Dwarf Japanese Maple Varieties

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Want to create a massive impact in a minimum amount of space? Look no further than dwarf Japanese maples. This guide reveals 17 of the best options, from laceleaf weeping types to upright green leaf cultivars that make a dramatic statement in a tiny package. All of these top picks stay under about 10 feet tall.

23 of the Best Medium-Light Houseplants

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Forget shade- and sun-loving plants – are you looking for houseplants that do best in medium light? Discover 23 of the best plants to grow in moderate light exposure indoors, from striking African violets and orchids to elegant weeping figs and satin pothos. We’ll also explain exactly what “medium light” means!

Reasons and Fixes for Long Necks and Leggy African Violets

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African violets can stretch for the light or develop long necks, making them look sickly or unattractive. This unwanted growth can be brought on by normal aging or it may be caused by problems like too little light, too much water, diseases, or pests. Learn all about how to fix leggy growth on Saintpaulia plants now.

How to Grow and Care for Coffee Plants Indoors

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Coffee plants, the same shrubs that bring us our necessary morning cup of joe, make for some pretty stunning houseplants. They have distinct, large, glossy leaves on a bushy plant, and they need lots of moisture and not too much light to thrive. Learn how to grow Coffea arabica indoors in our comprehensive guide.

How to Prune Philodendron Houseplants

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Growing philodendrons doesn’t require much maintenance, but you can make them even happier and more impressive-looking by pruning them – as long you do it the right way. Our guide explains the ins and outs of pruning philodendrons, whether you’re pruning your plant into shape or cutting it back to keep it healthy.

Troubleshooting Yellow Leaves on Spider Plants

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Spider plants may turn yellow for many reasons, and none of them are good. This is a sign from your plant that something is wrong! But luckily, spider plants are forgiving. Learn how to identify and resolve the problem, whether it’s due to the wrong amount of water, light, or fertilizer, pests, or something else.

How to Water Dracaena Plants

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It’s easy to get it wrong when watering a dracaena plant. Many people do (no shame!) and the result is browning leaves or blackening stems. Are you guilty of bad watering practices? Don’t worry, you’re in good company. And you’re on the path to redemption – read our complete guide to watering dracaena plants now.

How to Propagate Ferns

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Ferns don’t have the typical seeds and branches that we’re familiar with on other plants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t propagate them easily. You can reproduce ferns via spores, cuttings, divisions, and plantlets. This guide explains all four of these methods for propagating ferns so you can find success. Read more.

Why Do Spider Plants Fade or Lose Their Variegation?

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If your favorite spider plant is turning paler or changing to all green when it was variegated before, you’ll need to act fast to turn things around. We’ll explain what causes fading and reverting, and how to fix it. Common culprits include lighting and watering problems. Read more now in this comprehensive guide.

How to Propagate Snake Plants

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Want lots more snake plants? Of course, we can hardly blame you! They’re fantastic plants to have around. The process itself is easy, though it requires some patience and knowing the right tricks. This guide will explain several methods of propagating snake plants, including division and rooting cuttings in water.

Reasons and Fixes for Snake Plant Leaves Curling

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Curled leaves on your snake plant are a cry for help. This is a signal that something’s wrong with your plant, caused by temperatures that are too cold, a pest or disease, too much light, or watering issues. Our guide will help you figure out what the problem is and how to resolve it to make your plant happy once more.

Tips for Growing Lettuce Indoors

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For a vegetable crop that you can quickly grow indoors all year long, try lettuce. Our guide explains how to sow and grow your own lettuce indoors, from picking the best cultivars to providing the right light exposure. Read more now for all the info you need so you can start harvesting fresh greens soon.

11 of the Best Red Japanese Maples for Your Garden

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Red Japanese maples stand out against all the green in the garden with their bright coloring. Plus, the scarlet hue really brings out the unique shape of the lobes and serration of the leaves. Here are 11 of the toughest, brightest, and most gorgeous red Japanese maple options that we’ve found to bring to your garden.

How to Grow Mistletoe

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Ready for something different? How about gardening in the sky on the branches of trees? Mistletoe is a holiday favorite when we use it to decorate our homes – and maybe get a kiss. But it’s an important plant for wildlife, too. Some butterflies can’t live without it and it provides important winter food for bees.

How to Encourage Orchids to Rebloom

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Once your orchid drops all of its blossoms, is it totally done for? Nope, not at all! Don’t give up on your plant. Following a few tried-and-true steps, it’s possible to coax your orchid into putting on a new show year after year. This guide explains all you need to know to encourage your orchid to rebloom reliably.

How to Propagate Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plants)

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Can’t get enough of those dramatic Swiss cheese plants? We don’t blame you. These epiphytes are extremely easy to reproduce and this guide makes the process crystal clear. Learn 5 foolproof methods for propagating Monstera deliciosa plants, including rooting cuttings, air layering, sowing seeds, and dividing.

How to Grow and Care For African Violets

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African violets are one of the few houseplants that produce flowers all year long. They come in many different colors, sizes, leaf shapes, and blossom types, providing color even when the world outside is covered in snow. If you’re curious about how to grow and care for these fantastic, classic plants, this guide can help.

How to Create a Hotbed Garden to Extend Your Growing Season

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A hotbed extends the growing season for months so you can harvest fresh veggies in the middle of winter. These also enable you to start seedlings much earlier than you might otherwise. Our guide explains how to build, fill, and use hotbeds inside cold frames, greenhouses, or tunnels for year-round gardening. Read more.

Tips for Growing Spartan Juniper

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For a plant as tough as the strongest warrior, check out ‘Spartan,’ a Chinese juniper cultivar with a columnar growth habit. It’s perfect as a windbreak, specimen, or living fence. We’ll explain how to plant, grow, and care for this stately shrub, from finding the right place in the garden to caring for it as it grows.

How to Plant and Grow Chinese Junipers

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Chinese junipers come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, which means they can easily suit many different situations. You can grow these classic shrubs as gorgeous bonsai trees, stately garden specimens, maintenance-free hedges, dense privacy screens, container topiaries, and more. Read our growing guide now.

Japanese Maple Lifespan: How Long Can These Trees Live?

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Japanese maples are elegant trees well worth the investment. If you want a tree that makes an impact, you can’t go wrong here. But how long can you expect yours to thrive? How long will all your money and hard work last? This guide explains Japanese maple lifespans and what you can do to influence how long they live.

How to Grow and Care for Rocky Mountain Juniper

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Rocky Mountain junipers are adapted to the harsh, changing, and rough conditions of the Rockies. They can cling to rocky cliffs, hunker down in sand dunes, or survive a long freeze. That adaptability translates to tough, hardy, versatile shrubs for the home garden. This guide helps you make them thrive in your space.

How to Grow Chamomile Indoors

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You’ve probably put a pot of basil, mint, or cilantro in your kitchen window for quick access. But did you know chamomile can grow happily indoors? It’s true! Whether you’re looking to add beauty or an herbal remedy to your home, chamomile will thrive in your indoor food or flower garden with these tips. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Creeping Juniper

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For a truly carefree, evergreen ground cover, check out creeping juniper. These plants are perfect for rock gardens or xeriscaping and they come in a wide range of options, including dwarf or full-size with green, yellow, gold, or blue foliage. Learn how to choose, plant, and care for these elegant little creepers.

How to Protect Rhododendrons in Winter

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For the fullest display, you must give your rhododendrons the support they need to survive the winter and come fully alive in the spring. This guide shows you how to prepare and protect your rhodies and azaleas for the cold months ahead, whether that’s mulching, pruning, or protecting your plants from heavy snow.

Which Way Up Should You Plant Bulbs?

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We all know there’s a right and a wrong direction for planting bulbs, but sometimes it can be hard to tell which way is up. Some bulbs don’t have an obvious right side up. But don’t worry, our guide will help to clear up any confusion. Read more about which direction to plant bulbs, and what happens if you do it wrong.

How to Plant and Grow Persian Star Garlic

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‘Persian Star’ garlic (also known as ‘Samarkand’) is a stand-out hardneck type from Uzbekistan with medium-hot, sweet, complex cloves snuggled up in a purple and white striped wrapper. Brought to the US in the ‘80s, it has become an extremely popular cultivar for good reason. Curious to find out why? This guide can help.

The Best Tall Houseplants: 25 Tree-Like Plants to Grow Indoors

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Want to add an elegant tree to your decor? Are you yearning for a tropical or evergreen indoor forest? Or do you simply want to make a dramatic statement in your space? One of these impressive houseplants will do the job. Our roundup includes 25 of the best tall, tree-like houseplant species for the home. Read more.

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.