Cauliflower has a reputation for being a difficult cool-weather crop to grow, but don’t let that stop you. With an understanding of temperature and watering needs, you’ll soon be cultivating white, purple, orange, and green varieties packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Learn how to grow your own cauliflower now.
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.
Hydrangeas are woody shrubs or vines with showy clusters of blossoms. They grow best in full sun to part shade, where the soil is consistently moist. There are nearly 80 different species and several bloom styles. Learn more about the lacecap hydrangea, and what makes it unique in this guide. Read more now.
Need an alternative to grass under a shady tree? Do you have a slope that’s hard to mow? Ground cover plants offer a low-maintenance alternative to the carpets of lawn to which we have become accustomed. Learn about 15 of the best flowering ground covers for your unique property in this guide. Read more now.
Did you know that not all insects are pests? Many beneficial varieties may already be living in your gardens, helping to control populations of bugs that enjoy feasting on veggies, herbs, and flowers. Read on to discover who your friends are, and how to encourage them to work and thrive in your yard.
Cyclamen makes a colorful indoor plant for winter that blooms through to spring, when most flowering plants are dormant. It comes in bold shades of red, pink, and purple, with heart-shaped green or variegated foliage. Read on to learn how to care for a potted cyclamen indoors and enjoy vibrant color all winter long.
Aluminum plants, aka watermelon pilea, are tropical perennials with abundant clumping green foliage that is richly textured and accented by streaks of silver. Ideal for growing indoors in bright, indirect light, this foliage plant requires moderate maintenance and is an elegant addition to the home or office. Read more.
Lucky bamboo is not a true bamboo, but a type of dracaena in the asparagus family. From its native Africa, it made its way to ancient Asia, where it became a symbol of good fortune and a facilitator of the harmonious practice of feng shui. Read on to learn all about lucky bamboo and how you can grow your own indoors.
Affectionately known as the elephant-foot plant, evergreen ponytail palm has a fountain of backward curving, strap-like foliage. The trunk has a large base called a caudex that stores water. This showy specimen is an elegant, easy-care houseplant. Learn all you need to know to cultivate a ponytail palm in your home.
Inkberry holly is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers in the spring. By autumn, blue-black drupes, or berry-like fruits, make a late-season feast for foraging birds. Inkberry holly is easy to add to the landscape, especially with these tips for successful cultivation. Ready to grow your own? Read more.
If you don’t know how to manage an outbreak of Cercospora leaf spot, it can ruin not only this year’s beet crop, but those for years to come. It renders beet greens inedible and can affect neighboring vegetables in the garden, like chard and spinach. Read on to learn how to deal with this destructive fungal condition.
Celery is not the easiest plant to grow. The seeds are tiny and have to sit on top of loose, organically-rich soil to germinate in sunlight. And sometimes, the crunchy ribs you’ve been waiting for turn out to be thin and dry instead of plump and juicy. Read on for 7 reasons for skinny celery and how you can avoid it.
Cabbage black rot is a devastating cruciferous vegetable disease that begins subtly. Its signature foliar discoloration starts at the leaf margins, and usually goes unnoticed until it is so extensive that an affected plant cannot be salvaged. Read on for all you need to know to recognize and manage cabbage black rot.
Parsnips are frost-hardy white root vegetables that resemble carrots. They grow with full sun in moist, sandy loam. The seeds are slow to germinate and the growing season is long. Read on to discover 9 companion plants that share similar cultural requirements with parsnips, and aid the vegetables by being near them.
If you have ever grown parsnips, you know how disappointing it can be to wait all season only to discover that your crop is tasteless, stringy, and tough. It’s time to try again. Read on for all you need to know to harvest this nutritious root vegetable at the peak of flavor, for a sweet and tender harvest every time.
Here comes winter, with a vengeance! Read our reviews of 7 popular snow shovels that will help you to clear your property in time for nature’s next onslaught. Did you know that some are for pushing, and others, for lifting? In addition, we cover how to use equipment properly and stay safe. Read more now.
There are over 150 species of woody flowering viburnum shrubs with clusters of blossoms in shades of cream, pink, and white. Some are evergreen. Others are deciduous, with vibrant autumn foliage and clusters of deep blue to red fruits. Learn how to grow one or more of the many available viburnum species and cultivars.
Whether it appears alone, in groups, or as part of an expansive hedge, the burning bush is an autumn sensation. With its scarlet leaves burning brightly under the late season sun, it usually makes a dramatic statement. However, sometimes it isn’t as colorful as we’d like. Read on for seven reasons why this may happen.
Bok choy, or pak choi, is a Chinese cabbage with green or white stalks and green leaves that is a staple of Asian-style cooking. Choose from dwarf and full-size varieties, and harvest young for tender microgreens. Read on to learn how far apart to space seeds and nursery seedlings, and bring in your best harvest yet.
Cauliflower is a cool-weather cole crop that can be temperamental, even under the best of circumstances. When insects feed on it, a whole new set of challenges arises. Read on to discover nine of the most common cauliflower pests that feed on foliage, heads, and roots, and learn about effective treatment options.
Cauliflower is a cabbage relative that may be grown alone or with other plants. However, not all plants grow well together. The best flower, herb, and vegetable choices for companion planting share similar cultural requirements and aid in pest management. Read on for 13 exceptional cauliflower companions.
Kale is a leafy vegetable in the brassica family that’s related to the cabbage. It thrives in the coolest temperatures of the growing season. Read on for 13 of our favorite types. Choose cultivars with exceptional heat or cold tolerance to suit your needs, and grow the most flavorful and tender kale you’ve ever eaten.
Would you like to grow broccoli, but aren’t sure how? Read on for the best instructions for cultivating this nutritious cool weather crop in your garden. See if a spring or fall planting suits your climate and learn the secrets to getting several harvests from one plant. Learn more about broccoli in this guide.
Are you familiar with the type of pruning known as deadheading? If you are a gardener, we invite you to join us as we define deadheading, and discuss how this technique varies with different plants. Learn the benefits of the practice, and ways to build it into your busy schedule with minimal effort. Read more now.
Vines like Chinese wisteria and evergreen Boston ivy may give a home a stately and elegant appearance. However, one can’t help but wonder if their winding ways are secretly causing damage to a home’s outer surfaces, like shingles and siding. Before you plant, read on to learn how vines may affect your home’s facade.
Smuts are fungi that ruin crops like corn, rice, wheat, and onions, as well as lawns and ornamentals. They are characterized by growths called galls, and foliar and fruit disfigurement. In this article we discuss different types of smut fungus and ways to avoid them in the home garden. Read on for all you need to know.
Coneflowers are daisy-like perennials for USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. They bloom from late spring to early fall in an array of colors, and attract a host of pollinators and birds. Read on to learn if it’s beneficial to deadhead spent blooms to promote more flower production, or if you can skip this chore altogether.
Climbing annual morning glory vines are synonymous with summer, covering fences and trellises with their classic heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-like blue, pink, purple, and white blossoms. Read on to learn how to collect and store seeds from this vigorous self-sowing flower and enjoy cheerful blooms year after year.
Perennial asters bloom in late summer, bringing masses of blues, pinks, purples, and whites to the landscape until the first frost. In addition to growing in beds, borders, drifts, and meadows, they grow well in pots. Read on for 5 tips on aster container gardening, and take your outdoor living space to the next level.
Are you planning your next garden project? Summer snapdragon is a perennial flower for beds, borders, and containers that you need to know about. Angelonia angustifolia is a must-have where summers are hot and humid. Discover what makes this plant unique, where to buy it, and how to grow it in this guide. Read more now.
Perennial asters, in shades of blue, pink, purple, and white, refresh late season gardens for a beautiful transition to fall. Have you been hesitant to plant them because of their somewhat unkempt natural growth habits? Read on for 7 tips that will help you keep them in shape, and make them the pride of your landscape.
Virginia stock (Malcolmia maritima) is a summer flower that blooms in a profusion of pink, purple, and white blossoms, for a carpet of pastel color. Tolerant of salt, low moisture, and dry soil, it’s perfect for those hard-to-plant locations. Learn all about this easy-to-grow annual in this guide. Read more now.
Starry aster flowers are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Plants are available in an array of blues, pinks, purples, and whites. Mass plantings invigorate the late summer to fall landscape with carpets of robust color and texture. Read on and learn how easy asters are to grow and discover your favorites now.
If you’ve always wanted to grow houseplants but lacked the space, you need to read our review of certified professional horticulturist Leslie F. Halleck’s new book, Tiny Plants. Packed full of how-to’s, species descriptions, and colorful photos, you’ll discover a world of miniature indoor gardening you never imagined.
Small globe thistle (Echinops ritro) features whimsical pom-pom flowers atop stems that grow to over three feet tall. Ideal as a background for smaller foreground plants, small globe thistle is a striking addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow this exceptional perennial in this guide. Read more now.
Satin flower is an annual native wildflower that blooms in early summer with poppy-like blossoms in a variety of colors ranging from pink and purple to orange and red. Ideal for growing in beds, borders, and containers, they attract a variety of pollinators. Learn how to plant and grow satin flower in this guide.
Turmeric is a flavorful spice that has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Prized for its tangy flavor, golden color, and healthy, anti-inflammatory benefits, this perennial is easy to grow in the home garden. Learn how to cultivate turmeric for a homegrown harvest in this guide. Read more now.
Are you looking for a flower that evokes images of Victorian ladies with parasols in their cottage gardens? One that adds rich color and fragrance to beds and borders? Matthiola incana, commonly called stock, is the perfect choice. Learn all about this timeless classic and how to grow it in this guide.
National Audubon Society Trees of North America contains over 540 species and is a valuable resource for landscapers, home gardeners, environmentalists, and botany students. With almost 2,500 color photos and descriptive text, it’s the Society’s most authoritative work on trees to date, and we review it for you here.
Snapdragon is the perfect addition to cutting gardens. Spiky heads loaded with blossoms add height and structure to flower beds and floral arrangements. Did you know it blooms from the bottom up, for long vase life? Learn all about this old-time favorite and its modern color palette in this guide. Read more now.
If the thrumming sound of summer cicadas seems to start early this year, it’s likely because your region is experiencing a springtime emergence of a 17-year periodical species. Rising from the ground in droves, cicadas may pose a threat to the trees in your landscape. Read on to find out if you need to take action now.
The Paeonia genus contains flowers native to Asia, Europe, and North America. There are numerous species and cultivars with different growth habits, dimensions, and colors. Discover exciting options for beds, borders, and containers, in this informative guide to the different types of peonies. Read more now.
National Audubon Society Birds of North America is an exciting new version of a classic field guide that hasn’t been updated since 1994. Read on for our review of this comprehensive new resource with more than 3,500 color photos of over 800 birds. You’ll want to keep it handy for identifying the species you observe.
For vibrant color from late spring to early summer, fill your garden beds and borders with the luscious blossoms of perennial peony. Available in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and yellow, these gorgeous flowers are an ornamental highlight. Learn how to plant and grow peonies in this guide. Read more now.
Weeping forsythia is a late winter to early spring sensation with its gracefully arching branches covered in little yellow flowers. It’s easy to grow in full sun and well-draining soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8. Read on for pro tips to guide you in cultivating healthy, show-stopping shrubs in your landscape.
Forsythia is a low-maintenance shrub that grows in full sun and average, well-draining soil. It’s famous for its bountiful yellow spring blooms. Depending upon the age and condition of yours, it may be beneficial to do a hard pruning. Read on to learn how to decide when this practice is the appropriate action to take.
Forsythia is a deciduous shrub for USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8, best known for its yellow blossoms and for being one of the earliest spring bloomers. These grow best in locations with full sun and well-draining soil. Read on to learn how to propagate more from the ones you have, and fill your yard with springtime cheer.
Forsythia is a deciduous woody shrub with bright yellow flowers that bloom in late winter to early spring. The foliage is lush and green, and for some varieties, the color bronzes in autumn. However, leaf yellowing during the growing season may signal trouble. Read on to find out what may be wrong and what you can do.
Sweet fennel is aromatic and delicious, especially when you harvest it fresh from your own garden. Choose from bulb and bulb-less varieties, and enjoy bulbs, foliage, and seeds for nutritious and tasty additions to your menus. In this guide, you’ll learn how to grow fennel plus we share some favorite recipe ideas.
Birdhouse gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) are fun plants for the whole family. Learn how to start them from seed and train the twisting vines on arbors and trellises for a homegrown hideaway, then watch blossoms give way to hard-shelled hanging fruit that’s perfect for making decorative homes for the birds. Read more now.
If your spring forsythia display isn’t up to par, it could be because the shrubs have suffered cold weather damage. Unusually low temperatures and frozen precipitation can wreak havoc on plant tissue. Read on to discover the warning signs and steps you can take to try to restore your forsythia to its former glory.
Are you shopping for backyard playground equipment and feeling overwhelmed by your options? From safe clearances to customization, you’ll find everything you need to know in this informative article. Plus, we share 17 of our top picks, with favorites based on age group and materials. Enjoy years of outdoor fun!
The bright yellow blossoms of arching and upright forsythia varieties are springtime favorites. To keep yours in top form, it’s important to know when and how to prune them. Read on to discover 5 tips that will help you hone your skills and have bushes that are healthier and more attractive than you thought possible.
Forsythia is a spring-blooming shrub that is best known for its profusion of bright yellow blossoms. While they are generally quite healthy, this sturdy and fast-growing shrub sometimes develops knobby bumps along its stems. Read on to find out what these unattractive growths are and why you shouldn’t ignore them.
If you’re looking for unique perennial flowers, hybrid hellebores are for you. Also known as Lenten roses, they’re perfect for moist, shady locations in the garden, and reward with cheerful blossoms in late winter and early spring. Learn how to cultivate these evergreen early bloomers in this guide. Read more now.
If you are looking for a simple water feature for your garden, why not add a birdbath? The relaxing tones of chirping birds and trickling water will make your backyard into a restful haven and welcome your feathered friends. Discover 11 of the best birdbaths and some must-have accessories, plus helpful buying advice.
Forsythia is a deciduous shrub with bright yellow flowers that have become synonymous with spring. One of the earliest bloomers, it is sure to chase the winter blues away. Learn about 11 of the best forsythia varieties and choose your favorites, for sturdy plants that will reward with vivid color for years to come.
Forsythia is a vigorous shrub that is best known for having bright yellow blossoms in early spring, when most plants are still dormant. But what happens when they fail to bloom? Learn about 7 of the most common reasons why your forsythia may not bloom, and what you can do about it in this guide. Read more now.
Gladiolus is a flowering perennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11. It grows from corms that readily naturalize providing colorful, ever-enlarging displays. Enjoy it as an annual in other zones, where it can be lifted for the winter. Read on to learn all you need to know to cultivate this ornamental beauty in your garden.
Not just a holiday houseplant, tropical amaryllis (Hippeastrum) is easy to grow in the garden in Zones 9-11, with eye-catching blooms the size of your hand and colors ranging from pinks and reds to yellows and oranges. Learn how to cultivate amaryllis in your garden for a showy springtime display. Read more now.
Citizen science is an open invitation to record your observations of the natural world for the greater good. Organizations ranging from conservation societies to universities offer opportunities for lay people to submit data for analysis by scientists in a variety of fields. Read on to learn how you can contribute.
Want to enjoy your patio in the cooler months of the year? How about adding a cozy patio heater or fire pit to your outdoor decor? Let the experts at Gardener’s Path help you choose from an array of decorative and functional options with this handy product review of some of today’s most popular models.
Tropical Christmas cactus is a relatively easy houseplant to grow. Native to the rainforests of South America, it thrives with indirect sunlight in organically-rich, well-draining potting medium. The fleshy stems are green and segmented, but sometimes they turn brown and become woody. Read on to learn what this means.
Tropical Christmas cactus is a rainforest epiphyte with beautiful blooms that has become a popular houseplant. It thrives in indirect sunlight, and organically-rich, well-draining potting medium. It has green segmented stems that sometimes turn yellow. Read on to find out why this happens and what you can do about it.
Christmas cactus is a popular gift at holiday time that makes an attractive and long-lived houseplant. By manipulating its growing conditions, you can enjoy an abundance of blooms every year. Generally low-maintenance, sometimes a plant is troubled by pests. Read on to learn which ones they are and how to manage them.
Christmas cactus is a relatively trouble-free, easy-care houseplant that puts on a show of abundant tropical blooms during the holiday season. Sometimes you may notice that the segmented stems are no longer green, but purplish-red. Read on to discover what may cause this to happen, and what you can do to prevent it.
If you grow Christmas cactus, the time may come when it needs repotting, and that means you’ll need an appropriate potting mix. There are many products available for cacti, but the ingredients vary. Learn what essential elements are required for healthy growth, and how to make your own perfect potting mix. Read more now.
If you’re an indoor gardener, there’s a good chance that you have a Christmas cactus that bursts into a profusion of blooms every year. In caring for it, have you ever noticed hair-like growths sprouting from between the stem segments? These are aerial roots. Read on to learn what they can tell us about plant health.
The Christmas cactus is a rainforest plant that’s easy to grow at home in indirect sunlight and well-draining potting medium. Did you know that you can encourage it to bloom every holiday season with a few simple steps to mimic the natural dormancy process? Read on for instructions, and get set for a profusion of flowers.
Add some funky fresh flora to your indoor decor with Tillandsia, or air plants. They need indirect sunlight and no soil. Arrange and rearrange them as often as desired using creative supports such as crystals, driftwood, metal stands, and terrarium globes. Read on and discover 17 of our favorite Tillandsia species now.
Shrubs are plants that work hard to fill mid-height positions in the landscape. However, when they are not blooming or sporting autumn hues, they often fade into the background. Not so with variegated types. Read on to discover 23 of the best variegated shrubs that make a bold statement throughout the growing season.
To have healthy, beautiful roses, you need to grow varieties suited to your growing zone. And if you live where the ground freezes during the coldest months of the year, you may have to provide winter protection to get those beauties safely through to spring. Learn how to winterize your roses in this guide.
If you’re growing vibrant geraniums, like cranesbill, garden, and ivy, learn how to propagate new plants from stem cuttings. Whether you just need more plants or want to keep your favorite annuals from year to year, taking cuttings is an easy and cost-effective propagation method. Get started now with easy how-to instructions.
Garden, or zonal geraniums are popular herbaceous perennials in Zones 10 and 11 that grow as annuals in colder regions. Instead of letting them die at season’s end, you can overwinter your plants indoors for planting out the following spring. Learn all you need to know to winter over garden geraniums in this guide.
Garden geraniums are easy to grow and come in an array of colors, bi-color combinations, and double-petal varieties. If you have a sunny spot, slightly alkaline, moderately rich soil that drains well, you can grow your own. Learn how to plant and grow this classic summer flower in your garden. Read more now.
Strawberries are suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 10. With the proper winter care, hardy varieties can come back year after year and yield abundant harvests of sweet and juicy berries. Learn how to prepare and protect your strawberry plants during the winter months in this guide. Read more now.
If the feathery, spiked blossoms of astilbe plants adorn your gardens in late summer, you need to know how to prepare them for a good winter’s sleep. While they are cold-hardy, they benefit from a little TLC to ensure that they return each spring with vigor. Learn how to winterize your astilbe plants in this guide.
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.
Tropical caladiums are perennial foliage plants that can stay in the ground year-round in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. In colder areas, they grow as annuals. Learn everything you need to know to dig up, cure, and store your favorite caladium corms over the winter months for replanting next spring. Read more now.
Many of our spring-blooming flowers sprout from bulbs planted in the fall. Favorites like crocus, daffodil, and tulip must spend the winter beneath the cold ground, storing energy for their debut when warm weather returns. Read on to find out how late you can plant bulbs in the fall for a spectacular spring display.
Discover the wonders of the natural world in your own backyard or neighborhood with ideas from 11 of the best books for children. From germinating seeds to watching birds in flight, you’ll be inspired to enrich your family with the themes and activities presented in each. Read our roundup now and choose your favorites.
Have you ever heard of a crocus that blooms in the fall, and that lacks leaves and stems? Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) has pink, purple, or white cup-shaped blooms that sprout from bulb-like corms and readily naturalize in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8. Learn how to cultivate autumn crocus in your garden now.
Common foxglove features tubular blossoms in shades of cream, pink, purple, red, yellow, and white on tall upright stalks that are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. It’s a biennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9, and grows as an annual in all temperate zones. Learn how to grow and care for foxglove in your garden.
Cauliflower is a cool-weather crop that’s challenging to grow. It takes an ideal combination of temperature, moisture, and nutrients for pristine heads to form. Sometimes, even with best practices, plants fall victim to disease. Read on to learn how to avoid, recognize, and address 12 common cauliflower conditions now.
Dame’s rocket has naturalized in almost every state. This pretty phlox-like flower that grows along highways and in meadows is considered invasive. However, its leaves and seeds have culinary and medicinal applications. Should you grow it in your yard? Learn how to plant, grow, and control dame’s rocket. Read more now.
Caladiums are perfect for lush tropical gardening. These showy foliage plants come in a wide array of variegated colors like pink and chartreuse, red and green. They grow as perennials in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, and can also be cultivated as annuals or houseplants. Read on for how to grow your own caladiums now.
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.
Common sage is a versatile, savory herb often found in the company of parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Do you enjoy the flavor of sage in recipes like meat rubs and stuffing? It’s time you started your own supply. Learn how easy it is to grow this essential Mediterranean herb in the garden or a container. Read more now.
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.
Borage is an easy to grow annual herb with tasty leaves long prized by chefs and herbalists. Its edible, star-shaped blossoms are beloved by bees and other beneficial insects and pollinators. This versatile herb can also be used as a cover crop. Learn how to plant and grow borage now in your landscape. Read more now.
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.
Balloon flower is prized for its blue color, uniquely inflated buds, and cheerful star-shaped blossoms. Given room, this hardy disease-resistant perennial establishes a firm root system, and slowly assumes a feature role. Learn all about your new favorite summer flower right here on Gardener’s Path.
Wellness-through-gardening instructor and writer Stephanie Rose’s new book, Garden Alchemy, is a handy DIY manual of organic gardening solutions. Eighty step-by-step recipes provide natural alternatives to chemicals, and a sustainable approach to having a healthy garden. Read on for our in-depth review of this book.