5 Tips for Growing Asters in Containers

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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.

How to Design a Child’s Garden

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Want to get your child interested in gardening and eating healthy early in life? If so, read our tips that will help you establish your child’s own garden.

How to Grow and Care for Summer Snapdragon Flowers

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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.

7 Tips for Pruning Perennial Asters

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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.

How to Grow Virginia Stock, A Cordial Summer Visitor

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Asters

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Small Globe Thistle

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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.

How to Grow Satin Flower: Darling of the Pacific Coast

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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.

Grow a Superfood in Your Own Backyard: Cultivating Tuberous Turmeric

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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.

How to Grow Stock: A Cottage Garden Staple

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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.

Get to Know Your Trees with National Audubon Society Trees of North America

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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.

How to Grow Snapdragon: the Perfect Cutting Garden Annual

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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.

Avoid Cicada Tree Damage with These Tips

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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.

Understanding Different Types of Peony Flowers

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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.

A Review of the National Audubon Society Birds of North America

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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.

How to Plant and Grow the Classic Perennial Peony

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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.

Tips for Growing Weeping Forsythia

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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.