A Review of Stephanie Rose’s Garden Alchemy

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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.

11 of the Best Blue Asters to Add to the Garden

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

What’s Not an Asparagus and Not a Fern? Asparagus Fern!

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For an attractive indoor hanging plant, choose a variety of asparagus fern. Appreciated for its delicate and feathery leaves, this vigorous grower is easy to maintain and adds soft green color and textural interest to your indoor decor. Learn how to plant and grow this South African beauty. Read more now.

21 Tips for Managing Perennial Asters in the Garden

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

Recognizing, Managing, and Preventing Rust on Canna Plants

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Canna, often called canna lily, is a rhizomatous perennial with spikes of bright blossoms, and ample, tropical-style foliage. Under less than ideal conditions, it may fall victim to a condition called rust. Learn what this is, how to treat an infection, and what preventative measures you may take to avoid an outbreak.

Growing Heliotropes: Fragrant Vintage Charmers

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Would you like to grow a plant whose scent was a source of perfume for Victorian ladies? Whose purple clusters have graced gardens from Peru to Europe? The heliotrope is a showy garden flower that may also be cultivated indoors as a miniature potted tree. Learn all about it here on Gardener’s Path.