How and When to Prune Almond Trees

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How should you prune your almond trees, and when is the best time to do it? Should you give them an annual haircut, or skip it altogether? Become a pro pruner with this handy guide, and learn which branches to remove at any age to keep your trees happy, healthy, and producing almonds for years to come! Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Rose of Sharon

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A temperate climate hibiscus that grows well in cold areas, the stunning, elegant, easy to grow, and adaptable rose of Sharon deserves a place in your garden. Ranging from three to 16 feet tall with white, purple, pink, or red flowers, there’s an ideal cultivar for every situation. Learn how to grow Hibiscus syriacus now.

Is Bee Balm Invasive? How to Control Monarda

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Bee balm (aka Monarda) is one of the most popular plants in North American gardens, but it’s also one of the most likely to get out of control. Is it worth it? With careful placement, the right strategy and tools, and a bit of time, controlling bee balm is easy and worth the effort! Read more to learn our top tips.

How to Grow and Care for Common Thyme

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Thyme is best known for its culinary uses, but the easy-to-grow herb is also medicinal and a valuable ornamental plant. It adds a subtle charm to front borders, attracts beneficial insects, and makes a perfect companion plant for many other landscape favorites. Learn how to grow thyme in this guide. Read more now.

Why Won’t My Bee Balm Flower?

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If it’s well into summer and your bee balm plants still aren’t displaying their signature colorful fountainhead flowers, check out this guide to pinpoint whether the problem is your climate, soil fertility, irrigation, crowding, pests, or disease issues. Then, get them blooming in no time with these tips. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron

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Philodendrons are tropical foliage plants that are easy to grow indoors, and can be planted in the garden in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-11. Available in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, these plants are ideal for livening up a gloomy corner of your home. Learn how to grow and care for philodendron in this guide.

Bee Balm Propagation 101

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Many gardeners would agree that you can never have too much bee balm, a classic mid-border garden favorite. Luckily, it’s easy to propagate this long-blooming flowering herb via division, seeds, or cuttings. With proper care, you’ll have tons to sprinkle throughout the garden beds or give away to friends and family.

How to Grow and Care for Hardy Hibiscus

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The vibrant funnel-shaped flowers of hibiscus and their long stamens are iconic symbols of beauty – but did you know hardy varieties can grow in cold climates too? Thanks to the work of breeders, many sizes and colors are now available. We’ll explain how to grow them, with tips to bring out their best blooms.