11 Perennial Aster Species for Summer’s Last Hurrah

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Balloon Flowers

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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.

How to Grow Cleome (Spider Flower)

Cleome, aka spider flower, is an unusual, eye-catching flower, with its impressive height and colorful, wispy blooms that add interest to the garden from early summer until first frost. It’s easy to grow and has few pest and disease issues. Learn how to plant and grow Cleome in your landscape in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Coneflower Varieties

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Love echinacea? Go beyond the classic purple coneflower you know and adore and take a look at 17 of our favorite colorful series and cultivars that you can grow. With single or double blooms, available in just about every hue, flower arrangers and beneficial insects alike will go crazy for these perennial beauties.

When and How to Plant Borage Seeds

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Borage is an easy to grow herb with tasty leaves and pretty, edible blossoms that attract a variety of pollinators. It can also be used as a cover crop in the garden. It’s easy to start from seed, if you keep a few points in mind. Learn how and when to plant borage seeds to enjoy this herb in your landscape.

Splash Your Garden in Blue with Bachelor’s Button (Cornflower)

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Bachelor’s button is a wildflower that has naturalized throughout the United States. From classic blue to shades of pink, purple, and white, it’s an invasive grower that likes space to roam. Learn about this country classic and see if it’s right for your backyard landscape. Read more now.

19 of the Best Summer Flowering Clematis for Your Garden

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If you need a perennial that gives long-lasting, reliable color during the hot months, summer flowering clematis is a great choice. Terrific for vertical interest, as a groundcover, or weaving through trees and shrubs, these hardy vines are easy to care for and maintain. Discover 19 of the best varieties for your garden.

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.

How to Grow Azure Monkshood for Stunning Fall Color

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An alpine meadow perennial, azure monkshood produces stunning purple-blue flowers and distinctive green foliage in the fall garden. This plant is disease resistant, and relatively easy to care for. Keep it moist, and it should bloom reliably in the fall. Read on to learn how to grow this late season gem 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.

When and How to Plant Marigold Seeds

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Ready to plant marigolds from seed for bright summer blooms? Planting marigolds from seed is easy, but you’ll want to know when you should start these annual flower seeds indoors – and when you can sow the seeds right into your garden soil. Learn more about how and when to plant marigolds from seed. Read more now.

How to Grow Anise Hyssop: A Flowering Perennial Perfect for Borders

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Are you looking for a perennial native flower to naturalize in your yard? Anise hyssop is the answer for sun-filled border gardens, where its lavender spikes create a showy swath of color throughout the summer months. Learn how to grow and care for this easy-to-grow, deer-resistant plant. Read more now.

15 of the Best Common Morning Glory Varieties for Home Gardeners

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Easy to grow and vigorous, with striking blooms, the morning glory is a go-to option when you need a lot of space covered fast. Plenty of colorful options are available to coordinate with your existing plantings. Check out 15 of the best morning glory varieties and find your favorites now.

13 of the Best Tall China Asters for the Late Summer Garden

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China aster is a late summer flowering annual with colors ranging from vibrant, vivid tones to subtle pastels. Tall varieties make the perfect anchor for beds and borders. They brighten the landscape and make attractive and sturdy cut flowers. Discover 13 of our favorite varieties of China aster for your garden.

What’s the Difference Between English and German Chamomile?

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Did you know there are two different types of chamomile with different growth habits and uses? German chamomile has cheerful flowers just waiting to be turned into tea, while English chamomile is ideal for growing as a low-maintenance ground cover. Learn about the differences between English and German chamomile now.

Are Hellebores Toxic to Animals or People?

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Despite their use as a medicine in previous eras, all parts of hellebores are toxic if eaten by children or animals. Key symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and convulsions in serious cases. Read on to learn what to do if your dogs, cats, or horses ingest hellebore and to learn more about the poisons involved.

How to Grow and Care for Calico Aster in the Late Summer to Fall Garden

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Calico aster is a daisy-like native perennial suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8 that adds cheer to the garden from summer to fall. It needs little care once established, and readily naturalizes, especially in moist woodland settings. Read on to learn all you need to know to cultivate calico aster in your landscape.

How to Grow Chamomile in Containers

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Chamomile is boisterous in the garden, self-seeding where you least expect it. Planting it in a pot can keep this herb under control. There are just a few things you need to succeed, including the right container, soil, and location. Read more now to learn everything you need to know to grow chamomile in a container.