As winter approaches, there are steps you can take to care for hostas so they’ll return in spring healthier than ever. Mulching, tidying up, and dividing plants, and burying, moving, or covering your container-bound hostas, will go a long way toward protecting your plants from pests, disease, and frost heave damage.
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.
You might not call flowers to mind first when you think of hostas but they can be incredibly beautiful and fragrant, in colors ranging from white to purple, and even yellow or red. We’ll help you make the most of your hosta flowers, from choosing the best hybrids and cultivars to deadheading and troubleshooting.
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.
From common garden foes like aphids to microscopic nematodes that can decimate your hostas, pests can be a problem now and then. Slugs and snails are usually the main challenge when growing hostas, but there are other pests that make a meal of these shade lovers, and stressed plants are particularly at risk. Read more.
Growing coleus plants in containers shows off their beautifully colorful foliage while making them more accessible and easy to move or reposition throughout the landscape. To learn how to grow these plants in pots, give our guide a read. It covers everything a container coleus grower needs to know – and more!
Hostas can make a striking addition to the shade garden, with colorful foliage and tiny lavender or white flowers. Check out our roundup of favorite cultivars, in hues of blue-green and gold, chartreuse and lime, with spiky or heart-shaped leaves, plus a few classic white and green varieties. Read more now.
If you want to feel more secure in your home, consider Mother Nature’s finest biological razor wire. We take a look at 23 of the best thorny, spiky, and downright scary plants to add to your landscape for the ultimate intruder deterrent. Learn how to use defensive plants in your garden for home security. Read more now.
Colorful coleus is a tropical foliage plant that is easy to grow and thrives in shady locations. With vibrant, variegated leaves in a range of color combinations and patterns, coleus is ideal for massed plantings, or as specimens in beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow coleus now with this guide.
Staghorn and elkhorn ferns are dramatic houseplants, living works of art that will turn heads. You can raise them in pots like a typical houseplant, or mount them on the wall for a bolder look – and happier plants. Ready to get started? Read our guide now to learn how to grow these unique plants indoors.
Ferns don’t have the typical seeds and branches that we’re familiar with on other plants, but that doesn’t mean you can’t propagate them easily. You can reproduce ferns via spores, cuttings, divisions, and plantlets. This guide explains all four of these methods for propagating ferns so you can find success. Read more.
With gorgeous hardiness, ease of care, and few disease or pest problems, the Christmas fern is well worth adding to your garden. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know about evergreen Polystichum acrostichoides from propagation to cultivation, so you’ll be well-prepared come holiday time. Read more.
The cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum) has many amazing qualities – gorgeous color, easy care, and a widespread growing range are just a few of the things this plant has going for it. If you want to cultivate one – or more! – in your landscape, this growing guide is just what you’ve been looking for. Read more now.
Autumn fern is a gorgeous, tough plant with fronds that emerge with a coppery hue – a welcome change from the typical fern’s green color scheme. In this guide, we’ll show you how to grow and care for these plants at home. From propagation techniques to cultivation tips, no stone will be left unturned! Read more now.
The heart fern is a gorgeous specimen to add to your houseplant collection. With glossy, cordate leaves and a compact growth habit, it’ll stand out wherever you choose to put it. It’s even been used to treat cancer and diabetes in Asia. With some TLC and these handy growing tips, you can grow your own heart fern!
Hostas are appreciated for their green, yellow, variegated, or white foliage. These attractive shade-loving perennials thrive in moist, well-draining loam and add beauty to the home landscape for many years. Sometimes you may want to relocate plants. Read on and discover 5 useful tips for transplanting and recovery.
Ferns are fabulously varied, and they’re not just lacy fronds that grow in shady areas. There are endless options if you want some color for shade, but there are also sun-lovers and others that grow on trees. Some are drought tolerant and others can thrive in a swamp. Read more now to learn how to grow your own ferns.
Pests, diseases, and various environmental issues can all cause hosta leaves to turn yellow, and the symptoms can look fairly similar. From overwatering to foliar nematodes, there are lots of things that can go wrong. The trick is to figure out which is causing your plants problems so you can determine how to fix it.
Hostas have a reputation for being tough in the garden. That’s one of the reasons they’re one of the most popular plants out there. But when one of these disease strikes, it can spell disaster. Knowing what causes disease can help you prevent them, but if it’s too late, you need to know how to deal with hosta diseases.
Completing garden winter care tasks can be one of the busiest weekends of the year, but plants like heuchera offer you some free time by demanding very little. Outside of a few basic considerations, you can invite these plants into your garden and expect year-round interest with minimal work. Read more now.
Hostas need dividing to look as good as possible. As they age, the center starts to look a bit shabby, yellowed, and sparse. They may even stop sending up those lovely flowers. By dividing them, they get a refresh. Plus, when you divide your hostas, you get new free plants out of the deal so you can expand your garden.
Hostas grow well in containers, so why not grow them in compact places where you might not be able to otherwise? A potted plant makes a statement in the garden or on a patio. There are just a few tips you need to know in order to make these popular plants thrive in pots. Read our guide to learn more.
It’s no wonder hostas are one of the most popular plants to grow in the garden. They’re versatile, add color even to shady spots, and are rarely impacted by insect pests or diseases. With hundreds of cultivars, there’s an endless variety to choose from. Our guide will help you to pick, plant, and care for your hostas.
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.
An old-timey species with a name to match, dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima) is as easygoing as plants come. Dependable and attractive foliage adds value to the garden, and it is virtually pest free. Read all about it on Gardener’s Path to see what makes this silvery plant a must-have option for any outdoor space.