How to Collect and Plant Hydrangea Seeds

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Hydrangeas are low maintenance flowering shrubs popular for their dramatic colorful blooms and bold green foliage. But can you grow them from seed? Depending on the variety, it may be possible. In this guide, we cover how to collect and save the seeds of your favorite hydrangeas for planting. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Lacecap Hydrangeas

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Hydrangeas are woody shrubs or vines with showy clusters of blossoms. They grow best in full sun to part shade, where the soil is consistently moist. There are nearly 80 different species and several bloom styles. Learn more about the lacecap hydrangea, and what makes it unique in this guide. Read more now.

21 of the Best Japanese Holly Cultivars to Grow at Home

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Japanese hollies are easy-care, evergreen shrubs that come in an astounding array of shapes and sizes, with leaves that range from dark green and petite to large and yellow. Some varieties have columnar growth habits and others are low-growing shrubs. Learn about 21 of the best Japanese holly cultivars in this guide.

How to Grow and Care For Japanese Holly

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Japanese hollies are essentially maintenance-free and untroubled by pests or disease. Deer and rabbits just hop on by, and your pruners will gather dust in the shed, because they maintain a tidy shape without any work from you – unless you plan to shape them into elaborate topiaries, and that’s great too! Read more.

How to Grow and Care for English Holly

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English holly puts the jolly in holiday decor. The cheery red berries brighten early winter landscapes and sustain songbirds, while the evergreen foliage is a must in wreaths and cut arrangements. Read more now to learn how to grow this Christmas holly as a tree or trained shrub, from transplanting to pest control.

How to Grow and Care for Japanese Tree Lilacs

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If you love lilac shrubs but haven’t tried growing a lilac tree before, now’s the time to plant a Japanese tree lilac in your yard. These lovely trees grow tall and produce cream-white flowers every spring. In this guide, you’ll learn how to grow and care for these elegant specimens. Read more now.

Juniper Herbal Uses: Put This Natural Powerhouse to Work for You

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Juniper has been used herbally for centuries. Even King Tut had some of the berries from the trees in his tomb. Whether you want to make a wound-healing salve or some tea to ease a cold, the needles and berries have the potential to help. Not all species are useful herbally, though. This guide has what to know.

13 Juniper Berry Uses in the Kitchen and Beyond

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Juniper berries are the unsung heroes of the spice world. They can flavor everything from drinks to savory dishes and even desserts. And they can also be used herbally, to make sourdough, and around the home. Whether you forage or purchase them, our guide will help you to make the most of the pungent fruits. Read more.

When and How to Harvest Juniper Berries

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Juniper berries can be used herbally, in the kitchen, or around the home. But harvesting them requires knowing the right time and method for plucking the fruits. Additionally, you should know with certainty that the species you are harvesting is suitable for your purposes. Our guide provides the details. Read more.

Are All Juniper Berries Safe to Eat?

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Yes, juniper berries are edible. Well, most of them. Many species are not just safe to eat, they’re delicious. But some, on the other hand, can be toxic. In this guide, we’ll help you figure out which is which so you can harvest the good ones and leave the ones that are bad (for humans!) for the birds who love them.

Pruning Bonsai 101: How to Shape Your Plants

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Pruning a bonsai well requires equal parts technical skill and artistic vision. You need to know how to prune the plant without damaging it so you can bring the living piece of art that you dream of to life. In this guide, we’ll help you to achieve both goals with a little bit of technical and creative guidance.

How and When to Prune a Juniper Shrub

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Pruning junipers the right way takes a bit of finesse and know-how. If you do it wrong, you can end up with a sad-looking skeleton of a plant, rather than a robust shrub that adds to your garden. You need to know when, how, and which branches to prune if you want to keep your plant healthy and looking good. Read more.

Blue Star Juniper: How to Grow These Hardy Garden Staples

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‘Blue Star’ junipers practically glow in the garden with their bright, steely blue foliage. Add to that their dense, mounding growth habit and extremely tough nature, and you have a plant that adds heaps of year-round character to your yard without much fuss. Get to know this happy accident and how to care for it.

How to Grow Lilacs in Pots and Planters

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With generous panicles of beautiful, fragrant flowers, the allure of lilacs is powerful. If you don’t have the space for a mature, 30-foot specimen, a good option is to grow dwarf varieties in containers – a smart solution for decks, patios, and other small spaces. Learn how to grow lilacs in pots and planters here.

How to Grow and Care for American Holly Trees

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If you’ve never tried growing American holly before, you’re in for something special. With glossy leaves and bright red berries, nothing says winter cheer quite like this plant. But is it hard to grow? How do you encourage the bushes to produce berries? Learn everything you need to know in our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Winter Jasmine

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Winter jasmine was cultivated in China for hundreds of years before becoming a common landscaping plant in many other parts of the world. Not only does it bloom in the winter when most other plants are dormant, it is very tolerant of neglect, so even inexperienced gardeners find it easy to grow. Read more now.

Must-Have Tips for Growing Inkberry Holly

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Inkberry holly is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers in the spring. By autumn, blue-black drupes, or berry-like fruits, make a late-season feast for foraging birds. Inkberry holly is easy to add to the landscape, especially with these tips for successful cultivation. Ready to grow your own? Read more.

How to Get Started with Your First Bonsai Tree

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Considering dipping your toe into the world of bonsai, or maybe you just picked up your first one at the store? You probably know there’s lots to do to keep your plant healthy, but growing your first bonsai doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You’ll be well on your way to creating a stunning display with these basics.

How to Grow Persian Shield, a Vividly Hued Foliage Plant

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Are you looking for a vibrant new plant for the house or garden that’s a cut above the rest? Consider Persian shield, a unique tropical variety with amazing, iridescent purple leaves. Learn all about this exceptional tropical plant in this guide. Read more now.

Gardeners, Beware! All Parts of Oleander Are Poisonous When Eaten

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When you grow oleander in your landscape, beware! All parts of the plant, from roots to stems and blooms, are poisonous if ingested, with a potentially fatal reaction for people and animals. Learn more about oleander poisoning and what precautions to take when you grow and care for these shrubs in your garden. Read more.

An Intro to Bonsai Trees: Information for the Beginner

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Bonsai is where horticulture meets art, and practitioners strive to capture nature in a miniature display. If you’re new to bonsai, you might be curious about where it came from and what it takes to create your own. This guide will fill you in on everything a beginner needs to know to get started. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Viburnum

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There are over 150 species of woody flowering viburnum shrubs with clusters of blossoms in shades of cream, pink, and white. Some are evergreen. Others are deciduous, with vibrant autumn foliage and clusters of deep blue to red fruits. Learn how to grow one or more of the many available viburnum species and cultivars.

How to Grow and Care for Baneberry Shrubs

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Baneberry offers beauty and elegance to a variety of landscapes in Zones 3 through 8. This low-maintenance ornamental can be used as a foundation planting, in a woodland border, or planted as an individual focal piece. Learn how to grow and care for your own perennial baneberry shrubs in this guide. Read more now.

How to Protect Camellias from Winter Cold Damage

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The beloved ornamental camellia has been cultivated globally for ages and bred by experts so some varieties can withstand harsh winter conditions. But camellia types that thrive in warmer climates will need protection prior to the onset of winter temperatures and cold winds, to avoid dieback and damage. Learn more now.

7 Reasons Why Your Burning Bush May Not Turn Red

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Whether it appears alone, in groups, or as part of an expansive hedge, the burning bush is an autumn sensation. With its scarlet leaves burning brightly under the late season sun, it usually makes a dramatic statement. However, sometimes it isn’t as colorful as we’d like. Read on for seven reasons why this may happen.

How to Grow and Care for Burning Bushes

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Burning bushes are deciduous shrubs that light up autumn landscapes with their scarlet foliage. However, in some states, non-native species have been declared invasive. Read on to learn how to grow burning bushes, and get a recommendation for a beautiful native variety to cultivate where non-native species are banned.

Troubleshooting Tips for Growing Camellias in Containers

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Have you noticed that your potted camellia is losing leaves, dropping blooms, or generally looking unhealthy? There are several potential causes, but fortunately, most are easy to address when caught early and dealt with quickly. Learn about the most common problems and how to fix them fast. Read more now.

How to Shape Your Hydrangea into a Tree

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Sure, you can buy a tree form hydrangea plant at a nursery, but this is often a pricey option. Why not create your own? All you need is a little patience, since it can take a few years to get results, plus some know-how, which we’ll provide in this guide, and a pair of pruning shears to clip your plant into shape.

Easy Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses: Simple Tips for Carefree Success

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Hardy, long lasting, and carefree to grow, ornamental grasses are a mainstay in professionally designed landscapes. With a superb diversity of textures, color, shapes, and sizes they can add drama and flair, or subtle softness. Their applications in the garden are many, and they’re one of the best plants to bring out your inner designer. Discover for yourself how readily these plants will work in your garden with our best tips and tricks.

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.

How to Grow and Care for Oakleaf Hydrangea

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Hydrangea quercifolia, or oakleaf hydrangea, is a woody shrub that’s native to the southeastern United States. Want to add a few to your garden? We share growing tips, best uses in the landscape, cultivars to select, and more to maintain these lovely, understated shade plants at home. Read more now.

How to Grow Camellias in Containers

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The “rose of winter,” camellias are well known for their winter blooms. But when you lack space in your yard or temperatures in your region dip too low, you might miss out – unless your camellia is in a container that can be moved indoors in cold snaps and pruned to keep it compact, opening up some new possibilities.

How to Grow and Care for Panicle Hydrangea

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Panicle hydrangeas are native to cool regions of Japan and China. These heat- and cold-tolerant shrubs produce huge, showy clusters of blooms that are white at first, blushing into pink or red as the season progresses. Learn how to grow and care for Hydrangea paniculata in your landscape with this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Russian Sage

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Russian sage, a member of the mint family, has attractive purple-blue flowers and green-gray foliage. It looks much like lavender but has a beauty all its own, adding unique appeal to the ornamental landscape. Hardy in USDA Zones 3-9, Salvia yangii thrives in full sun and well-draining soil. Read more now.

How to Grow Toyon (California Holly)

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Intrinsic cultural and habitat value shape the history of the California toyon plant. Small, white, rose-like flowers in summer lead to vibrant red berries in winter, providing abundant nectar and forage for pollinators and birds. Fire resistant and drought tolerant, this plant is a chaparral and oak woodland staple.

How to Grow and Care for Himalayan Honeysuckle

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Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) is a low maintenance flowering shrub that produces edible berries in the fall. Its fragrant white blooms surrounded by deep purple bracts are a striking addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow Himalayan honeysuckle in this guide. Read more now.

How to Propagate Camellias

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Camellias add fall, winter, and spring color to the landscape and shrubs have a variety of blossom forms and growth habits. There are six main methods of propagating these plants at home, including from seed, cuttings, layering, air layering, and grafting. Learn how to propagate camellias in this guide. Read more now.

The Full Spectrum of Buddleia: 17 of the Best Butterfly Bush Cultivars

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Butterfly bush is a brightly colored, low maintenance shrub that lives up to its name by attracting a variety of pollinators to the garden. But did you know there are numerous cultivars available in a variety of colors and sizes to suit your backyard? Learn about 17 of the best Buddleia cultivars and choose your favorites.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Lantern

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Chinese lantern is a charming ornamental that will bring a touch of whimsy to your garden. The papery, red-orange husks of this perennial come into their full splendor in autumn, providing bright fall color, and can be used in bouquets or dried arrangements. Keep reading to learn more about growing Chinese lantern.

How to Grow Feverfew: A Medicinal and Visual Delight

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Widely considered by herbalists to be a natural remedy for headaches, feverfew also happens to be an attractive landscaping plant. With white and yellow daisy-like flowers atop green feathery stems, this colorful herb is a fantastic addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow feverfew in this guide. Read more now.

11 of the Most Beautiful Camellia Varieties to Grow at Home

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Centuries after camellias were first brought from the wilds of Asia into the home garden, thousands of cultivars have been selectively bred for stunning blooms, cold hardiness, and specific growth habits. Which one will be a good fit in your garden? Discover 11 of our favorite camellia varieties and choose your favorite.

How to Grow Creeping Thyme as an Aromatic Ground Cover

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With its dense, mat-like form, creeping thyme makes for a beautiful and aromatic living mulch between stepping stones. Come summertime, lilac flower clusters attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Drought tolerant, low maintenance, and edible, this plant is sure to put a smile on your face in any season.

How Many Types of Roses Are There? A Guide to Rose Classification

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Tea, damask, polyantha, oh my! There are so many kinds of roses that it can all get a bit confusing. If you’re wondering what a shrub rose or a tea rose is, or what separates modern roses from old garden roses, this is the guide for you. We’ll help you sort out all the details and choose the best varieties for your garden.

Azalea Bloom Times and Flowering Groups

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Azaleas are a mainstay of the spring garden, but the show doesn’t have to end just because the season does. With several summer and fall flowering specimens, you can enjoy their gorgeous floral display right until frosty temperatures arrive. Read all about azalea bloom times and flowering groups for months of flowers.

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.

7 Reasons Why Your Hydrangea May Not Bloom

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Is there anything more disappointing than when it’s well into summer and your hydrangeas still aren’t blooming? In this guide, we’ll help you figure out what on earth went wrong, whether it’s a pruning issue or you have a light problem, and what you can do to fix it so you can enjoy those magnificent blossoms again.

5 Reasons to Rejuvenate Forsythia with Hard Pruning

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Forsythia is a low-maintenance shrub that grows in full sun and average, well-draining soil. It’s famous for its bountiful yellow spring blooms. Depending upon the age and condition of yours, it may be beneficial to do a hard pruning. Read on to learn how to decide when this practice is the appropriate action to take.

5 Ways to Propagate Your Own Forsythia

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Forsythia is a deciduous shrub for USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8, best known for its yellow blossoms and for being one of the earliest spring bloomers. These grow best in locations with full sun and well-draining soil. Read on to learn how to propagate more from the ones you have, and fill your yard with springtime cheer.

5 Common Causes of Forsythia Leaf Yellowing

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Forsythia is a deciduous woody shrub with bright yellow flowers that bloom in late winter to early spring. The foliage is lush and green, and for some varieties, the color bronzes in autumn. However, leaf yellowing during the growing season may signal trouble. Read on to find out what may be wrong and what you can do.

How to Grow and Care for Juniper Shrubs

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Hardy, reliable, and surprisingly multi-purpose, juniper shrubs are garden staples for a reason. They can stand up to brutal environmental conditions like drought and heat while providing food, medicine, and alluring visual impact. Learn how to grow this outstanding plant in your garden in this guide. Read more now.

21 of the Best Azaleas for Your Garden and Yard

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Bright and beautiful, azaleas add gorgeous colors in spring, summer, and fall. Tidy, low maintenance shrubs, they’re suitable for light shade to full sun and sparkle in borders, containers, foundations, flowering hedges, woodland edges, and more. Discover 21 of the best azaleas for your garden and yard in this guide.

How to Propagate Azaleas for Gorgeous New Shrubs

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Because hybrid cultivars don’t grow true from seed, three smart ways to increase and enjoy beautiful azaleas in your yard or garden is to multiply them vegetatively through cuttings or by stem or air layering. Learn how to propagate azaleas for gorgeous new shrubs in this step by step guide. Read more now.

How to Care for Cold-Damaged Forsythia

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If your spring forsythia display isn’t up to par, it could be because the shrubs have suffered cold weather damage. Unusually low temperatures and frozen precipitation can wreak havoc on plant tissue. Read on to discover the warning signs and steps you can take to try to restore your forsythia to its former glory.

How to Grow Smooth Hydrangea

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With snow-white pom-pom inflorescence and exfoliating, textured bark, wild hydrangeas are sure to wow any garden aficionado. Hydrangea arborescens attracts pollinators, stabilizes slopes, and is a natural border plant with showy blooms that make for an elegant cut flower. Learn how to grow wild hydrangeas now.

How to Grow and Care for Barberry Bushes

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Found in most temperate and subtropical regions of the world, barberry bushes are robust evergreen or deciduous shrubs with bright green, red, orange, or burgundy foliage. Versatile and easy to grow, these shrubs are ideal as foundation plantings or standalone specimens. Learn how to plant and grow barberry in your garden.

Grow Mountain Laurel for an Impressive Garden Landscape

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Mountain laurel is a low maintenance shrub with spectacular clusters of blooms each spring and attractive evergreen foliage. It can be incorporated into any landscape and is a perfect choice for woodland gardens, hedges, or foundation plantings. Learn how to grow and care for mountain laurel in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Azaleas in the Garden

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Brightly colored with long-lasting flowers, azaleas make a striking statement in the garden. Ideal for borders, beds, and foundation plantings, these shrubs provide months of vibrant blooms, with sweet or spicy fragrance, and pretty fall foliage as well. Learn how to grow and care for azaleas in this guide. Read more now.

5 Tips for Pruning Forsythia

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The bright yellow blossoms of arching and upright forsythia varieties are springtime favorites. To keep yours in top form, it’s important to know when and how to prune them. Read on to discover 5 tips that will help you hone your skills and have bushes that are healthier and more attractive than you thought possible.

How to Plant and Grow Red Tip Photinia

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Red tip photinia is a broadleaf evergreen shrub with vibrant red and dark green foliage. Tough and vigorous, these ornamentals are easy to grow, and provide year round interest and functionality in the landscape as a hedge or privacy screen. Learn how to plant and grow red tip photinia in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Camellia Flowers

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Camellia has been cultivated for more than 5,000 years for uses ranging from privacy hedges and winter beauty to oil and tea. These plants can thrive for more than one hundred years with proper care in shrub, hedge, or tree form, bringing beauty to your garden when other plants are dormant, year after year. Read more now.

9 of the Best Varieties of Oleander Shrubs to Grow in Your Garden

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Oleanders are drought-resistant shrubs with colorful blooms in shades of pink, red, or white. These robust plants thrive in poor soil and warm weather conditions. There are a number of different types available – from dwarf shrubs to large trees and hedges. Learn about 9 of the best oleander varieties for your landscape.

How to Grow and Care for Bottlebrush Plants

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With elegant drooping branches, appealing blue-green foliage, and spectacular fuzzy blooms that continue all summer long, bottlebrush shrubs are the perfect plants to attract pollinators while adding dazzling color to the garden landscape. Continue on to learn how to grow and care for bottlebrush shrubs.

How to Grow and Care for Oleander Shrubs

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Evergreen oleander shrubs add tropical flair to the garden, blooming for months in vibrant shades of pink and red or delicate white. These low maintenance beauties thrive in poor soil, drought, high heat, and salt air and are suitable for cultivation in Zones 8-10. Learn how to plant and grow oleander in this guide.

How to Manage Forsythia Gall Disease

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Forsythia is a spring-blooming shrub that is best known for its profusion of bright yellow blossoms. While they are generally quite healthy, this sturdy and fast-growing shrub sometimes develops knobby bumps along its stems. Read on to find out what these unattractive growths are and why you shouldn’t ignore them.

How to Grow Beautiful Hydrangeas from Cuttings

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Hydrangeas are perennial flowering shrubs that make a bold statement in the summer garden. If you can’t get enough of these beauties why not try propagating them yourself, instead of buying expensive potted shrubs? Learn how easy it is to propagate hydrangea cuttings in this step-by-step guide. Read more now.

11 of the Best Forsythia Varieties for Glorious Spring Color

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Forsythia is a deciduous shrub with bright yellow flowers that have become synonymous with spring. One of the earliest bloomers, it is sure to chase the winter blues away. Learn about 11 of the best forsythia varieties and choose your favorites, for sturdy plants that will reward with vivid color for years to come.

7 Reasons Why Forsythia May Not Bloom

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Forsythia is a vigorous shrub that is best known for having bright yellow blossoms in early spring, when most plants are still dormant. But what happens when they fail to bloom? Learn about 7 of the most common reasons why your forsythia may not bloom, and what you can do about it in this guide. Read more now.

21 of the Best Cotoneaster Varieties for Ground Covers, Hedges, and More

Cotoneaster is a multi-season plant loved for its vivid fall colors, bright red winter berries, and wonderful versatility in the landscape. From ground covers to hedges to slope stabilizers and even bonsai, there’s a species suitable for most locations. Learn about 21 of the best cotoneaster varieties in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly bush (Buddleia) is a colorful, low-maintenance perennial that attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Ideal for cottage gardens, beds, and borders, the cheerful, vibrant blooms grace the garden all summer long. Learn how to plant, grow, and care for butterfly bush in this guide. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Oak Leaf Holly

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Oak Leaf holly is a hybrid cultivar with unique, shapely leaves and bright berries, that provides year-round interest to the garden. This stately, pyramid-shaped evergreen shrub is ideal as a specimen planting and can be pruned into a formal hedge or privacy screen. Learn how to grow Oak Leaf holly in this guide.

How to Change the Color of Hydrangea Flowers

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Certain species of hydrangea have the unique ability to change color from blue to pink and vice versa. With a bit of patience and diligent application of certain soil amendments, you can encourage your hydrangea flowers to change color. Learn why hydrangeas change color and how you can do it at home in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Azaleas in Containers

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If you love the bright, elegant flowers of azaleas but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing them in containers instead? You can also liven up your porch, deck, or patio with the luxurious bursts of color. Learn how to grow azaleas in pots and discover our top container-friendly cultivars in this guide.

How to Grow Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster is a showy, hardworking shrub that provides multi-season interest with deep green foliage and pretty flowers, followed by bright berries and fantastic fall colors. Attractive as groundcovers and hedges, in containers and rockeries, or against fences and walls. Learn how to grow cotoneaster in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwood shrubs are classics in the garden, first planted in the United States in the 1600s. They’re also easy to care for and add visual appeal to any landscaping design. Many boxwood shrubs are also disease-resistant, making them the perfect choice for gardeners interested in low-maintenance landscaping. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Mock Orange Shrubs

Are you wondering how to grow mock orange, a shrub loaded with the sweetest white flowers you’ve ever smelled? Philadelphus plants make a beautiful, fragrant addition to any garden, and they are easy to propagate and maintain. Discover how to grow and care for mock orange shrubs in this guide. Read more now.

Potted Bushes: How to Grow Shrubs in Containers

Are you short on backyard space, or simply looking to add some zest to your patio display? Try growing shrubs in containers! Versatile and fun, your options for potted bushes are virtually endless. Learn all about growing and caring for shrubs in containers, and add a whole new dimension to your garden. Read more now.

How to Grow Flowering Quince for Early Spring Color

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Flowering quince is an easy-care shrub that produces vibrant flowers in late winter to early spring. Shades of pink, red, orange, and white adorn the thorny branches, signaling the end of winter, and some varieties even produce edible fruit. Learn how to plant and grow flowering quince in your garden. Read more now.

How to Grow Hydrangea Flowers in Containers

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If you love the big, colorful blossoms of hydrangeas but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing them in containers instead? You can even bring the luxurious bursts of color to your porch, patio, or deck. Learn how to grow hydrangeas in pots in this guide, plus we’ll share our top container-friendly cultivars.

23 of the Best Lilac Varieties to Grow at Home

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If you love lilacs you may not know that there are a number of different types, in shades of pink, purple, and white. Some boast delicate blossoms while others dazzle with double petaled blooms. There are majestic tree types and compact shrubs suitable for container growing. Discover 23 of the best lilac varieties now.

How to Grow and Care for Winterberry Holly

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Nothing says winter cheer quite like the bright red berries of a winterberry holly, so why not try growing your own at home? Learn everything you need to know to add this beautiful woody shrub to your yard or garden, including some of the best uses for the deciduous perennial. Hint: holiday decor is top of the list.

23 of the Best Variegated Shrubs for Your Landscape

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Shrubs are plants that work hard to fill mid-height positions in the landscape. However, when they are not blooming or sporting autumn hues, they often fade into the background. Not so with variegated types. Read on to discover 23 of the best variegated shrubs that make a bold statement throughout the growing season.

How Cold Hardy Are Poinsettia Plants?

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Poinsettias are colorful tropical plants that add vibrant color to your holiday decor. But how cold-hardy are they? Whether you want to grow these winter-blooming plants indoors or out, you’ll need to know their cold limits. Learn more about poinsettia cold hardiness and in what areas you can grow them outdoors.

35 Favorite Poinsettia Cultivars for Your Home

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From red to pink to green to yellow, poinsettias are available in a wide array of vibrant hues and a dazzling choice of intriguing patterns. We’ve made a list of 35 of our favorite poinsettia varieties including those in traditional holiday colors, and others that offer unique alternatives. Read more now.

How to Propagate Poinsettia Plants from Cuttings

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Want to grow your own poinsettias at home? Start with a live poinsettia plant and then follow seven steps for a brand new batch of beautiful, baby Christmas flowers. By taking cuttings from your established plant, you can grow others just like it. Learn how to propagate poinsettias from cuttings in this guide. Read more.

Are Poinsettia Plants Poisonous?

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Poinsettias have a reputation for being toxic, but are they really? These holiday plants are no longer considered poisonous, but they come with some serious safety concerns. Learn more about how to keep yourself, your kids, and your pets safe when these potentially irritating plants are in your home in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Poinsettia Plants

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When a bright poinsettia arrives in your home for the winter months, it’s time to celebrate! Not sure how to keep your plant happy? Whether you enjoy it just through the holidays, or you want to keep it as one of your cherished houseplants, your poinsettia needs proper care – and a little understanding. Read more now.

How to Grow Bay Laurel from Seed

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Looking to grow bay laurel from seed? This guide will help you through the process of harvesting the seeds, encouraging them to germinate, and transplanting seedlings to the garden. We’ll also help you figure out what went wrong if you run into trouble. All you need is a little patience and this article to get started.

7 Tips for Growing Formal and Informal Forsythia Hedges

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Forsythia is an ornamental shrub best known for having bright yellow flowers in early spring. Its serrated leaves are green in summer, turning bronze in fall. Grow it as an informal hedge with natural contours, or manicure it with regular pruning, for a more formal shape. Read our 7 top tips to grow forsythia as a hedge.

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.

How to Grow and Care for Forsythia

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Forsythia is an early spring flowering woody shrub with bright yellow blossoms on gracefully arching branches. Let it take its own shape, or prune it as desired, for the perfect backdrop to colorful bulbs, or a perimeter hedge. Read on to find all you need to know to cultivate and maintain forsythia in your landscape.

25 of the Best Early Spring Blooming Flowers

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Rejuvenate the bare gardens of winter with the fresh blossoms of spring. Discover 25 of the best early spring flowering bulbs, perennials, and shrubs. Boost your curb appeal and welcome visitors with bold, vivid colors that invigorate, or pastels that soothe. Say goodbye to winter and find your new favorites now.

How to Grow Texas Mountain Laurel

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Perfume your garden, and your neighbors’ gardens, with the glorious scent of Texas mountain laurel. Come springtime, this evergreen shrub displays numerous spectacular clusters of aromatic purple flowers. The lovely plant is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and easy to grow. Get expert tips and advice now.

25 of the Best Hydrangea Varieties for Landscaping, Both Large & Small

Hydrangeas are available in an exciting palette of colors. Some vary by soil acidity, and others change color as they mature. Whether you have patio pots or estate acreage, you can enjoy their cottage charm in your outdoor living space. From dwarf to tree-sized, here are our 25 favorite varieties. Read more now.

11 of the Best Cold Temperature Ornamental Plants for the Fall Garden

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Do you mourn the loss of color when summer ends? Well, instead of living in the gray zone for six months, add some bold, vibrant color to the late season garden. We’ve rounded up 11 of the best ornamental plants that will add interest and vibrant hues to your fall garden. Join us now for a closer look.

How to Use Elderflowers for Food and Medicine

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Did you know that like the berries, elderflowers are both edible and medicinal? These tiny aromatic blossoms have a myriad of interesting uses. Head to Gardener’s Path for harvesting tips, as well as suggestions on ways to prepare and use elderflowers. Read more now.

How to Propagate American Beautyberries

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Now on Gardener’s Path, learn how to propagate the lovely native American shrub beautyberry. You’ll want as multitutes of these graceful plants with their large, light-green leaves, arching branches, and eye-catching purple berries, and it’s easy to get more plants from seeds or softwood cuttings. Find out more now.

Why Autumn is the Best Time for Planting Shrubs

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When you feel that glorious nip in the air, you know it’s time for fall shrub planting. Head to the garden store, make some selections, fish out the spade from the toolshed, and give your bushes a tremendous head start — they’ll reward you beautifully come springtime. Get all the info now.

How to Grow Hydrangeas for Big Blossomed Beauty

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Many of us know the familiar mophead hydrangea, and its pretty flowers. But did you know this beauty comes in dwarf, container-plant sizes to sprawling 50-foot vines? All have lovely, large flowers and most have good autumn color too. Interested? Then, here’s the details on how to grow hydrangea for your garden.

How to Grow Mellow Yellow ‘Ogon’ Spirea: a Shrub for All Seasons

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Ogon spirea is a mounding woody shrub that’s easy to grow in sunny locations in zones 4 to 8. Tiny white blossoms in early spring and colorful foliage in fall make it a striking focal point in hedges, mixed borders, or as a stand-alone specimen. Learn how to grow this attractive landscape plant now on Gardener’s Path.