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.

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 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.

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.

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.