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.

How to Propagate Spirea Bushes Through Cuttings and Ground Layering

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Spirea is a flowering shrub that gives three season of reliable color to the garden. A low-maintenance plant that’s easy to grow, propagation is simple as well. Join us now for a look at the three easiest ways to multiply these landscape stalwarts, right here on Gardeners Path.

How to Grow and Care for American Beautyberry Shrubs

Now, on Gardener’s Path, learn how to grow the lovely shrub American beautyberry, native to the southeast US. You’ll love the fall and winter interest provided by the plant’s long, arching branches laden with clusters of bright purple berries, which attract many bird species, and are edible for humans, too.

How to Grow Turpentine Bush: the Desert Dazzler

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Pretty flowers aren’t just for areas with acidic soil, moderate temperatures, and bucketsful of rain. Now at Gardener’s Path, learn how evergreen desert dazzler turpentine bush contributes resplendent, deep-green needle-like leaves and showy, brilliant yellow blossoms to sophisticated Southwest landscapes.

15 of the Best Woody Shrubs for Fall Color

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While many plants, with their beautifully colored flowers, shine brightly in spring and summer, others really come alive in autumn. We put together a list of our favorite woody shrubs that add spectacular fall color to the landscape with their leaves, stems, or flowers. Read the roundup now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Sago Palm

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Learn from Gardener’s Path how you can add a dose of prehistoric drama to your landscape, home, or patio with sago, an ancient plant from Japan that looks like a palm but is actually related to conifer trees.

How to Grow and Care for Bay Laurel Trees

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For outstanding versatility, bay laurel has it all. Used as an evergreen woody shrub or a trimmed topiary specimen, it can be planted in the ground or a container, and can even grow indoors. Plus, it’s an essential kitchen herb. To find out more about how to grow your own, read more now on Gardener’s Path.

13 of the Best Evergreen Shrubs for Your Garden

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Finding the right evergreen shrub for your garden can be a headache, especially if you want something unique. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the project and compiled 13 of the best evergreen shrubs for you to consider. Read on to see our favorite picks and learn how to grow them at home, here on Gardener’s Path!

How to Grow Vitex Chaste Flowering Shrubs and Trees

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Looking for an assertive grower whose attractive purple, pink, or off-white bloom spikes resemble those of lilac? Vitex — aka chaste plant — is a drought-tolerant beauty that can be pruned into a shrub, or allowed to stretch into tree form. To learn why this plant is anything but chaste, read more on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Chinese Fringe Flower Shrubs

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Bring unique flair to your landscape with Chinese fringe flower, a vigorous grower with delicate, frilly pink or white blooms in the springtime. Whether it’s pruned to shrub size or allowed to flourish to tree proportions, this easy-care evergreen plant makes a wonderful addition to Southern gardens. Read more now.

How to Grow Salvia Flowers: Easy-Care with Colorful Blooms

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Looking for a durable plant that isn’t very thirsty or hungry and thrives in almost any soil? Consider growing any of the 900 or more varieties of salvia — tall, short, annual, perennial — you’ll get a tough plant softened by beautiful and profuse blooms in white, pink, red, coral, purple, blue, yellow, or coral.

The 5 Best Shrubs for Hedges High and Low

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From a curtain of arborvitae around the pool to a knee-high boxwood square around the rose garden, hedging is a landscape technique that adds beauty and function to any garden setting. Discover the best plants to create privacy and define borders in this article from your friends at Gardener’s Path.

Growing Delicately Blooming Lilacs

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Have you always wondered how to grow this beautiful looking and brilliantly smelling flowering bush? If so, check out our guide and find out what you need to know. Fill your neighborhood with the sweet smell of lilacs now.

Native Vines for Your Landscape

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Vines are handy for trellis or lattice arbors, to trace up trees, or to decorate a mailbox. For many, the thought of planting a native vine in their landscape or garden is preferential due to their easy maintenance. If you are considering a native vine, then these profiles should give you a few choices to …

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