With so many uses, mint is well worth planting, so long as you curb its tendency to spread. It’s also super easy to start from seed, even for beginner gardeners. But how do you know when to start seeds or set transplants out in the garden? In this guide, we’ll cover how to propagate mint from seed. Read more now.
Learn how to plant and grow culinary hotshot poblano peppers in your vegetable garden. Easy to start seeds indoors or outside, you can expect the savory peppers in just over two months. With a mild SHU rating, poblanos are not too hot, and grow well next to other well-known chili varieties like jalapenos or serranos.
There are so many different marigolds to choose from for your veggie garden or flower beds. It can be hard to know which to pick when they are all so gorgeous, but learning about features such as bloom type, color, and size can help inform your choice. Keep reading to learn about 31 of the best types of marigolds.
Want to grow your own canning tomatoes for year-round deliciousness? Heirloom or hybrid, huge or snack-sized, each of our favorite varieties has its own unique taste and texture. Discover 15 of the best tomatoes to grow and preserve and to fill your pantry with sauces and salsas to see you through the rest of the year.
If you’re expecting your bleeding heart plant to bloom with bountiful flowers in the spring, you may feel utterly disappointed if the foliage thrives but flowers never appear, or only appear in small numbers. What went wrong? Is there hope? What should you do? Learn how to help your bleeding hearts bloom in this guide.
A successful vegetable harvest takes some forethought to produce. Every gardener must plan which crops they’re going to grow and lay out their space in advance. Several important factors must be considered before you ever press seed to soil, but don’t be intimidated – it’s easier to figure out than you might imagine.
Rhododendrons are one of the most stunning shrubs out there. If you’ve ever seen one absolutely covered from tip to crown in blossoms, then you know what we mean. But they need a little special care to achieve that glorious display. With the right water, exposure, soil, and care, you can have a picture-perfect rhodie.
If you’re stumped as to what type of kale you should grow in your garden this year, consider Red Russian. This sweet and tender green is aesthetically pleasing, with reddish-purple stems and contrasting green leaves. In the kitchen, it can be used in dishes ranging from raw salads to light sautees. Read more now.
Cosmos flowers are gorgeous ornamentals that add beauty to the landscape while also attracting pollinators. With colorful blooms and graceful foliage, these summer annuals brighten up both flower beds and veggie gardens, and will thrive in less than ideal conditions. Keep reading to learn more about growing cosmos.
Impossible to miss in any setting, osteospermums are cheery, pleasant flowers. Eager to shine in the cooler spring and fall seasons, these annuals are resistant to insects and disease, and respond well to being doted on. The Cape daisy is a perfect fit for the gardener who likes to keep busy with their plants. Read more.
Companion planting with marigolds and tomatoes is a common gardening technique that’s been around for a long time. But is it really worth doing? Is there any evidence to back the practice up? We’ll take a look at whether marigolds and tomatoes grow better when planted together and what the science has to say about it.
Flowering clematis vines and shrubs are suited to cultivation in USDA Zones 4 to 9. An array of species and cultivars is available, with bloom times ranging from spring to fall. But sometimes the lush green foliage shades to yellow. Read on to discover 9 causes of clematis leaf yellowing and how to manage them.
Discover the magic and beauty of growing native wildflower baby blue eyes. Easy to plant and maintain, the annual produces gorgeous blue springtime flowers. Perfect for containers, groundcover, and wildflower patches between shrubs, baby blue eyes pleases the eye and attracts beneficial pollinators to your garden.
Unexpected bad weather or long periods of low temperatures can cause cold damage to outdoor gardenias. Will your flowering shrub survive? This guide tells how to assess the damage, when to prune, and how long to wait for new growth before giving up on your plant. It includes ways to prevent frost damage, too.
Pigeon peas are a multipurpose legume to plant in your garden or containers. The seeds are edible fresh or dried, and the plants also fix nitrogen, provide a source of mulch, and attract beneficial insects. Learn how to grow pigeon peas as annuals in colder regions or as self-seeding bushy perennials in Zones 9 to 12.
Columbine is an ephemeral spring flower in the buttercup family that comes in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and stunning bicolor combinations. It has unique spurs, or elongated nectar-filled sepals, that are a favorite food source for hummingbirds. Read on to find 35 different types of columbine for your garden.
With their dragon-head-shaped blooms, snapdragons are popular fragrant flowers that are perfect for cut arrangements. Though easy to propagate from seed, this can be time consuming. Check out our guide to learn how to speed up the propagation process by rooting cuttings taken from your existing plants. Read more now.
The beefsteak tomato is a large mutant fruit that caught the eye of early Mesoamericans and has been beloved ever since. Growing the big brother of America’s favorite vegetable isn’t unlike cultivating other tomatoes, but there are a few things you should know. Learn how to care for this hefty tomato in this guide.
Not all flowers love growing in pots as much as they do the ground, but snapdragons do well in containers. Our guide will teach you how to find the right pot, cultivar, soil, and location for your flowers so that they thrive. We’ll also show you how to plant and maintain your fabulous flowers. Read more now.
Propagating spiderettes, the little babies that grow on spider plants, is an easy way to grow new plants. Whether rooting them in water, soil, or through layering, these plantlets make a fun indoor gardening project. Keep reading to learn more about the three different methods you can use to propagate spiderettes.
The sweet, bright blooms of Gerbera jamesonii make it one of the world’s favorite cut flowers and it’s also easy to grow. Enjoy beds and borders with flowers in delicate creams and whites, hot to pastel pinks, or bold oranges and reds. Find out how to grow and care for your own gerbera daisies in this guide. Read more.
Pinstripe plant is a charming and elegant foliage houseplant with striped leaves that can blend with almost any household decor. This prayer plant lifts its leaves every night and lowers them again in the morning. Learn more about how to grow and care for pinstripe plants in this guide. Read more now.
Daffodils are early spring bulbs that readily naturalize, especially in woodland settings. Sometimes they spread so much that you may want to thin them out – also known as dividing them. Read on to learn how and when to divide overcrowded daffodils, plus other reasons why this may be a good gardening practice to adopt.
China pink dianthus has beautifully patterned flowers in saturated colors with a sweet-spicy fragrance that’s welcome in any garden. Easily cultivated with a long growing season, they’re highly rewarding and make superb cut flowers too. Join us now to learn how to grow and care for China pink dianthus. Read more.
Growing a garden large enough to feed your family all year is an incredibly rewarding feat. You can enjoy daily homegrown meals while helping the environment and fostering a connection to your food source. And in case of an emergency, you will be prepared. Read on to learn how to plan and grow a survival garden.
Snapdragons are confusing. They can return year after year, but most of us grow them as annuals. What’s the deal? Are they annuals? Perennials? Biennials? Why do they sometimes survive in freezing climates and how can you ensure they stick around? In this guide, we’ll sort through the misinformation to find the truth.
Columbine is a spring-blooming flower that we call an ephemeral because of its delicate quality and brief appearance in the garden. Available in a range of colors and bicolors, there are many species and cultivated varieties. One species is green columbine, commonly called chocolate soldier. Learn how to grow it here.
Beloved for their vivid colors, fanciful fringes, and sweetly spicy fragrance, large pinks are short-lived perennials in the Dianthus genus. Easily cultivated, they add charm to garden settings from ground covers to rockeries and make fantastic cut flowers. Learn how to plant and grow large pinks in this guide.
Snapdragon flowers are edible, as are the leaves and the seeds, but not everyone is a fan of the flavor. If you love bitter veggies such as radicchio and endive, you’ll love snapdragons too. Even if you aren’t a fan of bitter plants, there are ways to use the blossoms and leaves that will have your taste buds singing.
Tradescantias are simple houseplants to propagate. Also known as spiderworts or inch plants, they root easily and can be started in soil, water, or through layering. Propagating these plants makes for a fun indoor gardening project – even for beginners. Keep reading to learn three ways to propagate spiderwort.
If you’ve always wanted lush greenery in your home but lack the daylight many plants crave, it’s time to try one or more of our favorite low-light houseplants. Indoor gardening is a fun and relaxing hobby when you choose varieties appropriate to your surroundings. Read on to find your new favorites from our list of 25.
Do you want to grow pansies, violets, or violas in your flower bed but aren’t sure when they bloom? Here’s a hint: it all depends on your growing zone. Pansies are among the easiest flowers to grow, so you won’t want to miss adding them to your garden. Learn all about pansy bloom times in this guide. Read more now.
Knowing the different types of potatoes enables you to choose the one that will work best in your garden or kitchen. But there’s some confusion out there about which fall under the early, mid, and late categories. This guide clears up the confusion so you can get planting and select the right type for your needs.
Grow a bumper crop of shelling peas to eat and freeze when you choose the best variety for your home garden. Different types of English peas offer early harvest, heat tolerance, or short vines. One hybrid produces 13 seeds per pod and others are purple! Learn more about 17 top shelling peas to plant in our roundup.
Snow peas are cool-weather vegetables that even beginning gardeners can succeed with. They taste great in stir fries and salads, and veggie-hating kids love to eat them fresh from the vine.This guide shares growing tips for top yields, picks for the best varieties, and recipes for enjoying snow peas in your cooking.
With so many fantastic spinach cultivars out there, it’s hard to choose. Narrowing down your options is probably the most challenging part of growing spinach, in fact. We make the task easier by sharing the details of 37 excellent cultivars so you can find the best picks for your garden, to meet your particular needs.
Some plants in the brassica group are a bit of a challenge to grow (hello, brussels sprouts). But napa cabbage is fairly easy. It’s also versatile in the kitchen thanks to its mild flavor and tender leaves. Whether this is your first try or you want to take your harvest to the next level, this guide will help you out.
Daffodil bulbs may contain all they need for their first glorious bloom, but what about next year and the year after that? Read on and learn why applying fertilizer may help to support mature daffodils, types of products available, and when and how they are applied. We’re exploring fertilizing daffodils in this guide.
Dramatic, hardy, long-blooming, and low-maintenance – the flowering clematis vine is a popular choice for container planting, often selected to beautify a plain mailbox, hide an ugly fence, or attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the patio. Learn how easy it is to add a potted clematis to your yard. Read more now.
Choosing the right potting soil and container is part of the foundation of exceptional houseplant care. If you choose the wrong pot and medium, you’ll never have a thriving, happy plant. But there are lots of options out there. This guide helps you cut through the confusion to make the best choices for your plant.
Sweet potatoes provide pretty foliage, pleasing flowers, and best of all, delicious and nutritious tuberous roots. You’ve probably only seen a few varieties at the grocery store, but we have 21 tantalizing cultivars for you to pick from and plant in your own garden. Discover the best sweet potato varieties now.
Wondering when it’s the right time to plant tomatoes? If you start too soon you risk harming or even killing the plants, but wait too long and they may not have enough time to fully mature and produce a harvest. Read on to learn how to determine the optimal time to start tomato seeds and plants in your climate.
To add a lively yet easy-care houseplant to your indoor garden, why not grow Swedish ivy? This misnamed plant isn’t an ivy at all, nor is it from Sweden, as you’ll learn in this guide. It’s a member of the mint family with bright, evergreen leaves that’ll make you smile. Read more now to learn how to grow it.
Rattlesnake calathea is a prayer plant with attractively patterned leaves that are raised at night and lowered again every morning. This houseplant will reward you with gorgeous green and purple foliage if you provide it with the care it requires. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for rattlesnake plant.
When you need a bold houseplant, dracaena is just what you’re looking for. Forgiving of mistakes and popular in the home and office since the 1960s, the dracaena genus offers at least half a dozen species suitable for home growers so you can find the right one for you. Learn about 7 types to grow at home. Read more now.
Picture a tulip. I bet you imagined a single flower at the end of a stalk, right? If so, it’s time to get to know bouquet tulips. Multiheaded tulips are plants that produce several blossoms from a single bulb, so instead of a solo flower, you can grow a whole bouquet on one plant. Here are our picks for the best ones.
Want to grow tomatoes from seed? It’s easy to start these delicious summer vegetables from the comfort of home, and then transplant them to your garden. We explain when to start and what you’ll need, with step by step instructions. Learn how to start your own seeds and harvest a bumper crop of juicy ripe tomatoes now.
An artillery plant is a tropical foliage species for USDA Hardiness Zones 11-12 that makes an attractive houseplant in all zones. Its small leaves are green or variegated pink and white and resemble the paired arrangement of fern fronds. Read on and learn how easy it is to grow and care for your own artillery plant.
Pickling cucumber plants produce a bumper crop. Eat them fresh and then harvest a bounty for homemade pickles. The best varieties to grow in your garden include gherkins, heirlooms like ‘Boston Pickling,’ and dwarf types to grow in pots. We’ve rounded up the top choices, so you can pick your favorite and get growing.
Are you wondering when it’s the right time to plant bok choy? These cool-weather crops will bolt easily if temperatures become too hot, and a heavy freeze may kill the plants. Learn the optimal time to sow bok choy seeds or set out transplants for spring and fall harvests in your climate. Read more now.
Fussy indoors, weeping figs are hardy outside. But keeping them – and yourself – happy requires planting them in the right spot. Near sidewalks, plumbing, or pools, they can spell disaster. You can have a beautiful evergreen that works equally well in the landscape as it does as a hedge or topiary. Read more.
There’s nothing worse than when a plant touted as “easy to grow” fails to thrive on your watch. It can be a real blow to the ol’ self-esteem. The truth is, even the most experienced gardener runs into trouble now and then. This guide helps you troubleshoot stunted pothos growth so you can make your plant thrive again.
Cucumbers are a summer staple in the vegetable garden, and there are numerous of different cultivars available. Whether you want to grow slicing varieties for salads and sandwiches, or those more suitable for pickling, learn about 33 of the best cucumber varieties and choose your favorites. Read more now.
Mesclun is a traditional French favorite that’s gained popularity with American diners and home gardeners alike. Want to grow your own reliable supply of spring mix leafy greens and herbs? Here’s the scoop on planting and caring for this cool-weather crop, along with cut-and-come-again harvest tips and recipe ideas.
Sweetheart hoya, also known as wax hearts, is a darling of a houseplant with its big, succulent, heart-shaped leaves. This vining plant produces fragrant flowers, is nontoxic, and can happily live as a plant companion for many years inside the home. Keep reading to learn how to grow and care for this heart-leafed hoya.
Aerial cucumbers are stars of the summertime vegetable garden. Just a few reasons to plant cucumbers on a fence include saving space, getting better yields, and preventing slug infestation. Our guide tells you how to choose the best site, variety of cucumber, and type of fencing for vertical growing. Read more now.
If you have only a small outdoor space and want to grow your own vegetables, container gardening is the perfect solution. Not sure where to begin? This guide will give you all you need to get started, including choosing and prepping containers, selecting appropriate plants, and routine care of your crops. Read more now.
Raspberries mean summer’s here, and it’s time to grow your own. Whether you want to eat them fresh, bake them into a pie, or can homemade preserves, there’s something for everyone. To find the best everbearing or summer bearing cultivar for your growing zone, in a variety of colors, read more now on Gardener’s Path.
Yes, you can eat radish greens that sprout from the roots in your veggie garden. Baby leaves add zing to a spring mix, while larger leaves can join other cole crop leafy greens in a mix for braising or stir fries. Or, skip the root harvest and pick radish sprouts or microgreens just a few days or weeks from sowing.
Are your spider plants plagued with fungus gnats? You’re not alone. The tiny black flying adults may be simply a nuisance, but their maggots can turn into root-chewing menaces if populations get out of control. Our simple tips will help you safely and effectively reduce larvae and adult numbers in your home.
Do you want to plant iris flowers in your landscape but you’re not sure what cultivars to choose? There are thousands of different irises available, with different color patterns, sizes, and flowering times. To make your selection a little easier, check out our roundup of 33 top picks. Read more now.
If you love bok choy but don’t have space in the garden, try growing it in containers instead. These tasty Asian greens are easy to grow in pots on the patio or even an apartment balcony. Learn everything you need to succeed with container-grown bok choy, from sowing to harvest, in this guide. Read more now.
Dieffenbachia is surprisingly easy to propagate. It’s one of those plants that you can practically ignore and you’ll be treated with new ones without even trying. There are three easy methods for propagating dumb canes, including rooting stem cuttings, division, and air layering. We go over them in detail in our guide.
Aspidistra elatior, also known as the cast-iron plant, is every bit as indestructible as its name implies. It can withstand drought, low light, low humidity, and a lack of nutrients. Its only weaknesses are too much direct sunlight and soggy roots. If you have a brown thumb, this plant is about to become your new BFF.
Succulents are funky and fun to grow, especially in the trendy and functional containers we’ve gathered for you. Read on to discover 7 of our favorite pots and planters, plus key growing tips and a foolproof design scheme. Learn how to show off your water-wise plant collection now, right here on Gardener’s Path.
Pothos has a reputation for being prolific. You might even say that it can be a bit too eager. One day your plant has a few delicate tendrils, and seemingly the next it is touching the ground with vines that Tarzan could swing on. When it’s time to prune your pothos plants, here’s when and how to do the job the right way.
False aralia lives up to its botanical name, P. elegantissima. The lacy, feathery leaves truly are an elegant addition to the home. But to make the most of this plant, you need to know how to give it exactly what it needs, including lots of warmth and humidity with just the right amount of light. Read more now.
Arrowhead plants are tough, and they’re some of the hardest houseplants to kill. But that sturdiness doesn’t come at the expense of beauty – they are available in an array of colors and leaf patterns. Plus, they’re versatile and can be used in dish gardens, terrariums, and hanging pots. Read more now.
Parsley may be known for slow and sporadic germination, but this certainly doesn’t have to be the case. With a bit of patience and adherence to a few simple instructions, this popular garden herb is easy to start from seed. Learn how to successfully propagate parsley plants from seed in this guide. Read more now.
Avoid bolting and say goodbye to scant yields by choosing the best time to pick homegrown leaf lettuce. Whether you’re growing microgreens, baby leaf, or full-size greens, these harvest methods will help you pick the best-tasting lettuce at the peak of freshness. Tasty salads are in your future, so read more now.
Chinese evergreen is appreciated for its long and lush tropical leaves. Choose a cultivar with green foliage, or green brightly variegated with pink, red, or white. An excellent choice for a houseplant, it tolerates low light and needs little maintenance. Read on and discover how to grow your own Chinese evergreen now.
Parlor palms are easy-care tropical foliage houseplants that you can grow from seed. While it isn’t difficult, your success with this propagation project will be more likely if you follow the correct steps. In this guide, you’ll learn how to propagate parlor palms from seed in 5 easy steps. Read more now.
Bitter lettuce is such a disappointment. Potential causes include too little water, too much heat, or early-season bolting. In this guide, learn how to prevent a harsh taste when you sow or tend this salad staple. The trick is to select the best varieties, give your plants plenty of water, and harvest on schedule.
Juicy, homegrown slicing tomatoes, fresh off the vine and the bigger the better? Yes, please! This list covers 23 of the best sandwich varieties you can grow in your garden. Get ready for BLTs, fresh salsa, and caprese salads galore once these heirloom and hybrid beefsteaks start producing fruit ripe for slicing.
Fishtail palms are elegant and dramatic, with distinctive leaves that resemble the caudal fin of a fancy goldfish. Unfortunately, they’re not the easiest palms to raise indoors. They’re prone to spider mite infestations and need just the right light to grow. But with our guidance, you can make these beauties thrive.
For vintage flair in a modern garden, consider vining sweet pea. With so many colors to choose from – including pink, lavender, violet, deep purple, red, yellow, white, and blue – you might have a hard time deciding which to plant! Learn why this fragrant flower should be growing in your garden now!
Tree philodendrons benefit from repotting approximately every two years. These plants like to be a bit rootbound, but may require more room to grow bigger. If you prefer, you can also trim the roots to keep the plant at a more compact size. Learn when and how to safely repot your plant in this guide. Read more now.
With their lush green fronds, parlor palms are wonderful foliage houseplants. They are also easy to care for, making them a great choice for beginners. And what’s more, they’re nontoxic, and safe for homes with pets or kids. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know to grow these verdant palm trees indoors.
Yellow or brown leaves are a sign that all is not well with your peace lily. When the foliage on your houseplant changes color, it’s an indication that the water, light, or something else is out of whack. It can even be a sign of disease or pests. Figure out exactly what’s causing it now to fix the problem. Read more.
If you are thinking of planting tomatoes in your vegetable garden, have you tried growing non-hybrid heirloom varieties? Capture the texture, taste, and colors of the past with these old-fashioned favorites. Learn about 21 of the best heirloom tomato varieties available and choose your favorites. Read more now.
Part of being a good houseplant parent is knowing when and how to repot a plant that has grown too large for its container. The same applies if the soil has become hydrophobic or depleted. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of repotting a peace lily from start to finish, so you can keep your plant happy.
Different types of anthurium houseplants offer dramatic foliage or long-lasting color. This guide introduces anthurium species that are most popular with indoor gardeners, including bird’s nest, velvet cardboard, and flamingo flowers. All of these tropical beauties thrive in high humidity with minimal care.
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.
Weeping figs have a reputation for being fussy, and they’ll shed their leaves at the drop of a hat. But with a little know-how, they make reliable indoor plants that add color and elegance to the home. We’ll show you how to keep your benjamin fig looking beautiful, with its leaves intact. Read more now.
Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants rather than in soil. Every major family of plants includes at least one species that grows this way, and this incredibly diverse group includes everything from orchids to monsteras. Learn about which houseplants can be grown in the air and how to do it in this guide.
Cauliflower has a reputation for being a difficult cool-weather crop to grow, but don’t let that stop you. With an understanding of temperature and watering needs, you’ll soon be cultivating white, purple, orange, and green varieties packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Learn how to grow your own cauliflower now.
Cheerful New England aster provides late-season color with an abundance of bright flowers that attract bees and butterflies. This easy to grow native perennial blooms from late summer right up to the first frost and returns vigorously year after year. Learn how to plant and grow New England aster in your garden now.
It’s not uncommon for peace lily leaves to turn brown at the tips, especially in low humidity, bright light, or in the case of inadequate hydration or temperature extremes. To solve the problem, you need to do some troubleshooting to determine the cause. Learn about the top 5 reasons and how to fix them in this guide.
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.
If you’re growing tropical peace lilies as houseplants, you’ll need to know how to keep them properly hydrated. While they are generally easy to grow, these houseplants can sometimes be finicky about hydration. Learn when and how to water your peace lily plants to keep them happy and thriving, in this guide. Read more.
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.
Freshly picked cherry tomatoes are the perfect healthy snack, and they’re great in salads or roasted on the grill. Easily cultivated, the vigorous plants produce abundant clusters of fruit in containers on the patio or out in the garden. Don’t miss our guide to 17 of the best cherry tomatoes to plant in your garden.
Peace lilies are capable of stunning displays. While there are lots of houseplants out there that have attractive foliage, there aren’t many that send out beautiful blossoms. That’s why it’s frustrating when a peace lily fails to bloom. In this article, we’ll guide you through figuring out the cause and how to fix it.
While tropical Nepenthes pitcher plants make stunning conversation pieces when grown in our homes, caring for them may prove to be a challenge for some houseplant enthusiasts. Watering appropriately is a common struggle, but it needn’t be! Read more now to learn the best practices to keep them thriving.
Need an alternative to grass under a shady tree? Do you have a slope that’s hard to mow? Ground cover plants offer a low-maintenance alternative to the carpets of lawn to which we have become accustomed. Learn about 15 of the best flowering ground covers for your unique property in this guide. Read more now.
Eggplant is a delicious, nutritious warm-weather crop. If you want to harvest homegrown eggplant for your pasta dishes, curries, and more, but don’t have room in your garden, why not try growing it in containers? Planting in pots saves garden space and helps extend the growing season. Read more now.