17 of the Best White Rose Varieties for the Garden

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White roses you grow yourself can be elegant, dramatic, or sweet and fresh. They look beautiful in flower arrangements and bridal bouquets, or planted to contrast with more colorful flowers in gardens and borders. Need inspiration? Learn about 17 of the best white rose varieties right here. Read more now.

How to Grow Love Lies Bleeding

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Whether you plant Amaranthus caudatus for its striking 2-foot-long red flower heads, for its medicinal properties, or to eat it for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed with this large tropical native that’s made itself at home in North America. Learn how to grow and care for love lies bleeding in this guide. Read more.

How to Make Dandelion Tea Fertilizer from Unwanted Weeds

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Put your weeds to good use by making dandelion tea fertilizer. It’s surprisingly easy to do; all you need is a container, dandelions, and water. It naturally ferments over time with little effort or time on your part. Not only does it cost next to nothing, it’s also a great option for organic gardeners! Read more.

How to Identify and Treat Powdery Mildew on Roses

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Powdery mildew on roses is incredibly common and can be very destructive. It shows up as a powdery coating on the leaves and flowers and can cause them to be distorted. In advanced cases, it can stop blooms from forming and defoliate a plant. Learn how to prevent and treat powdery mildew on roses in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Euonymus Shrubs

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Euonymus plants are versatile, gorgeous specimens that only require a moderate amount of work to keep them looking sharp. Specimens, accents, hedges, vines… these guys can meet many different landscape needs. In this guide, we’ll go over just how to properly care for Euonymus plants, from propagation to cultivation.

11 of the Best Cold-Hardy Lavender Varieties for Cooler Climates

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With pretty purple flowers and a soothing scent, lavender is an excellent addition to many garden settings. And though they’re from the warm Mediterranean, there are plenty of superb selections that can overwinter through freezing temperatures and snow. Discover 11 of the best cold-hardy lavenders for cooler climates.

Troubleshooting and Preventing Carrot Growing Problems

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Carrots are popular in the vegetable garden, but these root crops are quite particular about their growing conditions. Development problems can occur due to a variety of factors, from moisture management to temperature troubles. Learn how to troubleshoot and prevent carrot growing problems in this guide. Read more.

25 of the Best-Smelling Roses to Enrich Your Garden

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Roses are obviously a treat for the eyes, but if you plant one that has a strong, lovely scent, they can also be a feast for the nose. This guide introduces you to 25 of the best-smelling roses on the market today to help you in your search, whether you want something fruity and light or musky and spicy in your garden.

7 Reasons Why Morning Glories Fail to Bloom

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Morning glories are annual vines that grace gardens with blue, pink, purple, or white flowers continuously from summer through fall. Sometimes flower production is poor or nonexistent. Learn about seven of the most common reasons why flower production may be poor or nonexistent in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Treat Common Canna Lily Diseases

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No tropical garden is complete without the lush leaves and long-blooming flowers of the canna lily. Canna lilies are very popular ornamental plants – and for good reason. They are easy to grow and are prone to only a few diseases. Let’s dive into how to identify, manage, and prevent the most common diseases in cannas.

Growing Carnivorous Plants 101: How to Get Started

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Carnivorous plants are fascinating bits of flora, with over 800 known species across multiple taxa. In this article, you’ll learn what carnivorous plants require to thrive, from lighting conditions to irrigation needs. We’ll also go over the basic techniques to cultivate and care for these cool plants. Read more now.

Are Pansy Flowers Edible? Tips for Harvest and Use

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Tasty, easy-care edible flowers, pansies come in an array of patterns and colors. Grow them in cool weather to yield edible blooms for garnishes, herb butter, and salads. Our guide provides important safety recommendations for growing flowers to eat, and tips for harvesting pansy blossoms all season long. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Sedum (Stonecrop)

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Sedums are a group of durable, gorgeous plants with very low maintenance requirements. Coming in both low and upright forms, stonecrop is versatile in the landscape, whether as specimen plantings or a complementary ground cover. They’ll even attract friendly pollinators! Read on to learn how to grow them for yourself.

How to Identify and Treat Downy Mildew on Roses

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Downy mildew is an increasingly common problem on roses, and it’s one of those diseases that can impact some of the sturdier roses out there like Knock Outs, Drifts, and Bucks. It causes ugly dark spots, yellowing leaves, and can even kill your shrub if left unchecked. It’s difficult to address, but our guide can help.

19 of the Best Flowering Companion Plants for Dahlias

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Tuberous flowering dahlias light up midsummer to autumn gardens in bold shades ranging from pink and purple to yellow, orange, and red. Read on to learn about 19 flowering companion plants that share the same cultural requirements for soil, sun, and water, and get your beds and borders ready for a spectacular display.

How to Use Chrysanthemums for Pest Control in the Garden

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Chrysanthemums are used to make pyrethrins, which are the most popular insecticides on the planet, and for good reason. They have low toxicity for birds and mammals, but kill insects rapidly on contact. You can make your own insecticide using the mums that you grow in your own garden. This guide explains the process.

Tips for Growing Tree Peonies

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Tree peonies, also known as woody peonies, are diverse perennial shrubs originating from China. First hybridized 1,500 years ago, these blooming beauties have been slowly making their way into gardens ever since. In this guide we’ll cover the basics of growing and caring for these beautiful spring-blooming shrubs.

How to Make Lemon Verbena Tea (And Why You Should)

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Lemon verbena is a delicious herb that offers a multitude of uses! The abundant and aromatic plant provides plentiful harvests during the summertime and the leaves make a delightfully uplifting herbal infusion that can be enjoyed hot or cold. Make a cup for yourself or a pitcher to share! Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Common Canna Lily Pests

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Canna lilies can make your garden instantly feel like a tropical oasis. Their luscious leaves are certainly something to admire – but we aren’t the only ones who think so. There are some pesky garden pests you need to watch out for. With the right tools, tips, and regular monitoring, pest management will be a breeze.

Why Carrots Crack: Tips for Preventing Split Roots

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Whether you’re a home gardener or you hope to sell your harvest, growing “pretty produce” is hard. Many root vegetables may crack. But split carrots, while edible and usually delicious, are some of the worst offenders. Thankfully, this is easy to prevent through better moisture management and by making other changes.

Types of Honeysuckle Plants: 13 of the Best Species for Your Garden

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Despite an invasive reputation, honeysuckle plants are beautiful specimens worth adding to the garden. They are hardy, vigorous growers that will provide beautiful blooms and attract pollinators to your landscape. From the alpine honeysuckle to the woodbine honeysuckle, we’ll cover primo varieties most worth planting.

How to Identify and Treat Common Nasturtium Diseases

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The nasturtium is a plant worth protecting, so learn about the diseases it’s prone to and how to defend against them. From bacterial leaf spot to impatiens necrotic spot virus, you will be armed with the knowledge to prevent, diagnose, and stop the spread of common diseases to keep your nasturtiums healthy. Read more.

All About Griffith Buck Roses

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Buck roses aren’t as well-known, but they’re just as hardy, disease-resistant, and low-maintenance as familiar names like Knock Out and Drift roses, with a wider range of colors and sizes available. Griffith Buck was passionate about roses and bred some cherished cultivars, but he never sought commercial success.

When and How to Prune Zucchini Plants

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Zucchini plants may need pruning to get rid of damaged or diseased leaves, or to discourage crowding and shading. Our guide tells how and when to prune zucchini without harming the vines or bush plants. It also shares ways to avoid this garden chore with ample spacing and by choosing compact varieties to grow. Read more.

How to Identify and Manage 9 Common Nasturtium Pests

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The bright, edible blossoms and green or variegated foliage of nasturtiums are as lovely to look at as they are to eat – unless they are plagued by pests. Learn how to recognize and treat nine common nasturtium pests now, and enjoy summer gardens bursting with classic orange, red, and yellow blossoms. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Firebush

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Firebush (Hamelia patens) is a drought-tolerant, disease-resistant shrub with flame-colored flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. It’s a tropical beauty and very easy to care for. In this guide, you’ll learn the basics of firebush planting and cultivation, along with how to keep it healthy. Read more now.

13 Popular Types of Jasmine Vines and Shrubs

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Dainty, starry flowers and sweetly soothing fragrance highlight jasmine’s tender, climbing vines and sprawling shrubs. A perfumed must-have for patios, seating areas, and under windows, container plants can overwinter indoors in cold regions. Learn about 13 popular types of jasmine vines and shrubs for the garden.

How to Control Beetles on Green Bean Plants

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From bean leaf beetles to cucumber beetles, many insects will attack green beans. There are many ways to control these pests organically, and protect your plants from the damage they cause. Row covers and neem oil are the heavy hitters, perfect to include in your organic arsenal for keeping pests at bay. Read more now.

Are Geraniums Annuals or Perennials? Learn About Geranium Lifespans

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Most of us grow geraniums as annuals, but they’re actually perennials and can have long lifespans if you let them. There are many options you can choose to extend the life of your pelargoniums. Our guide will help you decide what to do with your plants once they stop blooming, whether that’s overwintering or pruning.

How to Prevent and Manage Common Mustard Green Pests and Diseases

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While mustard greens grow quickly and are easy to care for in the home garden, they’re also susceptible to a number of pests and brassica diseases caused by pathogens like fungi and water molds. Our guide explains how to prevent the most common ailments, like downy mildew, and ways to cope with insect pests. Read more.

How to Protect Zucchini Plants from Pests

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Zucchini is an integral part of a summer vegetable garden, but if the plants aren’t protected, pests like aphids and squash bugs can cause serious damage. While they are easy to grow, knowing how to protect your plants can improve your harvest. Discover the best options for protecting your plants in this guide.

7 Steps to Harvesting and Saving Marigold Seeds

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It’s not difficult to save seeds from faded marigolds. But for success with future plantings, be sure to follow a few simple steps to make sure the seeds are harvested and stored properly. Keep reading to learn more about collecting and saving marigold seeds so they’ll produce a new batch of beautiful blooms.

How to Identify and Control Carrot Weevils

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Carrot weevils are small snout-nosed beetles that lay eggs in the plant, and the larvae chew down into the root. The result: young plants may wilt and die, and any roots you do harvest may be cracked and full of black tunnels. This guide has everything you need to know about these pests, including control options.

How and When to Fertilize Canna Lilies

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Canna lilies are easy-to-grow tropical to subtropical plants that can turn your garden into a colorful paradise. They aren’t picky about fertilizer, but they are heavy feeders and need some extra TLC in order to support those luscious leaves and their iconic blooms. Learn the ins and outs of canna lily fertilizing now.

Why Shasta Daisies May Fail to Bloom (And What to Do About It)

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If you’re growing Shasta daisies, it’s disappointing when they fail to bloom. This guide will take you through common problems and help you troubleshoot within your own garden for a beautiful season of Shasta blooms ahead. Learn about fertilization, water and sunlight requirements, division, and more. Read more now.

How and When to Prune Roses

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Roses add an inviting touch of romance to a landscape. Be sure to keep yours in top form by pruning the right way at the right time. Did you know that you can adjust the quantity and size of blossoms by varying your cutting technique? Learn this and more with 5 pruning tips in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Heart Ferns

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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!

How and When to Deadhead Hollyhocks

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Deadheading your hollyhocks isn’t required, but it can be useful if done right. Removing the faded flowers can give you a second round of blossoms – but it can also ruin next year’s show. That’s because hollyhocks are self-seeding biennials, and removing the flowers also prevents the seeds from spreading. Read more.

9 Common Geranium Diseases and How to Address Them

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Geraniums are undeniably pretty with their striking, colorful blossoms. They’re also resistant to disease problems – but that doesn’t mean they’re immune. Now and then, they might be impacted by root rot, rust, blackleg, and more. Learn how to identify and deal with common geranium diseases now. Read more.

How and When to Prune Spirea Shrubs

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Ornamental spring- or summer-flowering shrubs, spirea need an annual pruning to look their best with full foliage and abundant flowers. But with different flowering times, the two types have different maintenance regimes. To keep your shrubs in top form, here are the details on how to prune spirea. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow California Poppies

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Welcome California poppies into your garden and watch a dazzling wildflower super bloom grow in your very own yard! These resilient flowers thrive in poor soil with little water and care while attracting pollinators that are beneficial to the local ecosystem. Learn how to plant and grow your own in this guide. Read more.

How to Harvest and Use Edible Nasturtiums

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All parts of the nasturtium plant are edible with flowers available in dozens of appealing shades, from pastels to deep purple, bright orange, and red. Both vining and compact varieties yield blooms for salads or garnishes and seed pods to pickle. Learn how to harvest, and discover tips to encourage the most blossoms.

The Benefits of Lemon Balm Tea and How to Make the Perfect Infusion

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Lemon balm is an abundant aromatic herb that offers a multitude of healing benefits! The easy-to-grow herb provides plentiful harvests during summertime and the aerial parts make a delicious and calming herbal infusion that can be prepared hot or cold. Make a cup for yourself or a larger pitcher to share with friends!

How to Identify and Control Carrot Rust Fly

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Carrot rust flies are sneaky pests that dig into a crop undetected underground until the plants wilt, or worse – you pull the roots, hoping to have a bountiful harvest, and discover the damage. Learn everything you need to know about these tiny flies and munching maggots, including methods for prevention and control.

How and When to Prune Boxwood Shrubs

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Proper pruning is essential for a beautiful-looking boxwood shrub, and helps to keep it free of diseases. In our guide, you’ll learn about the necessary pruning tools along with the why, when, and how of pruning. By the end, you’ll be well-equipped with the necessary know-how and ready to prune a boxwood yourself.

How to Grow and Care for Desert Marigolds

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With their cheery yellow blooms, desert marigolds are waterwise plants adapted to arid landscapes. These drought-tolerant natives of the southwest can provide an eco-friendly alternative to thirsty bedding plants for those in hot, dry locations. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for desert marigolds.

Common Uses of Calendula (Pot Marigold) Flowers

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Get creative with calendula flowers! You’ll be inspired to use this healing herb when you read our guide, with tips for making infused oils and teas as well as medicinal tinctures and salves. This vibrant flower is the perfect plant for those just starting on their herbalism path who want to grow their own botanicals.

9 Reasons Why Your Peony Fails to Bloom

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Peonies are the shooting stars of the flower world, their ravishing blooms briefly lighting up the garden with pure elegance. But sometimes, you may see all your promising buds shrivel into nothing. Here are 9 reasons why your peonies bud but don’t bloom, with simple steps that may help them to shine next spring.

31 of the Best Companion Plants for Beans

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Beans are a no-brainer garden crop, easily providing a bountiful harvest. But you might wonder which companion plants can help this legume to repel pests, offer structural support, keep weeds at bay, improve the soil, or increase your yield. Read more now to discover 31 of the best plant partnerships for beans.

How to Prevent and Control Rose Rosette Disease (Witches’-Broom)

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Just the mention of rose rosette disease or witches’-broom on a rose is enough to strike fear in any grower’s heart. Rose rosette virus causes a devastating disease that deforms and destroys shrubs, and there is no cure. But there are ways to prevent infection. This guide gives you the tools you need. Read more now.

Why Zucchini Blossoms Drop and What to Do About It

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When zucchini drop their flowers without producing squash, don’t panic. It could be the male flowers dropping after they release pollen, which is harmless. Or the zucchini could be suffering from poor pollination or cutworm damage. Address the root causes and learn to prevent them in the first place with our guide.

How to Grow and Care for Grapevines

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Imagine enjoying fresh grapes from the vine or drinking wine made from the fruit you grew. There are numerous delicious varieties to select from that will surely suit your garden and your taste buds. Make your dreams of homegrown grapes come true and learn how to grow grapevines in this guide. Read more now.

How to Transplant Hostas

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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.

How to Grow Mexican Hat Flowers

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Mexican hat, a wildflower species native to North America, is a drought-tolerant perennial with unique, charmingly quirky flowers. This plant is easy to cultivate and maintain in the landscape, and its brightly-colored blooms will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Read more now to learn how to grow Mexican hat.

When and How to Prune Lavender for Lush, Showy Plants

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Lavender is at its fragrant best when plants have ample, dense foliage and plenty of flowers. To keep them that way, regular pruning is needed, otherwise they can become leggy, overgrown, or woody, and flower production dwindles. We’ve got all the details on how to prune lavender for lush, showy plants in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Heavenly Bamboo

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With a fascinating history of cultivation in China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is a tough-as-nails, yet gorgeous plant that can be grown for year-round visual interest. It’s adaptable to a wide range of exposure conditions and soil types, and possesses significant resistance to pests and pathogens. Read more.

Why Aren’t My Marigolds Blooming? 9 Common Causes and Solutions

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Stumped as to why your marigolds aren’t performing as they should? There can be many different reasons that range from simple issues like not enough sunlight to more complex things like a serious pest problem. No matter what is troubling your Tagetes plants, this guide can help you diagnose the problem and fix it.

How to Grow and Care for Ferns

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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.

How to Grow and Care for String of Pearls

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String of pearls is a desert succulent suited to gardens in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 12 and houseplant cultivation in all zones. It is noteworthy for having round, green, pearl-like leaves that adorn cascading stems. Suspend it in a hanging planter for a dramatic display. Read on to learn how to grow string of pearls.

Tips for Growing Knock Out Roses

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Do you love roses, but you want one that isn’t too fussy or demanding? Meet the Knock Outs. They’re drought-, pest-, and disease-resistant, self-cleaning, and hardy. And they make other roses seem downright difficult. We’ll explain where they came from and how to make them thrive in your garden. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Muskmelons

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The complex, musky, lightly sweet flavor of muskmelons can take the place of a sugary dessert on a hot summer’s day. It’s easy to plant and grow them, and with proper caretaking, each productive vine will reward you with several melons. We’ll cover everything you need to know to make it happen! Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Lavender

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A robust woody subshrub, lavender is loved for its easy cultivation, beautiful purple flowers, and intense, sweet fragrance. English varieties are best for cold winters, French and Spanish types are good in high humidity, and lavandins grow pretty much anywhere. Learn how to grow lavender in any climate in this guide.

How to Plant and Grow Virginia Creeper

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Virginia creeper is a native vine that thrives in average soil, tolerates shade, and doesn’t appeal to deer. Autumn color and deep blue berries make it sound like the perfect plant. However, its aggressive nature and suckering tendrils may pose problems. Is Virginia creeper right for your landscape? Read on and decide.

How to Prune Geraniums

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Pruning and deadheading geraniums can give you more blossoms and a tidier-looking plant. Whether you overwinter your plants or you’re looking to keep annuals blooming as bountifully as they can, the right pruning technique can make all the difference in your display. Learn how and when to prune geraniums in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Tomato Hornworms

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Tomato hornworms might look interesting with that curved horn, but you might feel more frustrated than intrigued when you notice they are munching all the leaves off your tomato plant. This guide covers everything you need to know about these large caterpillars, including several effective ways to control infestations.

Common Calendula Pests: Does Pot Marigold Attract Pests to the Garden?

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Calendula is often recommended as a companion or beneficial plant to add to the garden. But isn’t it attractive to pests? How does that make sense? Learn which bugs, both good and bad, are attracted to calendula, what the research says, and how this flower can be a useful and pretty vegetable garden addition in this guide.

How to Grow California Coffeeberry

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California coffeeberry is the ideal species for wildlife gardens! Birds will appreciate your consideration when you grow this beauty in your landscape, and you’ll be able to watch them from your yard. This fast-growing perennial shrub is a drought-tolerant flowering native plant that’s perfect for spaces big and small.

How to Choose, Raise, and Maintain Beautiful Climbing Roses

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Climbing roses give you the beauty of a climbing vine without the risk of damage to your property. Because they don’t have suckers or tendrils, they can’t grip onto things on their own. Plus, the canes aren’t aggressively strong like the stems of ivy or wisteria can be. Embrace this classic cottage garden beauty.

How to Plant and Grow Jasmine

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Beloved for its heady scent and dainty, pinwheel flowers, jasmine is best known as a tender perennial vine that makes an excellent climbing specimen in the summer garden. But it can also grow indoors and there are winter-flowering species as well. Learn how to grow jasmine in the garden in this guide. Read more now.

How to Identify and Control Carrot Pests

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There is nothing more disappointing than finding your long-awaited, carefully cultivated carrot roots chewed, distorted, or stunted thanks to a variety of pest insects and other creepy crawlies. Check out this guide to read up on everything you need to know about the most common carrot pests and how to deal with them.

How to Grow Heather Plants in Your Garden

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Heather is famous as a hardy, low-maintenance plant that offers up vibrant color even during the dreary winter months. But there are also species that bloom in the spring and summer, as well as some that create year-round interest with colorful foliage. If you need something trouble-free but showy, check out heather.

How to Grow and Care for Clematis

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Clematis are beautiful climbing vines covered with masses of flowers in the spring, summer, or fall garden, depending on the type. Fast-growing, they’re also easy to care for but need annual pruning for gorgeous floral displays. Find all the cultivation details right here, in our complete clematis growing guide.

How to Grow Sweeter Tomatoes in Your Garden

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Want to grow juicy, sweet tomatoes with the best flavor? Our guide tells you how to select the sweetest varieties and encourage sugary flavor with proper growing conditions. Rich soil, supplemental water, and vine pruning are all important. Grow the best tasting cherry, plum, and beefsteaks in your summer garden.

How to Identify and Manage Common Petunia Pests

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Is something eating your petunia plants? Your garden is filled to the brim with pests that would love to dine on the flowers and foliage. Luckily, most of the pests you’ll deal with are very manageable with a few easy steps. This guide covers everything you need to know about petunia pests and control strategies.

How to Plant and Grow Spaghetti Squash

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Spaghetti squash is a type of winter squash that has spaghetti-like strands commonly used as an alternative to starchy noodles. The plants are heat tolerant and easy to cultivate, and can even grow in small space gardens with trellising. Learn how to plant and grow your own in this guide. Read more now.

Why Are My Hosta Leaves Turning Yellow? 9 Causes and Solutions

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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.

15 of the Best Miniature Teacup Roses

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Teacup roses allow you to fill a small space with a big, beautiful floral display. Whether that means a patio container, a corner of your tiny backyard, or just an empty spot near a walkway, a miniature rose can fill your space with color, fragrance, and nonstop visual interest. Discover more about 15 top picks now.

How to Identify and Manage Common Blueberry Pests and Diseases

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Blueberry plants are susceptible to a handful of common pests and diseases. By taking certain preventative steps, you’ll dodge many of these issues and will enjoy a bountiful blueberry harvest. Learn how to identify the most common pests and diseases that affect blueberries and what to do about them in this guide.

How to Grow Parsley in Containers

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Parsley is a nutritious, highly aromatic, and richly flavored herb, with tasty leaves that are used in a wide variety of savory dishes to brighten and balance flavors. The pretty foliage is a must-have for convenient kitchen gardens and is easily grown in pots. Learn how to grow parsley in containers in this guide.

Tips for Growing Bushy Asters

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The bushy aster is a shrubby native perennial with masses of tiny flowers that bloom in late summer to early fall. It is suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. Numerous varieties and cultivated hybrids make it an intriguing plant. Read on and discover what bushy asters can contribute to your landscape.

How and When to Harvest Scallions

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When you grow scallions in your vegetable garden, you can harvest the stalks to use like chives, pull full-size green onions for salads and recipes, or pick edible blooms for garnishes and flavored oils. Our guide tells when and how to pick bunching onions for peak flavor and to keep the perennial plants productive.

How and When to Fertilize Blueberry Bushes

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Blueberries are an iconic summer fruit that is enjoyed all over the world. If fertilized correctly in the early spring, you can count on an incredible harvest in the summer. These delicious berries have very specific fertilization needs, so grab your gardening gloves and dive in to this guide. Read more now.

When and How to Prune Fuchsia Plants

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Pruning is one of the most important parts of producing a big, beautiful display of fuchsia flowers. Without proper pruning, your plants will eventually stop producing as many blossoms as they used to. The process isn’t difficult, but knowing when and how to do it is key to enjoying your biggest show of flowers yet.

How to Identify and Manage 7 Common Hosta Diseases

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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.

7 of the Best Types of Fava Beans

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When you grow fava beans at home, you have a wealth of options. Some types are super cold-hardy, while others are well-adapted to short growing seasons. Some excel when used as a cover crop – and all of them are fabulous in the kitchen. Keep reading to discover 7 of the best types of favas you can grow in the garden.

Tips for Growing Heath Asters

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The heath aster is native to the United States where it typically grows among prairie grasses and in the disrupted soil of roadbeds and clearings. Ranging in height from one to three feet at maturity, it readily naturalizes via rhizomes and self-sowing and produces masses of tiny blossoms from late summer into autumn.

Tips for Growing Shrub Roses

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Shrub roses are ideal for beginners because they’re easy to care for without forcing you to sacrifice an elegant floral display. They’re disease-resistant, most are self-cleaning, and they bloom all season long. Plus, they come in a range of colors, growth habits, and sizes. Read more to learn how to grow shrub roses.

How to Plant and Grow Fava Beans

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Fava beans are a superb addition to the home garden, and they can be grown in spring or winter as nitrogen fixers or as a cool-weather crop. Also called broad beans, these legumes make excellent companion plants and bear tasty, meaty beans with endless uses. Keep reading to learn more about growing fava beans.

How to Propagate Basil from Seed

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Basil is an aromatic herb loved for its sweetly spicy flavor. And this fast-growing annual is easy to start from seed and cultivate in the home garden. Propagating your own plants is fun, economical, and highly rewarding as well. To enjoy a steady harvest all summer, here are the details on how to grow basil from seed.

How to Plant and Grow Sesame

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Spice up your garden by growing sesame seeds and be inspired by one of the most ancient edible seeds in cultivation! Many are familiar with sesame seeds but have never grown the plant. Read more now to learn how to easily cultivate this drought-tolerant, heat-loving, pollinator-friendly annual herb at home.

7 Reasons Why Asters Fail to Bloom (And What to Do About It)

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Asters are daisy-like flowers that fill the late-season landscape with masses of blue, pink, purple, and white. They are the perfect bridge between summer and fall. However, sometimes they do not bloom as expected. Read on and discover 7 reasons why asters may fail to bloom and how to prevent it from happening to you.

13 Different Types of Edible Beans for the Garden

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When growing beans at home, there are different types to try suited to almost every garden and palate. Some are perfect as cool-weather crops, while others hold up nicely to drought. Whether for fresh eating or dry storage, you have a wealth of options. Keep reading to learn about 13 different types of edible beans.

Picking Blackberries: How and When to Harvest

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Harvesting blackberries isn’t complicated, but it can be a prickly task! Make the most of your summer blackberry harvest by picking only the best berries on your plant. While it may be tempting to harvest as soon as they appear, there is a trick to plucking the best fruit at its peak. Read our top tips now.

How to Grow and Care for Canna Lilies

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Even though canna lilies prefer warm, humid climates, they can also be grown as annuals in zones where seasonal temperatures plummet. If you’re prepared to lift or cover the rhizomes, you can enjoy their beauty throughout the summer each year. Or, if you live in a tropical or subtropical region, enjoy them year-round!

Why Isn’t My Passionflower Producing Fruit?

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Passionflowers, also known as passion fruit, are usually simple to grow. They’re low-maintenance and fairly tough. But if your passionflowers aren’t producing fruit, something isn’t right with their growing conditions. Whether it’s sun exposure, fertilizer, or pollination issues, a little change can help a lot.

Growing New York Asters: How to Care for Michaelmas Daisies

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If you are looking for perennials for the summer-to-fall landscape, New York asters have plenty to contribute. In white, as well as bold shades of pink and purple, they are star attractions in mixed mass plantings that include black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and goldenrod. Read on to learn how to grow Michaelmas daisies.

Tips for Companion Planting in Your Herb Garden

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Herbs make powerful companion plants, and not just in your vegetable patch. With strong aromas and tastes, their pest-repelling, beneficial insect-attracting, and other benefits can extend to fellow herbs as well. Learn which ones do well planted near each other, and which don’t enjoy each other’s company.

Growing Plumeria: How to Care for Frangipani

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Plumeria is a flowering tree that produces clusters of lusciously fragranced blooms at the end of its structured branches. The large leaves create a canopy of lush foliage dotted with blossoms from spring through fall. If you’re considering adding frangipani to your garden or landscape, read more now.

How to Prune Shasta Daisies

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What are the pruning and maintenance requirements for perennial Shasta daisies? Starting with tools required for the job and then taking you through different methods of pruning, you will learn a variety of techniques that can be used to prolong the flowering season and maintain happy, healthy plants. Read more now.