How to Grow Hackberry Trees

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Versatile, leafy, and easygoin, hackberry trees can thrive in locations where most other trees can’t. Working well in cities or in your backyard, they grow rapidly to provide shade, produce colorful berries, attract birds, and display iconic bark. These large trees are easy to maintain, giving much and asking little.

Are Marigold Flowers Edible?

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Are marigolds part of your culinary repertoire? They should be! These flowers make a nice addition to a variety of savory dishes, and desserts too. Use them in tomato or cucumber salad, egg or chicken dishes, or a sandwich. Amp up homemade biscotti or a trifle. Learn how to make the most of edible marigolds now.

How to Grow and Care for Hollyhocks

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Growing hollyhocks is rewarding for people and pollinators. They offer a beautiful spectrum of picturesque petals, making them a must-have for any floral garden! And you only need to plant them once to see them return for years to come, via self-sowing or seed saving. Learn how to grow and care for your own hollyhocks.

Calla Lily Hardiness: Will Zantedeschia Come Back In Spring?

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Calla lilies feature distinctive flowers that add striking elegance to garden beds, containers, and water gardens. Some varieties can overwinter in areas with mild climates, but many can’t survive cold temperatures and must be lifted. To learn which varieties come back in spring, read about calla lily hardiness here.

How to Grow Lamb’s Ears

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Lamb’s ears is a perennial ground cover that’s easy to grow in well-draining soil and in full or partial sun. It features thick, silvery leaves and beautiful purple flowers, making it a good choice for landscaping. And its fuzzy foliage make it a popular addition to children’s and sensory gardens as well. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Supersweet 100 Tomatoes

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Want to pick hundreds of cherry tomatoes from a single homegrown plant? Grow ‘Supersweet 100’ to harvest a bounty from midsummer to first frost. The hybrid plants are disease-resistant, and yield sweet fruits for fresh eating, cooking, and preserving. Our tips will help you grow a bumper crop of ‘Supersweet 100.’

How to Grow and Care for Boston Ferns Indoors

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With its arching fronds and gorgeous foliage, the Boston fern is a great choice for your home. This guide covers everything you need to grow Boston ferns indoors. Whether in a hanging planter or as a centerpiece for your coffee table, the Boston fern will make a delightful addition to your living space. Read more.

How to Grow Marigolds in Containers

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If you’re looking for a big display that doesn’t take much work to fill up your porch or patio, marigolds fit the bill. These sturdy flowers are extremely forgiving but you don’t have to sacrifice color or big blossoms. Gardener’s Path shows you how to succeed with growing marvelous marigolds in containers. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Firewitch Dianthus

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A perennial evergreen, ‘Firewitch’ features dainty fringed flowers with an enticing perfume and a long growing season beginning in late spring. The easy-care plants are cold and heat resistant, and the pretty pink flowers rebloom after deadheading. Learn how to grow and care for ‘Firewitch’ dianthus in this guide.

How to Grow Cosmos in Containers

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Cosmos are an excellent choice for container growing for many reasons. You can have a pollinator-friendly display of blooms that needs little maintenance, grows quickly, and may return year after year from tubers or seeds. Prepare that pot and start reading to learn all about growing cosmos in containers.

How to Plant and Grow Serrano Peppers

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Serranos are extremely popular in Mexico and it’s easy to see why. They’re moderately spicy without setting your mouth on fire, and the juicy flesh makes them ideal for salsas and other sauces. The plants aren’t challenging to grow – you’ll be harvesting a serrano bounty in just a few months with our tips. Read more.

Are Aster Flowers Edible?

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While other flowers are winding down at summer’s end, asters are just warming up, in vibrant shades of blue, pink, purple, and white. And as you harvest your remaining vegetable crops, you may begin to wonder whether asters can contribute food to the family table. Learn whether or not asters are edible in this guide.

How to Grow and Care for Cheddar Pinks

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Charming and dainty but renowned for their toughness, Cheddar pinks feature an abundance of brightly colored, fringed flowers in late spring. Blooms have a spicy-sweet fragrance and sit atop handsome cushions of needlelike, steel blue foliage. Learn how to plant and grow Dianthus gratianopolitanus in this guide.

How to Grow Basket of Gold

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Do you have a sunny spot in your garden that you’d like to fill with sunshine? Choose basket of gold, a drought tolerant plant that blooms bright yellow flowers in springtime – they’re sure to make your garden pop with color. We’ll explain how to sow, grow, and keep your plant thriving in this guide. Read more now.

Why Is My Asparagus Thin? Tips for Growing Thick Spears

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Wondering why your asparagus plants consistently produce weak, thin spears? A number of factors such as lack of water, nutrient deficiency, and overharvesting can result in skinny spears. Fortunately these problems aren’t too hard to fix. Read on to learn about the causes and solutions for thin asparagus.

How to Plant and Grow Signet Marigolds

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Signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia) perform triple-duty in your garden as showy ornamentals, tasty edibles, and organic pest control. You can add color to your garden and use the lemony-citrus flavored flowers as a tasty garnish to your meals. Learn how to plant and grow signet marigolds in this guide. Read more now.

19 of the Best Pansy Varieties to Grow at Home

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Pansies are a favorite for many flower gardeners, available in a wide selection of colors, trailing or mounding growth habits, and small, medium, and large flower sizes. But what type should you choose for your garden? Learn more about 19 of the best pansy series and cultivars and discover your favorites. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Sweet Williams

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With bright colors and a lovely, sweetly spicy scent of cloves, sweet williams are a welcome addition to beds and borders, flowering in late spring and reblooming lightly through summer. And they make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers as well. Learn how to plant and grow Dianthus barbatus in this guide. Read more now.

How to Train Clematis to Grow Vertically Up Poles or Trees

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Clematis vines are loved for their spectacular floral displays and give the most impressive show when trained to grow up pergolas, poles, or trees. But they can’t grow upright without a supportive trellis, and it needs to be the right size for the leaf stems to grasp onto. Learn how to train clematis to grow vertically.

How to Grow and Care for Impatiens

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Impatiens are ready for their comeback. The once incredibly popular shade-lover has fallen out of favor over the past decade since downy mildew began wiping it out across the UK and US. But growers have found new techniques to help prevent this disease, and resistant cultivars are popping up on the market. Read more.

Why Is My Asparagus Ferning Out?

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Ferning out is a natural, healthy part of growing asparagus spears that happens each year. But sometimes your asparagus spears will fern out earlier than you would like, disrupting your harvest. That’s why it helps to understand when and how to deal with the problem, and when to just let your plants do their thing.

How to Grow and Care for Poppies

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Poppies are incredible stand-outs with an astounding range of sizes, colors, and growing preferences. From the vibrant, petite California to the stately, dramatic breadseed poppy, you have many options for making your garden shine. In fact, the hardest part about growing poppies might just be picking the right one.

How to Use Straw Mulch in the Vegetable Garden

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Straw is a byproduct of growing grain crops that happens to be a highly beneficial material for mulching vegetable gardens. It is light and easy to work with, fairly inexpensive, and can drastically reduce time spent weeding and watering. Learn more about using straw as mulch for vegetables in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe in Containers

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Astilbe is a genus of hardy, easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in shade. With colorful, frilly flower plumes and attractive fernlike foliage, they can be planted in containers to brighten up a dreary back porch or gloomy balcony. Continue reading to learn all about growing astilbe plants in pots.

Gardening Myths Explored: Planting by the Moon Phase

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Wondering if planting by the phase of the moon a valid practice or a busted gardening myth? The answer isn’t black or white. While the moon definitely influences plant life on Earth, waiting to plant when the moon is full might not have any real benefit. This guide explores the science of gardening by moon phase.

17 of the Best Marigold Companions

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Marigolds make superb companion plants – and can be paired in different ways depending on your garden needs and landscaping style. But you’ll want to make sure to choose plant partners that have similar growing requirements. Keep reading to discover a selection of 17 excellent marigold companions that fit the bill.

What Are the Different Types of Petunia Plants?

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Colorful and long-blooming petunias come in many types, with different growing habits and flowers of various sizes. Our guide explains 5 common categories of petunias, including one with oversize blooms, ground cover options, and self-cleaning varieties that don’t require any deadheading. Discover your favorites now.

How to Fertilize Your Vegetable Garden

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A healthy diet is just as important for our vegetable crops as it is for our own bodies. When nutrients are lacking, our crops may fail to bloom, drop buds and fruit, and display visual distress signals. Learn how to enrich your garden beds using a variety of fertilizers, including some DIY options in this guide. Read more.

How to Harvest Collard Greens

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Collards are delicious, nutritious greens you can grow in the home garden, but they taste best when you pick them at the right size and before the plants bolt. This guide explains how to time the collard harvest for maximum flavor and optimal texture, with tips for picking baby leaves and full-size greens.

How to Grow Prickly Pear Cactus

Whether you live in an arid region or a temperate climate, there is a prickly pear species suitable for your landscaping needs. Many Opuntias also come with the added bonus of edible pads and fruits. It’s super easy to get started and caretaking is a breeze. Learn how to grow prickly pear cactus in this guide. Read more.

How to Deadhead Daisies

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Daisies of various types offer masses of cheerful blossoms that open randomly instead of all at once on the laziest, haziest summer days. With an easy gardening technique called deadheading, you can keep your flower patch looking its best at all times. Read on to learn how easy it is to deadhead throughout the season.

How to Grow and Care for Cardinal Flowers

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Cardinal flower is a superstar wildflower. With its eye-catching scarlet blooms, it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the landscape. What’s more, this stunning native plant is very low maintenance when offered the right conditions. Learn more about growing cardinal flower in the landscape in this guide. Read more.

How to Harvest and Save Snapdragon Seeds

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Snapdragons are colorful, popular, and look great in the garden and vase. If you want to grow more, why not collect the tiny, dark seeds produced by your own plants or from your friend’s garden, and store them for next season? Learn everything you need to know to harvest and save seeds from your flowers in this guide.

How to Identify and Control Pea Weevils

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Pea weevils aren’t common home garden pests, but they pose enough of a threat to keep an eye out. The larvae burrow into the seeds on the sly and emerge in storage. We’ll cover everything you need to know about these insects, including effective strategies useful for preventing and controlling infestations. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Spirea Bushes

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Woody shrubs give great structure to the garden, and ones that provide flowers as well as fall color are invaluable for multi-season interest. Spirea gives pretty spring flowers and bright green foliage that turns into vibrant fall color, and it’s fast and easy to grow! Get the full details here on Gardeners Path.

How to Grow Potatoes in Containers

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As much as you might love gardening, some of the challenges that come with it can be frustrating. Potatoes are one crop that may present problems, but you can solve many issues by planting them in containers instead of the ground. Learn how to grow potatoes in pots and planters in this guide. Read more now.

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.

How to Grow ‘Mortgage Lifter’ Tomatoes

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Indeterminate ‘Mortgage Lifter’ tomatoes grow tall and produce glorious, meaty fruits over a long period. They got their name from a 1930s mechanic, Radiator Charlie, who paid off his mortgage with the proceeds. These heirlooms won’t pay the bills, but they’re a priceless way to enjoy real tomato taste all summer long.

How to Plant and Grow Scallions

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Scallions are easy to plant and care for in the garden, and they’re one of the most versatile homegrown ingredients. These upright, perennial onions don’t form bulbs, but multiply by bunching. Our guide explains how to plant and care for scallions, and how to harvest them to enjoy in your favorite dishes. Read more now.

7 Reasons for Drooping Calla Lilies

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Calla lilies are known for their vivid tropical colors and glossy green or variegated leaves. At home in bright sunshine with organically rich, well-draining soil, these summer delights sometimes suffer from drooping stems. Read on to learn what causes calla lily stems to bend and how to address the underlying causes.

7 Top Elderberry Varieties to Grow in Your Backyard

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If you love elderberries, why not grow them at home? These tall shrubs make an incredible addition to the landscape, with beautiful flowers and tasty fruit. Learn which plants are best suited for your growing area as we take a look at 7 of the best varieties to grow at home in this guide. Read more now.

23 of the Best Snapdragon Varieties to Grow at Home

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Snapdragons make a colorful statement in the garden with their upright flower stalks in a wide range of hues. They are available in a wide range of heights, flower types, growth habits, and colors. In this guide, you’ll learn about 23 of the best snapdragon series and cultivars to grow in your garden. Read more now.

How to Use Marigolds for Pest Control

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You’ve probably been told that marigolds can help with pest control in the garden. Maybe your grandma always planted her cole crops with marigolds and now you do, too. But what does the science say? What kind of bugs can marigolds help to keep away? We explore the truth and find out what marigolds can and can’t do.

How to Divide Shasta Daisies

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The Shasta daisy is a summer classic that brings masses of crisp white and sunny yellow hues to the landscape. You can give your plants exceptional care when you learn how and when to divide them. Read on to discover the benefits of dividing Shasta daisies and enjoy an abundance of spectacular blooms for years to come.

How to Grow and Care for Petunias

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With eye-popping colors and an extra-long blooming season, petunias are popular annuals. The blooms can be blue, purple, yellow, or even striped. Plant petunia seeds or starts to grow in hanging baskets, borders, and containers. Our guide provides the best step-by-step instructions to care for these flowering beauties.

How to Propagate Boysenberries

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If you want to grow boysenberries, you’ll need to know how to propagate them. There are various different methods: from planting bare roots and nursery starts, to cloning your own by taking cuttings, tip layering, sucker transplants, and root division. You’ll be on your way to a berry patch filled with fruit in no time.

Snapdragon Types: Understanding Flower Shape, Group, and Other Classifications

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It’s no surprise if you’ve ever been confused by all the different snapdragon groups, series, and flower types. There’s a broad range of colors, growth habits, heights, ideal growing seasons, and patterns available. Knowing the difference and discovering the best options will help you decide which suits your space.

When and How to Divide Lily of the Valley

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Fragrant lily of the valley is a charming spring flower with bell-shaped blossoms. Despite its demure appearance, this ground-covering perennial is a vigorous grower that can become invasive. Read on and learn to divide lily of the valley to keep it in check and enjoy it in beds, borders, and drifts for years to come.

The Taste of Summer: How to Plant and Grow Watermelons

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Watermelons are a delightful way to celebrate the summer months, so why not grow your own? Sometimes thought of as an intimidating fruit to grow, they are well worth the effort for their sensational sweet bounty. Learn how to plant and grow your own fresh harvest of watermelons with this guide. Read more now.

11 of the Best Fruiting Pear Varieties to Grow at Home

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European pear trees provide showy spring blossoms, beautiful fall colors, as well as delicious fruit with a soft, buttery texture and a sweet flavor. There are a number of different cultivars available for home gardeners. Learn about 11 of the best common pear varieties to grow in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for French Marigolds

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Don’t be fooled by the haters, French marigolds are magical. They are sometimes dismissed as cheap and common, but they’re pretty fantastic. They deter pests and attract beneficial insects while adding color to the garden. You can also eat them or use them as a dye. Learn how to make the most of French marigolds now.

How to Grow Snapdragons from Seed

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Sporting vibrant blooms that open like a dragon’s mouth when pinched, snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are a fun, fragrant garden addition. This sun- and cool-weather-loving plant is a popular cut flower too. Learn everything you need to know to propagate snapdragons from seed in this guide. Read more now.

All About Edible Pod Peas

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Plant peas with edible pods in your garden to yield an abundant supply of sweet, fresh-from-the-vine snacks and salad ingredients. Both snap peas and snow peas thrive in cool spring and fall weather and are easy to care for. Learn about edible pod peas to grow in your veggie garden or containers here. Read more.

How to Plant and Grow Spring Onions

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Grow spring onions in your garden for an early harvest without much work. Pick immature bulbs in spring to eat fresh and add to savory dishes. We’ll guide you through sowing seeds or planting onion sets, keeping your plants healthy, and pulling these cool-weather garden veggies at the proper time for maximum flavor.

How to Grow and Care for Mountain Alyssum

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If you want a cheerful addition to your garden, or you’re looking for a pretty, flowery ground cover, try growing mountain alyssum. The tiny, sweet-scented yellow flowers will spark joy in your flowerbed or add excitement to your lawn or yard. Learn how to grow and care for mountain alyssum in this guide. Read more now.

Tips for Growing Mint from Seed

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Poblano Peppers

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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.

31 of the Best Types of Marigolds

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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.

15 of the Best Canning Tomatoes You Should Grow

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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.

3 Common Reasons Why Bleeding Hearts Fail to Bloom

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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.

How to Plan the Best Layout for Your Vegetable Garden

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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.

13 of the Best Carrot Varieties to Grow at Home

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Carrots – whether roasted, raw, tossed up in a stir fry, cooked in a cake, or used to create a snowman’s nose, everyone loves this popular and versatile veggie. From your standard orange variety, to purple and even rainbow carrots, read on to find out about the best varieties to grow at home now!

How to Grow and Care for Rhododendrons

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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.

How to Grow Sweet and Tender Red Russian Kale

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Cosmos Flowers

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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.

How to Grow Cape Daisies (Osteospermum)

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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.

Benefits of Companion Planting Marigolds with Tomatoes

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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.

9 Reasons for Yellow Clematis Leaves

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Baby Blue Eyes

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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.

How to Manage Gardenia Winter Cold Damage

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Pigeon Peas

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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.

35 Columbine Varieties for the Spring Garden

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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.

How to Propagate Snapdragons from Cuttings

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Beefsteak Tomatoes

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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.

How to Grow Snapdragons in Containers

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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 Spider Plant Babies: 3 Methods to Root Spiderettes

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Gerbera Daisies

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Pinstripe Plant

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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.

How to Divide and Transplant Daffodil Bulbs

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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.

How to Grow and Care for China Pink Dianthus

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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.

What Is a Survival Garden? Tips to Grow Your Own

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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.

Are Snapdragons Annuals or Perennials? The Lowdown on How Long Snapdragons Live

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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.

Cultivating the Chocolate Soldier: How to Grow Green Columbine Flowers

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Large Pinks

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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.

Eating Snapdragons: How to Harvest and Use the Flowers and Leaves

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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.

Propagating Tradescantia: How to Root Spiderwort Cuttings

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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.

25 of the Best Low-Light Houseplants to Liven up Your Decor

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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.

When Do Pansies Bloom?

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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.

What’s the Difference Between Late, Mid, and Early Season Potatoes?

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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.

17 of the Best Shelling Pea Varieties to Grow in Your Garden

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Snow Peas

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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.

37 of the Best Spinach Cultivars to Grow in Your Garden

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Napa (Chinese) Cabbage

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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.

How and When to Fertilize Daffodils

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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.

How to Grow Clematis in Containers

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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.

How to Select the Best Houseplant Potting Soil and Containers

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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.

21 of the Best Sweet Potato Varieties for Your Garden

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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.

When Is the Best Time for Planting Tomatoes?

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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.

How to Grow and Care for a Swedish Ivy Houseplant

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Rattlesnake Plant Indoors

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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.