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.

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 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.

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 Best Hellebore Planting Companions

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The hellebore is a classic and classy addition to all but the sunniest gardens. But it’s at its best when it has the right planting companions nearby to help it to show off and shine. Learn all about the hellebore’s best annual, perennial, and tree and shrub planting companions in this guide. Read more now.

How to Care for Heuchera in the Winter

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Completing garden winter care tasks can be one of the busiest weekends of the year, but plants like heuchera offer you some free time by demanding very little. Outside of a few basic considerations, you can invite these plants into your garden and expect year-round interest with minimal work. Read more now.

How to Grow Persian Shield, a Vividly Hued Foliage Plant

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Are you looking for a vibrant new plant for the house or garden that’s a cut above the rest? Consider Persian shield, a unique tropical variety with amazing, iridescent purple leaves. Learn all about this exceptional tropical plant in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Wood Anemone Flowers for Shady Areas

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American and European wood anemones add beauty to the garden in early spring, fading away by midsummer to go dormant and then return as perennials the following year. These spring ephemerals are perfect for growing in wooded areas with dappled shade and moist soil. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.

When and How to Divide Hosta Plants

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Hostas need dividing to look as good as possible. As they age, the center starts to look a bit shabby, yellowed, and sparse. They may even stop sending up those lovely flowers. By dividing them, they get a refresh. Plus, when you divide your hostas, you get new free plants out of the deal so you can expand your garden.

How to Grow Hostas in Containers

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Hostas grow well in containers, so why not grow them in compact places where you might not be able to otherwise? A potted plant makes a statement in the garden or on a patio. There are just a few tips you need to know in order to make these popular plants thrive in pots. Read our guide to learn more.

Keep or Cut: How to Make the Most of Hosta Flowers

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You might not call flowers to mind first when you think of hostas but they can be incredibly beautiful and fragrant, in colors ranging from white to purple, and even yellow or red. We’ll help you make the most of your hosta flowers, from choosing the best hybrids and cultivars to deadheading and troubleshooting.

9 Reasons Why Bleeding Hearts Turn Yellow with Troubleshooting Tips

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If you’re growing bleeding hearts and you notice that the leaves are turning yellow before fall’s first frost, you might be worried. Is something wrong, or is this normal? What can you do to help solve the problem? Discover the top 7 reasons for yellowing bleeding hearts in our guide. The causes might surprise you!

How to Grow Hostas: A Favorite Shade Loving Perennial

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It’s no wonder hostas are one of the most popular plants to grow in the garden. They’re versatile, add color even to shady spots, and are rarely impacted by insect pests or diseases. With hundreds of cultivars, there’s an endless variety to choose from. Our guide will help you to pick, plant, and care for your hostas.

How to Grow and Care for English Bluebells

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English bluebell is a spring bulb with bright green foliage and vibrant blue bell-shaped flowers. It goes by many names, including harebell and fairy flower, and produces beautiful lush carpets in woodlands and other shady areas of the garden. Learn how to plant and grow this perennial in our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Wood Hyacinth (Spanish Bluebell)

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Wood hyacinth, aka Spanish bluebell, is a spring bulb that sports bright green foliage and blue, pink, or white bell-shaped blooms. This hardy plant is easy to grow in drifts under trees, in containers, and in garden beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow this robust, showy perennial in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Virginia Bluebells

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Native to North America, the Virginia bluebell is an early spring blooming plant that sports flowers in shades of purple, pink, and blue. Plus, this cool weather, moisture, and shade-loving plant is easy to grow. Read more now to learn all about propagating and caring for this perennial, ephemeral beauty.

How to Grow Jacob’s Ladder: Regal Shade-Blooming Perennial

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Are you looking for a flower that thrives in cool, moist shade? We have the perfect plant for you: Jacob’s ladder. With its beautiful blue petals and yellow stamens, this European species readily naturalizes in the US. Learn all about this hardy perennial now from your friends at Gardener’s Path.

Add Color to Your Shade Garden with 15 of the Best Astilbe Varieties

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Astilbes provide a range of color options for the shade garden, and they look lovely when planted in tight groups. They offer a range of sizes and bloom times, appearing any time from late spring to late summer and provide reliable interest and appeal to your landscape. Discover 15 favorite astilbe varieties in our guide.

How to Plant and Grow Anemone Flowers

Anemone is a genus of flowering perennials that lend reliable color and allure to gardens from spring to fall. Easy and versatile, they suit a wide range of locations and thrive in full or part sun, a valuable addition to shade and sun gardens alike. Learn all about how to plant and grow anemone flowers right here.

15 of the Best Anemone Varieties for Spring, Summer, and Fall

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Anemones are easy to care for and produce long-lasting, bright flowers, some are daisy-like while others resemble poppies. Depending on the variety, they flower in spring, summer, and fall, can be planted in sun or light shade, and make wonderful cut flowers. Learn about 15 of the best anemone varieties now.

How to Grow Fall-Blooming Japanese Anemone Flowers

Tall and elegant, Japanese anemones add enchanting, saucer-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white to the fall garden. Reliable and low maintenance, they’re terrific when mass-planted and add charm to cottage, cutting, and shade gardens. Learn how to grow and care for Japanese anemone flowers in this guide.

How to Prepare Your Fuchsia Plants for Winter

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Do you love the long-lasting vibrancy of fuchsia flowers but hate to see them go when Old Man Winter ambles into town? There’s no reason to give up on your plants just because it’s cold. Learn how to protect your plant, whether it’s in the ground or in a container, so you can enjoy it year after year. Read more now.

How to Winterize Astilbe Plants: 5 Easy Steps

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If the feathery, spiked blossoms of astilbe plants adorn your gardens in late summer, you need to know how to prepare them for a good winter’s sleep. While they are cold-hardy, they benefit from a little TLC to ensure that they return each spring with vigor. Learn how to winterize your astilbe plants in this guide.

How to Grow Fabulous Fuchsia Flowers

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Fuchsia flowers bloom in a variety of vivid colors and shapes and are ideal for growing in a hanging planter in the shade, but they can thrive in other locations too. Species with upright, creeping, or trailing habits are available that may be grown as trees, shrubs, or ground covers. Learn how to grow fabulous fuchsia now.

How to Grow Lily of the Valley, a Fragrant Shade-Lover

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Finding the right flowering plants for your shade garden can be problematic, and early blooming and fragrant varieties can be few and far between. Luckily, there’s lily of the valley, a happy-to-spread and pleasantly scented addition that fits in those neglected corners of your flowerbeds. Read more on Gardener’s Path.

Grow Mexican Petunias (Ruellia Simplex) for a Heat and Shade Tolerant Perennial

If you’re looking for a versatile, low-maintenance shade plant that does well in the sun, too, consider Mexican petunia, aka Ruellia simplex. Sporting purple, pink, or white blooms, this easy-care hardy perennial comes in varieties short and tall, and you’ll love its slender, droopy leaves and sometimes-purple stems.

How to Plant and Grow Ginger in Your Home Garden

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Ginger is a wonderful herb, but those who want to grow it run into a dilemma: it’s a tropical plant! Can you grow it in colder climates, even throughout winter, for culinary use? Read on, and you’ll find that it’s not so hard – with the right techniques, this can be a tasty and rewarding pastime.

Add a Touch of “Jurassic Park” to Your Garden: How to Grow Ferns

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If you want to add a touch of “Jurassic Park” to your garden, why not try planting ferns? While these plants are relatively easy to grow, you’ll want to understand some of their peculiarities before diving straight in. Learn all about how to grow and care for ferns indoors and outdoors in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Astilbe Flowers: A Shade Gardener’s Best Friend

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Looking for a nice accompaniment to hosta, fern, and heuchera? The shade garden has become my favorite corner of the yard, thanks to the patch of astilbe I’ve started. With bronze-green foliage, the real show comes when it blooms, with large plumes of creamy whites and pinks. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Torenia (Wishbone) Flowers

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Add torenia’s clown-faced flowers to a shady spot in your garden and you’ll banish the blues with the bright hues shown by this annual’s colorful blooms. Learn more about the wishbone flower now at Gardener’s Path.

12 Fast-Growing Shade Trees for Your Yard

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Shade trees are natural climate control for your home and yard. They offer protection from the light and heat of the sun and can serve as a buffer against strong, cold winds that whip heat away from the house. Gardener’s Path has compiled a selection of fast-growing shade trees, excellent selections for your home in every US Hardiness Zone. Read more.

7 Outstanding Salt Tolerant Shade Perennials

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Shady patches of the garden by the roadside can be problem areas, where little will grow due to runoff with a high salt content. We’ve compiled a list of the best salt-tolerant perennials for shade, and we’re eager to share it with you. Read more now on Gardener’s Path.