Flower Gardening

Freshen up your flower garden with these expert recommendations, tips and ideas that can make any yard look like a million bucks.

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Add Dramatic Flair With Black Flowers and Foliage

In recent visits to the nursery, I have noticed plants with an unusual color that is not often seen in


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Colorful Cannas for Any Garden

When we bought our home in Florida several years ago, we found several treasures in the otherwise bland backyard. As


Opposites Attract: Using Color in the Flower Garden

The color theory of pairing colors together from opposite sides of the color wheel for great contrast works well in...


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A Simple Midwest Lakeside Garden

During a trip to Ohio a few months back, I came across this simple flower garden at the edge of


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Favorite Summer Flowers: Hollyhock

Whenever I am asked what my favorite summer flowers are, Hollyhocks are always in my “Top 5”. When spring arrives


Confederate Jasmine for Outside and In

This time of year, one wall of my house is responsible for perfuming the entire neighborhood. My Confederate Jasmine is


Calibrachoa for Baskets, Borders, and Butterflies

When I saw my first Million Bells plant in a local plant nursery a few years ago, I immediately fell


Sweet Alyssum in Spring Combinations

Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite cool-season annuals: Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima). This low-growing beauty is

Nasturtiums or ‘Nose-Twisters’?

Have you ever heard of ‘nose-twisters’?  Well if you haven’t – let me tell you that if you have a


Using Vines as Groundcover

Most of us are familiar with seeing vines growing up on a wall or fence. But, have you ever thought


The Story of an Old, Neglected, Nameless Rose

This is a story about an old, overgrown, nameless rose bush.  This poor rose hadn’t been cared for or pruned


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Planting Bare Root Roses

Do you love roses?  I certainly do.  At one point, I had over 40 different rose bushes growing in my


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How to Select Bare Root Roses

It’s hard to believe that there is anything to do in the garden in January, but in zones 8 –


Focus on Natives: Carolina Aster

Late-blooming asters are a favorite of many gardeners. One native aster is perfectly suited for the wildlife garden: Carolina aster.


Bougainvillea Adds Bright Colors to Your Yard

If you're looking for a beautiful blooming shrub, try bougainvillea! Discover the range of bougainvillea colors and find out the...


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Focus on Natives: Indian Blanketflower

Budget gardeners looking for a terrific pop of color in their gardens from spring through fall (and nearly year-round in

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Flowering Plants For Full Sun

Do you have an area in your garden where the sun just beats down relentlessly, making it hard for your