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Beautiful Perennials for a Colorful, Butterfly Garden

Do you know what is better then a garden bed filled with colorful perennials?  One that is filled with perennials


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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


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My Most Common Backyard Butterflies

It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are basically always butterflies in my Central Florida yard. We have a


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Growing Succulents From Cuttings

Succulents are by far, my favorite type of plants to grow.  They have such interesting shapes and thrive despite my


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DIY Mushroom Solar Light Yard Stakes

A little while ago, we posted some of the most popular pins from our Pinterest boards on our Facebook page.


Great Spangled Fritillary

When most people see a flash of orange from a passing butterfly, they automatically assume it’s a monarch. There are


How to Make a Butterfly Garden Planter

How to Make a Butterfly Garden Planter


Viceroy Butterfly: A Monarch Mimic

Ah, the poor Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) butterfly. Everybody always thinks it’s a Monarch, when it’s really very beautiful and special

Butterfly Love

At the butterfly exhibit where I work, our guests frequently point out pairs of butterflies that seem to be “stuck


How to Preserve Fresh Herbs by Freezing

Do you love the taste of fresh herbs? I do.  Especially when they come straight from my garden.  What I


Great Shade Plant – Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Last month, I was visiting Chicago and had the chance to see the green spaces surrounding the Art Institute of


Add Beauty to the Garden With Vegetables

You may not think of vegetables as being particularly attractive in the garden.  We are most often focused on how


Bloomin’ Onions: Beautiful Flowers of the Allium Family

On our Facebook page yesterday, we featured a “mystery photo” of a flower bloom head and asked readers to identify


Pentas: Perfect in Butterfly Gardens

At the butterfly garden where I work, I get asked pretty much every day which nectar flowers are best for...


How to ‘Thin’ Vegetable Seedlings

Spring is a busy time in the vegetable garden and your vegetable garden may be full of small seedlings as


DIY Container Gardening Virtual Demonstration

Recently, I was asked to put on a container gardening demonstration as part of a home tour.  I was given 3 beautiful,

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


Giant Hyssop for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Giant Hyssop for Butterflies and Hummingbirds


Too Many Roots? How to Fix Root Bound Plants

With the arrival of spring, it is time to start thinking about getting into the garden and adding new plants.


Signs of Spring – Fragrant, Flowering Fruit Trees

There is nothing that says spring is here as formerly leafless fruit trees covered in blossoms. What makes it even


Cactus Flowers, Fruit and Shelter

Take a walk through the desert and you will most likely see cacti made up of flat pads covered in

Spring Butterflies: Mourning Cloak

Some folks still have snow on the ground, but others are starting too see signs of spring. A friend of


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


Dahlberg Daisies for Dry Sunny Gardens

A few years ago, I came upon some Dahlberg Daisies (Thymophylla tenuiloba) at my local nursery, and fell in love


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


Wintertime Planning for Springtime Improvements

Believe it or not, by this time of year — just over one month into the New Year — nearly


Got Citrus? Learn How and When to Fertilize

Every year, it never ceases to surprise me that winter is a busy season when you have citrus trees growing