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Shade Plants For Wet Sites: Choosing Wet Tolerant Shade Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-30 18:00

As a general rule, plants need sun and water to thrive, but what if you have an excess of wet soil and lacking in the sun department? The good news is there are plenty of shade plants that like wet conditions. Read on to learn about shade plants for poor drainage. About Shade Plants for Wet Sites You may thing finding wet tolerant shade plants is a challenge. Often, when looking up shade plants, you will get a list of shade plants for dry areas, not shade plants for poor drainage or wet sites. But there are many, and shade plants for wet sites aren’t limiting either. There are interesting moisture-loving plants for shade that bloom or have unique foliage shapes and colors. A wet site might be an area with poor drainage or a natural or manmade water feature in a shaded area. In either case, the best place […]

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Annuals In The South: What Are The Best Southeastern Annual Flowers

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-30 15:00

Flower gardens planted with annual blooms is often the most colorful in the landscape. These plants finish their lifespan within a year, or a season, and offer the best of all the aspects of foliage and flowers within that timeframe. One of the best things about growing annuals in the South is that you can enjoy an abundance of blooms before the worst heat of summer sets in. Of course, a number of annuals will also delight in these warmer temps. Let’s take a look at the the benefits of growing a southern annual flower garden: Sprout easily from seed Flowers develop the first season Add color while waiting for perennials to bloom Grow edible flowers Planting Southeastern Annual Flowers Annual flowers can be planted from seed for a less expensive way to fill your flowerbeds with beauty. Planting seeds allows you to know exactly what’s been used to feed […]

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Growing Desert Annuals: Choosing And Planting Southwestern Annuals

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-30 11:00

While perennial flowering plants become old friends, annual flowers redecorate your garden each year with new shapes, colors, and fragrances. If you are looking for annual flowers for southwestern parts of the country, you will find more than a few to try. Annual plants in the southwest have to do well in hot and dry desert climates. If you are ready to start growing desert annuals, read on for some of our favorites. About Southwestern Annuals Annual plants live and die in a single growing season. Southwestern annuals grow in spring, reach maturity and flower in summer, then set seeds and die in fall. While they don’t last for years like perennials do, annual plants fill your yard with eye-catching color. They are easy to plant since they are usually sold in cell packs, flats, or individual pots. Pick out specimens that seem compact, have healthy green foliage, and appear […]

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Best West Coast Annual Plants: Growing Annuals In Western Gardens

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-04-30 07:09

California has more microclimates than any other state and is just one of a few western states in the U.S. Still, some West Coast annual plants grow naturally throughout the region and are excellent choices for annual flowers for California. Whether you are planting a summer or winter annual garden, you’ll find information here about easy-care annuals for western U.S. gardens. Annuals in Western Region Annuals are plants that complete a life cycle in one growing season. This means they germinate, flower, seed, and die all in one year. Most gardeners think of annuals for western U.S. gardens in terms of summer or winter annuals. Summer annuals are plants that light up your summer garden then die off in fall. Winter annuals grow in the winter and early spring in regions with mild winters. Annual Flowers for California Summers Since California includes USDA hardiness zones 5 through 10, your choice […]

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Northern Prairie Annuals – Annual Flowers For West North Central Gardens

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-29 18:00
If you live in America’s Heartland, you may want ideas for West-North-Central annuals. The area is notable for its acres of farmland and many praised universities and colleges but is also home to some of the most dedicated gardeners around. Spring triggers a bell, calling all those gardeners to start choosing annual flowers for West-North-Central garden beds. Those annuals must be tough, adaptable, and open to surprise. Why Annuals for West North Central? Northern prairie annuals are perfect plants for the western half of the Midwest. This area includes North and South Dakotas, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, and Iowa. Not only can these areas have severe winters, but their summers bring brutal heat and powerful thunderstorms. That means annuals in the northern Rockies need to be durable, yet bring beauty we all desire. Perennials are great because they bloom every year like clockwork (provided they are in the right hardiness […]

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Central Region Annuals – Growing Annuals In The Central Region

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-29 15:04
Nothing adds season long color to the landscape like flowering annuals. Unlike perennials, which have a specific blooming season, annuals often flower soon after transplanting and usually continue blooming until killed by fall frosts and freezes. Annual flowers for Central Region If you live in the Ohio Valley or Central region, annuals can be used to bring color to flowerbeds as border plants, in planters, and hanging baskets. Central region and Ohio Valley annuals can be chosen for their flower color, plant height, and growth requirements. Since these flowers are only grown for one season, winter hardiness is not a primary consideration when selecting species. Many times, these plants are started indoors much the same as garden vegetables. Annual flowers can be transplanted outside once danger of frost has passed. Additionally, many perennial flowers are grown as annuals in the Central region and Ohio Valley. These flowers survive winters in […]

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Northwest Annual Flowers: What Annuals Grow Well In The Pacific Northwest

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-29 11:00
Perennials are often the choice for northwest garden flowers, perfect for gardeners who want more bang for their buck. Since perennials return year after year, it might be tempting to plant only perennials. However, that would be a mistake when there are dozens of annual flowers for northwestern states. What annuals grow well in the Pacific Northwest?  The sheer number and variation of Pacific Northwest annual flowers available may surprise you. Why Grow Pacific Northwest Annual Flowers? Annuals are plants that germinate, bloom, set seed, then die back in a single season. Amongst Pacific Northwest garden flowers, you will find tender annuals such as marigolds and zinnias that can’t take chilly temps, and hardier specimens like poppies and bachelor’s buttons which can handle a light frost. Annuals are easily sown from seed and can be direct sown into the garden before the last spring frost. They are usually available at […]

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Wet Tolerant Annual Flowers: Choosing Annuals For Wet Soil Areas

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-04-29 07:00
A swampy or low yard can be tough to garden. Many types of plants give way to rot and fungal infections where there is too much moisture in the soil. A natural garden with wetland shrubs and perennials is a good option for these tricky spots. If you enjoy a lot of color, you can find moisture loving annuals for moist gardens and beds as well. Are There Really Annuals That Like Wet Soil? Gardeners generally avoid wet soil and standing water. Most plants will get soggy roots and become susceptible to root rot in too much moisture. This is especially true for many annuals, which often come from dry regions like the Mediterranean or California. While excessive moisture is one of the more difficult issues to find annuals to tolerate, it is possible. There are, in fact, wet tolerant annual flowers that thrive in these conditions. Make sure these […]

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Shady Island Bed Plan – How To Grow An Island Bed In The Shade

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-28 18:00
Whether you’re planting a shady island bed around a tree or creating one in a shadowy section of the lawn, choosing the right plants can make all the difference. Adding vibrant colors, textures, and shapes to dimly lit areas of the yard creates visual appeal. This can breathe life into those dark corners and doing so will make the yard feel larger. It’s not magic. Creating this illusion centers around picking the best shade plants for island beds.  Planning an Island Bed in the Shade Before heading to your favorite nursery for a fun day of plant shopping, take a few minutes to create a shady island bed plan. This is a simple drawing which reflects the size of the island bed as well as the number and spacing of the plants. If you’re having trouble translating how the sketch will actually look in the yard, try using white rope […]

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Shade Sand Plants – Growing Shade Plants In Shady Soil

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-28 15:00
Most plants like well-draining soil but planting in sand takes things a bit further. Plants in sandy soil must be able to withstand periods of drought, as any moisture will seep away from roots. Then, to not only add another growing challenge, you have shade. Shade sand plants have to be tough and adaptable to thrive. Keep reading for some great shade plants for sand situations. Tips on Installing Plants in Sandy Soil It can be tough finding shade-loving plants for sandy soil. This is due to the challenges with low light and poor soil. If you have just one of these challenges it would be easier, but with both a gardener has to get very creative. Shade and sand plants will not only receive little photosynthesis but will also live in a perpetually dry environment. Don’t despair if this situation is your garden. Shade sand plants do exist and […]

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Shade Tolerant Clay Plants: Best Plants For Shady Clay Locations

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-28 11:00
If your flowerbeds haven’t yet been amended and you’re wondering if you can plant in clay soil, read on. You can put some clay tolerant shade plants into poor soil, but you usually can’t expect good results for the long term. In some cases, even the short-term specimens will need some sun. Until you get the soil amended, it might be best to stick with annual plants and a few tough perennials. Improving Clay Soil Beforehand Amend clay soil with coarse builder’s sand while working in large amounts of well-finished compost. You can also amend clay soil with other finished off materials such as rotted manure, but sand and compost are most effective. These improve its texture and its tilth, allowing for better drainage. Clay soil remains wet after a rain with puddling and poor drainage, causing rot on plant roots. When it dries out, it often becomes so hard […]

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Shade Plants For Acidic Soil – Growing Plants In Acidic Shade Gardens

Organic Gardening - Tue, 2020-04-28 07:18
Gardeners might feel hopeless when confronted with both shade and acidic soil conditions, but don’t despair. There are, indeed, acid-loving shade plants that exist. The list of suitable shade plants for low pH isn’t as dull as one might think. Plants for shade and acid soil conditions range from shrubs and trees to ferns and other perennials. So just what plants thrive in acidic shade conditions? Read on to learn about shade plants for acidic soil. About Shade Plants for Low pH Gardens Shade gardening is often a challenge, especially when combined with acidic soil, frequently the result of trees producing the shade. If your soil’s pH is below 7.0, your soil is acidic; but don’t worry, there are plenty of plants for shade and acid conditions to choose from. When searching for acid-loving shade plants, be sure to read the labels. Take note of such comments as “partial shade,” […]

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Deer Proof Shade Flowers: Choosing Deer Resistant Flowers For Shade

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-27 18:00
Watching deer move through your property can be a peaceful way to enjoy nature, until they start eating your flowers. Deer are notoriously destructive, and in many areas, they are overpopulated. For your shady beds, look for shade flowers deer won’t eat and destroy. Choosing Deer Resistant Flowers for Shade There are many strategies to employ in the war between deer and gardeners. For instance, you can fence in vulnerable plants or use a deterrent chemical. These are labor intensive, expensive, potentially harmful to other species, and create eyesores in the garden.  A more organic way to live harmoniously with the big herbivores in your garden is to simply put in plants that hold no interest for them. Some plants are delicious to deer, while others they will outright avoid. Ideas for Deer Proof Shade Flowers Any part of your garden can be a challenge with deer, but deer resistant […]

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Hardy Fuchsia Care – How To Grow Hardy Fuchsia Plants

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-27 15:00
Lovers of fuchsia must bid the gorgeous blooms farewell as temperatures cool, or do they? Try growing hardy fuchsia plants instead! Native to southern Chile and Argentina, hardy fuchsia is a perennial alternative to the tender annual fuchsia. Read on to learn how to grow and care for hardy fuchsias. About Hardy Fuchsia Plants Hardy fuchsia plants (Fuchsia magellanica) are perennial flowering shrubs that are hardy to USDA zone 6-7. They grow from four to ten feet (1-3 m.) in height and three to six feet (1-2 m.) across. The foliage is green, oval, and arranged opposing each other. The shrub blooms in spring and reliably persists through fall with red and purple dangling blossoms. These plants have naturalized in South America and other mild climactic regions and are so prolific they are now considered an invasive species. Keep this in mind prior to planting and check with your local […]

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Covered Porch Plants – Growing Porch Plants That Don’t Need Sun

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-27 11:00
Plants on the porch liven up the space and are the perfect transition from the garden to the indoors. Porches are often shady, though, making the choice of plant important. Houseplants are often perfect spring and summer low light plants, but there are other annuals and perennials that might be suitable as covered porch plants as well. Just be aware of their zone hardiness and be prepared to move them indoors for winter. Are There Porch Plants That Don’t Need Sun? Seasonal color displays, mixed foliage, succulents and cacti – many of these will perform well as shade plants for the porch. Flowering plants will need at least a little bit of sunlight to bloom, but many foliage plants enjoy their best color in low light. Container porch plants for shade will still need regular water, as pots dry out faster than in-ground plants. Low light plants like astilbe make […]

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Potted Shade Flowers – Shade Tolerant Flowers For Containers

Organic Gardening - Mon, 2020-04-27 07:00
Sunlight is a must for many flowering plants, but there are a surprising number of shade tolerant flowers for containers. Although most need at least a few hours of sun per day, a few potted shade flowers will bloom in partial or full shade. Read on for information on shade loving flowers for pots. Choosing Shade Tolerant Flowers for Containers Before growing shade flowers in containers, it’s good to have a basic understanding of the various levels of shade. For instance, partial shade generally denotes an area that receives three or four hours of sun per day but not in the middle of the day. Partial shade, suitable for many potted shade flowers, can also include dappled light filtered through the branches of deciduous trees. Full shade includes spots that get very little light. Deep shade refers to areas that receive no direct sunlight. Very few plants, if any, bloom in […]

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Fertilizing Hostas – How To Fertilize A Hosta Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-26 18:00
(with Laura Miller) Hostas are popular shade-loving perennials cultivated by gardeners for their easy care and sustainability in a variety of garden soils. Hosta are easily recognized by their multitude of attractive foliage and upright flower stems, which bear lavender blooms during summer months. Should you use fertilizer for hosta plants? These beautiful, low-maintenance plants don’t need much fertilizer, but feeding hostas may be a good idea if your soil is poor or if your hosta isn’t growing and thriving as it should. Knowing how and when to feed hosta can improve their appearance in the garden and help them reach their mature height. Read on to learn more. Choosing a Fertilizer for Hostas Hostas prefer a garden soil rich in organic matter. Prior to planting hosta, amend the natural soil with compost made from animal manures and leaves. Hosta roots tend to spread horizontally, rather than vertically. Working compost […]

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Hosta Watering Guide: Tips On Watering A Hosta Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-26 15:00
Hosta plants are easily one of the most popular perennials for the home landscape. Thriving in both full and partial shade conditions, hostas can add both color and texture to flower borders. These easy-to-grow plants are an ideal addition to new and established beds. With minimal care, homeowners are able to keep their hostas looking lush and beautiful. However, there are some maintenance aspects that will be a necessity. Establishing a consistent irrigation routine will be key in keeping hostas looking their best all summer long. Read on for more info on hosta water needs. How Much Water Do Hostas Need? When it comes to growing hosta, watering requirements will vary depending upon the conditions in the garden and the time of year. The process of watering a hosta plant will change from winter to summer. In growing hosta, water needs reach their peak during the hottest parts of the […]

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Sun Tolerant Hostas: Planting Hostas In The Sun

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-26 11:00
Hostas are great solutions for shady spaces in the garden. There are also sun tolerant hostas available whose foliage will make the perfect setting for other plants. Hostas that grow in sun include variegated varieties, but there are several others (especially those with thick leaves) that are suited to brighter locations. No shade but still love hostas? With a little searching, you can find hostas that like sun. Just remember these plants like a lot of water and planting in the sun means frequent irrigation. Are There Sun Tolerant Hostas? Using hostas plants for sun means setting the stage for successful growth. While they like consistent moisture, the soil must be well draining. Additionally, incorporate compost or leaf litter to enhance soil nutrient levels. Most species actually develop better color in a site with at least partial sun. The yellow-leaved varieties are especially happy in sun. Hosta plants for sun […]

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Shade Plant Light Requirements: Maximum Hours Of Sun For Shade Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-04-26 07:11
Matching a plant’s light requirements to shady areas of the garden may seem like a straightforward task. Yet, rarely do shaded areas of the garden fall neatly into the definitions for partial sun, partial shade, and full shade. Trees and buildings cast shadows which move throughout the day, making it difficult to determine the actual number of hours of sunlight for shade plants.  Determining Shade Plant Light Requirements In addition to shadows moving over the landscape each day, the amount and intensity of light a given area receives changes throughout the seasons. Over time, flower beds can also become shadier as trees grow or sunnier when trees are trimmed or are removed. Growing shade plants in the sun can result in scorched leaves and poor growth. If not corrected, this can lead to loss of the plant. If you’re seeing these signs, it might be time to move or provide […]

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