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Silk Tassel Bush Care: Learn About Growing Silk Tassel Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-09 18:00
Silk tassel plants (Garrya elliptica) are dense, erect, evergreen shrubs with long, leathery leaves that are green on top and woolly white underneath. The shrubs typically bloom in January and February, followed by grape-like clusters of round berries that provide much welcome sustenance for birds. Read on to learn about growing silk tassel shrubs. About Silk Tassel Shrubs Native to the Pacific Coast, silk tassel is also known as coast tassel bush, coast silk tassel, or wavy leaf silk tassel. ‘James Roof’ is a popular variety grown in gardens. Easy-to-grow silk tassel reaches mature heights of 20 to 30 feet (6-9 m.). In its natural environment, silk tassel can grow for as long as 150 years. Silk tassel shrubs are dioecious, which means the plants produce male and female, catkin-like flowers (silk tassels) on separate plants. Male blooms are long and creamy yellow, eventually turning gray as they dry. Female

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Rose Verbena Care: How To Grow A Rose Verbena Plant

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-09 15:15
Rose verbena (Glandularia canadensis formerly Verbena canadensis) is a hardy plant that with very little effort on your part, produces aromatic, rosy pink or purple blooms from late spring to late summer. Interested in growing rose verbena in your garden this year? Read on to learn how. Rose Verbena Plant Info This North American native, also known as clump verbena, rose mock vervain, or rose vervain, is commonly found growing wild in fields, prairies, pastures, meadows, and wooded areas across the eastern United States, as far west as Colorado and Texas. Rose verbena uses include adding to flower beds, rose gardens, borders, or hanging baskets. The sprawling nature and ability to root at the nodes make this plant a worthy groundcover. The sweet blooms attract bees, hummingbirds, and several types of butterflies. The plant is perennial in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 9, but it is easily grown as

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What Is Lemon Bee Balm: Learn About Growing Lemon Mint Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-09 11:00
Lemon bee balm, or lemon mint, is distinct from but often confused with lemon balm. It is a U.S. native annual herb with a delightful aroma and culinary uses. Growing lemon mint is easy, as its needs are low. It makes a great addition to a meadow or pollinator garden. What is Lemon Bee Balm? Monarda citriodora is a member of the mint family. Some other common names for lemon bee balm plants are purple horsemint, lemon mint, plains horsemint, and horsemint. Lemon bee balm is an herbaceous annual that is native to the central and southern U.S. and northern Mexico. It’s fairly common along roads and in pastures or prairies in these areas. Lemon mint grows to about 30 inches (76 cm.) and produces tight, spike-shaped clusters of lavender flowers. Lemon Bee Balm vs. Lemon Balm Lemon bee balm is often confused with lemon balm, another member of the

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The Best Grass Seed (Review)

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-09 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. When spring rolls around, it can be disheartening for a gardener to see patches of brown throughout a previously full and healthy lawn, left over from the winter frost.  Planting new grass allows you to nurture your lawn back to full health quickly, and the right grass seed can help you do that even faster than you could have thought. We’ve reviewed the top options for grass seed and rounded up the top five for your consideration. In This Article: #1 Mountain View Seeds Sun & Shade Mix Grass Seed #2 Jonathan Green Black Beauty Ultra Grass Seed #3 Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed Fall Mix #4 Pennington Smart Seed Grass Seed #5 Eretz Kentucky Fall Fescue Grass Seed Things to Consider When Buying Grass Seed Review Standards It’s

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Carnations In Containers – Learn About Potted Carnation Plants

Organic Gardening - Sun, 2020-02-09 07:11
Carnations are extremely popular due to their use in stunning cut flower arrangements. Coming in both annual and perennial types, these easy-to-grow flowers are a long-time favorite of many gardeners. When grown from seed, growers may choose from a wide array of colorful carnation blooms. Heirloom, open-pollinated flower cultivars of carnation are doubly prized for their enchanting fragrance. Carnations are also an excellent choice for growth in containers. Carnations in containers can bring much needed color to small landscape plantings, as well as window boxes. Caring for Carnations in Containers Whether or not growers can successfully plant carnations in containers will greatly depend upon the conditions provided. Hardiness of carnation plants will vary by the type being grown. Before planting, it will be imperative to select varieties that tolerate growing conditions in your region. If planting perennial carnations in a pot, consider varieties that are extra tolerant to cold, which

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Potted Fatsia Care: Tips On Growing A Fatsia Indoors

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-08 18:00
Fatsia japonica, like the species name suggests, is native to Japan and also Korea. It is an evergreen shrub and is a pretty tough and forgiving plant in outdoor gardens, but it is also possible to grow fatsia indoors. Your potted fatsia inside may not get flowers, but you will still be able to enjoy the exotic foliage given proper indoor culture. Growing Fatsia as a Houseplant In nature, these plants grow in shaded to partially shaded areas. It is important that you don’t give your fatsia too much direct sun. In most locations indoors, an eastern exposure window would work very well for these plants. This is not a plant to place in the sunniest window that you have; otherwise, the foliage will burn.  This is one plant that isn’t too picky about the type of soil that it grows in. Regardless, be sure to provide this plant with

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Soft Lemon Fruit – Why Container Grown Lemons Have Gone Soft

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-08 15:00
Lemon trees produce marvelous fruit that is equally at home in sweet and savory recipes. The perfect juicy lemon can be the one simple ingredient that puts the “wow” factor into a dish, but what happens if your lemons have gone soft? Lemons may get soft before they are ripe – be it soft lemons on a tree or soft lemon fruit that occurs during storage. Of course, the question you may be asking is “Why are my lemons soft?” Why are My Lemons Soft? Understanding why you may have soft lemons means understanding how lemons ripen. Here’s the thing, lemons may be bright yellow before they are ready to eat or they may still be green but perfectly juicy and citrusy inside. This, of course, means that the ripeness of lemons isn’t easy to decipher based on color alone. While size is somewhat of an indicator, the best way

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Cordyline Plant Varieties: Different Types Of Cordyline Plants To Grow

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-08 11:00
Also known as ti plants and often mislabeled as dracaena, cordyline plants belong to their own genus. You’ll find them in most nurseries and in all but the warmest regions, cordyline should only be grown indoors. They make excellent houseplants, and with a little information about cordyline care, you can easily grow them by a sunny, warm window. What is a Cordyline Plant? Cordyline is a genus of plants native to Pacific islands and parts of Southeast Asia. There are around 15 species of this evergreen and woody perennial. While in the U.S. it will only be hardy through zone 9 outdoors, cordyline plant varieties are easy to grow as houseplants. They just need warmth, bright and indirect sunlight, rich soil, and regular watering. Is Cordyline a Dracaena? Identifying a cordyline and distinguishing it from similar plants, like dracaena, can be challenging. This is especially true because nurseries may use

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Houseplant Microclimate Information: Are There Microclimates Indoors

Organic Gardening - Sat, 2020-02-08 07:00
Understanding indoor microclimates is a very important step in houseplant care. What is a houseplant microclimate? This is simply an area with various zones in our homes that have different conditions such as light, temperature, humidity and even air circulation. Some of us may have heard of microclimates outdoors, but you may be wondering are there microclimates indoors too? The answer is YES, so let’s discuss what this means and why it is important. About Microclimates in Your House When you decide where to place a certain plant, it is important that you give it the best location in your home.  Humidity Various locations of your home can have drastically different humidity levels in the air. If you have plants that like higher humidity, such as ferns or calathea, it is important to try and increase humidity. You can create a humid microclimate simply by grouping many plants together. Plants

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Hydrangea Flowers – When Do Hydrangeas Bloom

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-07 18:07
When do hydrangeas bloom? This seems like a straightforward enough question, and yet it isn’t. There is no one definitive hydrangea flowering season. Why is it more difficult to discern hydrangea bloom time? When a hydrangea flowers depends on a few things. When Do Hydrangeas Bloom? Hydrangeas are woody flowering shrubs grown for their beautiful blossoms. As to when hydrangeas bloom, the simple answer is that a usually a hydrangea flowers from mid-spring through the late summer or early fall. The answer isn’t more definitive because the timing for hydrangea flowers depends on other factors besides just being a hydrangea. So, if you have a hydrangea that’s not blooming this season, you may need to learn more about your specific variety and other factors that can influence its flowering. About Hydrangea Flowering Season One reason that there is no set date for hydrangea blossoms is that there are five main

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Do Hydrangeas Rebloom: Learn About Reblooming Hydrangea Varieties

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-07 15:00
Hydrangeas with their big, blousy blooms, are spring and early summer showstoppers. Once they have performed their flower show though, the plant stops blooming. For some gardeners this is frustrating, and getting hydrangeas to rebloom is the question of the day. Do hydrangeas rebloom? The plants only bloom once annually, but there are reblooming hydrangea varieties. Will Hydrangeas Rebloom if Deadheaded? There are things in this world you can control and things you can’t. With hydrangeas, you can control how many blooms they get, their size, their health, and even in some cases their bloom color. One of the big questions is how to get them to rebloom. Will hydrangeas rebloom if deadheaded? Should you feed them more? Deadheading is good practice on many blooming plants. It often promotes another bloom cycle and it certainly tidies up the plant’s appearance. It is a simple process by which you remove the

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Hydrangeas That Are Evergreen: What Hydrangeas Are Evergreen

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-07 11:04
Hydrangeas are beautiful plants with big, bold leaves and clusters of fancy, long-lasting blooms. However, most are deciduous shrubs or vines that can look a bit bare and forlorn during the winter months. What hydrangeas are evergreen year-round? Are there hydrangeas that don’t lose their leaves? There aren’t many, but evergreen hydrangea varieties are stunningly beautiful – all year. Read on and learn more about hydrangeas that are evergreen. Evergreen Hydrangea Varieties The following list includes hydrangeas that don’t lose their leaves, and one that makes a great alternative plant: Climbing evergreen hydrangea (Hydrangea integrifolia) – This climbing hydrangea is an elegant, rambling vine with glossy, lance-shaped leaves and red-tinged stems. Lacy white flowers, which are a little smaller than most hydrangeas, show up in spring. This hydrangea, native to the Philippines, is lovely scrambling over fences or ugly retaining walls, and particularly striking when it climbs up an evergreen

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Your Guide to Lawn Fertilizer Service

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-07 08:00
To learn more about our editorial integrity policy and how we make money through affiliate partnerships, read our full disclosure here. Is your lawn looking a little brown? If your lawn is patchy or uneven, you might benefit from professional fertilization services. Fertilizing services can help repair lawn damage and encourage grass growth, keeping your property looking healthy and lush. But there are many professional fertilization services out there — and they’re far from the same.  Not every lawn care service is equally as efficient at fertilizing your lawn. Not every company offers every service, and you may find that each provider’s customer service, offerings, and price list vary widely. In This Article: What is Lawn Fertilizer Service? When Should I Fertilize? Does My Grass Type Affect My Fertilization? Why Professional Lawn Fertilization May Be Right for You Top Recommended National Provider: TruGreen Frequently Asked Questions We’ve thoroughly reviewed the country’s

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Different Types Of Hydrangea – Learn About Common Hydrangea Varieties

Organic Gardening - Fri, 2020-02-07 07:00
Many people equate hydrangeas with bigleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophyllia), those stunning shrubs with rounded inflorescences big as a grapefruit. But there are actually a wide variety of hydrangea plant types that might interest you. Different hydrangea plants add different accents to your garden, so it makes sense to investigate the types of hydrangea that would grow well in your area. Read on for information about hydrangea varieties and their cultural needs. Hydrangea Plant Types Hydrangea varieties offer an expansive range of foliage and flowers, as well as different growth characteristics. If you have a particular hydrangea “look” in mind, don’t think it’s your only choice. These versatile shrubs are found in every size and shape imaginable. All hydrangeas share some of their most popular characteristics, like ornamental flowers and ample foliage. All are easy maintenance and virtually pest free. Since you can find hydrangeas across the country, there is very

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Fast Growing Flowers – Learn About Flowers That Bloom Quickly

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-06 18:00
Part of gardening is learning patience. Your landscape vision will not occur overnight, no matter how hard you may wish for it to be finished. Plants take time to grow and fill in, so instant gratification is not a hallmark of gardening. However, fast growing flowers can give you that much needed boost of landscaping satisfaction while you wait for other parts of the garden to mature. Fast Flowers for Gardens Flowers that bloom quickly are the fastest way to put a smile on a gardener’s face. If you have a new garden bed, waiting for everything to arise in spring can be a clock watching game. Instead, plant quick growing flowers that give you beauty and fragrance with little waiting. Flowers that grow fast bring their color and form to decorate any part of the garden. The fastest flowers come from seed and are easy to plant and grow.

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Flowers With Height – What Are The Best Tall Flowering Plants

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-06 15:00
Flowers that grow high have important roles to play in the garden and in flower beds. Choose a variety of plant heights for a more interesting garden. Use the tall flowers in spaces where you want to increase vertical features like along fences or as a backdrop for little plants. Landscaping with and Growing Tall Flowers Designing and landscaping your garden requires you to consider all different kinds of elements, like color and texture as well as matching plants to growing conditions. It’s easy to look mostly at the horizontal space in the garden when landscaping, but don’t forget vertical space. By designing beds to have a variety of plant heights, you’ll enhance the dimensions of your garden. Use flowers with height to anchor a space, serve as a backdrop for shorter plants, as privacy screening, and as borders. Ideas for Tall Flowering Plants in the Garden Whether you want

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Easy Garden Arbor Ideas – How To Make An Arbor For Your Garden

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-06 11:00
An arbor is a tall structure for the garden that adds visual appeal and serves a purpose. Most often, these arbors are used as plant trellises, but they can also serve as interesting focal points. When it comes to the addition of a garden arbor, designs to create enjoyable greens spaces abound. Creating Garden Arbor Designs Garden arbor ideas are limitless, and can serve a multitude of purposes within the home landscape. While some arbors may be purely decorative, others can be used to create a welcoming seating area. Regardless of its beauty and usefulness, many gardeners are hesitant to add these structures into their yards. For growers who are more budget savvy, the cost to purchase and install garden arbors can be quite expensive. Luckily, for adventurous homeowners, the internet is filled with tutorials and instructional posts regarding how to build your own DIY arbor. While more ornate garden

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Greek And Roman Gardens: How To Grow An Ancient Inspired Garden

Organic Gardening - Thu, 2020-02-06 07:00
With the hectic pace of today’s world, thinking about the ancient Greek and Roman gardens instantly brings about a soothing, relaxing feeling. Bubbling water in the fountain, genteel statuary and topiary, warm fragrance wafting across the marble patio and manicured gardens are the sights and smells of the old world. However, the design elements continue today — the classic lines and symmetry will never go out of style. Elements of classical garden design can be easily incorporated into anyone’s garden. Take a cue from these Greek and Roman distinctive features and make them your own. How to Grow an Ancient Inspired Garden The gardens of ancient Roman villas centered on pleasure gardens where they could relax and entertain. Guests were treated to remarkable views and visual elements. Greek contributions to design included symmetry and balance. The clean lines of old-world style were based on simplicity. A visual line drew the

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Tufted Evening Primrose Care – Growing Evening Primrose Wildflowers

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-05 18:00
Often used in xeriscape gardens, tufted evening primrose plants (Oenothera caespitosa) follow the traditional blooming habit of other members of the family. Evening primrose wildflowers open their blooms in afternoon, stay open all night and wilt away the next day. This provides a chance for nighttime feeders and pollinators to partake of the nectar. Only long-tongued visitors can reach the nectar that deposits low in the flower. Hawk moths have the perfect size beak to reach it, and they fly at night. Other beneficial night-moving pollinators may take advantage of the open blooms. A moth garden, with a range of night opening blooms, can help keep them handily around your yard. Growing Tufted Evening Primrose Sources for this plant say it will grow in any location throughout the U.S. Large white blooms adorn the plant heavily throughout the summer in many areas. If you wish to grow it, seeds are

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Belgian Endive Info – Tips For Growing Witloof Chicory Plants

Organic Gardening - Wed, 2020-02-05 15:00
Witloof chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a weedy-looking plant. That’s not surprising, as it’s related to the dandelion and has frilly, pointed dandelion-like leaves. What is surprising is that witloof chicory plants have a double life. This same weed-like plant is responsible for the production of chicons, a bittersweet winter salad green, which is a culinary delicacy in the U.S. What is Witloof Chicory? Witloof chicory is an herbaceous biennial, which was grown centuries ago as a cheap substitute for coffee. Like the dandelion, witloof grows a large taproot. It was this taproot that European farmers grew, harvested, stored and ground as their knock-off java. Then about two hundred years ago, a farmer in Belgium made a startling discovery. The witloof chicory roots he’d stored in his root cellar had sprouted. But they didn’t grow their normal dandelion-like leaves. Instead, the chicory roots grew a compact, pointed head of leaves much

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