Category Archives: Ornamental Plants

The Best Hydrangeas (Hortensia)

Smooth Hydrangeas are one of the great underused plants of today’s gardens. Common names hydrangea or hortensia. Garden designers use this plant whenever they get the chance, but homeowners have somehow missed out on this gem.  At first glance, the smooth Hydrangea looks very similar to a classic mop head Bigleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla) with white…
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Sweet William – How to Grow

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) consists of over 300 species Hedge shears make it easier to deadhead large clumps of sweet William quickly. Versatile sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) looks charming when used in mass plantings, as border plants, or even to brighten up a patio as a container plant. Sweet William is widely grown as an…
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Guide To Growing Gorgeous Dahlias

For spring flowers, consider the dahlias: glamorous, voluptuous, and infinitely diverse. Some varieties are demure, with simple, daisy-like shapes, but they are the exception. Most dahlias are movie-star flamboyant—big, petal-packed blossoms in nearly every imaginable hue, including black flowers. “Pompon” varieties look like lollipops; others resemble water lilies or shaggy chrysanthemums. Petals can be rolled…
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Phlox How to Grow

Phlox is a genus of 67 species of perennial and annual plants in the family Polemoniaceae. Phlox in bloom are a sight to behold, with masses of small, star-shaped, colorful flowers blanketing the plants. There are several types, the most common of which are spring-blooming creeping phlox and summer-blooming tall phlox. About Plant There is…
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7 Most Expensive Flowers in the World

It was the rare ghost orchid that held the fascination of flora fanatic John Laroche, whose story of plant poaching and subsequent arrest were the topic of Susan Orlean’s famous book, "The Orchid Thief." While Laroche may be one of the better known contemporary plant collectors, the practice dates back to at least the 15th…
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Zinnia – How to Plant, Grow and Care

Scientific Classification Kingdom:     Plantae (unranked):     Angiosperms (unranked):     Eudicots (unranked):     Asterids Order:        Asterales Family:        Asteraceae Subfamily:        Asteroideae Tribe:        Heliantheae Genus:        Zinnia L Type species : Zinnia peruviana L Zinnia is a genus of 20 varieties of perennial and annual plants belonging to the Asteraceae group. They are inhabitants of arid lowlands…
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Growing Agave Plants In Pots

Can agave grow in pots? You bet! With so many varieties of agave available, container grown agave plants are an excellent choice for the gardener with limited space, less than perfect soil conditions, and a lack of abundant sunlight. Since most agaves thrive year round in warmer climates, container plants are also a wonderful choice…
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Casablanca Lilies – Growing Guide

Scientific Classification Kingdom:     Plantae Division:     Magnoliophyta Class:     Liliopsida Order:        Liliales Family:        Liliaceae Genus:        Lilium The Casablanca Lily is an associate of the Lilium family under the classification of an Oriental lily, among the Black Beauty, Yellow Ribbons and Stargazer cultivars. This brilliant white Casablanca cultivar is a much loved flower. Many people…
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Most Beautiful Flowers For Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets with full of beautiful flowers definitely provide a special, attractive look to your garden. Choosing the best flowers for hanging basket is not an easy job. Never mind, here the list of most beautiful flowers for hanging baskets. Petunia Petunia is one of best flowers to grow in hanging baskets. There are 35…
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3 Unusual Succulents for Your Hanging Baskets

Are you fascinated by exotic and unusual cacti and succulent? Potted cacti and succulent plants take up a lot of room on windowsills and shelves that a lot of us don't have. And an outdoor succulent garden isn't a possibility in some climates. Fortunately, there are several succulent plants that are great candidates for hanging…
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Daylily – How to Grow

Daylily foliage looks great all season, flowers in a rainbow of colors, no special care and now, many that reward you with both a spring and fall season of bloom. Few plants are as rugged, widely adapted, or versatile as daylilies. And with more than 13,000 cultivars available, there's a size and flower color for…
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Mix and Match These 10 Outstanding Succulents

Succulents are the modern designer’s favorite freaks and geeks. They are a celebration of geometric form so rigid that the plants hardly seem to be living things. They can look like stones, can be toothed as an alligator, and occasionally morph into monstrosities that defy genetics. Every gardener should have at least one succulent plant.…
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10 Most Common Gardening Myths Busted!

If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly. Sorting out the good from the bad is sometimes difficult, especially if you are a…
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Spice Up Your Garden!

Spice up your garden with cannas, bananas, and  other eye-catching tropical plants Does your garden lack zing... are your borders a bore...spice up your garden with a touch of the tropics! Tropical plants bring sizzle to every garden. Bananas in Maine, cannas in Canada — these plants can be grown everywhere. Whether used in containers…
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All About Gerbera Daisy Care

Were you charmed by the bold and beautiful blooms of a gerbera daisy at the garden center and took one home? Perhaps someone gave you a nice potted gerbera daisy as a gift over the holidays? Whether you buy a gerbera daisy, or receive one as a gift, gerbera daisy care will certainly be something that…
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How to Propagate Succulents

How to Propagate Succulents If you’re anything like me, you probably love to have succulents in the house. I try to keep them in bright windows that get plenty of light, but sometimes they can still get leggy. This happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the…
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