Bee Balm: Growing & Caring Guide

If the name doesn’t give it away, the Bee Balm plant is a member of the Lamiaceae family and is native to North America. Bee balm is known to attract pollinators to its beautifully colored flowers of purple pink, red, and white. This plant is available in most areas of North America and is relatively … Read more

Astilbe: Growing & Caring Guide


The Astilbe, a classical favourite plant with purple and pink feathery plumes, is a native of Asia and North America, tucked beneath the canopy of woods. Over 20 different types of Astilbe are found, sometimes referred to as False Goat’s Beard. Astilbe is a great companion of Hostas, and it’s commonly found in areas with … Read more

Aster: Growing & Caring Guide


Aster plants are perennial plants blooming with lovely colorful flowers. They grow in many regions and come in vibrant assorted colors. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, this guide will tell you how to successfully plant, grow and care for your asters to add charm and color to your home or garden. These … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Mexican Tarragon

Mexican Tarragon

Mexican tarragon is a perennial plant native to Central and South America. It is known by a variety of other names, such as Texas tarragon, false tarragon, Mexican mint marigold, and winter tarragon.  It is closely related to French tarragon, but it is far more resilient to drought and heat. Mexican tarragon can be planted … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Boysenberry Plants


Boysenberries are a hybrid of raspberries and blackberries.  They are members of the rose family and of the genus Rubus.  Boysenberries are often referred to as brambles since they all have thorns.  Another name is cane fruits.  Whatever you call them, boysenberries are delicious.   Boysenberries grow best in full sun.  Boysenberry plants can live a decade so make … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Dracaena Marginata

Dracaena Marginata

Dracaena Marginata, also known as the Madagascar Dragon Tree, Dragon Tree, or Dragon Plant, is a plant that is easy to grow and popular worldwide as a houseplant in home and office settings. This elegant, wispy tree has long slender canes and spiky, deep green leathery leaves with beautiful bands of color on the leaf … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple

The Japanese is Maple native to Japan, where it has been widely cultivated for centuries. They were brought to Europe in the early 19th century and have continued to be bred into hundreds of beautiful cultivars.  Japanese maple trees are deciduous, perennial trees. They are attractive with bright foliage that changes color throughout the year. … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Sago Palm

Sago Palm

The Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta), is a prehistoric plant native to Japan and Southern China. While the name suggests that this plant is part of the palm family, it is actually a cycad. Cycads are tropical plants that grow from a trunk and don’t branch out—the foliage of the Sago Palm sprouts from the crown … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Peperomia


Peperomia are native to tropical regions. Most commonly, they are found natively in South America. In Brazil, these plants are sometimes considered a sign of good luck.  Peperomia are low-maintenance, perennial plants that come in a variety of patterns and colors. They prefer more humid environments and bright, indirect sunlight. But they are also tolerant … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Dendrobium Orchid

Dendrobium Orchid

The Dendrobium genus of orchids is a diverse group of orchids that has nearly 2000 species. Its popularity has led to the cultivation of many hybrids.  Dendrobium orchids are a great addition to your home. Their beautiful flowers bloom several times a year, making them attractive houseplants.  They are one of the easier orchid groups … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Portulacaria Afra

Portulacaria afra

The Portulacaira Afra, commonly called the Elephant Bush, is native to South Africa. It is also sometimes called porkbush, spekboom, or “mini jade” for its similarity to the jade plant. It is a popular succulent plant in gardens all over the world.  The Portulacaira Afra is a low-maintenance succulent that enjoys bright light and warm … Read more

How to Grown and Care for Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Bush

The Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a resilient, hardy plant that originated in China. They are sometimes called “summer lilacs” because of their long, flowered trusses that resemble lilac flowers. Butterfly bushes are easy to care for plants that come in many colors, like mauve, white, purple, and orange. Once established, they are drought resilient. … Read more

How to Grow and Care for the Arrowhead Plant

Arrowhead Plant

Arrowhead plants have grown in popularity over the past few years. They are attractive plants native to the tropical rainforests in Central and South America, where they thrive in natural humidity.  Arrowhead plants (Syngonium podophyllum) are generally easy to care for. They get their name from their arrowhead-shaped leaves, which most often come in various … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Persian Shield

persian shield

Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus) is grown for its large leaves.  The leaf can grow 4-7 inches long and ends at a point.  They are slightly serrated.  Each purple to silver leaf has dark green veins and is iridescent.  In the fall to winter, the Persian shield sometimes grows purple-blue flowers.  Persian shield got its name … Read more

How To Grow and Care for Comfrey

comfrey plant

Comfrey, one of my favorite plants, is revered by gardeners for its soil-enhancing abilities and medicinal properties. When getting your comfrey plants established, they’ll need consistent watering; enough to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Comfrey will do well in full to partial sun and can tolerate most soils and pH levels. Comfrey is … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Alstroemeria


The Alstroemeria, also known as the Peruvian lily, is a beautiful flower. It has an exotic look to it but is rather easy to grow. These flowers are easily recognizable. If you have gotten a bouquet of flowers from the local grocery store, it likely included the alstroemeria. Whether you have them in a vase … Read more

How to Grow Blackberries


The rubus species of flowering bramble bushes, better known as blackberries, are an aggregate fruit that have spawned over 375 species. Blackberries can be found growing wild in Europe, northwestern Africa, western and central Asia, South America, and North America. Each region has its own indigenous subspecies, and blackberries can be cultivated in sunny, temperate … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Lipstick Plant

lipstick plant

The Lipstick Plant, Aeschynanthus Radicans, is a tropical plant native to the rainforests of Asia. It’s easy to see where it got its nickname. The leaves sprout maroon buds with red flowers, and they look very similar to a tube of lipstick. Blooming spring, summer, and fall – this plant will add a bright touch … Read more

How to Grow and Care for ZZ Plant

zz plant

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, most commonly known as the ZZ plant, has become one of the most popular houseplants in recent years thanks to its resilience and dependability. ZZs have wand-like stems with shiny, waxy leaves and they are often mistaken for a fake plant! Incredibly easy to care for, ZZ plants are perfect for any plant … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Forsythia


Forsythia is a bright yellow-flowered bush that originated in southeast Europe and Asia. They are one of the earliest plants to bloom in the spring. They showcase beautiful, yellow flowers that are also called “golden bells. ” Forsythias are low-maintenance, fast-growing plants with bright flowers that cheer up any landscaping. They can be used as … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Hostas


Hostas are native to China, Japan, and Korea. They were brought to Europe in the 1700s and later to the Americas in the 1800s. Most often, they are planted outside. They are beautiful plants that serve as an excellent ground cover option for your garden or landscaping needs.  Hostas are resilient, low-maintenance plants that, once … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Marigold


The Marigold is a classic flower. Their beautiful yellow and orange blooms make them a cheerful addition to your garden. Their flowers sometimes look almost like daisies or carnations and they are stunning. They bloom impressive flowers each year. Aside from bringing a pop of beauty and color to your garden, they are easy to … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Sea Holly

sea holly

The Sea Holly (Eryngium), also known as the sea holly plant, is a beautiful perennial bloom. They have bright purple or blue flowers that are sure to liven up your garden through the summer and fall months. If you are hoping to add a sea holly to your garden, you may need to find a … Read more

How to Grow and Care for String of Dolphins

String of Dolphins

String of Dolphins (Senecio Peregrinus) is a rare and aesthetically pleasing succulent with plump leaves that resemble jumping dolphins. This plant has become trendy in recent years and is adored for its plump leaves and sweet spring blooms. It’s a hybrid of two succulents within the Asteraceae family – string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) and … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Alocasia


Found throughout the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, the grand Alocasia is an impressive plant to behold. Depending on the variety, it has the ability to reach 15 feet or more in height, with a leaf span of up to 8 feet. Alocasia can reach this impressive size within three months, making it an extremely … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Graptoveria


Graptoveria is an intriguing succulent that many hobbyists consider their favorite. With its bright color rosettes, it’s an excellent choice for your collection.Graptoveris succulents feature olive-green leaves with small “star” tips in a wide variety of color choices. From peach-pink or oranges and yellows to blue-green, a Graptoveria plant is relatively easy to maintain indoor … Read more

Dwarf Orange Tree: Growing & Care Guide

Dwarf Orange Tree

Dwarf orange trees have opened up the doors to people who always wanted homegrown fruit but didn’t have enough space. It is true, now you don’t need a big yard to grow your own citrus trees. They can grow inside or outside in a large planter pot. These trees do require a little effort on … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Agapanthus


The Agapanthus (African Lily) sometimes called the African Lily or Lily of the Nile is a beautiful blue and purple flower. These flowers grow clump-like leaves before growing into bright flowers. Agapanthus plants are perennial blooms that are vibrant and fun. They can grow up to 4 feet when they mature. If you are looking … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

When you were a kid, you probably despised brussel sprouts. They were everyone’s least favorite vegetable growing up. Now, you’ve likely had a change of heart when it comes to the brussel sprout. There is nothing better than growing your own vegetables in your garden. If you’re looking to have fresh vegetables available to you … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Lemongrass


The lemongrass plant is a popular ornamental grass. You are likely familiar with the plant’s scent and use in the kitchen. It may seem like these plants would be difficult to grow and care for but as it turns out, the lemongrass plant is a rather low maintenance plant to care for. If you live … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Cosmos Flower

Cosmos Flower

The cosmos flower is an easy to care for plant that blooms annually. It has flowers that look like daisies that grow in bright, colorful shades. So, if you are new to the hobby of gardening and would like a fun, cheerful bloom, the cosmos flower is a great choice. These flowers are both beautiful … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Celosia


If you’re looking to add a splash of color to your garden with a low-maintenance plant, consider Celosia. Learn how to grow and care for this special plant to enjoy rewarding blooms from summer to fall!  Celosia will thrive in full sun and soil with good drainage. While they can tolerate mild drought conditions, they … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Calathea


The beautiful Calathea plants originate in the jungles of the Amazon in South America. In their natural state, they grow very close to the ground, shaded beneath dense greenery. Calatheas are simple to care for. But if they do not receive proper care, they will be sure to let you know. To keep your calathea … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Gladiolus


Gladiolus has a narrow stem with blade-like leaves and tall, spectacular flower spikes producing 3-5 inch blooms. Though these exquisite flowers may seem daunting, they are quite easy to grow. Simply plant in the spring, and enjoy beautiful blooms in late summer. Gladioli grow and bloom best in full sun, but they will also thrive … Read more

How to Grow and Care for a Pineapple Plant

Pineapple Plant

If you are a fan of growing your own fruits and vegetables, the pineapple plant is for you! Pineapple is delicious and growing your own will be more satisfying than buying it from the store! Growing a fruit like pineapple can seem like an overwhelming task. But, by following this guide you can proudly harvest … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Gasteria


If you’re looking for an easy-to-care-for houseplant, then a Gasteria is perfect for you! Gasteria is a hardy succulent that can thrive in low light and grow almost anywhere. It originates from the Cape area in South Africa, and it has flowers that form a stomach shape. It’s ideal for people who love gardening without … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Poppies


Poppies are the world’s favorite wildflower and spread throughout the northern hemisphere. Whether you are an amateur or expert gardener you’ll enjoy having these in your garden. Why? They are easy to plant, germinate fast, care for, and add vibrancy to any garden. Being the wildflower they are, you can see spatterings of them in … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

The Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) is a popular flower. The plant blooms a beautiful blue flower that lives up to its name. They are hard to forget once you’ve seen them! The Myosotis, otherwise known as the forget-me-not, are part of the borage family. This makes it related to herbs and landscape plants. Providing your forget-me-not … Read more

Hot to Grow and Care for a Blazing Star

lazing star

Liatris flowers, otherwise known as the blazing star, are a lazy gardener’s dream come true! If you don’t have all the time in the world to give to stubborn flowers but still want a beautiful garden, the blazing star is the plant for you. They are also great for people who are sensitive to smells … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Heuchera


The heuchera, often referred to as the coral bell flower, is a plant that grows dainty flowers. It sprouts small, bell-shaped blooms. The small flowers bloom off of long stems and have large, luscious leaves.  These flowers will sprout at least two times the height of the leafy mound below the stem. Heuchera are easy … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Daphne Plant

Daphne plant

If you are looking for bright shrubs to add color to your garden, look no further than the Daphne plant. This plant comes in a wide range of colors. With over 70 shrubs in the family, the Daphne plant has something to offer everyone. While these flowers are appealing, it’s important to know that they … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Philodendron


Houseplants are rising in popularity. More and more people are picking up the hobby. The Philodendron is one of the most common houseplants on the market and is easy to care for. You don’t necessarily need a green thumb to add a Philodendron to your home or office. Learning what they need is the key … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Honeysuckle


The honeysuckle plant is a popular vining flower. Both experienced gardeners and amateurs will be familiar with this plant. The unique and bright flower will add a pop of color to your garden. This colorful vine will also give your garden a nice scent. Selecting the right spot in your garden for the honeysuckle is … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Sedum (Stonecrop)


If you live where it is sunny and like a garden full of low maintenance plants the sedum is for you. It is a succulent that comes in a wide range of heights, stunning colors, and forms. They have waxy fleshy leaves and flowers that bloom in late summer through fall. Plus, the pollinators love … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Crocosmia


If you are a fan of bright and exotic-looking flowers, the Crocosmia is for you. These plants grow tall flowers that resemble swords. They may look difficult to maintain, but these flowers are easy to care for. Crocosmias are a bright and fun way to add color to your crop of yearly blooms. Whether experienced … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Gazania


Gazanias (Gazania rigens), also referred to as Treasure Flowers or African Daisies, are a member of the daisy family (Asteraceae). They are often listed in catalogs or on plant markers as annuals but are actually what one would call a ‘tender’ perennial. In the warmest climates like in southern Africa where they originate, gazanias will … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Osteospermum


Summertime is a time to start planting flowers, and you can’t miss with the beautiful Osteospermum. It comes in a large variety of colors, and even different shapes. Osteospermum are native to Southern and Eastern Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. They are also known as African Daisies. Osteospermum are a great summer plant, they love … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Passiflora Caerulea

passiflora caerulea

The Passiflora caerulea is an interesting-looking flower native to North and South America. The vigorous climbing vines have large white flowers with blue rings around them, dark green foliage, and tendrils. In late summer and fall, they also have large egg-shaped deep orange edible fruit. The foliage consists of dark rich green glossy leaves and … Read more

Campanula: Growing and Caring Tips


Campanula flowers are delightful purple flowers. One look at their cheery nodding heads relays a happy disposition to the eyes of the beholder. They are every gardener’s favorite! Growing Campanula flowers can be challenging. You have to maintain the soil, by making sure it is always well drained, and maintain its water intake by providing … Read more

Echeveria Elegans: Grow & Care Guide

Echeveria elegans Mexican Snoball

Echeveria elegans is a friendly, easy-growing succulent. Once you become familiar with its characteristics, you’ll want to collect more and more! Sometimes referred to as “Mexican Snowballs,” Echeveria elegans need a low level of care. They are easily propagated, adding fascinating beauty and texture to any sunny outdoor garden or indoor plant display. But just because … Read more