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Choosing Polyantha and Floribunda Roses

Polyanthas and floribundas are the workhorses of the rose garden. Of all the different kinds of roses, Polyanthas and floribundas are the most prolific bloomers, plus they’re useful in the landscape, in [more…]

Choosing Climbing Roses for Your Garden

Climbing roses take some effort to maintain, because you have to tie them up — but their special beauty is your reward. Climbing roses represent a diverse group of plants, producing long, supple canes [more…]

Using Shrub Roses in Your Landscape

Shrub roses are a diverse group of plants that don’t neatly fit into any of the other rose categories. Shrubs, especially the modern ones, are popular because of their long season of bloom, pest and disease [more…]

Choosing Antique Roses for Your Garden

Species roses and old garden roses — both sometimes referred to as antique roses — are the roses that preceded modern varieties. These roses are an incredibly diverse group of plants, with great variety [more…]

How to Store Bareroot Roses before Planting

You’ll probably have to store bareroot roses for some time before you can plant them, particularly if you purchase them through the mail. The key is to keep the plants cool so that they don’t start growing [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Desert Gardeners at Extreme Altitudes

The Southwest deserts encompass mild-winter climates of the low-elevation deserts of Arizona and California. (The mountains of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as west Texas, have a more typical cold-winter [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Gardeners in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest, including the milder parts of British Columbia, has a long season from spring through fall. West of the Cascade Range, the lingering cool spring tends to favor cool-season annuals, and [more…]

How to Fertilize Your Roses

To keep roses blooming again and again, you should fertilize them about every four to six weeks, although the type of fertilizer you use may alter this rule a bit. Always follow label instructions when [more…]

Garden Perennials that Love Shade

Some garden perennials absolutely insist on shade. Others perennial plants don’t mind direct sunlight in varying degrees, depending on your climate and light intensity. You can plant many of them in full [more…]

How to Identify Perennials You Can’t Divide

Gardeners know that producing more plants is the main reason to divide your perennials, but not all perennials can be divided. Division works best on perennials that grow into colonies — groups where each [more…]

How and When to Water Your Perennials

Most perennials require water only after the top few inches of soil dry out, but before the plant starts to show symptoms of drought stress. Perennials from arid habitats benefit when the dry interval [more…]

Diagnosing Perennial Plant Diseases

You may be surprised to find out that perennials can get sick by their own versions of the same organisms that attack people — fungi, bacteria, viruses, and microplasma. Plant diseases are primarily water-borne [more…]

Choosing the Right Annuals for Your Garden

To grow annuals, you don’t need to worry about your precise climate zone and temperature extremes as much as you do with permanent plants, such as perennials, trees, and shrubs. The first thing you need [more…]

Month-By-Month: Chores for Northern Gardeners

Gardeners in northern regions deal with warm summers and cold winters. But there is work to do in your garden through most of the year. Here is a month-by-month guide that keeps you in the gardening frame [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Southern Gardeners

This garden calendar’s timing aims for the middle south in the middle of each month. For the lower south, the tasks will fall toward the beginning of the month. For the upper south, wait until month’s [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for California Gardeners

Gardeners in Southern California encounter some have the longest growing season in the United States. The gardening calendar offered here works for the majority of California, with two notable exceptions [more…]

Perennials that Grow in Sunny Spots

Perennials that are considered to need “full sun” require an average of five to six hours of sun a day, although most will settle for less sunlight without making too much of a fuss. Here’s a list of common [more…]

How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings

Growing perennials from cuttings involves creating a new plant from a stem that starts out with no roots at all. If you’ve ever stuck a stem of ivy in a glass of water and watched it grow roots, you already [more…]

How to Grow Perennials from Seed

Growing perennials from seed gives you the chance to start literally hundreds of plants from one package of seeds. Most perennial seeds don’t germinate very successfully when planted outside. By starting [more…]

How to Take Care of a Perennial Garden

Caring for established perennial is pretty simple. A 100- to 200-square-foot (9- to 18-square-meter) flower garden shouldn’t take more than a few minutes a week of tending, with a couple of hours of major [more…]

What's Wrong with My Perennial? Identifying Plant Problems

Spotting damage on the perennials that you’re working so hard to grow can be frustrating, but don’t overreact. Perennials are a tough bunch. Problems may be due to the environment or to pests. [more…]

Tips for Weeding Your Perennials

To keep your garden perennials looking their best, you need to control weeds. Weeds rob the soil of nutrients that your flowers could be using. Controlling weeds in your flower beds isn’t difficult. Like [more…]

Planning Paths and Walkways in Your Garden

As you are planning your flower garden, remember that paths and walkways through the garden serve a number of practical functions. They enable you to get up-close and personal with your garden. The viewer [more…]

How and When to Mulch Roses

Mulching your roses helps you save on water, reduces soil temperatures and evaporation, and smothers greedy weeds that compete with roses for moisture. Mulches not only conserve water but also even out [more…]

How to Prune Roses

You prune roses to remove parts of a plant that you don’t want. This pruning leaves room for growth and circulation in the parts of the rose plant that you do want. When you prune roses, you cut the canes [more…]

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