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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…]

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…]

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 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…]

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…]

Design a Flower Bed with Color and Fragrance

When planning flower beds for a garden, pay attention to color, shape, height, and the texture of plants. Even fragrance can play a large part in flower bed design. Annuals vary in form as they develop [more…]

Six Designs for Flower Beds and Borders

Before you put in your beds and borders, reflect on how the location of your garden can give you viewing pleasure throughout the season. Plant annuals where you can most enjoy their color and fragrance [more…]

How to Direct-Sow Seeds in a Garden

With direct sowing (or direct seeding), you plant garden seeds directly in the ground right where you want them to grow.Some plants grow better when direct-sown because their developing roots don't adapt [more…]

How to Transplant Annuals into Your Flower Garden

To add quick color to the yard, transplant seedlings of annual flowering plants into your garden. Transplanting annuals is easy, whether you buy your seedlings or start them from seeds. Just follow these [more…]

Garden Shopping: Choosing Annuals for Flower Beds

When choosing annuals to plant in flower beds, the bedding-plant industry takes some of the guesswork out of shopping for seedlings: Early in the spring and again in the fall, expect to find annuals that [more…]

Gardening: How to Feed Flowering Annuals

Feed the flowering annuals in your garden to help them grow vigorously, build healthy foliage, and ensure spectacular blooms. If any nutrient isn’t present in the soil in sufficient quantities, or is present [more…]

Gardening: How to Take Care of Annual Flowers and Plants

Flowering annuals have the same basic needs as other garden plants. Providing proper care to your flowering annuals results in prettier, healthier plants that last longer and provide a most impressive [more…]

Gardening: What Are Bulbs, Corms, Tubers, and Rhizomes?

Flower "bulbs" come in these forms: true bulbs, corm, tuber, tuberous root, and rhizome. So, what you might think of as a flower bulb may not be a bulb at all — botanically speaking, that is. [more…]

How to Plan a Garden with Bulbs

Planning a garden that includes flower bulbs requires consideration. A large planting of bulbs such as tulips or daffodils is very effective in a garden, but a bulb-only flower bed has its problems. Bulbs [more…]

How to Fertilize Bulbs in Your Garden

Although bulbs store food very efficiently, you need to give them a good start at planting time for best results. Healthy soil allows the bulbs to make use of available food, and planting time is your [more…]

How to Protect Tender Bulbs in Winter

Winter temperatures kill tender bulbs such as cannas, gladiolas, and dahlias. To protect tender bulbs and save them for next year's garden, you need to lift them from the ground and store indoors. Tender [more…]

How to Divide Bulb Offsets

Many flowering bulbs produce offsets (daughter bulbs) as a way to make more of themselves. Bulb offsets are an easy, inexpensive way to get more flowers for your garden. Daffodils are an example of bulbs [more…]

How to Protect Flowering Bulbs from Pests

Flowering bulbs are tough plants and often provide years of outstanding garden service with truly a minimum of trouble from pests and diseases. Even if you do run into little problems, you can usually [more…]

Choosing Bulbs for Shady Gardens

Flower bulbs that bloom in the spring are good choices for normally shady gardens. Many of these little bulbs flower so early in the year that, according to the calendar, it isn’t even spring yet. Shade [more…]

Choosing Spring Bulbs for Flower Beds and Borders

Hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips are excellent in spring flower borders. Garden borders, no matter how formal, are less rigid than bedding out designs [more…]

Invasive Plants that Can Take Over Your Garden

Invasive plants are well-named: Just one small plant can turn quickly into an army that invades and conquers your whole garden. You'll find invasive plants among ornamentals, herbs, and climbers [more…]

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