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Gardening Tutorials

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle vines are easy to grow, vigorous, heat-tolerant, and nearly indestructible. The flashy and fragrant flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies all summer long. The resulting fruit of the flowers will provide a fall treat for your local songbirds as well. The most common use is to allow Honeysuckle vines grow along a trellis, fence, arbor, [...]

Lobelia

The lobelia plant (Lobelia spp.) is an attractive annual herb with many varieties. Some of these even include biennial species. Lobelia is an easy-to-grow, carefree plant that enjoys cool weather. This summertime bloomer will continue to produce flowers on up through the first frost. Growing lobelia is an asset to the garden. Types & Uses of [...]

Torch Lilies

The stately flowers of the Torch Lily provide a dramatic display, when grown in a space where the entire plant is visible. Make this planting space directly in front of an evergreen background, or as a 'stand alone' specimen, and it is sure to turn heads. Red Hot Pokers are one of the favorite flowers for [...]

Shrimp Plant

The Mexican shrimp plant, or Justicia brandegeeana, is a native of Guatemala, Honduras, and as its name implies, Mexico. It is an evergreen shrub that rarely grows more than 3 or 4 (1 m) high and about as wide and thrives in the understory, a partially shaded area of tropical forests. The plants grow in many stemmed [...]

Mexican firebush

Mexican firebush likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Mexican firebush is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low [...]

Fuchsia

The fuchsia flower is a beautiful, exotic flower with striking two-tone colors. The fuchsia flower is quite unusual with regard to its shape and the fact that they are really delicate. These beautiful flowers are great just about anywhere in your garden. However, you will find fuchsia growing best in hanging baskets on the patio. Keep [...]

Desert Willow

The desert willow is a little tree that adds color and fragrance to your backyard; provides summer shade; and attracts birds, hummingbirds and bees. The long, slender leaves make you think of willow, but once you learn some desert willow tree facts, you’ll see that it is not in the willow family at all. Desert Willow Tree [...]

Crimson Bottlebrush

How to Grow: Callistemon (alternative name: Bottlebrush) Where to Plant Callistemons (Bottlebrushes) Outdoors, Callistemon (Bottlebrush) look more comfortable in shrubs or mixed borders, particularly if associated with other Australian (as well as Mediterranean) plants also possessing drought tolerant foliage – these include salvias, hebes, caryopteris and rosemary. They also look good with flamboyant woody plants such [...]

Growing: Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise (Stelitzia reginae), also known as crane flowers, is one of the most beautiful of all exotic flowers. This native of South Africa derives its name from the unusual flowers, which resemble brightly colored birds in flight. Appearance of Bird of Paradise Plant The leaves of a bird of paradise plant are bluish-green with [...]

Growing: Columbine Flowers

The columbine plant (Aquilegia) is an easy-to-grow perennial that offers seasonal interest throughout much of the year. It blooms in a variety of colors during spring, which emerge from its attractive dark green foliage that turns maroon colored in fall. The bell-shaped flowers are also a favorite to hummingbirds and may be used in cut-flower arrangements [...]