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Aechmea Plant Care Tips: The Bromeliad With The Pink Flower That’s Easy And Tough

Bromeliads have rocked my world for many, many years so today I'm sharing the love. I'm starting out with the Aechmea fasciata, aka Urn Plant or Silver Vase Plant, because this tropical beauty makes a great houseplant and is so easy to care for.  Beginning gardeners fear not, for this bromeliad with the patterned silver foliage and pink flower will have you singing "green thumb" in no time. These Aechmea plant care tips will help keep yours healthy as can... Read more

Updating A Decorative Plant Pot With Painting

Change is always in the air and for me this has meant settling into a new home in a new state. My house is surrounded by foliage on the outside but I still want plants inside. I have a Ficus elastica "burgundy" which sits in my new dining in a very dull but beautiful fiberglass pot. New home, new look! This is all about updating a decorative plant pot with painting.

I wanted a fresher, more modern look for my new indoor/outdoor home in the desert.... Read more

The Hard Pruning Of An Overgrown Bougainvillea

Here I go again, yet another adventure in bougainvillea pruning coming down the pike. I had 2 large bougainvilleas in Santa Barbara and now have 4 smaller ones in my new garden in Tucson. What I believe is Bougainvillea "Rainbow Gold" grows right near my front door and I'm not sure when it was last pruned. It's a rangy vine greatly in need of a hard pruning... Read more

9 Ideas On How To Nourish Your Soil Naturally

Written By: Blake Akers

When growing plants, you usually need a fertilizer. Rather than spend a fortune on chemical products, why not opt for a natural plant fertilizer? You can buy natural fertilizer in the store or on the Internet. However, there are other low-cost options to give your plants a boost. Today... Read more

New To Gardening? 11 Reasons Why Pothos Is The Houseplant For You

Written by: Lucy Ferreira
This year, after moving back to San Diego, I decided to add some greenery to my apartment. Part of the green/brown thumb battle is choosing the right plant for both your situation and home environment.  I decided to start by playing it safe. I'm still a newbie when it comes to gardening and know that my lifestyle can only handle anything low... Read more

A Winter Hike In The Sonoran Desert

I recently packed my bags, hitched the wagon train and moved to Tucson, Arizona.  After living by the ocean in California for 30 years I must admit that I do miss beach walks and the surfy lifestyle.  All's peachy keen and I'm happy as a clam because I'm both enthralled and mesmerized by the gorgeous sunsets every night along with the jaw dropping mountain views you see... Read more

Creating An Air Plant Display On Cholla Wood

I love tillandsias, commonly known as air plants or tillys, and have been using them in creative designs for years. A plant that grows without soil ... what's up with that?!  Various air plant creations graced my front porch when I lived in Santa Barbara. Growing them in that temperate climate just 7 blocks from the beach made it easy. I now live in the Sonoran Desert... Read more

A Houseplant That Grows In Water: Lucky Bamboo Care Tips

Are you a beginning houseplant gardener? Here's a great one to get started with because it's easy as pie to keep looking good and sure to become a topic of conversation as you're busy showing it off. I'd to introduce you to Lucky Bamboo, a plant which grows in water,  and give you a few care tips to make sure yours stays as healthy as can be.First off, Lucky Bamboo isn't a bamboo at all. The canes, stalks or stems (whatever you prefer to call them) resemble... Read more

Planting My Trio Of Hanging Succulents

I straight up confess: I'm a succulent addict. That being said, I've slightly curbed my enthusiasm for "the fleshies" now I live in the Arizona desert. I grew many of them in my Santa Barbara garden and brought a relatively few number of them (for me anyway!) when I moved to Tucson last year. The summers are hot, the sun is strong and the winter evenings can dip into the low... Read more

We Love Succulents! 15 Of Our Current Favorites.

At Joy Us garden, succulents really rock our world. We love telling you everything we know and have learned about these fascinating plants so it seems that this is a fine way to wrap up 2016. They're fun to decorate with and we look for unusual ways to craft with them.  It's downright impossible to pick our favorite ones because they're all oh so wonderful. We did our best and made a list of our current 15 favorites (who knows, that could change next week!)... Read more