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Monthly Archives: April 2017

How To Successfully Plant Shrubs In The Garden

Shrubs are the backbone of any garden.  They provide architectural interest, substance, texture and color as well providing framework to showcase our favorite perennials and annuals. Whether they be deciduous or evergreen, there are shrubs which fit beautifully into any design. All of them have 1 thing in common: the need for a good start... Read more

How to Transplant A Large Ponytail Palm

I love my 3-headed Ponytail Palm which I bought in a 6" pot at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market years ago. But boy oh boy has it grown! I've repotted it twice and the last time  was 2 1/2 years ago. It lives outdoors year round on my covered patio here in Tucson and thrives in the heat. Time to move it into a larger container - this is all about how... Read more

How To Care For & Grow Star Jasmine

Star Jasmine is a versatile plant indeed. It can be trained to grow on a trellis, over an arbor, as an espalier against a wall or fence, as a border plant or hedge, to spill over a wall and it's also suited to containers.  The sweetly scented star-like flowers along with the gorgeous glossy foliage are its big draw. This is all about how to care for and grow Star Jasmine.Read more

Plant Pests: Scale & Thrips & How To Control Them

When you buy your beautiful new plant, I bet you're not thinking "what kind of pests will this get?" Pests seem to be be attracted to plants like Pooh to the honey pot. It's good to be able to identify them and get a handle on things before the infestation escalates. This is all about those common plant pests scale and thrips and how to control them.Both scale and thrips are sucking insects. They drink Read more

A Visual Guide to Tulips

Written by: FTD

Tulips are one of the most popular spring flowers. Native to Eurasia and North Africa, they belong to the lily family. Cherished for their brightly colored, cup-shaped flowers, they are a classic flower to add to any home decor. The most popular being: single tulips,... Read more

How To Successfully Plant Perennials

Perennials can provide quite the show and add color as well as form and texture to the garden. Most of them bloom part of or throughout the season bringing us something to oh and ah about.

There are so many perennial plants sold on the market, and they really vary as to size, exposure required, season of bloom, flower color, and so on. But, the one thing they all have in common is... Read more

Plant Pests: How to Control Spider Mites & Whiteflies

Even though you might keep your garden or houseplants well tended, pests can seemingly appear out of nowhere. What's up with that? This is why it's important to know what's attacking your plants with proper i.d. and then spring into action. Last week I covered aphids and mealybugs. This is all about spider mites and whiteflies... Read more

Small Pots For Succulents

Don't you just love succulents as much as Nell and I do? Adding them to your decor helps lighten up a forgotten corner of your home and brings in a burst of life. And, if you combine those succulents with the right container, it's a win-win all the way around. I put together this round-up filled with small pots for succulents to make the shopping easy for you.Succulents don't have a large root system and can grow in these small pots for a long period of... Read more

Plant Pests: Aphids, Mealybugs & How To Control Them

Plants and pests go hand in hand. They are by no means a match made in heaven; but chances are that if you have plants, they're going to get some sort of infestation at 1 time or another.  There are so many different insects which are specific to certain plants and/or regions. I'm going to cover the common ones that I've seen most often infest plants, both as houseplants and in the garden. Today I'll be talking about aphids and mealybugs and how to control... Read more

14 Flowering Plants To Bring Your Garden to Life This Spring

Written by: Rachel Waglison

The sweet scent of blooming flowers is one of the most wonderful and surest signs that Spring has arrived. Here are 14 classic flowers that are widely recognized as spring bloomers. Spring is not springing without these flowers!

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