Wintering for your Rose Garden: An Important Fall Routine

Getting roses to over-winter successfully is no small feat if you live in a very cold climate. However, it can be done regardless of where you live, especially if you buy and plant very hardy rose varieties such as Explorer, Parkland and Buck roses. Many of the old fashioned roses will also do quite nicely—there’s a good reason they have been around as long as they have! Read the rest of this entry »

Window Gardens

Window gardens are a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of a garden when you have little to no space in your home. Apartment dwellers for instance, who have no patio space, often resort to having indoor gardens only. Window gardens can help them expand their gardens into an outdoor area, while making their apartment all the more attractive in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Wildflower Ideas

Wildflower gardens are one of the easiest to plant and maintain, because you're growing flowers which are native to your area so they're already just right for the amount of sun, heat, and natural rainfall you get. They're also usually adapted to your basic soil conditions too, which means you can simply plant starter flowers, or scatter wildflower seeds in a general area, then let nature take its course. Read the rest of this entry »

Rose Garden Tips

Rose gardens are not as difficult to care for and maintain as many people seem to think. In fact, roses tend to be one of the easier plant species to grow. This is due in large part to the excellent plant stock that growers are now offering for sale. Read the rest of this entry »

Rose Gardening

Creating a garden full of beautiful blooming rose bushes, plants or vines is the dream of many gardeners. Roses symbolize love, hope, passion, and a wide variety of other feelings which make these flowers loved by almost everyone. Read the rest of this entry »

Plan Ahead with Perennials

Perennial flowers are a wonderful investment for anyone who wants to have blooms and greenery many years in a row. Where as annuals only last for one season, perennials will come back on their own several years in a row. Read the rest of this entry »

Planning a Perennial Garden that Blooms All Season

Time was when most gardeners planted perennial flowers in early spring because most perennials were sold as field dug or bare root plants. But today’s availability of plastic pots makes planting well into summer months feasible as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Easy Growing Perennials

Perennials are plants and flowers which live for two or more years. You can plant them where you’d like to have them grow, and some of them will live, grow, and thrive for twenty years or more. Some perennial plants only live for two to three years, but on average most will live for at least five years. This makes them an excellent investment for long term garden planning.

Since perennial plants tend to be a long term decision, though, where you plant them and the types of plants you choose are critical decisions to make during your garden planning process. You won’t be happy putting a perennial plant in a prime location for instance, only to find out later you don’t like the plant at all and you’re unable to easily get rid of it.

Most new gardeners will plant a mixture of annual and perennial plants together in a new garden though, because the annuals give them immediate flower blooms and bursts of color while the perennials are still becoming established. Some perennials won’t even bloom for the first year or two either, and this can be frustrating and disappointing for someone when they first plant their gardens.

Most fruits are perennial plants, as are shrubs, bushes and trees. Strawberries and grapes for instance, often don’t produce fruits the first year or two they’re in the ground. Grapes require some sort of climbing support as well, because they are a vine. Strawberries on the other hand, will send out shoots which take root and start new strawberry plants. You can help encourage your strawberry plants to concentrate on creating fruits by snipping off most of the new shoots that the plant sends out.

Since fruits are high in water content, the plants which grow those fruits require large amounts of water to grow successfully. Fruit plants also require lots of sunlight too – usually at least five to six hours of direct sunlight each day.

Many shade loving plants are perennials as well, such as the various forms hosta plants that can be purchased at almost any local garden center. Verbena is another beautiful, long blooming plant which sometimes comes in perennial form too, and it’s especially easy to grow in hot, dry climates.

Some types of annual flowers and plants will act like perennials simply because they reseed themselves each year. The morning glory vine for instance, and four o’clock flowers are two examples of annuals which produce massive numbers of seeds each year. Those seeds drop to the ground and are scarified over the winter, then they start sprouting up on their own the next spring.

Easy to Grow Annuals

Annuals are flowers and plants which only grow for one season, then they die off and must be replanted again by seed or starter plants the next year. Some annuals create seeds though, which will drop to the ground and naturally start sprouting on their own the following year, but many must be purchased again if you want to have those flowers blooming in your yard and garden again each year. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic Gardening: Companion Plants

When you decide to try your hand at organic gardening, one of the most frustrating parts of the entire process is trying to control pests, diseases, and other miscellaneous problems that come up with any form of gardening. Thankfully though, there are natural techniques which can be used to solve many of these common gardening problems, and one of those techniques is known as companion planting. Read the rest of this entry »