Category Archives: Flora

What is Deadheading? And Why is it Important?

Eric Kilby

Deadheading sounds quite dangerous — but in reality, it just means the removal of dead flowers and leaves from a flourishing plant to promote good health. Deadheading not only keeps your garden looking attractive and alive, it also helps your plants by redirecting precious nutrients away from dead flowers and leaves to healthier shoots and blooms. Get in the habit of deadheading early and often. If you spend at least a short time in the garden each day, your deadheading

How to Grow Zinnias in Containers

Jim, the Photographer

Zinnias grow in all parts of the United States and bloom with flowers of different sizes, a variety of shapes, and an assortment of colors. Growing them in containers is easy even for beginners, needing only a little effort at the start and some weekly maintenance throughout the rest of the year. Zinnias are easy to start from seed: cover them with mix to a depth of about 1/4 inch and keep them lightly moist until seedlings sprout. Keep the

How to Grow Lavender in Containers

Allan Henderson

Growing lavender in containers is quite simple, and is actually easier than growing lavender in plots. The main things to consider are the size of container, the plant receiving adequate light, proper watering and drainage, and lastly some pruning and feeding. By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the fresh and relaxing scent of lavender throughout the rest of the hot summer months. New lavender plant, smells gorgeous! #lavender #lavenderpot #flowers #containergarden A post shared by @helenlouise85 on Apr

17 Summer Flowers For A June Wedding

Planning a wedding this June? Decorate with flowers that are in season to save on money. Below are some flowers that are in bloom this month. You can use all of these entirely on their own, or mix them up in bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres for the wedding party, and, arrangements for your venue. Sunflower If cherry blossoms are to spring, then sunflowers are to summer as nothing says “Summer is here!” better than a field of sunflowers in full

How to Grow Daffodils in Containers

Daffodils are some of the easiest plants to grow – whether in a garden outside or in a container indoors. While the planting and care of daffodils are more or less the same outdoors and indoors, there are certain steps that must be followed only for planting bulbs in containers. Here is a quick guide to help you grow not just daffodils but also crocuses, hyacinths, and even dwarf tulip varieties indoors. Always make sure your container is large enough

Make A Cutting Garden

A garden dedicated solely for cutting can save your flower beds from being constantly mutilated by constant harvesting of blooms. It is also a more wallet-friendly way of having fresh flowers in the home than regularly buying from the florist. If you’re thinking of making one for your home, here are some steps to follow to help you start your own cutting garden. 1. Find a spot. Most flowering plants require full sun exposure so find a spot in your

How to Grow Hyacinths in Water

Hyacinths are best known for ushering in spring in homes and gardens all around the United States. However, it is also possible to grow hyacinths indoors in water, using a method called “forcing.” “Forcing” requires a specialized vase that has an upper portion to keep to keep hyacinths and other bulbs in place, while a lower portion filled with water supports the bulb and lets it absorb moisture and nutrients. To force hyacinths, buy pre-chilled bulbs that have received a

How to Take Care of Container-Grown Spring Bulbs

So your spring bulbs are in their containers, just waiting for the perfect time to bloom – this is the perfect time to leave them alone and get some other garden chores done, right? Sadly – no. Although you have just enough time to get some other prep work done, now is not the time to leave your bulbs alone, lest you want all your hard work to go to waste. It’s just as important (if not more important!) to

Five Spring Flower Suggestions for Your Garden

Spring is the best time of year for many gardeners – the winter gloom is gone and it’s time to get some real work done in the garden. What better company for the warmer days ahead than a whole plethora of spring blooms? Here are five of our favorite spring blooms – which include not just spring staples but also some surprisingly unusual selections. Enjoy! Snowdrop Anemone Festive clusters of snowdrop anemone work well even in a spring garden that’s slightly

What You Need to Know About Daffodils

According to mythology, there was once a Greek youth who was so entranced with his own beauty that he sat admiring his own reflection in the water, unable to leave until he finally turned into a flower. The flower he turned into was the very beautiful daffodil, perhaps as a parallel to the young man’s unmatched beauty. Daffodils, aside from being beautiful yet hardy flowers, are usually welcomed by all because it’s a sign that spring has arrived. These perennials

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