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How to Plant Canna Lilies in Ohio

How to Plant Canna Lilies in Ohio

Bright, tall canna lilies are a wonderful addition to any Ohio flower garden, whether you plant them as a solo feature or a backdrop for lower plantings. Large, veined leaves that resemble banana plants, surrounding a tall stalk with red, orange, yellow, purple or white flowers, make canna an excell......[Read More]
I Have Little Tiny Black Bugs Around My Peace Lily

I Have Little Tiny Black Bugs Around My Peace Lily

Peace lilies are an attractive indoor plant that produces thick foliage and large, showy white flowers. They are one of the few houseplants that actually flowers in low light. Various varieties can grow to reach a height of 4 to 6 feet and almost as wide. Peace lilies are normally resistant to insec......[Read More]
How to Grow Citrus Trees in Houston

How to Grow Citrus Trees in Houston

Growing citrus trees is no longer limited to extreme southern Texas, where the temperatures are warm year-round. Several varieties of citrus trees grow well in the Houston area, even as freezing temperatures are not uncommon in the winter months. Plant citrus trees on the south side of a home or bui......[Read More]
Eastern Washington Soil Types

Eastern Washington Soil Types

Understand eastern Washington soil types to pick the right garden plants.Seiya Kawamoto/Lifesize/Getty ImagesEastern Washington is home to many natural wonders, many vineyards and a unique, dry climate. Gardeners who want to re-create the natural flora of eastern Washington in their own.........[Read More]
Growth Rates for Red Cedar Trees

Growth Rates for Red Cedar Trees

Red cedar trees bear a unique distinction. Unlike trees such as magnolia and pine, cedar trees are not a single genus of plants. Rather, cedar species belong to a number of genera. Genera to which North American species of red cedar belong include Thuja and Juniperus. Though trees such as western re......[Read More]
Black Dahlia Plants

Black Dahlia Plants

If you are looking for a black dahlia, the closest you will come to the dark, sooty color is an Arabian Night dahlia. The Arabian Night dahlia is a deep black-purple flower that appears black in direct sunlight. It also has tones of deep crimson. Plant Arabian Night dahlias in flower beds or use the......[Read More]
Hawthorn Tree Species

Hawthorn Tree Species

Hawthorns (Crataegus species) are a genus of around 1,000 different species in the Rose family, many of which are native to the southeastern United States. Growers cultivate them as ornamental trees, in groupings or as specimen trees. They also work well as street trees, according to the University ......[Read More]
How to Prune a Butterfly Bush Tree

How to Prune a Butterfly Bush Tree

The butterfly bush produces cones of bright-colored flowers that attract butterflies and bees. The plant can reach a height of 10 feet, and you grow it as either a tree or a shrub. Butterfly bush grows so well and vigorously that some states classify it as a noxious weed. Butterfly bush flowers form......[Read More]
Sources of Live Oak Trees

Sources of Live Oak Trees

Mature oak canopygreen oak tree image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.comGardeners increasingly choose live oaks when they plant trees. Finding a source for live oak trees can be difficult. Live oaks are large evergreen trees. At maturity, they can reach 70 feet in height and spread up to 100.........[Read More]
How to Prevent Mosquito Breeding

How to Prevent Mosquito Breeding

Mosquitoes are tiny, blood-sucking, flying insects, and, during the summer, they can be serious pests. If you have mosquitoes in your yard, take the time to ensure that they are not going to breed and produce a second generation of pests to bother you. Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs, and yo......[Read More]
Do Caterpillars Shed Their Skins?

Do Caterpillars Shed Their Skins?

One of mother nature's many breathtaking offerings includes moments watching the transformation from a caterpillar to the delicate flapping of colorful wings flit from plant to plant during the spring and summer months. It takes two to six weeks for the remarkable transformation from a tiny egg into......[Read More]
Easy Bird Feeder Crafts for Kids

Easy Bird Feeder Crafts for Kids

Turn pine cones into bird feeders.Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty ImagesWhether you're a school teacher whose class is working on a unit about birds, or a parent who is looking for a hands-on activity to engage your children in, there are several easy-to-make bird feeder crafts for kids to.........[Read More]
How to Grow a Zinnia Flower

How to Grow a Zinnia Flower

A rainbow of long-lasting, colorful flowers and easy care make zinnia plants a favorite hardy annual for gardeners. With a wide selection of varieties from which to select, gardeners in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 2 through 10 can grow zinnias in sunny locations with well-draining......[Read More]
How to Plant Mums in a Container

How to Plant Mums in a Container

Chrysanthemums (mums) are perennials reaching heights up to 3 feet with flowers in various colors including green, purple, pink, yellow and red. Football mums have flowers 5 to 6 inches in diameter and pompoms have flowers about 1 inch in diameter. Garden mums will grow in containers when planted in......[Read More]
Cities With Azalea Festivals

Cities With Azalea Festivals

Azaleas are part of the rhododendron genus, and grow best in moderate, slightly humid climates. In many parts of the United States where azaleas grow, cities hold annual Azalea Festivals during the early spring. These festivals include tours, concerts, parades and other activities, and last from two......[Read More]
A Soil Guide for Planting Hydrangeas

A Soil Guide for Planting Hydrangeas

While hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow, they need to be planted in their recommended soil type. A soil's pH can affect hydrangea health and color, and you should adjust the soil as needed for the health of the plants.......[Read More]
How do I Prepare a Vegetable Garden Site?

How do I Prepare a Vegetable Garden Site?

Vegetable gardening is a rewarding hobby in which the whole family can participate. Homegrown vegetables are generally less expensive, fresher and taste better than their store-purchased counterparts. Additionally, gardeners may find a feeling of satisfaction and self-sufficiency in growing their ow......[Read More]
How to Take Care of a Butterfly Bush

How to Take Care of a Butterfly Bush

There are many flowering plants that attract beautiful wildlife that gardeners can enjoy. Butterfly bushes attract both hummingbirds and butterflies because of the intoxicating aromas they produce. They range in sizes from five to 10 feet tall and wide. There are a large variety of colors of the but......[Read More]
Native Maryland Butterfly Plants

Native Maryland Butterfly Plants

Butterflies can't resist the Buddleia plant - in Maryland and elsewhereValueline/Valueline/Getty ImagesButterflies native to Maryland include the eastern comma, the American painted lady and the monarch. Butterfly-friendly plants will not only make a garden more colorful, but they will.........[Read More]
Planting Times for Oriental Poppies

Planting Times for Oriental Poppies

Big, showy and somewhat coarse, Oriental poppies put on a great display of flowers in early summer, disappearing soon after the flowers fade and going dormant for the summer. New leaves appear in September and provide some welcome green during the winter. For best results, planting and transplanting......[Read More]