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How to Get Rid of Invasive Lesser Celandine (Fig Buttercup)

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Looks can be deceiving. Lesser Celandine (Ranunculus ficaria L.), or fig buttercup, appears to be a sweet little exotic plant that wouldn’t harm anyone. But ask the native spring-blooming plant community, and they will tell you the truth about lesser celandine. That is, if you can even find a native spring bloomer to ask. Once lesser celandine has been introduced to an area, all you will find is lesser celandine.

Like other invasive plants, lesser celandine is a robust non-native that was introduced to the U.S. sometime during the 1800’s as an ornamental. While it is pretty, it didn’t have the predators or diseases that kept it in check in its native homeland. This gave lesser celandine a huge advantage over the native plants. As it competed with the native vegetation for food and sunlight, it won. Continue reading…

How to Grow Sweet Alyssum (Carpet Flower)

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Sweet alyssum looks and smells as sweet as its name implies! This plant will hardly go unnoticed as its dainty, clustered flowers fill the air with the sweet smell of honey. And the yummy scent aside, its colors and pretty foliage are hard to overlook too, in spite of its petite flower size. If the double pleasure of sweet alyssum’s appearance and fragrance isn’t impressive enough, it is also one of the easiest annuals to grow and care for.

This mainstay of the garden, also known as carpet flower, joined us here in the U.S. from the Mediterranean region where it was once used to treat bite wounds from rabid animals. Today, sweet alyssum is a delightful go-to fill in plant for flowerbeds and pathways. A very versatile plant, it can also be used in containers and in rock gardens. There is hardly a garden out there that isn’t suited for a touch of sweet alyssum. Continue reading…

How to Get Rid of Invasive Mugwort

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Mugwort is a pesky plant with an equally displeasing name. It has become an excessively problematic plant in Tennessee and Georgia in recent years where it is currently considered an invasive plant. Mugwort grows from rhizomes that are extremely hardy and readily productive. Mugwort releases seeds in late summer in warm regions like the Southeast, […]

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How to Grow Angelonia

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If you are looking for a colorful, flowering plant, you might consider angelonia this year. Angelonia is a cheerful little snapdragon flower for your landscape or containers. It comes in a variety of colors in shades ranging from whites and pinks to lavenders and blues. Its constant delivery of blooms and easy going nature makes […]

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How to Grow Queen Anne’s Lace

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Are you looking for a touch of classic beauty to add to your garden or landscape? You might consider Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus Carota). This delicate, timeless biennial brings a vintage feel that can only be described as genteel. Named after the exquisite embroidering virtuosity of Queen Anne of England, this plant lives up to […]

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How to Grow Morning Glory

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Nothing brightens up the day like being greeted by morning glory. Morning glory is a beautiful vining annual that blooms before the heat of the day. Its blossoms can be found in all shades of purples, blues, pinks, and whites. The heart shaped leaves just add to the lovability of the morning glory plant. The […]

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How to Grow Lantana

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If you are looking for a beautiful, sun-loving annual for your garden beds or containers, consider lantana. Unlike most annuals that prefer a bit of shade, lantana is a full sun lover! It is also drought tolerant once it has matured, making lantana a pretty and practical choice. Lantana’s tropical looking flowers range in shades […]

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How to Grow Tomatoes from Cuttings

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Did you know that a new tomato plant can be grown from just a snip off of a mature tomato plant? The cells within the stems of tomato plants are capable of developing roots. Amazing, right? This is exciting news for you tomato lovers out there who have wished you could make one particular plant […]

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How to Grow Jerusalem Artichokes

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We’ve all been cautioned to not judge a book by its cover. Jerusalem artichokes are one veggie not to judge by its name. Jerusalem artichokes are native to North America and not to the Middle East, as its name would imply. And rather than being a relative to the globe-shaped artichokes with layers of leaves, […]

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How to Grow Geraniums

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Looking for an all American sweetheart for your garden? You can’t go wrong with geraniums. As a favorite go-to annual for many gardeners, geraniums are vibrant and easy to grow. They are perfect for containers and window boxes, and they are beautiful in garden beds and borders too. Geraniums range in solid shades- from brilliant […]

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