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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 its name. With wide, lacey, clustered flowers and ferny green foliage, the plant, and especially the flowers, have the dainty appearance of lace. It grows to be about 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Queen Anne’s Lace is the darling of the garden.

As a distinguishing feature, most of the clusters of the light colored flowers have a deep red or black flower in the center. According to legend, this single dark flower represents a drop of blood shed by Queen Anne herself when she pricked her finger on a needle. This tiny distinctive flower is a fascinating feature for the young and old! Continue reading…

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 vines and leaves create effective living screens when supported properly on fencing or trellises.

Morning glory was introduced to the U.S. from Mexico where it has a rich history as an ingredient used to make rubber in ancient American cultures. In other equatorial locations across the globe, morning glory has been used for medicinal purposes. During the Victorian Era in Europe, morning glory was a symbolic representative of love and affection. Morning glory has made a place for itself in most regions today mostly as an ornamental. Continue reading…

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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How to Grow Cosmos

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If you’re looking for an easy going annual that has the relaxed disposition of a wildflower, cosmos are a fantastic choice. Its flowers have a daisy-like look. The blooms are available in a selection of colors- from whites and deep pinks to yellows and oranges. The foliage has a lacy and delicate appearance. But don’t […]

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How To Get Your Tulips to Come Back Each Year

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A famed gardener, Barbara Damrosch, once said that to be successful at gardening, you just have to think like a plant. This statement certainly applies to the beloved tulip. The following tips are for you gardeners out there who would love for your favorite tulips to return year after year as their perennial nature suggests […]

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How to Grow Angel’s Trumpet

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Angel’s trumpet is a tropical evergreen beauty. It’s named for its enormous cone shaped flowers that drape dramatically from its umbrella-like canopy. These beautiful pendulum blossoms continue to bloom from early summer to late fall. In pink, apricot, orange, yellow or white, the angel’s trumpet flowers radiate an exquisite musky fragrance into the night air, […]

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How to Get Rid of Invasive Bamboo

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Bamboo is a beautiful plant from Asia. There, nature provides a balance of predators and disease that keep bamboo in check. However, here in the U.S. where it was presented for use as an ornamental plant, there isn’t a natural management system to contain it. Some varieties of bamboo are considered “invasive.” Specifically, golden bamboo […]

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