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How to Grow Cornflower (Bachelor Button)

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Cornflower, more commonly known as bachelor button, is a popular, easy to grow annual. It’s a great plant selection for a newbie gardener or the most seasoned growers out there. Its simple beauty has made it a reliable mainstay in gardens since days of old. And it’s playful nature keeps modern day gardens exploding with bursts of blue, lavender, pink, and white.

The foliage is covered with fine white hairs, which gives the entire plant a grayish-blue appearance. It’s foliage sets bachelor button apart from the ordinary greens of most annual plants, and the flowers are truly delightful.

Bachelor button has the same friendly demeanor of a common wildflower. In spite of this laid back quality though, it is classy enough when cut to afford itself a place in casual yet charming wedding bouquets. To add to its adaptability, bachelor button is a flower that dries well. Continue reading…

How to Grow Copper Plant (Copperleaf)

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Copper plant is an annual plant grown for its vibrant foliage in gardens and landscapes. Also referred to as copperleaf, its outstanding color varieties add a splash of constant accent color that works beautifully into backgrounds and in containers. This shrub grows quickly to its full formed size of about 3 to 5 feet. Its spiky flowers pale in comparison to the beauty and color of the leaves of the copper plant, so plan on enjoying this one simply for its leaves.

Copper plant is a native plant to the Pacific Islands where it grows as a perennial. Here in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, it may grow as a spreading evergreen perennial as well. For the rest of us, we can enjoy this plant for the summer as an annual addition to our yards. You might consider a copper plant as a houseplant too. Continue reading…

How to Grow Rat-tail Radish

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Believe it or not, rat-tail radishes are not used explicitly in large, bubbling, black cauldrons by evil-doers who are looking to cast a spell. In spite of their rather unfortunate name, they are quite a lovely vegetable plant. While most radishes are harvested as edible root vegetables, the unique rat-tail radish is grown for its […]

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How to Grow Joseph’s Coat (Alternanthera)

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Joseph’s Coat is a tender perennial grown for its beautiful foliage. Its striking colors range in warm shades of reds, pinks, yellows, and coppers to cool shades of purples, and greens depending on variety. The leaves may also be found variegated or spotted with contrasting colors. Tiny flowers in the fall are a subtle side […]

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How to Get Rid of Invasive Bishop Weed (Goutweed)

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Bishop’s weed is a bummer! It is one of those plants that just will not go away. Once it has taken root, it more or less smothers everything in its path. It crawls across the ground in moist, partly shaded areas. It creates a dense groundcover that prevents other plants from developing. It spreads above […]

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How to Get Rid of Invasive English Ivy

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As dainty as English ivy looks, who would guess what a monster it can become? In its native habitat, it acts as an important link in the food chain for the local population of birds and insects. Its ability to vine and climb is one of its endearing attributes in its homeland. And this plant […]

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How to Grow Melampodium (Butter Daisy)

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Melampodium is a bright and carefree annual flower that is not used nearly enough. Also known as a butter daisy, this sun-loving cutie gifts its grower with constant blooms and with a proliferative disposition. Melampodium is a delightful addition to your garden beds, borders, or containers. Melampodium boasts bright green foliage that contrasts proportionately with […]

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How to Grow Statice

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Have you admired certain dried flowers and wondered how they’d preserved so well? The flowers were probably statice. Statice makes beautiful dried bouquets or to additions to dried arrangements. It is a lovely and colorful flower in the garden. It is an exceptionally long lasting cut flower for fresh bouquets, as well. Statice is a […]

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How to Grow Lingonberry

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If you are looking for an easy to grow berry plant that is low maintenance and cold hardy, try the lingonberry. The lingonberry bush is an attractive plant that is most often grown for its tart- flavored, healthful berries. The berries are packed with Vitamin C making them a newer addition to the list of amazing […]

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How to Grow Paprika Peppers

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How to Grow Paprika Peppers Paprika peppers add to the spice of life with their mildly warm and earthy flavor. Overlooked by many gardeners, these sweet peppers are easy to grow. They are a cinch to dry and to grind into spice for many common dishes. They are also delicious when used straight from the […]

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