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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 taller (two to three foot) plant with a cluster of small flowers at the top that grows in shades of purples, pinks, yellows, and white.

In gardens, statice has a lovely wildflower look that is perfect for your rocky or border areas. Statice makes a stunning container flower with its dense, papery blooms. Its versatility makes statice a worthwhile addition to any garden. But best of all, it is an annual that is easy to grow and maintain. Continue reading…

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 superfoods to grow. With a little bit of preparation, lingonberries make delicious jellies and sauces to accompany your breakfast, lunch, or dinner entrees.

The lingonberry plant is more than just a great edible choice. This low growing evergreen plant is good looking. It blooms in the spring with very dainty bell shaped flowers in white or pink. It spreads over the ground and crawls underground via runners, too. It is an independent plant that prefers to be left alone to flourish. As it develops as a groundcover, it will keep weeds at bay. Continue reading…

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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How to Grow Johnny Jump Up

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There are few flowers so exquisite as the tiny Johnny Jump Up. With its dainty petals and heart shaped leaves, what’s not to love? It really is the darling of annuals. Some describe the bright countenance of Johnny Jump Up as a miniature face. It’s not a face that can be ignored. In shades of […]

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How to Grow African Daisies

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African daisies (Arctotis) are happy flowering annuals. They add perk and smile to any sunny garden location. The flowers produce and drop seeds that allow for new growth the following year in some warmer regions. And, it is grown as a tender perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture Hardiness Zones 8 through 11. This easy-going […]

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How to Get Rid of Invasive Multiflora Rose

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Every rose has its thorns, and multiflora rose is no exception. While this lovely ornamental bush appears friendly enough, its thorns will get you. In addition to those thorns, this pretty shrub from Asia will propagate rapidly through seeds and through stems that take root easily. Its proliferative nature and spreading growth habit make it […]

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How to Grow Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa is a lovely and petite annual that adds a burst of color to containers and garden beds. You can enjoy their blooms from early spring until late fall as these hardy little beauties can handle a touch of frost. They resemble a miniature version of some trailing types of petunias with their tender, bell-shaped […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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