With beautiful, large, lush leaves, the stunning elephant ear plants makes a statement in gardens and landscapes. These monsters thrive in USDA zones 8 to 11 growing up to 6 feet tall and with, with leaves that are 2 feet long. Bulbs can be planted in containers or directly in the garden in holes 2-3 inches deep. Plants prefer full sun to partial shade in an area protected from strong winds.
Begonias are grown as hardy perennials in zones 10 and 11, and summer annuals in colder areas. These easy to care for plants have a compact, bushy structure with fleshy stems, bronze leaves, and blooms in shades of red, pink, or white. All of the 10 common types prefer morning sun and afternoon shade, well-draining soil, and light fertilizer every couple of weeks.
The perfect plant for shady garden spots, hostas are prized for their large green leaves and low maintenance needs. In the fall it’s best to cut back or trim the leaves and flower stalks back to prepare them for winter. Plants can be cut significantly, leaving only small stems. In the spring they will grow robust new foliage free of diseases and pests.
Spirea shrubs should be pruned twice a year, in early spring and late fall, to keep plants looking full and lively. Colorful flowers grow on new shoots versus old wood. Pruning also allows sunlight to get into the middle of the plant and develop strong branches. Always make sure to use sharp pruning shears or a hedge trimmer, and the blades are clean.
Using prefabricated troughs are a convenient, easy way to container garden or raised bed garden. Look for wooden troughs that are made from cedar or teak, plastic composite troughs, cast concrete or stone containers, or metal troughs. Regardless of the type chosen, the trough needs drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out.
Plumeria flowers are incredibly fragrant and colorful, brightening up gardens. To encourage blooms provide ideal growing conditions including at least 6 hours of sun daily, well-draining soil, adequate water, and high phosphorus fertilizer. Trim back leggy branches to encourage thicker plants and more flower buds.
Related to petunias, calibrachoa look like miniature petunias but are actually their own species. These little plants are great for containers and hanging baskets, growing as summer annuals in most areas. The several different varieties grow 6-12 inches tall and spread 9-20 inches wide. Flowers come in red, white, yellow, pink, blue, purple, and orange.
Petunias are a garden favorite with their non-stop blooms in a wide range of colors and their simple needs. They grow in beds, borders, containers, and hanging baskets and do well whether started from seed or transplants. Plants love full sun, like their soil a bit dry before being watered, and need regular applications of balanced fertilizer.
Plumeria thrive in warm climates as perennials and can be grown in cooler areas if brought indoors during the winter. Flowers are showy and fragrant, appearing in clusters at the ends of branch tips. Plants are typically propagated from cuttings during the spring or summer. They can be planted from seed but plants may not flower for the first three to five years.
Tulip festivals are celebrated all around the world, displaying millions of the spring-blooming flowers everyone knows and loves. They are often held in cities with distinct Dutch heritage. US festivals are celebrated in Washington, Michigan, Oregon, New Jersey, Utah, New York, Iowa, and California. They can also be found in Amsterdam, Ottawa, Istanbul, Japan, India, and Australia.
Tulips have an interesting history and are full of significance. The beautiful spring flowers are often gifted to people for what the color represents. In floriography, each flower color represents an emotion or sentiment. The most commonly gifted colors are red, pink, white, yellow, orange, and purple.
Understanding the different characteristics of the common tulip types will help you plant the ones right for your garden. They have different flowering times, they grow to different heights, and flowers blossom in different colors. The most common are species tulips, Fosteriana, water lily, single early, double early, Greigii, lily flowered, multi-flowering, fringed, parrot, Viridiflora, Darwin-hybrid – single late, double late, and Rembrandt.
Planting tulips correctly is one of the best ways to ensure you have successful plants. Bulbs should be planted in the fall in full sun flower beds, protected from the wind. Space bulbs 4 to 6 inches apart, about plant them about 3x deeper than the height of the bulb. This usually means 3-6 inches deep in the soil with the pointy end up.