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Flowers and ornamentals should be your pride and joy. They are typically what adds the spark to your garden and unique.
You cannot mistake the colorful flower blooms with any type of more herbaceous plant. Their petals, vibrant colors, and fragrant smells are unmistakable. Furthermore the science behind their reproduction and pollination make them interesting plants to learn more about.
However, not all ornamentals are flowering. Ornamental plants come in all types of sizes, shapes, and colors. From a horticultural standpoint, an ornamental is any plant that is valued for its aesthetics and is primarily used for display purposes. They may have striking appearances that come from their lacy leaves or long needles. Or they may have exotically-colored leaves or magnificent blooms.
Here you will find all our articles related to helping you raise beautiful flowers and ornamentals!
How to Plant HostasPlanting hostas is not difficult, but you can further increase your chances of success by following our guide with some practical tips. It can seem like a daunting task, but it's not difficult at all!
10 Types of Hostas You Should Consider PlantingWhich hostas variety should you plant in your garden? Come learn about the most popular species and the unique characteristics each one has. There is someone for everyone in these 10 cultivars that we review.
Hostas Care GuideThese elegant herbaceous perennials with heart-shaped leaves are sure to add a vivid green color to your garden. Best of all, they are not difficult to take care of. Come learns everything you'll want to know and more.
Growing Lavender: Complete GuideLavender is typically grown for its fragrant flowers and essential oils, versus being used as a culinary herb. Plants prefer lots of sun and drier soil, almost thriving on neglect. Choose from English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Lavandin types that blossom tiny flowers in shades of lavender, bluish-purple, light pink, and white.
Cypripedium Care GuideLady's slippers, a native North American orchid, grow east of the Mississippi River in moist woodland areas, open-forest swamp areas, fens, and along riverbanks. Plants are known for their pouchy flowerers that look like a little slipper. They can grow in gardens if the temperatures never climb above 90°F in the summer, there is dappled shade, and their soil is kept moist.
Cymbidium Comprehensive GuideCymbidium plants, also known as boat orchids, grow outdoors year-round in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 12. In colder climates they must be brought indoors during the freezing winter months. Plants produce a dozen or more flower spikes, with each one having a large 2 to 5-inch flower. To successfully grow plants - whether indoors or out - nighttime winter temperatures should be between 45°F and 55°F and plants need full sun.
Hibiscus Diseases and PestsHibiscus are prone to problems with diseases such as leaf spot, wilts, rot, dieback, molds, and mildew. Common pest problems include spider mites, aphids, scale, whitefly, mealybugs, and thrips. Many of the problems are preventable by cultural practices like planting in well-draining soil, proper watering, providing enough fertilizer, and planting in sunny locations.
Pink Hibiscus Plant – Grow and Care GuideKnown for their showy blooms, pink hibiscus plants display flowers up to 12-inches wide all season long. They grow well in the garden or as container plants. Native to the tropics they are perennials in zones 9 to 11, and grown as annuals in zones 8 and lower. The most common pink varieties range in size from dwarf shrubs to plants that grow up to 10 feet tall.
Proper Salvia Care (Complete Guide)A member of the mint family, salvia make a colorful, perennial addition to the garden. Some species, like the popular kitchen herb sage, are used for flavoring dishes while others are grown purely as an ornamental. Plants are easy to grow as long as they receive full sun, have well-drained soil, and are lightly fertilized in the spring. Deadheading during the flowering season helps to promote more blossoms.
Siberian Iris Care GuideThese popular perennials are typically grown as border plants, producing blue-violet blooms in May and June in zones 3 through 8. Siberian Iris are resistant to deer and rabbets and come in early and late blooming varieties. They are easy to care for and prefer shady garden spots.
Planting Elephant Ear BulbsWith 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.
10 of the Most Popular Types of BegoniasBegonias 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.
Hostas Fall Care and MaintenanceThe 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.
Trimming Spirea ShrubsSpirea 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.
15 Trough Planter IdeasUsing 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.
Winter Pansies – The Plant with a Beautiful BloomWinter pansies add a pop of color into the dreary, cold winter season. They aren't a specific type of pansy as all types are tolerant of temperatures down to 25°F, even continuing to bloom in the snow. They're just planted in the fall from seeds or transplants for color all winter in zones 6 to 9.
Blue Plumeria – Should You Buy Them?Blue is a fascinating flower color, drawing the attention of many gardeners. Unfortunately blue plumeria do not exist although they are often falsely marketed and sold. Plumeria do come in shades of purple, but the plant cannot produce blue pigment. So beware if someone is trying to sell you one.
Helping Plumerias to BloomPlumeria 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.
Calibrachoa Care: Everything You Need to KnowRelated 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.
How to Care for PetuniasPetunias 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.
How to Care for and Propagate PlumeriaPlumeria 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.
14 of the Best Tulip Festivals in The WorldTulip 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.
Tulip General Information and Meaning Behind Different ColorsTulips 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.
Common Tulip Problems: Pests and DiseasesTulip problems are common, usually arising from cultural problems, diseases, or pests. Making sure bulbs are healthy before planting and planted correctly helps to prevent problems. Diseases and insects can be prevented by making sure bulbs are spaced properly and plants are properly cared for.
14 of the Most Popular Tulips TypesUnderstanding 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.
How to Plant TulipsPlanting 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.
About the author: Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at TheGreenPinky. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.