All-Weather Perennial Plants you would Love




Having a garden that stands throughout the year regardless of weather conditions may be a very big challenge. But having year round perennials can be possible. Just include all these top known perennials in your garden and enjoy the sight of beauty even after every change of season.

Coneflowers

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These perennials are native North American plants that showcase a daisy like appearance. Being a low maintenance plant that multiplies fast, these flower plants are ideal for long borders and prairie garden. Also, one thing that gardeners love about coneflowers is that they attract lots of butterflies, bees and birds.

Candy Tuft

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Masses of snow like blooms of this perennial plant are a good addition to your garden. Usually, candy tuft plants are grown in an alkaline soil exposed in an ample amount of sunlight. They bloom early in spring until summer and often bloom again on fall.

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Bergenia

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These are useful year-round garden plants that show beautiful flowers that ranges from white to purplish in color. The highlights of this plant are not the flowers but the foliage that turns purplish during the winter.

Creeping Phlox

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These perennials are great for ground covering as they produce carpet like colorful flowers. They bloom in spring and produce long stems that harden, as they age.

Bluestar

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This perennial plant blooms midyear that shows star like blue petals. Its foliage is very attractive all year long and changes into golden yellow during fall season.

Beard Tongue

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They come in variety of colors and shapes that work well in almost any plant when paired. Penstemon or beard tongue loves a sunny and dry weather and can grow wildflowers fast when planted in spring.

Investing on year round perennials is really worth your money time and effort. When they receive proper care and attention, you can guarantee that they will keep growing year after year even in varied seasonal changes.




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Top 8 Great Small Evergreen Shrubs




Evergreen shrubs are a must have for every gardener,as they provide beauty and structure to every landscape. They require very low maintenance and throw out colors in our gardens almost all throughout the entire year. Better yet, smaller ones can provide better cover of the ground and keep off the weeds without consuming much space. Listed below are some of the greatests small evergreens that would add accent to your garden display.

Lavender

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This shrub is very versatile and requires low maintenance. It can stand and grow even in sandy soil and is highly resistant to drought. It perfectly adds color, scent and life in your backyard.

Daphne

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Daphne is ideal if you are looking for a shrub that is small and slow growing. It blooms and produces fragrant flowers during the winter. Also, with the artistic look of its leaves lined with yellow borders, you’ll surely love to see this plant on your garden.

Aucuba

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If you’re aiming for a tropical garden look, aucuba is one of the great choices. It is slow growing and known for its large oval shaped leaves. It is considered one of the toughest shrubs ever,as it can tolerate pollution, drought and full shade. Because of its ability to grow in shaded areas, aucuba can even become a houseplant.

Camellia

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Camellia is one of the popular flowering shrubs that can bloom in autumn or late summer. It produces beautiful flowers and dark green foliage. Naturally a tall shrub, dwarf shrubs are also available and can be best grown in areas partially shaded and with an acidic soil.

Fatsia

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Fatsia grows hand shaped leaves that are very eye pleasing. Because this shrub doesn’t grow compactly, it’s best to grow them in a large pot. They can also be a great asset in your garden and can be placed around the borders.

Holly

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Known for its attribute as a Christmas symbol, Holly can also make a fantastic hedge. This shrub grows dark green shiny leaves with bright red berries in the middle. Having a sight of this in your garden will surely give everyone the holidays’ delight.

Mahonia

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With leaves almost similar to Holly, Mahonia offers a very good sight of bright yellow flowers that are quite fragrant. Mahonia is just one of those shrubs that requires hardly any attention and can grow in various weather and coastal conditions.

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These plants have plenty of cultivars all known to be tolerant to poor soil conditions and shade. The shrubs make best as a ground cover, but can also be trained to climb on wall. This shrub is a real beauty, when it gets covered with variegated green and gold leaves.




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Top 5 Rules for Choosing Plants for your Garden




Setting up your garden can be so difficult that you may become afraid to even give it a try. Choosing what to plant is usually the very first issue any gardening beginner faces. The immense variety of choices can feel a bit overwhelming, so here are the top rules to follow when choosing plants appropriate for your type of garden.

Space and Location

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Before purchasing any sets of plants, estimate how big they will grow, so that they won’t take up most of your garden space. Also, think of a location that is best suited for the types of plants you want to grow. Most plants prefer specific soil types and light exposure. Some are sun-loving while others just love to be kept in the shade.

Look for an Inspiration

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You can try to browse galleries for plant ideas that are perfect for the garden you have in mind. If you still find yourself stuck, just try to experiment with various colors, making sure the different plants actually complement each other.

Choose the Best Plants

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You should choose your plants carefully, try to make sure they are strong and healthy. Check for any signs of pest infestations, molds and other symptom of weakness or diseases, so your plants have higher chances of surviving, when transferred to your garden.

Consider the changes in Seasons

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If you live in a country with changing seasons, opting for a year-round garden could be the perfect way to add life to your yard throughout the entire year. List all the plants that bloom in each season. That way you will know what to plant and when they are starting to bloom. You can combine perennials and container plants for your seasonal type of garden.

Create Harmony

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Build harmony by grouping plants with same shapes and sizes. Put taller plants at the back and the smaller ones in the front. However, some gardeners choose to become unpredictable by grouping plants of different colors and shapes altogether. Both of this can create a different impact, depending on what type of garden you are dreaming to put up.

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Follow these 5 simple rules and experiment any variations yourself. Oftentimes, you might need to get through the process of trial and error, prior to achieving the perfect blend. Start gardening now, and don’t be afraid to play with the dirt!

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Self-Seeding Plants Ideas for your Garden




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If you’re into one-time planting for that lonely part of your garden, sowing self-seeding plants can be a great option for you. However, as their name suggests, these plants can turn your garden into a disaster, if they are not carefully kept under controlled. They grow, flower and produce seeds that can grow anywhere, even in places you would never expect to find them.

Self-seeders are usually biennials or annuals. They easily germinate and can grow out of bounds. There are many self-seeders you may want to try on your garden. Let’s take a look!

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Veggies and herbs volunteers during spring include squash and pumpkins, tomatoes, spinach, cucumbers, cilantro, dill, chamomile and many more. However, biennials can set seeds for the next year,if kept alive during the winter. Common examples are carrots, broccoli, beets and parsnips.

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Examples of flowering plant reseeders to give you a nice display include poppies, love-in-a-mist, marigold, honey wort, forget-me-not, bachelor’s buttons and many others. Invest in these plants and you’ll never have to purchase seeds ever again.

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If you’re the type of a gardener who doesn’t care about much order, then you can let your plants flower, develop mature seeds and then self-spread on their own. They can easily fill the land gaps, making your garden look lusher in a wild, but quite natural way. However, if you’re a little of a control freak that has a thing for order, this strategy is definitely not for you.

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Another option would be to let your self-seeders flower and go to seed, then take the seed head and scatter them strategically the way you want them to grow. This method is also helpful if you want to save seeds for the next season or give them away to friends.

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Remember to grow only the types of plants you could monitor and make sure they stay in control. Try to  provide the necessary spots for different the types, so they don’t get mixed up. Remember, these plants can go a long way if not given proper attention.

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How to Grow Yourselves a Night Garden




There’s nothing like the sight of a garden that seems to be glowing by the shine of the evening light. But for all the romantic and enchanted reasons, growing a night garden is practically reasonable too.  If you are working all day and miss the colorful display of blooms each time you get to be at home, then you can try a few tricks to set up your garden and make it look at its best during the night!

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To start with, plan the location that is partially shaded during the day. Once the right spot is decided, choose light colored plants. They appear luminescent under the moonlight or any other artificial garden lights. Popular night blooming plants that are ideal for planting include moonflower, evening star, white gaura, night blooming tropical water lilies, star jasmine, soapwort and many others. You can visit public gardens that have night-sections, to gather some ideas on how to set-up your own place.

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Sweet scented bloomers are also a must for your night garden. If you want to add a little color, sweet rocket is the best choice to produce scented lilac flowers. Its scent will surely fill the air,making it best to be planted near pathways or in sitting areas.

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Evening gardens aren’t just about flowers though. You can add a mix of plants that have silvery foliage to give your garden a shimmering accent, when hit by the evening light. Dusty miller and Lamb’s ear are just a couple examples out of a wide variety of plants that have silver foliage.

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Enough of the plants, a garden is not a garden without considering some design issues. Moonlight isn’t the only source of light that could make your garden look magical. Consider adding candles on jars or some fairy lights to illuminate your sitting areas. Twinkling lights that were once used for seasonal occasions, like Christmas, are also perfect for wrapping trees or bushes, leaving a nice glow in your garden. Add some water features in the middle area, like say, a fountain with underwater lights, to complete the relaxing effect you want to achieve.

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The new look of your night garden would come handy, especially if you want to hold night events and parties. From now on, you’ll never be ashamed to invite friends and relatives to your place and that would  surely inspire you and your family to enjoy the outdoors area together.

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Top 6 Easy to Grow Herbs for your Garden




There is nothing as satisfying as growing edible plants like herbs at the comfort of your own garden. Why not try planting some of these easy to grow herbs next year?

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Basil

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This herb makes a perfect addition to soups, pasta and pizzas and is very easy to grow. However, it can’t stand cold temperatures so it’s best to keep it indoors during the winter. Gardeners prevent basils from producing flowers by pinching the center shoot. This will encourage more leaves to grow.

Cilantro

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Easily confused as parsley, cilantro is popularly used in Asian dishes. Mature cilantro seeds are called coriander and are also used in cooking, however, the leaves and the seeds offer different flavors in dishes that’s why they shouldn’t be confused as substitute for one another. Growing cilantro is easy but its best to know that they love sunny but not too hot weather. They should be kept indoors during the hottest time of the day.

Rosemary

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Rosemary herbs love to be planted on dry soil conditions making a well-draining container filled with a sandy soil is ideal for them. They also can’t tolerate the cold brought about by winter that’s why planting them on pots for easy transfer will always do them good. Rosemary can also grow as a landscape shrub, when offered the best growing conditions.

Oregano

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Known for its health benefits, oregano can grow from seeds or cutting. When it are fully established as a plant, it needs very little attention like watering once in a while,only in extreme dry weather conditions. This plant can even be left alone to take care of itself, and it would thrive.

Thyme

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A perfect blend in for almost any dish, thyme thrives best under the sun. They are happy when planted in a well-draining soil with an alkaline pH. They also make a best ground cover making them perfect to be planted at the edge of the walkway.

Chives

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This herb is very easy to grow making it available throughout the entire year. It belongs to the onion family and is often sprinkled on many popular dishes. It’s important to keep this herb hydrated, to get higher yields.

If you’re still in doubt of your gardening skills, try out some of these herbs and enjoy the good results!




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How to Put your Garden to Bed




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Putting your garden to bed after a bountiful harvest, just before the snow comes, is a very important, even crucial phase, to prepare for the next spring’s gardening activity. It’s a great time for cleaning up, assessment of plant’s health and packing up all the unnecessary stuff, until spring. You can gradually do this starting at mid-October, until you actually see the first snow fall. Here are some basic advice you can follow this year.

  • Collect, dry and save seeds for next year

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Saving seeds is a great way to save and produce the same plants you had last year. It’s easy. Although like planting, you have to consider several key points to make sure the seeds don’t die, while in storage. Make sure the seeds are dry, before keeping them or else they’ll invite molds. There are available packs in the market meant for seed storage purposes. Another option is to use glass jars, paper or plastic bags. Don’t forget to store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Certain environment conditions like heat and moisture can affect the seeds viability.  

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  • Cutting Back

After a frost, start by cutting back the perennial plant parts that show signs of disease or infestations. Immediately throw them in the trash and don’t use them as compost. However, dead debris of healthy plants that were killed during the frost can go directly into your pile of compost.

  • Clear up areas that are overgrown with weeds

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This will prevent animals and pests from finding a shelter there, over the winter. By doing this, you will make your spring gardening work a lot easier too. Don’t forget to clean up all used tools and containers, before storage.

  • Plant

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You can take advantage of the time before the soil finally turns hard. Sow garlic, spinach, or rhubarb. Your neighbors will surely get envy when they’re just starting to plant and you’re already up for harvesting. Also, transfer plants like herbs in a pot, to be put indoors.

  • Mulch

Mulching is one of the best activities you can do before winter. This will protect your perennial plants from chilling temperatures. Leaves make a good mulch, but make sure they are finely chopped, since full leaves create a mat that won’t let water in. Gardeners say that straw is the best mulch because it keeps your garden bed well insulated.

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Finally, you’ll be glad you’ve done your homework, as soon as spring returns. You’ll have a lot more time to do more spring activities because your garden will look need and tidy, plant ready and well-prepared for the new season.

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How to Make Your Garden Magical at Night




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Our demanding jobs and modern way of life has driven us to savor the beauty of our garden less during the day. Therefore, we only have the time to wander and relax in our garden at night-time. As much as we want to witness the flowers bloom during the day, we could actually experience the vibe of a magical garden at night too. Here are some of the things that should be taken into consideration, to achieve your semi-dark, magical outdoor space.

Choose the right colors and plants

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As it turns dark, we want our garden to glow and become more alive. This can be achieved by choosing plants that are pale colored like white, blue and pale yellow. There are varieties of night flower plants that pump scented smell to help us relax and remove all the stress, gather throughout the long working day.

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Start with white impatiens, lamb’s ear, and star jasmine as this can also give you some silvery foliage that is glowing at night.

Consider the design of the garden

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There is no right and wrong way when it comes to designing your garden. You can put a bench at the center or anywhere you feel appropriate and experience the feeling of being enveloped by the beauty of nature. A nice sound of a fountain is also applicable, especially if you want to block the external noise of cars or shouting neighbors. You can gather many original ideas out of garden magazines or gardening blogs, but try to add your personal touch to the design and adjust it to your dreamed garden vision.  

Set-up beautiful garden lights

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Highlighting garden plants, by using garden lights seem to complete the missing puzzle piece of having a intriguing magical garden. Try using illuminated pots or hang down Christmas lights from a tree for a rainfall effect. You can try anything like the classic under lights on pots or spotlights on selected plants or trees but make sure you don’t overdo it. Otherwise, you’ll face a costly electric bill at the end of the month.

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How to Grow a Citrus Tree from a Seed




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Citrus trees are one of the best houseplants that can even bear fruits before you even know it. They can be put in any room for additional design and fragrance.

Any seed from a citrus fruit will do, even the ones we buy in the grocery store. The first thing to do is to remove all of the fruit remainders as possible by washing them to prevent molds or any fungus from appearing. Let them air dry if possible before planting them. Then sow the seeds about 2-3 centimeters in a small sized flower pots filled with moist quality soil.

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To encourage germination, wrap the containers in a plastic bag to retain humidity and warmth. Put them in a dark place to hasten germination. Make sure you always check the soil moisture, so that the germinating seed doesn’t dry out and die. You can always sprinkle water on them, whenever necessary.

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After 4-6 weeks, if successful germination has occurred, remove the plastic bag and provide adequate sunlight by placing the containers near sunny areas. Now is the perfect time to transfer them into larger pots for indoor keeping or you can plant them outside in your garden.

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Continue caring for your future lemon or orange tree, by providing ample amount of sunlight, water, air, nutrients and warmth. If they are given the right amount of attention, they can grow into a healthy, fruit bearing plants. Although it may take more than 10 years for citrus trees to bear fruits, we can still enjoy sight of a green fragrant plant when fruition is not happening yet. Also, it won’t matter waiting that long if you consider growing a citrus tree just for fun.

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So the next time you prepare refreshing lemonade for your family, think about sparing the seeds instead of directly throwing them into the trash can.

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Finding the Best Shade-Loving Plants




If you see the shady part of your garden a problem, don’t fret. There are different types of trees and plants that grow well and  thrive in these darker areas. Here is a list of shade-loving plants that will add light in this often overlooked corner.

Ferns

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Ferns are the best plants to work as a background. They provide a nice base for showier plants and thrive well, even when very little attention is paid to them, as long as you leave them in a soil that is consistently moist. Hardy ferns are one of the popularly known ornamental plants.

Astilbe

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They are the best companions of ferns giving a bright color to that particular shaded spot. Astilbes are very much easy to grow. They don’t require plenty of sun exposure and love a moist soil. Its plume-flowers can be beautifully placed in a vase too.

Hostas

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Hostas are better combined with ferns too. They are easy to take care of, making them perfect for low-maintenance outdoor spaces. These plants produce nice foliage. Some are even variegated and need as much as a gentler touch of sunlight to keep their stripes.

Hydrangea

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Hydrangea has recently become every gardener’s favorite. It loves moist soil rich with compost. These plants gives cluster of flowers in varying colors that surely add some extraordinary beauty to every garden.

Pulmonaria

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This type of plant works well in a semi-shady garden. They easily wilt when planted on areas exposed to the hot afternoon sun. However, they love sun exposure in the morning and late in the afternoon.

English Ivy

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English Ivy is very nice to be planted in low-light areas. It’s a better cover for walls and fences because of its climbing ability. But it’s could become invasive, if not properly treated.

Other houseplants work well in a shade garden too. Adding life in your dark areas can be as interesting as ever. There are a lot of possibilities worth a try. Combine various colors to turn that boring spot into something that really pleases the eye.




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