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What Is A Composite Flower?

Briefly, a composite is a member of the composite family (Compositae or Asteraceae family).However, such a statement conveys little information to one who is just learning.It becomes clearer to say that a composite is a member of the daisy family or the Sunflower family, Aster flowers, Thistle, Chicory or Ragweed family. But garden magazines, garden books, and nursery catalogs frequently use the word composite.We should become thoroughly familiar with it. The best way to know a word is to use it.

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Awesome Astilbe

Astilbes are the drama queens of the shade garden.  You cannot help but admire these ‘no-fuss’ divas for their beauty and grace.

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Hardy Orchids Grow Well Planted in a Perennial Shade Garden

Gardeners, looking for a challenging plant, will find it among some orchids tough enough for outdoors. Able to thrive in environments where cold winters are the norm, gardeners who grow indoor orchids will easily recognize the beloved flower forms. Gardeners can turn to Bletilla, Calanthe, Cypripedium or Spiranthes for inspiration, both in species plants and hybrid cultivars.

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Trellis Plants: What Are 10 Of The Best Flowering Vines?

Choosing the ideal trellis plants that flower can be a challenging decision. There are plenty of climbing plants and flowering vines for growing on a trellis system. Each of the flowering vines has their own beauty and characteristics. There are many creative ideas and products on how to mix flowers and give your garden and property a beautiful accent.

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Purple Fountain Grass: How To Care For Pennisetum Setaceam

Purple fountain grass – Pennisetum setaceum “Rubrum” is an ornamental landscape grass. Its foxtail plumes and striking burgundy foliage show up well when surrounded by contrasting plants. This herbaceous perennial grass is heat tolerant and grows well in poor soil.

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What Are the Most Common Threats To Trees in Your Landscape?

Trees are an important element to your backyard landscape. Not only do trees provide much-needed shade in our increasingly urban suburbia, but their lush, green foliage adds amazing aesthetics. But sometimes our common backyard trees can fall victim to unforeseeable natural threats.

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Growing Peperomia Plants: Care, Propagation, Pest and Disease

The world of the peperomia plant comes in many varieties. Some you’ll find down at the local garden center in the houseplant section. Others are strictly for hobby collectors. Peperomias have long been favorite indoor houseplants due to their adaptability to the atmosphere of the house as well as their attractive foliage and compact growth habit.

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Bromeliad Plant Care: How To Grow And Care For Bromeliads

You may be surprised to know that pineapples are a type of terrestrial bromeliad, and they have a quite complex root system. They grow in a manner that is very similar to other types of plants, in that the roots gather water and nutrients to nourish the growing plant. Epiphytic bromeliads, on the other hand gather nutrients and moisture from the air. Tillandsia usneoides, or “air plant” is one example of this type of bromeliad, and Spanish moss is another.

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Bromeliad Watering – How Often To Fill Up The Tank!

Many of the bromeliads sold today are “tank type” bromeliads. The rosette of broad leaves creates a “cup” or “vase” in the plants center.

These plants hold water in the cup and leaf axils. Plants with cups should be filled, and not allowed to remain empty. The tank should be flushed out with plenty of water periodically to prevent possible stagnation. This periodic flushing also prevents a build-up of salts left when water in the cup evaporates.

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Neoregelia Care: 17 Tips For Growing The Neoregelia Bromeliad

Tip the adult plant out of its pot and gently cut the offsets loose using a very sharp, clean knife or clippers.
Be careful to give the offshoots enough roots to survive. If you cut it separate from all its roots, it will die.
Put the offshoots into their new pots. Cover them with a plastic bag for several days to hold in the moisture and help them get a good start. Be sure to set up a wireframe or a support rod inside the bag to prevent it touching the vegetation of your new plant.

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Asiatic Lily Care: How To Grow Asiatic Lilies

Beginners new to planting bulbs find Asiatic lilies among the easiest of all lilies to play with.

They are the first lilies of the season to flower, and they multiply fast. With simple care, these temperate northern hemisphere natives, grow and do well in USDA hardiness zones 10 all the way to 3.

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Passion Flower: Growing The Passiflora Vine

The Passion Flower is listed as hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5-9; however, it may actually struggle in zone 5 and may not survive very cold winters. If you live below zone 6 you should plant Passion Flower in a sheltered area near a wall so and provide the roots with protection against the cold in the wintertime

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Gerbera Daisy Care: Growing Gerber Daisies [HOW TO GUIDE]

Because these hearty little spots of color do hail from South Africa, they are used to hot dry weather. For this reason, they fall prey easily to fungal diseases. Interestingly, some of the older varieties are less susceptible to this problem. With either older or newer varieties, proper planting and judicious watering are very important to prevent crown rot.

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Peace Lily Care – Spathiphyllum Plant [20 QUESTIONS ANSWERED]

More than 30 different types of plants belong to this group along with dozens of hybrids. They are native to tropical areas of the Americas and also to southeastern Asia. These evergreen plants, make attractive and excellent houseplants with their low water requirements and low lighting needs to thrive.

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Sansevieria Snake Plant Care: Mother-in-Law’s Tongue [Care Guide]

The snake plant or Sansevieria pronounced (san-se-vi-ee’-ri-ah) – A genus of perennial herbs with stiff, very thick leaves, often mottled with white, and clustered flowers on slender stalks A member of the Asparagaceae Family, popularly goes by other common names. The very “politically correct” Mother-in-Law’s tongue, snake tongue and Bowstring-hemp. The snake plant makes and excellent potted plant indoors as a houseplant or outdoors. Sansevieria is undoubtedly one of the most easily recognized plants in the world.

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Canna Lily: How To Plant, Grow And Care For Canna Lilies

The canna lily plant is a flamboyant summer flowering plant with a bold look. The plant grows from thick, fleshy bulbs. Canna is a genus in the banana family called Cannaceae. These beautiful garden plants are low maintenance, easy to grow herbaceous perennials. Canna flowers during summer time in various vibrant flowers in color of red, yellow or orange. They go in and out of gardening style.

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Forget Me Not Flower: How To Grow And Care For Myosoti

The Forget Me Not flower, by any other name would not be so sweet to gardeners, nor would the other numerous little blue forget me not flowers affectionately given the same name by their admirers.

True forget-me-not flowers have been prized by gardeners for generations.

Perhaps the little blue flowers of the forget-me-not are cherished because they are reminiscent of gardens of the long ago childhood gardens, or those of a beloved mother or grandmother.

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How To Grow and Care For Gardenia Plants

Perfection in Nature! It happens when the beautiful waxy white flower of the Gardenia plant fills the air with its intoxicating, unmistakable fragrance. Myths abound on how difficult it is to grow Gardenias. Don’t be fooled! We’ve put together a “how to” on growing and caring for gardenias. Soil, planting, pH and a video.

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The Best Roses to Grow in Any Situation

Roses are the most classic flower to include in a garden. They’re prolific bloomers, fragrant and colorful. With a little care and maintenance, you’re only a few steps away from success. Yet the ideal conditions for growing roses aren’t always there. We have you covered. Here are the best roses for each situation.

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Marigold Flowers: How To Grow And Care For Marigolds

The Marigold, a cheerful and easy plant to grow, and the first choice among those who want a bright and splendid natural display for their homes! This annual plant flowers with radiant sprays of multi-colored brass, copper and gold flowers all throughout the summer season.

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Using Epsom Salts To Help Overcome Transplant Shock

Transplant shock is typical when moving plants from a small container to a bigger one, from the greenhouse to the outdoors or transplanting into the garden for plants to wilt.

Epsom salts come in handy and help the roots overcome the transplant shock.

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Full Sun Flowers: 12 Best Annual Bloomers For Summer Color!

Flowers… we want colorful flowers in the light shade and full sun flowers as well.  Some plants like lantana varieties in the landscape can handle the sun, others can’t. When the summer heat cranks up and humidity thickens, it places extra stress on plants and even us as we reach for a glass of lemon aid! Mulch provides one way for plants to get some heat relief so you don’t face constant watering.

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Hello Sunshine – Plants that Love the Sun

While most plants need only need some sunshine throughout the day, others love being in the sun all day. Sun loving plants can fill spots where you need some life or color in the garden. Know where the sun hits the most in your garden before picking plants out and then head over to your local garden center for the best choices.

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Classic Houseplants for your Living Room

What is the most commonly used room in your home? It’s probably the living room. It’s where the whole family comes together, where visitors sit and enjoy conversations and where memories are made.

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Bulbs to Plant Now for Late Summer Color

Right about now, daffodils and tulips are in full bloom making even the simplest of streets beautiful. People are snatching up the blooms and putting them in vases and arrangements. And some are even heading into garden centers to get those flowers for their garden.

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Tips On How To Clean Leaves On Houseplants

You may be surprised to learn that grooming your plants can be one of the most time-consuming parts of caring for them, and with good reason. Proper grooming takes time but keeps plants healthy and greatly enhances their appearance.

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Trumpet Vine: How To Care For Campsis Radicans

The trumpet vine, hummingbird vine or Trumpet Creeper vine is the common name for Campsis radicans pronounced (kamp’-sis), which belongs to the family Bignoniaceae. These bushy ornamental deciduous shrubs or woody vines are usually grown as vining climbers rambling over rocky places and covering banks.

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DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits

Using the kit is as easy as it looks  — simply fill each cell of the carton with seed starting mix, sprinkle 2-3 seeds per cell and spray with a water bottle. Place this in a warm, sunny spot in your home and keep moist. Once there’s no more threat of frost in the spring, cut the cells apart and place each one directly in the ground (egg carton and all).

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How To Improve Your Winter Garden’s Appeal

‘Winter Interest’ is a common term in the gardening world that we feel merits some explaining. When plant sellers and garden designers use this term, they mean that some or all of the plant in question keeps making...

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