Content tagged "flowers"

What are some good flowering plants to put near a vegetable garden to attract bees to help with pollination?

Gardens & Landscapes Bee Health Updated: March 02, 2016

Any flowering, pollen-producing plant will attract bees, including your vegetables. Bees also need a source of water, so the addition of a bird bath or...

Is there a ground cover that will grow in a shaded, damp area? All we have now is moss.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 24, 2012

As you have discovered, it is very difficult to have a healthy lawn in a shady, poorly drained area, and a suitable ground cover is a good idea. The presence...

What ground covers grow at high altitude? I live in Colorado.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 05, 2012

The ideal ground cover plant forms a sufficiently dense mat of roots and foliage to reduce soil erosion, exclude weeds and provide an attractive, year-round...

Should astilbes be deadheaded during the growing season? I just planted two new astilbe plants, and the blooms are almost brown (they were lavender).

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 25, 2011

Removing the spent flower heads (deadheading) will not extend or promote additional blooms in astilbe. Therefore, it is usually a matter of asthetics....

My Minnesota garden has sandy soil and gets full sun all day. What mid- to late season flowers and blooming shrubs would do well here?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 07, 2011

Many of these perennial plants will do well in the site you describe: Rudbeckia, Yucca, purple coneflower, Coreposis, yarrow, bee balm, Aster, butterfly...

Why do leaves of phlox plants turn white and die?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 19, 2011

Perennial phlox plantings are subject to powdery mildew disease, caused by the fungi Erysiphe cichoracearum and Sphaerotheca humuli. Signs of powdery mildew...

Can I grow cactus outside in Denver, Colorado?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 17, 2011

Yes. There are a variety of cacti that can be grown in Denver's climate. Here are a few tips to get you started. First on your agenda is to determine the...

How do I propagate my rosemary plant?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 17, 2011

Softwood cuttings are generally taken from plants in spring or early summer, during a growth flush when tissue is relatively soft and succulent. Stems of...

How do you split and transplant an old-fashioned bleeding heart that has overgrown its space in the garden?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 16, 2011

If you mean Dicentra spectabilis, it is difficult to divide. If it really needs dividing, do it carefully in early spring when you first see the plants...

What is causing the small brick-red leaf spots on my aster plants?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: October 10, 2011

In late summer and fall, garden asters are often infected with rust disease. Severe leaf rust usually leads to death of aster leaves and reduced plant vigor....

I am looking for ground cover plants to conceal bird droppings under a bird feeder. Can you help?

There aren't many plants where bird droppings will drop completely through the leaves and flowers so that there is no sign of it. There are many, however,...

Our huge blue hostas have started dying from the center out. One is dead and the other has only a few live shoots on the outside of the crown. What is going on?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: September 30, 2011

This may be fairy ring or center clump dieback of hosta. Old and established clumps are the ones most commonly affected. The symptoms sound similar to your...

I transplanted my peony while it was in leaf. The plant continues to look wilted, but green. I water it often, will it recover? Should I cut the stems off?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: September 29, 2011

Your plant is wilting because it has not yet established a root system.  It is especially important to water late summer/early fall plantings as they are not...

How dangerous is foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and is it poisonous to horses? Does it tend to spread and become difficult to control?

Gardens & Landscapes Horses Updated: August 02, 2011

Foxglove is poisonous to mammals. See the link to the Cornell University Web site at...

I have what looks like saliva appearing on several different plants in my flower garden. The substance is not sticky and has no obvious source. Any ideas what it is and how to get rid of it?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: May 01, 2011

I have a rue herb bush (Ruta graveolens) that's a little overgrown but is flowering so beautifully. Would trimming it late in the bloom season hurt it, and will it grow back?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: April 21, 2011

Flowers: Annuals

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: April 14, 2011

Flowers | Selection | General Requirements and Maintenance | Annuals | Perennials | Bulbs | Problems Links to external web pages are followed by the source's...

How do I get rid of spider mites on my clematis and morning glory vines?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 15, 2011

What is the recommended way to winterize rose bushes, especially hybrid teas and floribundas in Colorado?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: June 25, 2010

I've had a lovely chrysanthemum plant for the past 5 years. This year it died over the winter. Was that because of the blizzard or the late snow we had?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: June 24, 2010

When should you plant tulips in Kentucky?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: March 12, 2010

I have a 7- to 8-foot tall papaya tree growing in my Hawaii garden and it appears healthy. There are flowers and some small fruit, but the fruit turn yellow when they become around 1.5 to 2 inches and fall off. What is causing this, and how can it be prevented?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: August 06, 2009

Does Perovskia atroplicifolia (Russian sage) grow well in the wet clay soil found near Duluth, Minnesota? Is this a perennial?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: July 31, 2009

Tropical Plants in the Landscape

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: August 06, 2008

With a few exceptions, most tropical plants need a frost-free environment to successfully overwinter and be used as perennial plants in the garden....

Watering the Flower Garden

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: August 06, 2008

By Dennis Patton, Kansas State University [1] Good gardening practices include efficient uses of water. Plants require timely applications to supplement...

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