Learn how to grow perennial plants, including perennial flowers, shade perennials and more.
Grow Hibiscus in Any Climate
Hibiscus, one of the most beautiful garden flowers, is not just for tropical climates. Hardy perennial and shrub hibiscuses can be grown in nearly any climate. Learn the basics of hibiscus care and how to grow hibiscus where you live.The tropical hibiscus produces dazzling blooms all summer and makes a great potted plant . Unfortunately, it's not tolerant to freezing. So it's just a single season plant unless you overwinter it indoors. But there are other
4 Variegated Plants We Love
What's trending in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden? Plants with variegated foliage. Japanese forest grass is one of the few ornamental grasses that thrive without sun. The variety Aureola is a big attention-grabber in the BHG Test Garden. Its golden yellow leaves are striped with green, a real shadow brightener under trees. Variegated fragrant Solomon's Seal was the perennial of the year in 2013, and for good reason. This 3 to 4 foot tall cultivar of the native Solomon's Seal has elegant arching stems that sway in the gentle breeze. Leaves sport cream-colored edges and rose of bell-like blossoms dangle from stems like strings of pearls. The foliage turns golden in fall. Gold Splash wintercreeper is a bushy member of the popular Euonymus family that includes both shrubs and ground covers. Lovely in every season, its evergreen leaves are edged in gold and hold their bright coloration year-round. Reaching a height and width of just 18 to 24 inches, Gold Splash fills a versatile role for gardeners in partly sunny to sunny areas.every season, its evergreen leaves are edged in gold and hold their bright coloration year-round. Reaching a height and width of just 18 to 24 inches, Gold Splash fills a versatile role for gardeners in partly sunny to sunny areas.
Easy Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental grasses are an easy way to add several seasons of color and interest to your landscape. Most grasses are easy to grow and attract wildlife. Here are some of our favorites. Switch grass is a North American native grass that features cloud-like seed heads and tolerates a wide range of growing conditions. Some varieties have attractive blue green foliage that turns gold in the autumn. Others, such as Shenandoah turn burgundy purple in the fall. Wooden grass, also called Miscanthus is a popular grass for its thin leaf blades and graceful arch and texture. Some varieties have whites or yellow variegated foliage for extra interest. This species is not native and can be invasive in some areas, so check local instructions before planting it. Fountain grass is another beautiful non-native grass that's commonly planted in landscapes. Typically shorter in stature than Switch grass or Maiden grass, it features fuzzy seed heads that look like caterpillars. Fountain grass is deer-resistant, drought tolerant and the seed head attract birds. Feather reed grass is one of the most prevalent grasses planted in landscapes. It offers an attractive stiff upright habit and wheat-like seed heads. Karl Foerster is an award winning variety that you can also find variegated types, such as Avalanche. If you're looking for a grass for the shade, try Japanese forest grass. Grow in a round of foot tall, this wooden plant offers arching dark green leaf blades that have bold, golden yellow stripes. Some varieties turn in an attractive red purple in the autumn.Ornamental grasses are an easy way to add several seasons of color and interest to your landscape. Most grasses are easy to grow and
Accent your shade garden with easy-growing, weed-smothering groundcovers. Here are five beautiful choices.
Late-Season Perennial Flowers to Grow in Your Garden
Add drama and interest to your late-season garden with these perennial flowers.They look great in winter or as dried flowers. Helenium is another Native American flower that blooms in early fall. One common name is sneeze weed because it blooms at the height of hay fever season, but don't worry, this one won't make you sniffle. This variety is called Double Trouble. Most Heleniums are orange or orange-yellow.
The Best Easy-Care Perennial Flowers
Add a profusion of colorful flowers that come back every year with these no-fuss plants.
Growing Lilies and Daylilies in Your Garden
Daylilies and lilies are two big-impact, easy-to-grow plants for your summer garden.
Grow Lavender in Your Garden
With these gorgeous purple or white flowers and soothing scent, it??s easy to fall in love with lavender. This Mediterranean trop grows best in the hot sunny spot with well-drained soil. Keep your plant happiest with the soil that doesn??t stay wet or [unk] periods. If you have a lot of heavy clay, grow lavender in containers or raised beds. There are some varieties on the market, Hidcote is one of the most popular. It bears a wealth of dark purple blooms and have a strong fragrance. Munstead is an early variety from the early 1900, and has lighter purple flowers. Some newer varieties such as Elegance Purple, are more compact and may produce blooms over longer period than old lavenders. Because lavenders are shrub, you should not put it back to the ground and spay while [unk] nails. Trim back lightly for best results. When cutting lavender flowers, it??s best to take the flower stem all the way back to where the leaves come out. This keeps your lavender looking clean and fresh, and without dead stems thinking up of the leaves, you reduce the [unk] disease. You can use your lavender flower to make some shades of [unk] or in baking and cooking.Munstead is an early variety from the early 1900, and has lighter purple flowers . Some newer varieties such as Elegance Purple, are more compact and may produce blooms over longer period than old lavenders. Because lavenders
Top Shade Garden Plants
Discover beautiful and easy-to-grow plant varieties to add color and interest to shaded spots in your garden or landscape.
Growing Native Plants
Scott Peterson of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources talks about different types of native plants and where you can purchase them.