If you are growing raspberries in your garden, you’ve come to the right place. Once you select and set out plants, the waiting game begins. And as you watch the fruits take shape and change color, you will wonder about the best time to harvest them. Read on to discover when and how to pick raspberries with confidence.
Cheerful New England aster provides late-season color with an abundance of bright flowers that attract bees and butterflies. This easy to grow native perennial blooms from late summer right up to the first frost and returns vigorously year after year. Learn how to plant and grow New England aster in your garden now.
Sap-sucking spider mites damage foliage with their voracious feeding. Some species are attracted to bamboo and cause unsightly leaf damage as multiple generations hatch in one growing season. Read on and discover what causes vulnerability to bamboo spider mites, telltale signs of an infestation, and treatment methods.
The daylily is generally a robust flower that blooms all summer long. However, when the growing environment is too wet, it can succumb to a condition called rust. It is not easy to treat, and one affected plant may spell disaster for the rest. Read on to learn how to identify, treat, and prevent daylily rust now.
The alpine aster is a low-profile, cold-weather perennial for USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7. It’s an early-blooming species that flowers from late spring through early summer. Perfectly suited to rock gardens, its flowers are pink, purple, or white. Learn how to grow and care for alpine aster, here on Gardener’s Path.
Jewel-toned fuchsia blooms from summer through fall. Native to Mexico, Central and South America, and the South Pacific, species and cultivated varieties are available to grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 6 to 12. Read on to learn if fuchsia is an annual or perennial plant, and plan to add it to your outdoor living space.
Short on garden space but still want to enjoy the taste of sweet, crunchy homegrown carrots? With a container, some soil, and a packet of seeds, you can grow these flavorful root vegetables on a sunny balcony, patio, or even a front step. Learn how to plant and grow carrots in containers. Get the growing guide now.
Perennial asters have daisy-like flowers and readily naturalize in the garden through self-sowing and an extensive root system. By dividing perennial asters you can keep them under control, growing vigorously, and enjoy them in other areas of the garden. Learn when and how to divide asters with our guide. Read more now.
Cape marigold is a daisy-like annual native to South Africa and Namibia, suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 2 to 11. Its showy blooms offer summer-to-frost color in apricot, orange, salmon, white, and yellow hues, sometimes accented by purple. Give your garden an explosion of color and learn how to grow it in this guide.
How many times has a quick visit to the garden turned into a ruined pair of shoes? If you’re looking for footwear made specifically for garden use, that clean up easily and are comfortable enough to wear all day, check out our roundup of 13 of our favorite choices. We’ve got boots, clogs, shoes and more! Read more now.
Soft, luscious pawpaw fruit has a tropical flavor, but it doesn’t grow in the tropics. It’s native to USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9, where attractive maroon blossoms in spring and golden leaves in autumn make it a landscape focal point. Learn to grow this much fabled, commercially scarce treat, here on Gardener’s Path.
White wood asters display masses of tiny white blossoms from late summer to fall. Their mounded forms brighten shady areas of the landscape and attract beneficial pollinators. Read on for all you need to know to grow white wood asters and enjoy this rustic, informal late-season attraction in your outdoor living space.
Should you lime your lawn this year? Find out how this natural conditioning agent may be beneficial. Understand the difference between calcitic and dolomitic varieties. Learn about factors that affect soil’s pH balance and discover the only reliable method for making an informed decision, right here on Gardener’s Path.
The tulip is an iconic spring bulb flower that is available in an array of colors. It is a perennial that is often grown as an annual. Read on for all you need to know to select bulbs, grow and care for plants, and manage pests and disease. Discover exciting varieties and companion planting ideas in this handy guide.
Coconut coir is a fibrous material used to manufacture products like brooms and mats, as well as a host of soilless growing products. In its various forms you can use it to line planters, improve soil water retention and aeration, and support tropical plants like orchids. Learn its pros and cons now on Gardener’s Path.
Hydrangeas are available in an exciting palette of colors. Some vary by soil acidity, and others change color as they mature. Whether you have patio pots or estate acreage, you can enjoy their cottage charm in your outdoor living space. From dwarf to tree-sized, here are our 25 favorite varieties. Read more now.
Pot marigold, also known as calendula, is an annual herb that blooms with spectacular yellow, orange, and gold flowers. With a history of medicinal use, the edible flowers can be made into a variety of herbal remedies, used in cooking, or brewed in a soothing tea. Learn how to plant and grow calendula in this guide.
Want to become a succulent gardening pro? We share our top tips for planting, watering, fertilizer needs, dealing with winter weather or warm spells, pests and diseases, and more. Whether you’re planting outdoors in Zone 11 or growing a few potted plants in a sunny windowsill, read our guide now on Gardener’s Path.
Eggplant is a warm weather crop for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 10. When you grow your own, you can provide your family with unique varieties in a range of shapes and colors. Italian eggplants feature thin skins and fewer seeds than the types found in most grocery stores. Discover 15 of the best Italian varieties now.
Cardinal climber is a tender annual vine with red trumpet-like blossoms and palm-like leaves. Give it room to sprawl across a fence or up a trellis for pops of intense color from summer to frost. Discover how this hybrid was created and learn all you need to know to grow it in your landscape, here on Gardener’s Path.
The parrot tulip is an intriguing mid- to late-spring bloomer. Vibrant colors play across petals that ruffle and curl like exotic birds in flight. Mass plant for exceptional curb appeal. Scatter through beds and borders. Get parrot tulip growing tips now, and enjoy botanical garden quality blooms in your own backyard.
Are you familiar with the type of pruning known as deadheading? If you are a gardener, we invite you to join us as we define deadheading, and discuss how this technique varies with different plants. Learn the benefits of the practice, and ways to build it into your busy schedule with minimal effort. Read more now.
Healthy tulips have fleshy green foliage and bare, vertical flower stems. After blooming, it’s normal for the foliage to turn yellow and then brown. However, sometimes the leaves turn yellow early in the growing season. This spells trouble. Read on to learn the likely causes and how to avoid them with future plantings.
Borage is an easy to grow annual herb with tasty leaves long prized by chefs and herbalists. Its edible, star-shaped blossoms are beloved by bees and other beneficial insects and pollinators. This versatile herb can also be used as a cover crop. Learn how to plant and grow borage now in your landscape. Read more now.
Stokes’ asters are suited to home gardens in Zones 5 to 9. Enjoy blue, pink, purple, white, or yellow blossoms on plants with a height of 12 to 24 inches and a spread of 12 to 18 inches. Showcase the species and cultivated varieties in beds, borders, and mass-planted drifts. Read on for growing and care instructions.
Common sage is a versatile, savory herb often found in the company of parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Do you enjoy the flavor of sage in recipes like meat rubs and stuffing? It’s time you started your own supply. Learn how easy it is to grow this essential Mediterranean herb in the garden or a container. Read more now.
Flowering kale is an excellent choice when you want to add vibrant color and texture to cool weather gardens. Read on for easy cultivation and care instructions, a list of varieties to choose from, and recommended companion plantings. Join us as we explore growing ornamental kale and add some color to your garden.
Would you like to grow broccoli, but aren’t sure how? Read on for the best instructions for cultivating this nutritious cool weather crop in your garden. See if a spring or fall planting suits your climate and learn the secrets to getting several harvests from one plant. Learn more about broccoli in this guide.
Affectionately known as the elephant-foot plant, evergreen ponytail palm has a fountain of backward curving, strap-like foliage. The trunk has a large base called a caudex that stores water. This showy specimen is an elegant, easy-care houseplant. Learn all you need to know to cultivate a ponytail palm in your home.
Who can resist a mailbox full of seed catalogs? Browsing them is the dreamy pastime of many a gardener waiting for snow to melt and the growing season to begin. These interesting publications have been guiding gardeners for over 300 years. Get tips for navigating their colorful pages, right here on Gardener’s Path.
Yarrow is a flowering perennial that grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Flattened flower heads called corymbs create a carpet of velvety color in late spring and summer. Choose from shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. Drought and salt tolerant, you’ll find this plant easy to cultivate. Learn how to grow it now.
If you are looking for a simple water feature for your garden, why not add a birdbath? The relaxing tones of chirping birds and trickling water will make your backyard into a restful haven and welcome your feathered friends. Discover 11 of the best birdbaths and some must-have accessories, plus helpful buying advice.
A Boston fern with artfully cascading fronds is an attractive and substantial houseplant that may achieve dimensions of two to three feet tall and wide. Under ideal growing conditions, it is lush and green. A key component of care is proper watering. Read on and learn how to meet the moisture needs of Boston fern now.
Okra is a flowering plant with elongated, edible pods that are frequently used as a thickening agent in gumbo. With colorful varieties ranging from dwarf to over eight feet, it’s as pretty in the garden as it is functional. Read on to learn how easy it is to grow okra in your vegetable patch, here on Gardener’s Path.
There are over 150 species of woody flowering viburnum shrubs with clusters of blossoms in shades of cream, pink, and white. Some are evergreen. Others are deciduous, with vibrant autumn foliage and clusters of deep blue to red fruits. Learn how to grow one or more of the many available viburnum species and cultivars.
Starry aster flowers are native to North America, Europe, and Asia. Plants are available in an array of blues, pinks, purples, and whites. Mass plantings invigorate the late summer to fall landscape with carpets of robust color and texture. Read on and learn how easy asters are to grow and discover your favorites now.
Tulip bulbs face adversity in the landscape where foraging rodents, freezing and thawing cycles, and oversaturation may spell disaster. Rather than risk losing your favorite species and hybrids, you can lift, cure, and store tulip bulbs post-bloom. Read on for all you need to know and enjoy years of springtime flowers.
Common foxglove features tubular blossoms in shades of cream, pink, purple, red, yellow, and white on tall upright stalks that are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. It’s a biennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 9, and grows as an annual in all temperate zones. Learn how to grow and care for foxglove in your garden.
Pink, purple, white, orange, red, and yellow cosmos have feathery foliage and slender stems that sway gently in summer breezes. They bring color, a dreamy quality, and movement to gardens from summer to frost. Read on for 19 companion plants that share cosmos’ preference for moist, well-draining soil and full sunshine.
Do you want to garden with a purpose, one that goes beyond ornamental enjoyment? When you choose your next plant, make it a nectar-rich flowering variety that’s endemic to the US. Read on to discover a host of choices, and start attracting pollinators like bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to your yard.
If you are thinking of planting tomatoes in your vegetable garden, have you tried growing non-hybrid heirloom varieties? Capture the texture, taste, and colors of the past with these old-fashioned favorites. Learn about 21 of the best heirloom tomato varieties available and choose your favorites. Read more now.
Rejuvenate the bare gardens of winter with the fresh blossoms of spring. Discover 25 of the best early spring flowering bulbs, perennials, and shrubs. Boost your curb appeal and welcome visitors with bold, vivid colors that invigorate, or pastels that soothe. Say goodbye to winter and find your new favorites now.
Dogwoods are a diverse group of ornamental trees, shrubs, and subshrubs native to Asia, Europe, and North America. Some feature cheerful white or pink blossoms in spring, and others provide winter interest with brightly colored branches. Discover 23 of the best dogwoods for your landscape in this guide. Read more now.
Forsythia is an early spring flowering woody shrub with bright yellow blossoms on gracefully arching branches. Let it take its own shape, or prune it as desired, for the perfect backdrop to colorful bulbs, or a perimeter hedge. Read on to find all you need to know to cultivate and maintain forsythia in your landscape.
Tulips are spring-blooming bulbs that prefer full sun and well-draining soil. Many gardeners grow these flowers as annuals, but botanically speaking, they’re perennials. Read on to find 9 tips to get tulips to rebloom. Discover the types most likely to return and replicate their natural habitat to make it happen.
Petunias are tender perennials in Zones 9 to 11 and annuals elsewhere. Their velvety, trumpet-like flowers are charming in containers, borders, and beds, where they attract a host of beneficial pollinating insects and hummingbirds. Read on to discover 19 of the best purple petunias for outstanding spring-to-fall color.
Arugula is a leafy green in the Brassicaceae family and as such can fall victim to the same pests that prey on other cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard. Learn how to identify and control 15 of the most common arugula pests and enjoy your best harvest in this guide. Read more now.
Shamrock plants are types of Oxalis or sorrel that resemble ground clover. There are numerous species with green, purple, or variegated foliage and pink, red, white, or yellow flowers. Some are easy-care houseplants that thrive in bright, indirect sunlight with little maintenance. Read on to learn how to grow your own.
Viburnum is a woody flowering shrub for full sun to partial shade locations in Zones 2 to 8. Most types display fragrant blooms in the spring followed by colorful autumn foliage and drupes at season’s end. Learn more about 25 of the best native and non-native viburnum varieties and choose your favorites. Read more now.
Gladiolus is a flowering perennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11. It grows from corms that readily naturalize providing colorful, ever-enlarging displays. Enjoy it as an annual in other zones, where it can be lifted for the winter. Read on to learn all you need to know to cultivate this ornamental beauty in your garden.
A garden bench is an invitation to feel grass between your toes, smell the flowers, and relax in the shade. Choose a seat that reflects your style, and place it where you can enjoy relaxing and reading, or chatting with a friend. Learn more about 11 of our favorite garden benches in this guide. Read more now.
Are you looking for a way to extend the use of your outdoor living space well into the winter? A patio heater, fire pit, or both might be just what you’re after! In this guide, we review 13 of the best products to heat your outside space, including natural gas, propane, electric, and wood-fired options. Read more now.
Tropical garden crotons are prized for having lustrous, leathery leaves in vivid and variegated shades of green, red, and yellow. However, sometimes the colors aren’t as vibrant as they should be. Pale color is an indicator of issues in the growing environment. Read on for five possible causes of pale foliage now.
Garden croton is a boldly variegated foliage plant that makes a showy display in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12 and as a houseplant in all regions. It needs little attention but is sometimes temperamental, dropping its leaves under less-than-optimal conditions. Learn 9 reasons for leaf drop and how to avoid them now.
Peas germinate quickly and are one of the easiest food crops to grow outdoors in the garden or a pot. But what if you want to enjoy homegrown peas year-round? Indoor gardening is the answer! It’s easy to cultivate peas indoors like other houseplants, especially when you use a grow light. Read more now.
Suited to USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 7, the mighty chinkapin oak tree is a white oak species. Its lance-shaped, toothed green leaves are yellow in the fall for a rich seasonal display. Long-lived, this striking landscape specimen grows in full sun and provides comfortable shade in outdoor living spaces for generations.
Tropical crotons, Codiaeum variegatum, have lustrous, lush foliage in vivid hues with dramatically contrasting veins, splotches, and streaks. They thrive outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 to 12 and as indoor potted plants in all regions. Should you prune your plants? Read on for seven reasons to pick up the clippers.
Jade is a succulent for outdoor cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 11 and 12 and an easy-care, water-wise houseplant in all regions. Usually, the foliage is fleshy, firm, and evergreen. However, it can become limp under less-than-ideal growing conditions. Read on and learn why it happens and what to do about it.
Jade is a fleshy-leaved evergreen succulent that doesn’t need water until the pot dries out. It’s low maintenance, but there’s one task you may want to undertake: Pruning a jade plant can support its health and improve its appearance. Read on to discover 9 reasons to prune and the tools and techniques for the job.
Welcome spring with mass plantings of hardy snowdrop, a bulb flower that blooms right through the snow. Let this charming perennial naturalize for impressive drifts of bell-shaped white blossoms, or interplant it with crocus for a stunning display. Learn how to add Galanthus to your garden now on Gardener’s Path.
Cactus longhorn beetles are prevalent in the desert climes of North America. If you grow cacti in your landscape, read on to discover which species of cacti these insect pests favor as their hosts, when they are most active, the damage they are capable of inflicting, and how to manage an infestation.
Christmas cactus is a low-maintenance flowering houseplant that thrives in bright, indirect sunlight with low to moderate moisture. Knowing when it is time to water and how much is needed is often challenging. Read on to discover ways to avoid overwatering and get instructions on how to rescue a soggy Christmas cactus.
All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Cacti have sharp, prominent spines that inhibit moisture loss and provide shade and protection for the fleshy stems. Many species also have clusters of smaller spines called glochids. Learn about these small yet troublesome ones so you’re not caught unawares.
When autumn leaves put on a spectacular display of browns, oranges, purples, reds, and yellows, do you wonder why they turn such vivid hues? You’re not alone. Ongoing scientific study points to reasons that may or may not tell the whole story. Read on to learn what we know to date about why autumn leaves change color.
When you sow cold-hardy culinary and medicinal herbs, you don’t have to plant them every year. From bergamot to wintergreen, there are sweet and savory perennial and biennial species and cultivars for use in a variety of dishes. Learn about 23 of our cold-hardy favorites to grow at home. Read more now.
Panda plant is a succulent species for USDA Hardiness Zones 11 and 12 that also makes an exceptional houseplant. It has fuzzy foliage edged in brown, for a rich two-tone look. A striking addition to succulent collections, it also makes an eye-catching standalone specimen. Learn how to grow your own panda plant indoors.
Spring-blooming lungwort brightens partially shaded areas of the landscape with pink and blue blossoms that perch atop white speckled foliage. An outstanding ground cover, this cheerful perennial is suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8. Read on to learn how to grow and care for lungwort at your house.
For texturally-rich vertical interest among your succulent houseplants, consider introducing old man cactus. Covered in cascading hairlike white spines, this column-shaped desert species matures slowly. It requires a bright location, little moisture, and occasional maintenance. Read on for indoor growing instructions.
Onions are versatile vegetables that are featured in almost every type of cuisine. If you are growing your first crop, take time now to decide how you’ll store them post-harvest. Yields are often surprisingly large, and it’s best to be prepared. Read on for all you need to know to store your homegrown onions.
Haworthias are succulents that grow outdoors in Zones 9 to 11 and indoors as houseplants. There are about 60 recognized species and many variations. Most have a rosette form. Distinctive traits include bumps, bristles, ridges, and stripes. Some have “windows” to aid photosynthesis. Learn how to grow your favorites indoors.
Both farmers and home gardeners are likely to find cover cropping a valuable practice. Sowing dense, fast-growing plants to cover fallow soil helps to control weed growth and inhibit erosion. The decaying plants improve soil structure and replenish nutrients. Read on and learn if it is beneficial to rotate cover crops.
Low-maintenance, water-wise succulents are popular houseplants, but did you know that you can also cultivate them outdoors in the garden? Read on to discover species suited to your USDA Hardiness Zone and create eye-catching arrangements that display the varied forms, colors, and textures of these quirky desert plants.
Whether you plant Amaranthus caudatus for its striking 2-foot-long red flower heads, for its medicinal properties, or to eat it for breakfast, you won’t be disappointed with this large tropical native that’s made itself at home in North America. Learn how to grow and care for love lies bleeding in this guide. Read more.
Morning glories are annual vines that grace gardens with blue, pink, purple, or white flowers continuously from summer through fall. Sometimes flower production is poor or nonexistent. Learn about seven of the most common reasons why flower production may be poor or nonexistent in this guide. Read more now.
Tuberous flowering dahlias light up midsummer to autumn gardens in bold shades ranging from pink and purple to yellow, orange, and red. Read on to learn about 19 flowering companion plants that share the same cultural requirements for soil, sun, and water, and get your beds and borders ready for a spectacular display.
The bright, edible blossoms and green or variegated foliage of nasturtiums are as lovely to look at as they are to eat – unless they are plagued by pests. Learn how to recognize and treat nine common nasturtium pests now, and enjoy summer gardens bursting with classic orange, red, and yellow blossoms. Read more.
Roses add an inviting touch of romance to a landscape. Be sure to keep yours in top form by pruning the right way at the right time. Did you know that you can adjust the quantity and size of blossoms by varying your cutting technique? Learn this and more with 5 pruning tips in this guide. Read more.
Hostas are appreciated for their green, yellow, variegated, or white foliage. These attractive shade-loving perennials thrive in moist, well-draining loam and add beauty to the home landscape for many years. Sometimes you may want to relocate plants. Read on and discover 5 useful tips for transplanting and recovery.
String of pearls is a desert succulent suited to gardens in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 12 and houseplant cultivation in all zones. It is noteworthy for having round, green, pearl-like leaves that adorn cascading stems. Suspend it in a hanging planter for a dramatic display. Read on to learn how to grow string of pearls.
Virginia creeper is a native vine that thrives in average soil, tolerates shade, and doesn’t appeal to deer. Autumn color and deep blue berries make it sound like the perfect plant. However, its aggressive nature and suckering tendrils may pose problems. Is Virginia creeper right for your landscape? Read on and decide.
The bushy aster is a shrubby native perennial with masses of tiny flowers that bloom in late summer to early fall. It is suited to cultivation in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. Numerous varieties and cultivated hybrids make it an intriguing plant. Read on and discover what bushy asters can contribute to your landscape.
The heath aster is native to the United States where it typically grows among prairie grasses and in the disrupted soil of roadbeds and clearings. Ranging in height from one to three feet at maturity, it readily naturalizes via rhizomes and self-sowing and produces masses of tiny blossoms from late summer into autumn.
Asters are daisy-like flowers that fill the late-season landscape with masses of blue, pink, purple, and white. They are the perfect bridge between summer and fall. However, sometimes they do not bloom as expected. Read on and discover 7 reasons why asters may fail to bloom and how to prevent it from happening to you.
If you are looking for perennials for the summer-to-fall landscape, New York asters have plenty to contribute. In white, as well as bold shades of pink and purple, they are star attractions in mixed mass plantings that include black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, and goldenrod. Read on to learn how to grow Michaelmas daisies.
Perennial asters revive late-season gardens with masses of blue, pink, purple, and white daisy-like flowers. They offer a refreshing transition from the fading blooms of summer to the vibrant foliage of fall. You can increase the number of plants in your outdoor living space by propagating them yourself. Learn how now.
While other flowers are winding down at summer’s end, asters are just warming up, in vibrant shades of blue, pink, purple, and white. And as you harvest your remaining vegetable crops, you may begin to wonder whether asters can contribute food to the family table. Learn whether or not asters are edible in this guide.
Daisies of various types offer masses of cheerful blossoms that open randomly instead of all at once on the laziest, haziest summer days. With an easy gardening technique called deadheading, you can keep your flower patch looking its best at all times. Read on to learn how easy it is to deadhead throughout the season.
Weeping forsythia is a late winter to early spring sensation with its gracefully arching branches covered in little yellow flowers. It’s easy to grow in full sun and well-draining soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8. Read on for pro tips to guide you in cultivating healthy, show-stopping shrubs in your landscape.
Calla lilies are known for their vivid tropical colors and glossy green or variegated leaves. At home in bright sunshine with organically rich, well-draining soil, these summer delights sometimes suffer from drooping stems. Read on to learn what causes calla lily stems to bend and how to address the underlying causes.
The Shasta daisy is a summer classic that brings masses of crisp white and sunny yellow hues to the landscape. You can give your plants exceptional care when you learn how and when to divide them. Read on to discover the benefits of dividing Shasta daisies and enjoy an abundance of spectacular blooms for years to come.
Fragrant lily of the valley is a charming spring flower with bell-shaped blossoms. Despite its demure appearance, this ground-covering perennial is a vigorous grower that can become invasive. Read on and learn to divide lily of the valley to keep it in check and enjoy it in beds, borders, and drifts for years to come.