If you’re in love with your salvia but it’s looking a little tired and overgrown, we can help. Learn how to divide salvia plants and the best time of year to do it. Discover helpful steps for successful transplanting and a few bonus tips for caring for your salvia, including pruning and overwintering. Read more now.
Are you looking to go chemical-free in your garden, but you don’t want to give up on growing gorgeous roses? We hear you. The 23 options in this guide can thrive without the use of chemical sprays like fungicides and pesticides. Learn about standards like Knock Outs and lesser-known roses like ‘Distant Drums.’
With colorful flowers and a spreading habit, the Swan River daisy hails from Australia and is a natural choice for annual ground cover and brightening borders. The most distinct variety has blue petals, but all the color options are cheery in containers and mass plantings. Follow our tips for the healthiest blooms.
With bright yellow flowers and a delightful fragrance, daffodils are among the first flowers to break winter’s drab spell. And while these robust bulbs are fully winter hardy, there are certain times when you’ll want to lift and store them for replanting in the fall. Here’s how to dig, cure, and store daffodil bulbs.
Apples, peaches, and cherries get all the attention from home gardeners, but plum trees are fabulous and deserve more love. They’re highly productive and easygoing, requiring minimal care to give you bushel after bushel of fresh fruits. Plus, growing your own lets you raise varieties you can’t find in stores.
Evening primrose flowers bloom later than many other plants, are tolerant of many environmental stressors, and are just flat-out gorgeous. In our guide to growing Oenothera, you’ll learn how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these wonderful plants, as well as how to keep them safe from pests and disease. Read more.
Pear trees are known for their longevity and can live surprisingly long lives. If you want to plant a pear tree, or learn how to care for one, this article talks about factors that determine their survival, and offers insightful ideas you can implement to give your pear tree the best chance at a long and healthy life.
If you garden in a warm climate, you’ll find Mexican honeysuckle is quite easy to cultivate and maintain. The vibrant orange-red flowered shrub has been used traditionally in herbalism and natural dyeing for generations in Mexico. Grow your own to experience all the benefits this pollinator-friendly plant has to offer.
As dioecious plants, ginkgo trees are either male or female, and it’s essential to know the differences between them. In our guide to telling apart male and female Ginkgo biloba trees, you’ll learn what the two have in common, what sets them apart, and when to utilize each in the landscape. Read more now.
Tall, dense, and fast growing, bamboo is the ideal plant to quickly create a hedge or living privacy screen. But left unchecked, it can spread into unwanted areas or become overgrown, and lags in vitality. If it’s time to rejuvenate your bamboo stand, here are all the steps to divide, move, and transplant bamboo.
Beautiful yellow ripeness, succulent juiciness, a taste to die for… all of this and more is found in a ‘Bartlett’ pear tree’s fruits. Whether you want to enjoy them out of hand, preserve them, or use them in delicious recipes, are you ready to grow your own? Learn all the necessary tips and tricks in our guide.
Horseradish has a famously pungent and spicy root, but most people don’t know that the edible leaves and flowers are every bit as delicious. The only way to get them, for the most part, is to grow your own. It’s incredibly easy, so long as you can provide a deep bed of loose soil and the right amount of moisture.
Pink roses run the gamut from nearly white to practically purple and everything in between. Some are striped, others are speckled, and some have an ombre effect, dark at the center and fading to a pale exterior. Some even have multiple hues. Our list shows off 29 of the toughest, most reliable options on the market.
There is nothing more perfect than a honey-sweet, berry-bright fig fruit fresh off the tree and still warm from the sun. If you live in Zones 6-10, you can grow your own fig trees, even if you only have a small space, and enjoy these treats once or twice a year, since many types give you not one but two crops annually.
Anise is more than a decorative annual herb. It heats up the palate with a warm black licorice flavor. This article covers all the culinary secrets of anise including history, where to buy, harvesting, and storing. Learn about the flavor profile, which foods and spices to pair it with, and some fun recipes to try.
Want to attract loads of pollinators to your yard? Grow Rocky Mountain bee plant. These annuals are low maintenance, drought tolerant, and native to the US. Plus, they will readily reseed, providing year after year of showy purple blooms. Keep reading to learn more about growing this gorgeous native wildflower.
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.
Perfect for a rain garden or the back of a border, spotted joe-pye weed is an easy-to-grow native perennial suited to a variety of soils, and its giant clusters of pink flowers attract a myriad of pollinators. Requiring little to no maintenance to thrive, it’s a go-to choice for low impact, eco-friendly gardening.
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.
Calibrachoas are easy to grow and great for filling gaps in your garden. They are perfect for containers and hanging baskets with their trailing habit. Once you know how to care for them, you can have blooms from spring to fall. In this guide, we show you how to get the best out of these stunning little plants. Read more.
If you’re seeing lots of straight, upright branches forming on your apple tree, they’re likely water sprouts. These growths are a sign of trauma, and you need to deal with them as soon as possible – they aren’t good for the growth of your tree, and they can reduce your harvest. Learn how to identify and remove them.
Looking for a hardy, drought-tolerant native flower to brighten up the garden? Look no further. Rosinweeds are easy to grow and their bright yellow flowers are attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies. Requiring little to no maintenance to thrive, this is a go-to choice for low impact, eco-friendly gardening.
A pretty evergreen tree for subtropical gardens, the loquat produces yummy fruits that can be eaten plain or used in scrumptious recipes. Our guide goes over everything a loquat gardener needs to know, from cultivation tips to pointers on plant health care. Read more now and you’ll be ready to grow loquats like a pro.
Oxalis is underappreciated. It makes an amazing ground cover, lawn replacement, and edible herb. It can fill a shady spot with color, or thrive in full sun. Or even amp up a dish with a citrusy crunch. There are lots of good options, but this guide helps you narrow it down to 13 of the most fantastic ones. Read more now.
A traditional home garden favorite, zucchini is popular as a zero-carb spiral noodle standout. A few plants can supply the whole family! But with so many wonderful cultivars for edible blossoms, stuffing or pickles, why not plant a bunch and harvest all summer long? Follow these tips for zucchini bliss.
Explore the many benefits of anise as an herbal medicine. Learn about its traditional and modern uses and prepare your own remedies. Whether you’re looking to ease digestive issues, relieve coughs and colds, promote relaxation, and more, anise offers a versatile and natural way to support your well-being.
With glossy, evergreen leaves, pretty, star-shaped flowers, and an enticing fragrance, the twining stems of star jasmine are highly popular for climbing upright structures or spreading as a ground cover. To keep your vines dense, lush, and floriferous, we share the tips you’ll need to cut back star jasmine.
Clumping bamboo and running bamboo behave very differently from each other, and both have their pros and cons for use in the landscape. In our guide, you’ll learn about these unique characteristics. For necessary background info and fun facts, you’ll even get a primer on the entire Bambusoideae subfamily! Read more now.
Elms are strong trees that can grow in various climates, making them a common sight in parks and public spaces. They are a popular choice for landscaping due to their resilience and iconic features. We cover the cultivation, propagation, and maintenance of elm trees, as well as tips for growing. Read more now.
Amsonia adds a uniquely light and airy attitude to the garden. When it’s in bloom you’re rewarded with a spray of flowers atop long green stems and for the rest of the year it offers up a soft green presence. It requires little care in exchange for year-round interest and pest infestations are rare. What’s not to love?
Have you ever wished you could grow impatiens in full sun? Or have you struggled with deadly downy mildew disease on your impatiens? Maybe you just want a bigger plant with larger flowers? Then you should check out New Guinea impatiens! This guide explains all you need to know to grow these tough, prolific flowers.
If your jasmine plant starts dropping leaves, this is a sign of a problem that needs to be addressed. It might be as simple as overwatering or as severe as fungal wilt, but the first step is determining the root cause. This guide will help you to figure out why your jasmine is dropping its leaves so you can fix it.
Plant propagation can be a mysterious process, and that’s especially true of unusual plants like magnolias – these prehistoric plants have evolved some pretty unique parts. If you’ve ever wondered how to harvest and grow magnolia seeds, this guide walks you through the process from start to finish. Read more now.
Basil is a popular kitchen herb loved for its sweetly spicy flavor, fast growth, and easy cultivation. And it produces delightful spires of small purple or white flowers that are edible and attractive to pollinators. But for the best flavor, should basil be allowed to flower? Read on to find the answer, right here.
If a lettuce plant flowers, this means its life is almost over. It’s setting seed and getting ready to die. Also known as bolting, there are things that you can do to avoid premature flowering. Learn what causes it, and what to do if bolting happens in your lettuce patch. Read more now in our guide to bolting lettuce.
Interested in a gorgeous, drought-resistant perennial flower that blooms in the evening, and doesn’t suffer from significant pest or disease issues? Try the Missouri evening primrose! In this guide, we’ll discuss propagation protocols, cultivation tips, and a few of the best Oenothera macrocarpa cultivars. Read more.
There are few words that rose lovers dread more than “black spot.” Just the sight of a few black-speckled leaves is enough to strike terror in the hearts of rose gardeners. This guide explains how to identify, prevent, and deal with black spot disease on roses. We even cover a few resistant roses worth checking out.
Growing coleus plants in containers shows off their beautifully colorful foliage while making them more accessible and easy to move or reposition throughout the landscape. To learn how to grow these plants in pots, give our guide a read. It covers everything a container coleus grower needs to know – and more!
Are your zucchini plants flopping over instead of producing the bumper crop these summer squash are famed for? The cause could be squash vine borers, too much moisture, or bacterial wilt via cucumber beetles. Here’s how to identify the issue, treat it if possible, and prevent garden-grown zucchini from falling over.
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.
Tomato plants require consistent, deep watering in order to thrive. By irrigating plants correctly, you can avoid common problems while simultaneously improving the quality of your crop. Read more now to learn how to water tomatoes over the course of the growing season to maximize yields of juicy, flavorful fruits.
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.
Have you ever tasted a boysenberry? In this article, we dive into the red-ripe, juicy-sweet world of this hybrid berry. You’ll learn about its many health benefits, plus delicious recipe ideas, and best uses in the garden and the kitchen. Learn more about the uses and benefits of boysenberries. Read more now.
Zucchini is a must-have in any veggie garden because it’s tasty, prolific, and easy to grow. But zucchini can be plagued by some nasty diseases that can reduce your harvest, or even kill your plants entirely. We’ll show you how to deal with diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, and viruses – and how to prevent them in the future.
Transform your basil into a tasty ingredient that can be enjoyed all year long with our guide to drying basil. We’ll walk you through simple harvesting, drying, and storage steps and we’ll share some ideas for using it in the kitchen. Unlock the full potential of your fresh basil and start drying your herbs today!
Cilantro is a zesty-flavored fresh herb that can brighten up many a meal – and when you grow your own crop of this delicious, multipurpose, aromatic plant, you can choose from a surprising variety of different cultivars. Read more now to discover 19 different types of cilantro to grow in your backyard garden.
Add some flavor to your spice rack this season with fenugreek. One of the oldest cultivated herbs, it has been used for thousands of years as a culinary spice, food, and medicine. Want to learn how to grow, harvest, and utilize this beautiful legume in your own garden and kitchen? Read the full growing guide now.
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.
For a beautiful and versatile deciduous tree that’s been around since the dinosaurs, Ginkgo biloba is the plant for you. It’s resistant to many pests, pathogens, and environmental stressors, and has beautiful autumnal foliage. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to grow and care for Ginkgo trees the right way.
Why not try starting an herb garden this spring? There are many edible, medicinal, fragrant, and ornamental herbs to choose from. And there are gardening options for everyone, whether it’s in the landscape or in raised beds, window boxes, or pots. Learn how to start your own herb garden this spring. Read more now.
Violets come in an array of cultivars, colors, and sizes, and they’re a wonderful flower to welcome the spring. If you want a convenient and decorative option but don’t have room in your flower bed, why not try growing them in containers? Planting in pots saves space and can extend the growing season. Read more now.
Want to grow dazzling columns of color? Plant delphiniums in your flower beds. These beauties come in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. Some boast delicate blossoms while others resemble snazzy flamenco skirts. Discover 19 of the best varieties, from tiny Grandiflorums to enormous Pacific Giants. Read more now.
Phytophthora and the fungi Armillaria, Phymatotrichum, and Xylaria can all cause devastating cases of root rot on fruit, nut, and landscape trees along with woody shrubs. Prevention is the best way to manage these diseases. Read on to learn the best ways to avoid these diseases and biocontrol agents and fungicides that may help with Phytophthora root rot.
When’s the best time to harvest homegrown carrots, and what’s the best way to do it? Harvesting carrots involves following several important steps – and making sure to pick these vegetables at just the right moment, for the sweetest crop. To learn everything you need to know about harvesting carrots, read more now.
When properly cared for, pecan trees can yield delicious nuts and liven up the landscape for years to come. But Carya illinoinensis cultivation is quite involved. Propagation, tree maintenance, nut harvesting and storage – our guide explains it all! By the end, you’ll be ready to grow these trees like a pro.
If you’re looking for a medium-sized tree that is pest and disease resistant, a pollinator magnet, useful in the kitchen and the yard, and downright stunning when in bloom, then the hawthorn is for you. With dozens of species and cultivars available to grow at home, there’s one that’s perfect for your garden space.
If you enjoy aromatic cumin in your kitchen, why not try growing your own? These easy to care for plants will attract beneficial insects to your garden and provide you with a harvest of fresh seeds. With a few handy tips you can grow cumin at home and add some excitement to your meals with this versatile spice.
Lavender is a versatile and beautiful herb that’s used extensively in the garden, in the kitchen, and for its fragrant dried flowers. Beloved by gardeners, propagation by seed is slow and unreliable – but stem cuttings give great results. Here’s all the info you need on how to grow lavender from cuttings.
Do you have an almond tree in your yard or a small nut orchard that’s starting to produce? How do you beat the squirrels and gather them? It’s an easy and straightforward process once you have a few tips and techniques. Find out everything you need to know to gather your own almonds with our detailed guide now!
Astilbe is a shade-loving perennial that explodes in colorful blooms of frothy flowers. To keep your astilbe looking their best and healthiest, you’ll need to keep them fertilized with the best stuff for the task. We take the guesswork out of the job in our guide to fertilizing astilbe and include our favorite picks.
Interested in gorgeous flowers that bloom throughout the growing season? Then the tuberous begonia is for you! The tubers of these versatile plants can be lifted, stored, and replanted for years to come. In our guide, we’ll go over propagating, cultivating, and maintaining these plants, along with some health care tips.
Feverfew, with its long history of use as a medicinal herb, has recently made a comeback in modern gardens. You’ll enjoy its therapeutic properties, particularly as a remedy for migraines, as well as its attractive daisy-like flowers. To learn how to harvest and use this powerful plant, read more now.
Love the flavor of figs but worried you can’t grow them because you live too far north? Northern gardeners have plenty of options when it comes to selecting fig varieties that will do well in colder climates. Our experts offer up 7 of the best cold hardy fig trees and top tips on how to care for them in the winter.
If you love homegrown zucchini but have no room in your garden, did you know you can grow it in containers instead? This summer squash is easy to grow and provides you with an abundant harvest. Learn how to plant and grow zucchini in pots and containers for the fresh, homegrown taste of summer. Read more now.
The vibrant funnel-shaped flowers of hibiscus and their long stamens are iconic symbols of beauty – but did you know hardy varieties can grow in cold climates too? Thanks to the work of breeders, many sizes and colors are now available. We’ll explain how to grow them, with tips to bring out their best blooms.
With unique, climbing growth, vines are excellent for adding vertical interest in the garden – their bold flowers and handsome foliage are perfect to soften and cover upright structures like arbors, porches, and privacy screens. For handsome greenery and bright flowers, here are 19 vines for vibrant summer color.
Are you wondering when and how you should harvest rhubarb stalks for the best flavor without harming the mother plant? You won’t want to miss this guide, where you’ll learn exactly when to harvest whether you grow it from seed, crown, bare root, or division. We’ll also show you how to preserve stalks. Read more now.
If you are looking for a drought-tolerant flower that blooms profusely from early spring to late fall, consider blackfoot daisy, the heat-loving American native that’s not picky about soil and is resistant to pests, deer, and diseases. You will love its cheerful white flowers and low, rounded form. Read more now.
When they’re pruned the right way, heavenly bamboo shrubs can look absolutely fantastic in the landscape. In this guide to properly pruning Nandina domestica, you’ll learn why, when, and how to prune, and what you’ll need to get the job done. Read more now and you’ll be on your way to pruning mastery.
Beet flavors run the gamut from mild and earthy to bright and sugary sweet. If you prefer the latter, there are many things you can do to nurture a sweeter root in the garden. This guide explains the mechanism behind what creates sugar in beets and how you can grow sweeter beets to please the sweet tooths in your life.
Marigolds have a reputation for being fabulously problem-free, and they usually are. But they’re not completely immune to pathogens. If your plants are starting to look a little less than perfect, it could be due to something like root rot or leaf spot. Read our guide to learn about marigold diseases and how to deal.
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.
Do you dream of growing your own tropical citrus fruits? Did you know that with just a little bit of love and care, you can grow your own lemons, limes, kumquats, and other types of citrus trees indoors, even in the northernmost climates? We share our top tips for growing citrus trees in containers. Read more now.
Rhubarb is a stunning addition to everything from wine to pie to roasted chicken. Most gardeners know that you can propagate the tart, lightly sweet plant from crowns, divisions, and bare roots. But can you sow rhubarb seeds? Will they grow successfully? And if so, how do you do it? Read on to learn more now.
Fuchsias are fabulous, with their colorful, distinctively-shaped flowers. But they can be downright depressing if they won’t bloom. This can be caused by several issues, all of them solvable. If your fuchsia isn’t blooming, is it due to disease, pests, light problems, or deadheading issues? We’ll help you figure it out.
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.
If you want a flower that’s so eye-catching it’s impossible to ignore, dinnerplate dahlias are truly unmatched. The blossoms are positively huge, with fascinating whorls of petals in colors ranging from white to fuchsia to nearly black. Learn how to grow these massive, beautiful blooms in this comprehensive guide.
You may think of common plantain as an irksome weed, but did you know that this underappreciated herb is actually edible and nutritious, highly medicinal, and restorative to compacted soil? Plus, it’s abundant and easy to grow! Read more now to get our tips for cultivating and enjoying this useful plant at home.
Want to know when the right time is to pluck those piquant fruits from your gooseberry bushes? What’s the best way to get the fruit from those spiky plants and into your mouth, anyway? This article will give you all the details you need to enjoy your harvest, plus recipes for using up all those tasty fruits.
Yarrow is a perennial flowering herb with a long history of medicinal use, from treating wounds on the battlefield to modern herbal remedies. With feathery leaves and delicate flowers, it repels pests and provides ornamental interest in the garden. Read on to learn all about the history of yarrow and its many uses.
Are your carrots forked, branching, twisted, or knobby? These garden oddities are amusing, but can make food prep more challenging. The reasons for carrot deformities can range from soil quality to pests, and can be prevented. To learn several methods to prevent deformed carrots and grow straight ones, read more now.
A beautiful climbing vine with pretty white flowers and fantastic fragrance, star jasmine also makes a superb ground cover forming lush, thick mats of glossy evergreen foliage. Low-maintenance plants, the vines are easily trained to grow horizontally. Find all the details in our comprehensive guide. Read more now.
A cultivated wildflower, gaura features clouds of pretty pink or white flowers on long, waving stems that flutter in a breeze. Low maintenance and easily cultivated, this lovely ornamental puts on a fantastic show for months, flowering from early summer until frost. Learn how to grow and care for beeblossom 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.
True lilies are splendid, showy flowers that add bright, bold colors and sweet perfume to beds, containers, cutting gardens, and naturalized areas. Easy to grow, these perennial bulbs multiply readily, making them cost-effective as well as highly ornate. Learn how to plant and grow true lilies right here. Read more now.
Ready to plant marigolds from seed for bright summer blooms? Planting marigolds from seed is easy, but you’ll want to know when you should start these annual flower seeds indoors – and when you can sow the seeds right into your garden soil. Learn more about how and when to plant marigolds from seed. Read more now.
Do you want to grow crisp and flavorful celery that’s perfect for adding to soups, salads, and smoothies? Our guide to blanching celery in the garden will teach you three of the best methods to grow your own crop that isn’t bitter, with a satisfying crunch. You don’t want to skip this step! Read more now.
Zucchini are famously prolific, but that doesn’t mean they’re without their share of potential issues. You might be facing yellowing leaves, falling flowers, or pest problems. If you’re having trouble with your zucchini, learn about 11 common problems, how to identify what’s going wrong, and what to do to fix it.
If you need a perennial that gives long-lasting, reliable color during the hot months, summer flowering clematis is a great choice. Terrific for vertical interest, as a groundcover, or weaving through trees and shrubs, these hardy vines are easy to care for and maintain. Discover 19 of the best varieties for your garden.
Currant fruit flies can ruin a gooseberry or currant harvest in a hurry. That’s why it’s essential to know how to identify and get rid of these devastating maggots. Each larva can eat through an entire berry and each fly can lay hundreds of eggs. This guide has all you need to know to keep them under control.
Aspidistra elatior, also known as the cast-iron plant, is every bit as indestructible as its name implies. It can withstand drought, low light, low humidity, and a lack of nutrients. Its only weaknesses are too much direct sunlight and soggy roots. If you have a brown thumb, this plant is about to become your new BFF.
A mainstay in garden containers, easy-care petunias add bright colors, fragrance, and fantastic forms wherever they’re planted. Use mounding ones for planters and trailing ones for pretty spillers in hanging baskets and window boxes. Get all the details in our how-to guide to petunia container care. Read more.
With an upright, vase-shaped habit and gorgeously dense foliage, growing a Japanese zelkova is a stunning way of providing shade, whether it’s in your landscape or on the street. In our guide, you’ll learn the essentials of caring for this deciduous tree and how to keep it healthy for years of beauty. Read more now.
Plants don’t always come to mind first when we think about protein, but they can actually pack a punch. Plant-based protein sources are beneficial to our health and they are usually simple to grow in the garden. Learn about how protein is utilized in the body and what plants to look for to meet your needs. Read more.
Don’t have a big area to plant your dream dahlia garden? No problem, grow your dahlias in containers. These cottage garden favorites lend themselves nicely to potting so you can enjoy their incomparable beauty even if you’re short on space. This guide explains how to plant and care for dahlias in pots. Read more now.