How to Grow and Care for Swan River Daisies

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Spotted Joe-Pye Weed

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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.

Grow New England Aster for Sensational Summer and Fall Color

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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.

How to Prevent Lettuce from Bolting

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Early-Blooming Alpine Aster

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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.

How to Harvest Feverfew

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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.

How to Grow Blackfoot Daisy

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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.

How to Identify and Control 9 Marigold Diseases

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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.

When and How to Divide Perennial Asters

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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.

Tips for Growing Dinnerplate Dahlias

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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.

The Many Uses and Benefits of Yarrow: A Healing Herb

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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.

When and How to Plant Marigold Seeds

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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.

How to Grow Dahlias in Pots and Containers

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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.

How to Grow and Care for White Wood Asters

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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.

How to Grow Pot Marigold (Calendula) Flowers

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Painted Daisies

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For pest-resistant blooms that add striking color and a graceful form to the landscape, painted daisy is the perfect perennial. Easy to grow and even easier on the eyes, Tanacetum coccineum has all sorts of gardening applications! In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to grow and care for these beauties.

How to Grow Zinnias in Containers

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Easy-care annual zinnias are loved for their long-lasting flowers with hot, vivid colors. Blooming all summer long, the single, semi-double, or double blooms make beautiful cut flowers and they’re ideal for pots placed in a sunny location. Get all the cultivation details in our zinnia container care guide. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Stokes’ Asters

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Strawflowers

Strawflower is a cutting garden annual that’s perfect for both fresh and dry arrangements. It’s daisy-like, with crisp, petal-like bracts in shades of orange, pink, purple, red, and white. For garden color from spring to frost, learn to grow strawflower now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Coneflowers, A Native American Favorite

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Coneflowers are a triple threat. They’re easy to grow, undeniably pretty and they’re also useful in the medicine cabinet, as you probably know. You can even make use of echinacea in the kitchen, which may come as a surprise to you! Ready to add these North American native beauties to your garden? Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Shasta Daisies

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Shasta daisy is a popular plant that adds a pop of fresh, bright summer color. This sturdy beauty is an easy and versatile perennial to have in your garden, whether you use it in a border or as a cut flower. Learn all about how to grow, propagate, and care for this robust plant in our guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Common Chicory

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Chicory is nutritious, with leaves that add a bright zing to salads. The roots can be also harvested and roasted to make a mean cup of coffee. It’s easy to grow and has pretty blue flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. In this guide, you’ll learn how to plant and grow chicory in your garden. Read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Coreopsis

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Coreopsis is a native perennial with cheerful flowers that keep blooming from spring to fall. These low maintenance, pollinator-friendly beauties are ideal for a planting in a wildflower meadow or to add color to beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow coreopsis flowers in this guide. Read more now.

Best Companion Plants to Grow with Lettuce

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Lettuce is easy to grow in the vegetable garden, but unfortunately it can fall victim to many common issues. Companion planting is a way to maximize usable growing space and help to alleviate some pest problems. Learn which crops make the best companions for lettuce to ensure a healthier harvest in this guide. Read more.

How to Grow and Care for Yarrow

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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.

How to Protect Lettuce Seedlings from Damping Off

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Lettuce is a delicate crop that can fall victim to a number of maladies. Just after sprouting, damping off can quickly level an entire flat of seedlings with little warning and few visible symptoms. Learn what to watch out for and how to plan ahead to avoid this common disease with our expert tips. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Blazing Star Liatris

When hot summer temps and high humidity strike, the native prairie wildflower Liatris spicata, or blazing star, puts on an excellent show. Tall plumes of feathery purple flowers welcome extreme summer conditions and shine when delicate greenhouse plants wither. Get all the details on this North American perennial now.

How to Grow Black-Eyed Susans, a Garden Favorite

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For a cheery splash of daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees, consider adding black-eyed susan to your landscape. You’ll be rewarded with masses of blooms that do well in a variety of soils and conditions. Pollinators love it, and you’ll find plenty of other benefits to this lovely flower in our feature.

How to Grow and Care for Aster Flowers

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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.

Cozy Up with Chamomile: Growing and Harvesting a Classic

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Of all the plants in my garden, chamomile offers the most return on my investment. It is a vigorous and problem-free plant that produces a spray of beautiful flowers that can immediately be harvested to make a tasty tea. Gardener’s Path has all of the information you need to know about growing this fine addition in your own garden. Read on to learn more!

19 of the Best Flowering Companions for Cosmos

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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.

How to Grow and Care for Marigold Flowers

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The bold marigold has gracefully taken a step back as the market for new and exotic flowers expands at a wild rate. That’s a shame. This tough, colorful, and pest-resistant flower readily produces nonstop blooms, and it brings with it a host of benefits for your garden. Think twice before you pass up these darlings the next time you’re stocking up for the season. Our closer look at the marigold that will leave you ready and waiting to plant your own – read more now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow Chamomile Indoors

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You’ve probably put a pot of basil, mint, or cilantro in your kitchen window for quick access. But did you know chamomile can grow happily indoors? It’s true! Whether you’re looking to add beauty or an herbal remedy to your home, chamomile will thrive in your indoor food or flower garden with these tips. Read more.

Tips for Growing Batavian (Summer Crisp) Lettuce

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Batavian lettuce, aka summer crisp, is heat and frost tolerant, disease resistant, and downright delicious with sweet, crisp leaves. It’s a semi-heading type, so you get the best of both heading and loose-leaf varieties. Learn more about planting and growing these versatile lettuces in this comprehensive guide.

Tips for Growing Ice Queen Lettuce

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Looking for a crisp, flavorful iceberg lettuce? All hail the queen! ‘Reine des Glaces,’ also called ‘Ice Queen,’ is sweet and juicy and grows in a compact shape that does well indoors or out. Disease resistant, it’s also an heirloom type, which means you can harvest the seeds and plant it again next year.

How to Grow Lettuce in Containers

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Fresh, healthy salads and leafy wraps taste better when they’re made with homegrown produce. Growing a small crop of lettuce is easy to do with the help of containers. You might even be able to reduce pest issues! Learn how to produce crisp, flavorful heads in a small amount of space for harvests nearly year-round.

Tips for Growing Lettuce Indoors

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For a vegetable crop that you can quickly grow indoors all year long, try lettuce. Our guide explains how to sow and grow your own lettuce indoors, from picking the best cultivars to providing the right light exposure. Read more now for all the info you need so you can start harvesting fresh greens soon.

How to Make and Use Calendula Oil

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Learn how to make your own calendula-infused oil and how to use it! This fragrant flower that’s easy to grow is full of healing potential. Get creative with your oil and use it to make facial serums, balms, creams, or even body butter! Read our guide now for full instructions to start making this healing herbal oil.

How to Fertilize Chrysanthemums for a Bountiful Display

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Chrysanthemums can benefit from a little fertilizer if you want to maximize their colorful late-season show. But it’s not as simple as tossing some food onto the soil and hoping for the best. Learn all about how to feed chrysanthemums, including when and how to apply fertilizer, and the best types to use. Read more now.

How to Identify and Manage Powdery Mildew on Chrysanthemums

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Powdery mildew is extremely common in home gardens, and despite being tough little plants, even chrysanthemums are sometimes plagued by this fungal pathogen. This guide helps you identify and get rid of powdery mildew on your mums using natural and highly effective methods like milk spray and copper fungicides.

Fusarium Wilt in Chrysanthemums: Identify and Control This Disease

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If part of your chrysanthemum plant looks sad and wilted, you could be dealing with fusarium wilt. This fungal disease is bad news and it can spell doom for your plant if you don’t address it. We’ll help you to identify and deal with this increasingly common issue in mums, and learn how to prevent infection. Read more.

How Long do Chrysanthemums Last?

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Chrysanthemums have a longer lifespan than many people realize. These fall-blooming favorites have much more to offer than a single season of color. This guide explains how long mums last and provides tips on how to keep them thriving for years to come, including how to save seeds from your favorites. Read more now.

How to Grow Sunflowers as a Cover Crop

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Home gardeners can grow sunflowers as a cover crop that will prevent erosion, build soil, retain moisture, and suppress weeds. This atypical choice provides flowers and seed heads for the birds while building your raised bed or garden soil. This guide explains how to grow the flowers for maximum benefit and beauty.

How to Harvest and Save Cosmos Seed

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Cosmos are a favorite for flower beds, pollinators, and cut arrangements, so wanting more of them in the garden is a no-brainer. Why not collect the seeds from your own plants so you can expand your patch of airy color next year? Read more to learn everything you need to know to easily harvest and save cosmos seeds.

9 Different Types of Goldenrods to Grow in the Landscape

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Goldenrods are late-season wildflowers bearing large golden sprays of blooms. With over 120 different species, there’s one suited to nearly every growing situation – dry or moist soil, wild meadows or compact gardens. To learn about 9 different goldenrods and discover which is best for your landscape, read more now.

How to Grow and Care for Goldenrod Plants

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Goldenrods are wildflowers that bear beautiful, golden sprays of late-season color. These easy-care perennials attract beneficial insects and pollinators like bees and butterflies while gilding the vista with their bright blooms. Keep reading for guidance on how to grow gorgeous goldenrods in the garden or landscape.

How to Harvest and Save Black-Eyed Susan Seed

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Black-eyed Susans are cheerful flowers, loved equally by pollinators and humans. If you want more of them, or want to share the sunshine they bring to a yard with friends, why not collect the seeds from your own plants? To learn everything you need to know to harvest and save Rudbeckia seed, check out our guide. Read more.

How to Use Chrysanthemums for Pest Control in the Garden

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Chrysanthemums are used to make pyrethrins, which are the most popular insecticides on the planet, and for good reason. They have low toxicity for birds and mammals, but kill insects rapidly on contact. You can make your own insecticide using the mums that you grow in your own garden. This guide explains the process.

7 Steps to Harvesting and Saving Marigold Seeds

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It’s not difficult to save seeds from faded marigolds. But for success with future plantings, be sure to follow a few simple steps to make sure the seeds are harvested and stored properly. Keep reading to learn more about collecting and saving marigold seeds so they’ll produce a new batch of beautiful blooms.

How to Grow and Care for Desert Marigolds

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With their cheery yellow blooms, desert marigolds are waterwise plants adapted to arid landscapes. These drought-tolerant natives of the southwest can provide an eco-friendly alternative to thirsty bedding plants for those in hot, dry locations. Keep reading to learn more about growing and caring for desert marigolds.

Common Uses of Calendula (Pot Marigold) Flowers

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Get creative with calendula flowers! You’ll be inspired to use this healing herb when you read our guide, with tips for making infused oils and teas as well as medicinal tinctures and salves. This vibrant flower is the perfect plant for those just starting on their herbalism path who want to grow their own botanicals.

How to Grow Mexican Hat Flowers

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Mexican hat, a wildflower species native to North America, is a drought-tolerant perennial with unique, charmingly quirky flowers. This plant is easy to cultivate and maintain in the landscape, and its brightly-colored blooms will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. Read more now to learn how to grow Mexican hat.

Why Aren’t My Marigolds Blooming? 9 Common Causes and Solutions

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Stumped as to why your marigolds aren’t performing as they should? There can be many different reasons that range from simple issues like not enough sunlight to more complex things like a serious pest problem. No matter what is troubling your Tagetes plants, this guide can help you diagnose the problem and fix it.

Common Calendula Pests: Does Pot Marigold Attract Pests to the Garden?

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Calendula is often recommended as a companion or beneficial plant to add to the garden. But isn’t it attractive to pests? How does that make sense? Learn which bugs, both good and bad, are attracted to calendula, what the research says, and how this flower can be a useful and pretty vegetable garden addition in this guide.

Tips for Growing Bushy Asters

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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.

Tips for Growing Heath Asters

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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.

7 Reasons Why Asters Fail to Bloom (And What to Do About It)

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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.

Growing New York Asters: How to Care for Michaelmas Daisies

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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.

How to Propagate Asters

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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.

Tips for Growing African Marigolds

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The African marigold (Tagetes erecta) is a vigorous annual that produces massive four-inch flower heads. Blooms in shades of orange, red, gold, and lemon will tower over your garden in the best way, and these plants can work triple-duty as ornamentals, edibles, and organic pest control within your garden. Read more.

How to Grow Marigolds in Containers

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If you’re looking for a big display that doesn’t take much work to fill up your porch or patio, marigolds fit the bill. These sturdy flowers are extremely forgiving but you don’t have to sacrifice color or big blossoms. Gardener’s Path shows you how to succeed with growing marvelous marigolds in containers. Read more.

How to Grow Cosmos in Containers

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Cosmos are an excellent choice for container growing for many reasons. You can have a pollinator-friendly display of blooms that needs little maintenance, grows quickly, and may return year after year from tubers or seeds. Prepare that pot and start reading to learn all about growing cosmos in containers.

Are Aster Flowers Edible?

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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.

How to Plant and Grow Signet Marigolds

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Signet marigolds (Tagetes tenuifolia) perform triple-duty in your garden as showy ornamentals, tasty edibles, and organic pest control. You can add color to your garden and use the lemony-citrus flavored flowers as a tasty garnish to your meals. Learn how to plant and grow signet marigolds in this guide. Read more now.

17 of the Best Marigold Companions

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Marigolds make superb companion plants – and can be paired in different ways depending on your garden needs and landscaping style. But you’ll want to make sure to choose plant partners that have similar growing requirements. Keep reading to discover a selection of 17 excellent marigold companions that fit the bill.

How to Use Marigolds for Pest Control

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You’ve probably been told that marigolds can help with pest control in the garden. Maybe your grandma always planted her cole crops with marigolds and now you do, too. But what does the science say? What kind of bugs can marigolds help to keep away? We explore the truth and find out what marigolds can and can’t do.

How to Divide Shasta Daisies

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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.

How to Grow and Care for French Marigolds

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Don’t be fooled by the haters, French marigolds are magical. They are sometimes dismissed as cheap and common, but they’re pretty fantastic. They deter pests and attract beneficial insects while adding color to the garden. You can also eat them or use them as a dye. Learn how to make the most of French marigolds now.

31 of the Best Types of Marigolds

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There are so many different marigolds to choose from for your veggie garden or flower beds. It can be hard to know which to pick when they are all so gorgeous, but learning about features such as bloom type, color, and size can help inform your choice. Keep reading to learn about 31 of the best types of marigolds.

How to Grow and Care for Cosmos Flowers

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Cosmos flowers are gorgeous ornamentals that add beauty to the landscape while also attracting pollinators. With colorful blooms and graceful foliage, these summer annuals brighten up both flower beds and veggie gardens, and will thrive in less than ideal conditions. Keep reading to learn more about growing cosmos.

How to Grow and Care for Gerbera Daisies

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The sweet, bright blooms of Gerbera jamesonii make it one of the world’s favorite cut flowers and it’s also easy to grow. Enjoy beds and borders with flowers in delicate creams and whites, hot to pastel pinks, or bold oranges and reds. Find out how to grow and care for your own gerbera daisies in this guide. Read more.

How and When to Harvest Leaf Lettuce

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Avoid bolting and say goodbye to scant yields by choosing the best time to pick homegrown leaf lettuce. Whether you’re growing microgreens, baby leaf, or full-size greens, these harvest methods will help you pick the best-tasting lettuce at the peak of freshness. Tasty salads are in your future, so read more now.

Do You Need to Protect Lettuce from Frost in the Garden?

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Lettuce thrives in cool weather, but is frost too much for this leafy green? In this guide, we share the most frost-tolerant lettuce varieties to grow in your garden, along with ways to protect salad greens in freezing temperatures. Avoiding frozen roots is the key to fresh lettuce through fall and into the winter.

Common Issues with Coneflowers: 11 Plant Diseases and Pests

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Coneflowers are pretty darn tough. They can withstand a lot, including drought and most pests and diseases. But when problems impact your echinacea, you want to take swift action to protect your precious plants. This guide shows you what to watch out for, how to prevent these issues, and what to do if they turn up.

How to Identify and Prevent Common Lettuce Diseases

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If you’re growing lettuce for fresh salads, there’s nothing more frustrating than finding your crop has been ruined by disease. From bacteria to viruses, there are a number of potential pathogens to contend with. In this guide, we take a look at some common lettuce diseases and offer tips for prevention. Read more now.

A Pot of Gold: How to Grow Sunflowers In Containers

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No garden space? No problem! You can grow dwarf and mid-size varieties of sunflowers in pots or planters. This guide includes the best container growing tips and techniques. Choose the top sunflowers, a full sun spot, and sow wisely, and soon you’ll have your own pot of golden flowers for seed or floral arrangements.

Is My Sunflower an Annual or a Perennial? Here’s How to Tell

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Among the best sunflower varieties to grow in the garden, some are perennial and others annual. Our guide explains how to tell the two apart using botanical names and other clues. Then, choose the type that will work best for your growing situation. Is your sunflower a perennial? With these tips, you’ll know for sure.

How and When to Deadhead Bachelor’s Buttons

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Bachelor’s buttons are easy to grow in early spring, but you can still help them along by deadheading spent flowers. The technique is simple, but it’s important to know when and how to trim dead flowers from these old-fashioned annuals. Make cornflower plants fuller and discourage reseeding by following these tips.

Tips for Deadheading Marigolds

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The secret to the best-looking marigolds is deadheading. These flowers excel at being an easy-care option that’s perfect for beginners. You’d be hard pressed to find another annual that keeps looking great throughout the season to this degree, with minimal fuss. Learn more in our guide to deadheading marigolds.

Tips for Growing Coneflowers in Containers

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Want to bring the prairie beauty of echinacea to your patio? Coneflowers are a sturdy staple of flower gardens across the US, with their stand-out shape and color. We’ll help you learn how to grow coneflowers in containers so you can enjoy these fetching flowers even if you only have a tiny spot on a balcony.

How to Identify and Control Common Lettuce Pests

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If you’re growing lettuce it can sometimes feel as though all the animals and insects in the neighborhood want to share your homegrown harvest. In this guide, we’ll cover the most common lettuce pests, both large and small, and provide tips on how to identify the culprits, prevent, and control them. Read more now.

How to Grow Buttercrunch Lettuce

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Ask any gardener what they’re growing this season, and more than likely, that list will include lettuce. Buttercrunch is one of the most popular varieties for the home garden, with a soft, buttery texture perfect for wraps, sandwiches, and salads. Learn how to triumph over pests and pitfalls when growing buttercrunch.

How to Propagate Bachelor’s Button from Seed

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Also known as cornflowers, bachelor’s buttons are fairly simple to grow from seed when you follow these instructions. They’re pretty and practical, great for edible blooms, container gardening, and attracting pollinators. This tried-and-true seed-sowing advice will help you get more blooms and avoid rookie mistakes.

Should You Deadhead Coneflowers?

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Coneflowers are daisy-like perennials for USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. They bloom from late spring to early fall in an array of colors, and attract a host of pollinators and birds. Read on to learn if it’s beneficial to deadhead spent blooms to promote more flower production, or if you can skip this chore altogether.

5 Tips for Growing Asters in Containers

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Perennial asters bloom in late summer, bringing masses of blues, pinks, purples, and whites to the landscape until the first frost. In addition to growing in beds, borders, drifts, and meadows, they grow well in pots. Read on for 5 tips on aster container gardening, and take your outdoor living space to the next level.

How to Grow and Care for English Daisies

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English daisies are carpet-forming perennials commonly found growing in lawns. These moisture-loving flowers are easy to cultivate and with a variety of cultivars to choose from, add texture and color to beds, borders, and containers. Learn how to plant and grow classic English daisies in this guide. Read more now.

7 Tips for Pruning Perennial Asters

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Perennial asters, in shades of blue, pink, purple, and white, refresh late season gardens for a beautiful transition to fall. Have you been hesitant to plant them because of their somewhat unkempt natural growth habits? Read on for 7 tips that will help you keep them in shape, and make them the pride of your landscape.

17 of the Best Coreopsis Varieties

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There are so many coreopsis varieties to choose from that it’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re trying to pick out a few to plant in your flower beds. We’ve rounded up 17 of our favorite varieties to make the decision easy! Whether you’re looking for a specific color or height, we’ve got you covered. Read more now.

How to Plant and Grow Mexican Tarragon

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Mexican tarragon is a marvelously multi-purpose herb that works as both a beautiful ornamental and a tasty ingredient for your kitchen toolkit. Plus it can keep bugs away, attracts beneficial insects, and has a long history of medicinal uses. And it’s not fussy about soil! Check out this guide for more info.

How to Grow Feverfew: A Medicinal and Visual Delight

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Widely considered by herbalists to be a natural remedy for headaches, feverfew also happens to be an attractive landscaping plant. With white and yellow daisy-like flowers atop green feathery stems, this colorful herb is a fantastic addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow feverfew in this guide. Read more now.

What Are the Different Types of Zinnia Flowers?

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With hundreds of unique cultivars and hybrids available, how should you choose which zinnia flowers to plant in your garden? Learn how to navigate the multitude of species and bloom types to select the perfect zinnias for your space. Read our guide for information about the different types of zinnias.

25 of the Best Cosmos Flower Cultivars for Your Yard

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Cosmos come in a stunning array of different varieties, but we’ve narrowed the field to 25 of the most gorgeous, colorful cultivars, many of them award winners. Discover the best and most beautiful double, semi-double, bicolored, and patterned cosmos varieties and choose your favorite for your yard and garden.

15 of the Best Zinnia Varieties to Grow in the Garden

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Ready to grow your own zinnias but you’re not sure which ones to pick? A huge variety of cultivars are available today, heirlooms as well as hybrids of several different species. You’ll find single and double blooms, bicolors, patterned petals, and solid colors. We’ll help you choose – read our roundup now.

Bachelor’s Button Problems: Why Are My Flowers Falling Over?

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A garden full of bachelor’s buttons is a dazzling sight, but not if those bold blossom heads are falling over. Why does this happen? And are you doomed to deal with droopy blossoms or can something be done to make your flowers stand proud? Learn why your cornflowers are falling over and how you can fix the problem.

Dahlia Flower Types: A Guide to Groups and Classification

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Dahlias are bright, beautiful flowers that are much loved in the late season garden. And with such a marvelous selection of colors, forms, and sizes to choose from, deciding which type is best for your garden can be tough. Learn about the different types of dahlias and how they are classified in this guide. Read more now.

How to Grow Eye-Popping Zinnia Flowers

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Want eye-popping color all season long? Grow zinnias. These impressive annuals feature large colorful flowers that continue blooming throughout the summer, attracting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies to the garden. Continue reading for information on how to grow and care for zinnia flowers.

How to Grow Delightful Dahlias: A Late Summer Standard

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Looking for reliable, bold color for the late season garden? Delightful dahlias are a perfect fit. From dwarf cultivars to jumbo dinner plates, and in almost every imaginable color, these dazzling tubers flower consistently from summer until they’re felled by frost. Read all about how to plant and grow dahlias now.

How to Grow Radicchio in the Garden

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Radicchio is a cool-weather crop perfect for when most other things in the garden have turned up their toes. The bitter leaves are as gorgeous as they are tasty, and they get even better after a frost. If you’re ready to give this moderately challenging plant a go, our guide will teach you all you need to know.

How to Grow Belgian Endive

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Belgian endive offers a bit of fresh, crunchy brightness in the middle of the winter. It takes a bit of patience, as a two-step process is required to grow the creamy, torpedo-shaped heads. In this guide, you’ll learn how to plant and grow Belgian endive, including how to force and blanch the tasty heads. Read more now.