The Trumpet Vine | A Way to Add Beauty to Your Garden

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The Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans) is a fast growing, tenacious climbing vine native to the southeast region of the US. This hardy perennial is also known as trumpet creeper and produces large, tubular and stunningly beautiful flowers with colors ranging from orange to scarlet.  The plant’s vines are deciduous, enterprising…

Achiote Tree | An Herbal Ornamental for the Garden

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Achiote (Bixa orellana), A.K.A. the Lipstick Tree, is a small deciduous tree native to Mexico, Central and South America. Achiote can grow up to 20 to 30 feet tall if grown as a tree. However, if pruned correctly, it can retain it’s shrubbery height of 12 feet. Throughout the growing…

5 Stunning Plants to Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

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Coneflower (Echinacea) – Showcasing beautiful hues of purple, yellow, white and pink flowers, coneflowers are a must in any pollinator garden. Coneflowers are perennials and are native to the Eastern U.S. The plants are hardy and drought resistant. If starting plants from seed, they will need to be stratified.* Also,…

The Wonders of Acacias |Ornamental Trees for the Garden

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? Acacias (Mimosa/Wattle) is a hardy species of trees commonly found in subtropical and tropical regions such as Africa, Australia, Central America and Mexico. They can also be found in California, Hawaii and South Carolina landscapes. Countless Australian acacias (wattles) are cultivated as small trees and utilized in garden landscapes…

Agapanthus | An Exotic Beauty of a Flower That Brings Annual Pop to Gardens

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? Agapanthus (African Lily) is a summer flowering perennial (grown from bulbous root stocks) and is native to South Africa. Agapanthus features spectacular blue, white, pink and purple flowers on top of deciduous and tender evergreen leaves which would be a stunning addition to any Mediterranean or exotic landscape. Agapanthus…

Herb Gardening 101 | Growing Herbs in Your Garden

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As a garden enthusiast, I love growing all types of plants, but the plants that give me the most joy are herbs. It is astounding how many varieties there are and the many qualities they have and benefits they provide: i.e. culinary, medicinal and ornamental.  For that reason, I think…

Little Fingers: Children In The Garden

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Spring has finally arrived and the long awaited anticipation of heading outdoors to start gardening has come to an end. All gardeners, both old and young, are currently jump-starting what they hope to be a bountiful, fun and educational garden experience in the seasons to come. Each year, more children…

The 5 Best Springtime Vegetables to Plant in Your Garden

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Asparagus – This hardy perennial provides an excellent source of Dietary Fiber, Folate, Selenium,  Niacin, Manganese, Potassium, Protein, Phosphorus, Zinc, Thiamin, Copper, Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Riboflavin and Magnesium. Asparagus should be started from 1 year old crowns and planted in nutrient…

How To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Garden

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Greetings everyone…Spring has finally arrived and I couldn’t be happier. I still have a long wait before I can actually harden off my plants, and I am eagerly awaiting that day! This year, I will be adding more perennial flowering plants to entice hummingbirds to visit my garden (such as…