Articles on Some Flowering Tropical Plants

It’s pretty cold outside in our area, and most plants here have stopped growing for the season. But plants from tropical climates never have to deal with winter, and generally don’t drop their leaves and go dormant — making them ideal candidates to join us indoors for the winter (or to be grown as seasonal outdoor plants during the summer). Read about a few tropical plants grown for their flowers in these archived articles…

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American hog-peanut, Amphicarpaea bracteata

With attractive trifoliate leaves and the ability to fix nitrogen, American hog-peanut is a vigorous annual vine that twines around neighboring plants – making it welcome in some places, but usually considered a weed in ornamental landscapes. It is a somewhat unusual plant because it produces two types of flowers and seeds. Learn more about this North American native in the pea family in this article…

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Articles on Non-hardy Plants with Interesting Foliage

Many of our ornamental plants are grown primarily for their attractive foliage, rather than their flowers. Among the vast array of plants that won’t survive our winters, here are a few that you might want to consider growing as houseplants or seasonally outdoors. Read about six different frost-tender plants with pretty leaves in these archived articles:

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Articles on Succulents

Succulent plants come a wide variety of shapes and sizes, with some grown for their flowers, but most appreciated for their unusual or architectural shapes. Most are not hardy and are grown as seasonal accents or houseplants. Read about some interesting and easy-to-grow succulents …

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Take a Virtual European Vacation

The gardens of Europe range from plant collections to lavishly landscaped historic estates. Many combine history, art, and architecture, Take a virtual tour of three renowned English gardens, one Italian garden, and a Moorish garden in Spain, plus a discussion of the characteristics of Italian gardens in these archived articles:

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Great Grasses

Ornamental grasses offer contrast in texture and form in most gardens, and are often and easy, low-maintenance way to provide multi-season interest. Read about some annual and perennial ornamental grasses in these archived articles:

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Basically Bugs

There are all kinds of insects inhabiting our gardens and natural areas. Some are pests of our crops and ornamental plants while others are beneficial insects. (And although we might want to call them all “bugs”, that term really only refers to those in the Order Hemiptera.) Learn about a few of these amazing animals in these archived articles:

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Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis

With showy orange flowers, jewelweed comes into its own in late summer and fall. Growing in dense patches in moist, shady habitats, this native plant offers nectar for hummingbirds and other pollinators. Usually grown just as a wild plant, it can be added to rain gardens or to suppress weeds in appropriate areas. Learn more about this self-seeding annual in this article…

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Articles on Fall Flowers

Now that the crisp days of autumn are here and summer flowers start to fade, focus on those herbaceous plants that shine at this time of year, whether for their flowers or foliage. Read about some plants that put on their colorful show late in the growing season in these archived articles:

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Articles on Plants with Purple Flowers

Purple flowers can range from range from plum to lavender, with various shades in between, giving options that mix nicely with almost any other bright or pastel colors in the garden. Read about a small selection of plants that have flowers predominantly in various shades of purple in these archived articles:

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