Flower Basics

  • Liven Up Your Desk With This Easy DIY

    Learn how to select the right indoor plants for your space, pot them correctly, and extend their lifespan through proper care. Read More

  • Is Moon Vine Poisonous to Dogs?

    The moon vine (Ipomoea alba), which is also referred to as moonflower vine and evening glory, is prized by home gardeners for its breathtaking, fragrant flowers. This vine thrives in… Read More

  • How Many Sunflowers for One Square Foot?

    Like a tall, gangly supermodel, sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) need thoughtful care to look their best and not overshadow other residents of the garden. One sunflower per square foot is the… Read More

  • How Long Does Gladiolus Last?

    More than 10,000 named cultivars and approximately 250 species in the Galidiolus genus brighten landscapes in the wild and in gardens with their bright colors and pretty patterns. Gladiolus grow… Read More

  • Are Asters Poisonous to Dogs?

    Investigating plants that may be toxic to dogs is a daunting task, especially if you're researching asters. Not only are there 180 species in the Aster genus, but other flowers… Read More

  • Differences of Black & Yellow Sunflower Seeds

    Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.) range from towering giants to small, bushy plants. It's the tall, large species and cultivars -- Helianthus annuus in particular -- that are grown for their seeds.… Read More

  • Can You Spray Vinegar Around Trees?

    Household vinegar contains 5 percent acetic acid, which is effective as an all-natural herbicide. The acetic acid burns weeds, especially when the vinegar is used on sunny days. Pickling vinegar… Read More

  • How to Grow Longer Stems on Plants

    Gardeners often pinch back their flowering plants to create dense, compact growth in the flowerbed. Under normal circumstances dense foliage and abundant blooms is preferred. Sometimes, though, a longer stem… Read More

  • Do You Prune Milkweed?

    Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) with its clusters of fragrant, mauve-colored flowers is a valuable addition to a butterfly garden, attracting scores of the winged creatures The plant typically grows to… Read More

  • Do African Violets Grow Well in Florida?

    African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha) can flower throughout the year in Florida's tropical climate, producing colors as varied as pink and lavender. Although these perennials can theoretically thrive year-round in outdoor… Read More

  • What Are Natural Pansy Colors?

    Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) are a favorite with home gardeners, in part, because of the wide range of available flower colors and patterns. Most pansies are hybridized, meaning they have… Read More

  • Is the Point Pelee Mum a Perennial?

    In autumn, retail floral shelves burst with color from beautiful fall floral mums. "Point Pelee" mum (Chrysanthemum x grandiflora "Point Pelee") remains one of the most recognized and most popular… Read More

  • Plumeria and Partial Shade

    Fragrant and attractive, plumerias (Plumeria spp.) are a must-have tree in any tropical garden. Short and wide, with flower-tipped branches, their distinctive appearance and strong, sweet scent adds appeal to… Read More

  • How to Care for a Dying Rue Anemone

    Rue anemone (Anemonella thalictroides) carpets the ground in delicate white or pale pink flowers during spring. Although the flowers resemble true anemones, rue anemone is an unrelated plant. The plant… Read More

  • Differences Between Plumeria and Hibiscus

    Lending a tropical appearance to any garden, plumeria (Plumeria spp.) and hibiscus (Hibiscus spp.) plants have distinctly different blossoms that thrive in full sunlight to partial shade locations. Plumeria should… Read More

  • How to Keep Geraniums in Wisconsin for Next Spring

    Wisconsin’s chilly climate, which falls into U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 5, overpowers all but the cold-hardiest of plants, making winterizing most ornamentals a must. Container… Read More

  • How Long Does It Take for Nasturtiums to Grow?

    With leaves resembling lily pads in a dense shrub shape, nasturtiums (Tropaeolum majus) also have creeping varieties that make these plants suitable for both trellises and pathway borders. Flower colors… Read More

  • The Differences in a Black-Eyed Susan & a Sunflower

    Common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) and black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia spp.) may easily be mistaken for one another, as both plants bloom in summer with bright yellow flowerheads marked in the center… Read More

  • Can Snapdragons & Pansies Withstand a Winter Freeze?

    Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) and snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) are often among the first harbingers of spring. Both are widely available as bedding plants and look charming tucked into mixed flower… Read More

  • Types of Black-Eyed Susan

    Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is a low-maintenance plant that showcases daisy-like blooms throughout summer and into fall. With more than 20 black-eyed Susan varieties, there are a range of sizes… Read More

  • Names of Different Lilies

    Lilies are a perennial favorite in the garden because of their hardiness, long bloom time, beautiful flowers and fragrant scent. Lilies are members of the genus Lilium. According to the… Read More

  • Information on Dwarf Red Ruffle Azaleas

    "Red Ruffles" (Azalea "Red Ruffles") is a dwarf Rutherford hybrid that typically grows to a mature height of between 2 and 4 feet, with a similar spread. The evergreen shrub… Read More

  • Does Celosia Like Full Sunlight?

    Flowers in the Celosia genus will give your garden a dazzling array of cream, magenta, orange, pink, red or yellow blossoms in spectacular plumes, elongated cones or wrinkly knobs. They’re… Read More

  • How to Transplant Moonflowers

    Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) do best when started from seed indoors, about six to eight weeks before the last expected frost date, and transplanted outside when the weather warms up. Moonflowers… Read More

  • How Long Does It Take for Cosmos to Bloom After Sprouting?

    One of the easiest summer flowers to grow, cosmos (Cosmos spp.) are colorful, heat-loving annuals that bloom all summer long. They can be started indoors or sown directly in the… Read More

  • Can You Put Miscanthus Morning Light Grasses in Containers?

    You can put certain grasses in containers when you provide the proper care. Clump-forming, fine-bladed Miscanthus "Morning Light" (Miscanthus sinensis) in pots is versatile, softening hardscapes and framing passageways. As… Read More

  • Hardy Fall Blooming Chrysanthemums

    Fall blooming chrysanthemums extend the gardening year to the first frosts, their bright, daisy-like blooms providing generous flower displays. Also called garden mums, hardy chrysanthemums return year after year, requiring… Read More

  • Is a Hosta a Shrub?

    Hostas (Hosta spp.) are herbaceous perennials prized for their showy foliage and ease of care. Many thrive even in shady conditions. Hostas are not shrubs, which sprout from woody stems.… Read More

  • When to Plant Miniature Hollyhock Seeds

    Although you might admire the colorful pink, purple, red, yellow or white blossoms of a standard perennial hollyhock (Alcea rosea), they grow 6 to 8 feet high, far too large… Read More

  • How to Build an Orchid Terrarium

    Building an orchid terrarium will help those plants last as long as they possibly can. Get tips on how to build an orchid terrarium with help from a garden shop… Read More

  • How to Group Plants Together in a Terrarium

    Plants should always be grouped together in a terrarium based on a number of factors including size. Group plants together in a terrarium with help from a garden shop owner… Read More

  • How to Rehydrate Terrarium Moss

    Re-hydrating terrarium moss is something you can do if the setup is starting to seem a little worse for wear. Rehydrate terrarium moss with help from a garden shop owner… Read More

  • Dry Flower & Plant Arrangements

    Dry flower and plant arrangements always require you to keep a few very specific things in mind. Learn about dry flower and plant arrangements with help from a world renowned… Read More

  • How Do I Dry Wedding Flowers?

    Drying wedding flowers is going to require you to get very comfortable with a very specific technique. Find out how to properly dry wedding flowers with help from a world… Read More

  • How to Tell if a Marigold Is a Calendula

    Calendula, sometimes called pot marigold or English marigold, refers to about 20 species of edible flowers from the daisy family. Despite its nickname, calendulas differ from the flowers of the… Read More

  • How to Start a Star Jasmine Hedge

    Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), also called Confederate jasmine, offers sweet-scented, star-shaped blossoms and a versatile growth habit. Growing it as a hedge is easy with enough pruning, but you can… Read More

  • How to Dye Chrysanthemums

    If you can't find chrysanthemums, otherwise known as mums, in a color to match your special event theme, don't worry. It's simple to dye a white mum using food coloring… Read More

  • Growing Hollandica Blue Iris

    Iris hollandica, commonly known as Dutch iris, is a species of flowering bulb that blooms for a few weeks in April or May. Blue and blue-purple flowers are among the… Read More

  • How to Grow Bougainvillea on a House Wall

    Bougainvillea, native to South America, is a genus of thorny, vinelike plants that produce colorful flowers. Bougainvillea can grow upward of 15 feet high and can be evergreen or deciduous… Read More

  • Difference Between Japonica & Sasanqua

    Japonica and sasanqua are two commonly cultivated species of camellia. Native to Asia, these flowering shrubs are traditional additions to landscaping in the southeastern United States, where they thrive in… Read More

  • Rosemary Flower Adaptations

    The narrow leaves and small, blue flowers of rosemary species may cause you to wonder what would create such genetic adaptations. Rosemary originates in the Mediterranean, where an arid environment… Read More

  • Aphids & Spider Mites on Desert Roses

    Desert roses (Adenium obesum) are flowering tropical plants that grow well outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 11 to 12. Gardeners can also cultivate them indoors in other… Read More

  • What Plants Are Good to Remove Odors in the Home?

    Touted as nature’s air fresheners, plants make a delightful addition to any room. Healthy, lush houseplants effortlessly spruce up even the dullest, drabbest of corners, infusing life, texture and color.… Read More

  • How to Make My Indoor Dracaena Fragrans Flower

    Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans), also known as false palm, gets its scientific name from the Greek word for female dragon, an homage to the red sap contained in its stems.… Read More

  • Varieties Of Gypsophila

    Gypsophila incorporates nearly 100 plant species, the most famous of which is Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata). These plants vary in size and color, but they generally exhibit masses of pleasant… Read More

  • How to Make a Gravel Flower Bed

    The process for installing a gravel flower bed is straightforward, although building the bed takes several hours. Once installed, the gravel bed will remain neat and tidy for years with… Read More

  • What Flowers Go with Carnations?

    Carnations are the flower of choice for several occasions and act as a sign of both friendship and support. Still, in an arrangement, all flowers including carnations benefit from having… Read More

  • The Pollinators of the Daisy

    Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the anther of a flower to the stigma of the same or a different flower. The results of pollination, and the pollinators who… Read More

  • How to Trim Penta Plants Down

    Penta plants are 3- to 4-foot shrubs that are evergreen in some warmer climates of the United States, such as southern Florida. The penta can be damaged by frost in… Read More

  • How to Keep Anthuriums Blooming

    Anthuriums are beloved for their unique flowers. The genus Anthurium contains roughly 1,000 members, and new species are found almost every year. Each member of the genus Anthurium produces unique… Read More

  • How to Make Potted Mums Come Back

    If you don't want to throw potted mums out after they've flowered, you may be able to help them last the winter if you take especially good care of them. Read More

  • Do You Deadhead Hibiscus Flowers?

    There are actually two different types of plant commonly referred to as hibiscus. Tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is only hardy in climates without frost. In most places in the U.S.… Read More

  • How to Dry Gerbera Daisies in a Flower Press

    Available in colors ranging from bright pinks to subdued pastels, Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) add attractive spots of color to your garden beds. The plants start to bloom anytime the… Read More

  • How to Trim Dead Blossoms From an African Violet

    African violets make useful flowering houseplants since they can bloom for up to nine months per year. They do need the other three months off as a rest period. As… Read More

  • How to Distinguish Between the Pistil & the Stamen of a Plant

    A plant's pistils and stamens can be found within its flowers, which are responsible for reproduction. Plants sexually reproduce, using stamens to provide sperm and pistils to provide eggs. Though… Read More

  • How to Make Wrist Corsages With Roses

    Many different types of flowers, including roses, can be used to make wrist corsages. Learn how to make wrist corsages with roses with help from the lead designer at Jasmine's… Read More

  • What Can I Do if My Gardenia Plant Is Wilting?

    Camellias bear lovely flowers but are not care-free plants in a landscape or an indoor garden. Fungal infections tracing to water or humidity cause wilting. Read More

  • How to Cut Back or Prune an African Iris

    The butterfly or African irises consist of several species in the genus Dietes and are used extensively in landscapes and around water gardens. Natives of southern Africa, these plants are… Read More

  • How to Keep Hydrangeas From Wilting in Bouquets

    When a hydrangea wilts in the garden, a little water typically perks it right up. When the cut hydrangea wilts in the vase, the flower is on its way to… Read More

  • How to Keep Wildflowers Alive in a Vase

    Once in a while you may give in to temptation and gather a bunch of wildflowers to bring home with you. They are not as difficult to keep alive as… Read More

  • How to Grow a Miniature Azalea

    A "miniature azalea" comes from hybridization or pruning. There isn't an actual botanical classification for miniature azaleas, although azaleas do come in dwarf varieties. Florists sell miniature azaleas as gift… Read More

  • 5 Different Stages of Flower Growth

    Flowers, like all plants, require basic elements to grow including soil, water, air and sunlight. Flowers go through different stages of growth and each stage is just as important as… Read More

  • How to Grow Wildflowers Indoors

    Wildflowers typically grow in the wild, but there are deviations that were planted and nurtured by flower lovers worldwide. Wildflowers usually are very showy, and flower lovers everywhere have been… Read More

  • Why Do the Edges of My Hydrangea Leaves Turn Brown?

    With their broad leaves and clusters of long-lasting fall and summer-blooming flowers, hydrangea (Hydrangea spp.) is an attractive deciduous shrub that comes with the added bonus of being shade tolerant… Read More

  • Help for a Gardenia With Frost Damage

    Gardenias are fragrant bushes with heavily scented star-shaped flowers. The glossy green leaves and semi-climbing habit of many of these bushes add year-round color and texture to the home garden.… Read More

  • Why Does My Nasturtium Always Have Yellow or Dying Leaves?

    Both the leaves and flowers of nasturium (Tropaeolum majus) are edible, and have a peppery taste similar to watercress (Nasturium officinale), an aquatic plant to which it is botanically related.… Read More

  • Tiger Lily Colors

    Lilium columbianum, typically referred to as tiger lily, is a subspecies of the lily flower native to western areas of North America. Although the species takes its name from the… Read More

  • How to Get Amaryllis to Bloom Again

    Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybridum) grows outside year round in tropical and subtropical locations. Anyone can enjoy the plant with proper care. Amaryllis produces bright red, pink and salmon-colored blossoms. Amaryllis flowers… Read More

  • The Seven Levels of the Taxonomy of Roses

    In biology, roses are divided into seven main taxonomic levels called taxa. These division separate the different species or kinds of roses, of which there are many. Within these taxa… Read More

  • How to Care for a Fortnight Lily

    The fortnight lily, also called African iris, grows in both blue/purple and yellow/white varieties, with bright lily-like flowers. These evergreen perennials thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture Growing Zones 8… Read More

  • My Lily of the Valley Is Not Blooming

    Lily of the valley is a bright, decorative woodland plant, native to Europe, North America and Asia. This plant bears pink and white hanging flowers on firm reed-like stems and… Read More

  • Life Expectancy of Grape Vines

    Grapes are a native fruit of Asia, and the cultivated varieties have been produced in their natural habitat -- and well beyond -- for the past 5,000 years. The wild… Read More

  • Various Uses of Banana Tree Bark

    Bananas, native to tropical Southeast and South Asia, are renowned world over for their nutritious fruit. What is often referred to as a banana "tree" is really a nonwoody plant… Read More

  • Anthophyta Plants

    The plant kingdom is divided into different groups called phyla. One of these phyla is the anthophyta phylum. Anthophyta plants all have certain characteristics in common with one another. The… Read More

  • How Does a Lily Pollinate?

    Flowers in the lily family usually have six equal-sized petals that form a showy, trumpet-shaped flower. Often the petals are curved back to reveal six long stamens and a style… Read More

  • How to Transplant Dutch Iris

    Dutch iris is a name given to several hybrid varieties of Spanish iris, or Iris xiphium, which are grown for their ornate, bicolored flowers and graceful foliage. Like all species… Read More

  • Stages of a Hibiscus

    Hibiscus flowers are immediately recognizable to many people by their large, lush blossoms in bright red, paper white or canary yellow. It’s possible to grow hibiscus indoors and outdoors. If… Read More

  • What Do Heather Flowers Smell Like?

    Heather is a shrubby plant that grows long racemes of tiny bell-like flowers in soft pinks, lavender, copper, green, gold, magenta, red and white. The common heather is Calluna vulgaris… Read More

  • Can a Tree Live After Being Blown Over?

    Heavy winds and storms any time of the year often result in blown-over trees. A tree blows over in strong winds when its roots system is not established well enough… Read More

  • Why Does My Soil Smell Bad?

    Smelling soil should be a pleasant experience; fresh soil gives off an earthy, but not dirty, scent. If the soil of your houseplants or outdoor plants has a rotten odor,… Read More

  • How to Fix a Broken Plant Stem

    Bends or breaks occur in plants for several reasons. Improper handling, a strong wind gust or excessive insect damage will lead the stems of your indoor and outdoor garden plants,… Read More

  • Alternatives to Water Vials for a Flower Bouquet

    Floral tubes or vials are constructed of hard green or clear plastic. The stem of a flower is pushed through the hole in the cap to give it a water… Read More

  • What Is a Mayflower Flower?

    The mayflower became Massachusetts' official state flower in 1918 and Nova Scotia's provincial flower in 1901. It is native to eastern and central North America, from Ontario east to Newfoundland,… Read More

  • When Do Marigolds Bloom?

    Marigold varieties bloom at different times of the year. There are four types of marigolds with many subvarieties. Signet and triploid marigold plants are the least common plants. African and… Read More

  • Differences Between Eudicot & Monocot Seeds

    Until recently, biologists divided flowering plants into two groups based on several characteristics, such as seed behavior, flower, stem and leaf appearance, and how their pollen and cells were composed.… Read More

  • How Long Do Preserved Flowers Last?

    The length of time flowers last after being preserved depends on the method of preservation as well as storage after preservation. A wedding bouquet, air dried and kept for 35… Read More

  • How to Care for Mandevilla Sanderi

    The Mandevilla sanderi is a tropical flower that grows on a vine that can stretch 8 feet high. Because Mandevilla sanderi is a vine, it can grow easily on the… Read More

  • Stages of the Marigold

    The marigold, or Tagetes, originated in South America and New Mexico. This vibrant, annual flower grows up to 4 feet tall in optimum growing environments and has showy blossoms of… Read More

  • Tahitian Gardenia Care

    The Tahitian gardenia (Gardenia taitensis) is an evergreen, flowering, tropical shrub indigenous to Melanesia and Polynesia. It is the national flower of the Polynesian island country of Tahiti, where its… Read More

  • Weed Killers That Will Kill Cactus

    Cacti (Cactaceae) are succulents native to the deserts of North and South America. The nearly 1,600 different species of cactus are naturalized in all the arid and semiarid regions around… Read More

  • Flowers That Feel Like Velvet

    Texture is an important element in the garden. A variety of textures adds interest to a flower bed, just as a variety of colors and heights does. If it's a… Read More

  • How to Winterize Mums

    Commonly called mums, garden chrysanthemums (Dendranthema morifolium) erupt into bloom in early autumn, adding a splash of much-needed color to otherwise drab late-season beds. Although typically grown as annuals, mums… Read More

  • What Flowers Mean Trust?

    Different flowers are given different messages and meanings according to the language of flowers, a system of communication that was most popular during the Victorian era. At the time, the… Read More

  • What Causes Stephanotis Leaves to Yellow?

    Stephanotis floribunda is known more commonly as Madagascar jasmine or simply Stephanotis. Sometimes it is called bridal wreath. Stephanotis is a tropical plant that grows as a twining vine. It… Read More

  • Which Flower Absorbs Food Coloring Faster?

    Flowers are naturally available in a rainbow of sizes, shapes and colors. For those looking to expand this color palette, a few drops of food coloring in the water will… Read More

  • Harmful Effects of Pollen From Lilies

    Lilies are beautiful flowers, commonly kept in houses and gardens for their large, bright blooms. As well as the pollen staining fabrics, what a lot of people do not realize… Read More

  • Why Tulips Change Color

    The tulip is a perennial flowering plant that grows from a bulb. Its genus, Tulipa, includes more than 100 species and has members that are native to parts of Europe,… Read More

  • What Type of Soil Does a Sago Palm Need?

    Sago palm (Cycas revoluta) is a member of the cycad group and is also commonly referred to as Japanese sago palm and funeral palm. Sago palms are considered living fossils… Read More

  • What to Fertilize a Frangipani With

    Frangipani, or plumeria, are small shrub-like trees with large, glossy leaves and bright pinwheel flowers in pinks, purples, reds, oranges, yellows and whites. These are tropical plants that require frost-free… Read More

  • How to Replant Broken Orchid Stems

    Orchid stems often break under the weight of the exotic blooms. The orchid is a slightly temperamental plant that needs warmth, even moisture and humidity, and plenty of food. Orchids… Read More

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