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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Companion Plants for Shasta Daisies

    Bright white Shasta daisies’ glossy deep green leaves and bright yellow centers set off their flowers in a dramatic display. In colorful or all-white garden beds, Shasta daisies contribute a… Read More

  • How to Prune Delphinium

    The genus Delphinium contains nearly 300 species of flowering plants found in cool, temperate environments around the world. Many cultivated varieties of Delphinium go by the common name larkspur, which… Read More

  • Rafflesia Flower Facts

    Were you to travel to the tropical Malaysian jungles where Rafflesia or corpse flower lives to bring home a Rafflesia plant, you wouldn't be successful. That's because in the traditional… Read More

  • How Often Should You Water African Daisies?

    The daisy (Compositae or Asteraceae) family of plants contains more than 20,000 species, and many different genuses are known as African daisies. This includes Osteospermum, Dimorphotheca, Arctotis and others. The… Read More

  • Large Leaf Plants With Red Flowers

    An adaptation is a characteristic that enables plants and animals to survive in difficult environments. Large leaves are an adaptation common in plants that live in dark, tropical rain forests,… Read More

  • My Lilies Are Turning Brown

    Lilies belong to a range of flowers that come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The flowers are often brightly colored, with darker specks or spots along the… Read More

  • What Stage of Flowering Do the Buds Begin to Swell?

    Bud swelling generally begins in the second stage of flowering development, according to the University of Wisconsin Horticulture Department. "Bud swelling" is a term that is used by botanists to… Read More

  • Irish Peace Lily Meaning

    Of the nearly 40 species of flowering plants of the Genus Spathiphyllum, certain varieties are commonly known as "peace lilies," though they are not true lilies at all. Different cultures… Read More

  • When Will a Tulip Tree Flower?

    The upright trunks of the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) grace the forests of the Eastern United States, in an area east of the Mississippi River and south of the Great… Read More

  • How to Prune a Jane Magnolia

    A Jane magnolia grows to a mature height of 10 to 15 feet high and approximately 6 to 15 feet in diameter. It is a moderate-sized tree that blooms beautiful… Read More

  • Lily of the Nile and Poisonous Plants for Pets

    Gardeners, particularly those with children or pets, should be especially picky when it comes time to plant. A large variety of plant species may cause allergic reactions or illness to… Read More

  • List of Dioecious Flowers

    Most flowering plants have both male and female flowers on a single plant. This enables pollinators such as bees to easily assist in plant reproduction by moving pollen from a… Read More

  • Plants That Have Flowers That Look Like Butterflies

    Certain plants produce flowers that greatly resemble distinct species of butterflies. Sometimes the similar appearance is merely a coincidence, but other times it is the careful evolution of the flower… Read More

  • When to Cut Back Wallflowers

    The dainty yellows, purples or reds of wallflowers (Erysimum spp.) brighten rock gardens or native prairies in late spring and early summer -- some bloom nearly year-round treated as annuals… Read More

  • How to Electroform Flowers

    Electroforming is the process of covering a non-metallic object with metal to preserve it as art. Parents often electroform baby shoes when a child grows out of them. You can… Read More

  • Why Do Chestnuts Have Worms in Them?

    Chestnuts (Castanea) are a large family of trees and shrubs native to the temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere. Deciduous in nature, the trees in the group are long-lived and… Read More

  • Is the Purple Ice Plant Toxic to Animals?

    Veterinarians, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other agencies warn gardeners to be careful what you plant in your backyard, especially if you have children… Read More

  • What Month Do Lilacs Blossom?

    One of the garden's most fragrant flowering shrubs and small trees, lilacs (Syringa spp.) number about 20 species and dozens of cultivars. The precise timing of lilac blossoming varies by… Read More

  • When Does Goldenrod Bloom?

    Some regard goldenrods (Solidago spp.) as mundane roadside and meadow weeds, while others see them as rustic wildflowers that bring golden-yellow color to late-summer landscapes. Members of the plant family… Read More

  • Crape Myrtle Problems

    Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a deciduous member of the loosestrife family commonly grown as a lawn accent, highway plant or garden ornamental. The plant is cherished for its remarkably… Read More

  • Flowers That Look Like Spheres

    Flowers presenting with a spherical form are often composed of clusters of small flowers, as with alliums, hydrangeas and some varieties of viburnum. Spherically formed flowers provide textural contrast to… Read More

  • Flowers That Are Not Poisonous to Kids

    Most children are attracted to flowers. Fragrant and beautiful, they are often irresistible to little hands. In fact, cultivating a garden is a great way to teach children about science… Read More

  • The Flower Attaches to What Part of the Plant?

    Although flowers are valued by most people primarily for their fragrance and beauty, they also have an important role in the reproductive process of plants. A flower connects to the… Read More

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