How Long Do Rose Bushes Live?

According to Buddhist Thich Nhat Hanh, a rose bush can teach us an important lesson. To reduce our suffering, we must accept that much like a flower, all things and people we value are impermanent. What is born will die. If you want to know how long rose bushes live, the answer depends on the … Read more

Sedum Nussbaumerianum – How To Grow, Care For and Propagate

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Coppertone Sedum has a split personality. It is a dramatic, gold, and coral succulent that grows into short bushes and spreads as ground cover when grown outdoors. Indoors, it is a cute but easily overlooked succulent, with leaves like green bananas just beginning to ripen. Wherever you grow it, Coppertone succulent is a resilient, low-maintenance … Read more

How To Grow and Care For Echeveria Agavoides

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Lipstick echeveria is a popular, attractive, low-maintenance succulent. It grows well in an arrangement with other potted succulents and looks great in warm-weather gardens, on its own in a small pot, or even in warm-weather rock gardens. Plus, you don’t even need a green thumb to grow lipstick echeveria – all it requires is a … Read more

Growing Tomatoes Indoors – What You Need and How To Do It

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Unless you live in the tropics, there’s no way to grow tomatoes outdoors in the winter. In some areas, you may be able to start plants in early spring or keep your plants fruiting into the fall, but generally, tomatoes won’t survive the first frost.  If you can’t survive another winter without fresh tomatoes, and … Read more

How To Grow a Moon Cactus – Gymnocalycium Mihanovichii

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Even though succulents and cacti are less colorful and dramatic than other plants, they are popular houseplants because they are resilient and easy enough for beginning gardeners to grow successfully. Plus, there are many varieties to choose from.  If you want to add a little glamour to your cactus garden and have the patience for … Read more

How To Grow and Look After An Elephant Bush – Portulacaria Afra

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If you’ve ever wanted to grow a bonsai tree, but aren’t sure if you have the discipline, you should try an elephant bush. Also known as dwarf jade, porkbush, and spekboom, the elephant bush is a popular semi-perennial succulent shrub.  Elephant bush has a reddish-brown stem and small glossy green leaves. There are several variants, … Read more

Zebra Plant – Haworthiopsis fasciata & attenuata

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Zebra plant is a term commonly used to describe a pair of succulent doppelgängers: Haworthiopsis fasciata and Haworthiopsis attenuata. Both are like tiny aloes, with dark green spiky leaves decorated with thin, bumpy, white stripes.  There’s a lot of controversy over the classification of Zebra plants. It is common for garden centers to sell H. … Read more

Variegated String of Hearts – Ceropegia Woodii Variegata

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If you are looking for a pretty, easy-to-care-for plant — a perfect gift for your sweetheart — you’ll fall in love with the variegated string of hearts. Its tiny, heart-shaped leaves are mottled sage-green and silver. The leaves of the variegated variety of these plants are edged in an eye-catching pink. The string of hearts … Read more

Fairy Castle Cactus Care Information – Acanthocereus tetragonus

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If your sunny windowsill needs a little more magic, consider adopting a fairy castle cactus. This columnar cactus got its name because the multiple clumping stems grow up in a formation reminiscent of the turrets of a medieval castle.  Each stem of the fairy castle cactus is a five-sided fleshy branch with wooly spines on … Read more

14 Fast Growing Flowers That Bloom Quickly

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It’s no secret that gardening requires a lot of patience, but did you know that there are certain flowers that can bloom in a shorter time? If you’re impatient or missed the planting season, caring for fast growing flowers can be more practical. They are great for DIY arrangements. Plus, they make your garden beam … Read more

The Best Grass Seed For Georgia Lawns

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There’s nothing quite like the lush feeling of healthy green grass between your toes. Whether you’re looking to create a fun backyard for your kids to play in or striving for a bright green front yard for the local lawn competition, achieving healthy grass is a landscaping goal for most homeowners.  But Georgia micro-climates can … Read more

The Best Grass Seed For Florida

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When you’re buying grass seed in Florida, there’s no simple list of which seeds are best for the entire state. The problem is that Florida has a wide range of temperature conditions, particularly in winter. Thankfully, we don’t have to go through every single climate zone to determine the best grass seed for Florida. Instead, … Read more

The Best Grass For Shaded Areas In Your Yard

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Everyone wants a beautifully thick, green, and uniform lawn. But, not every property makes it easy to grow and maintain grass.  Trees, plants, and other obstacles can cast a shadow over parts of your lawn, limiting the sunlight that your grass needs to survive. And, while simple maintenance like trimming branches and plants can help … Read more

The Best Grass For Texas – The Complete Guide

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Everything is bigger and better in Texas, right? The hats, the ranches, the sky—but what about the lawns? Growing beautiful, lush grass can present unique challenges in the hot, dry Texas climate.  Depending on where in the state you live, the temperature can range up to 40˚ Fahrenheit between the northern- and southernmost points of … Read more

16 Fast Growing Vegetables To Plant Now

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Regardless of the season, it’s never a bad time to try out your green thumb. While growing flowers and house plants is rewarding in its own way, growing your own vegetables will provide you with a satisfying fruit (or rather, vegetable) for your labor. You can even grow vegetables for a variety of reasons: Grow … Read more

18 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

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The time of the year is fast approaching when bugs of all kinds will be in full force. Mosquitoes are possibly the most common pests during warmer weather. If you are looking for natural ways to kill mosquitoes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 18 plants that repel mosquitoes. Plants That Repel Mosquitoes … Read more

The 12 Best Ground Cover Plants For Slopes

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Landscaping for slopes can be very tricky. It might also be tricky for homeowners to mow sloped areas of their yard. That could explain why most of them opt not to add grass to a slope. So the question is: what will be a better option for ground cover? We’ll be taking a look at … Read more

Choosing The Best Grass For Southern California

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You’ve got the grill. You’ve got the lawn games. You’ve got the drinks with the colorful umbrellas. The only thing that’s missing is the lush, green lawn to enjoy that life on. Sand can be great at the beach, but being able to feel grass between your toes at home is just as important. In … Read more

The Complete Guide To Mondo Grass

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Mondo Grass is an incredibly resilient type of plant that is both tough and durable. It will stand up to everything from shade to deer – all it needs is to survive is moisture. You’ll find that you maintaining this plant is quite easy and it doesn’t take a lot of effort to keep it … Read more