This plant is a must-grow but not for its flowers. Heuchera is a plant of woodland edging so plant it in part shade or damp, sunny areas where it will not be stressed by lack of water. The plant seems to thrive on soils that are high in organic … [Read more...] about Here’s Why You Must Grow Heuchera or Coralbells
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One of the delights of the spring perennial flower garden are bleeding heart plants and my grandfather had some magnificent specimens in his garden. (Dicentra is the horticultural name but we all call them bleeding hearts). Here's how to grow them … [Read more...] about How You Can Grow Bleeding Hearts Successfully
What is the best way to cool water in the backyard pond when it gets too hot? Doug says Well, I'm not sure it can get too hot for lilies unless you're growing them in a very small container out in the full sun. They adapt and absorb a ton of heat. … [Read more...] about How To Cool Water In The Backyard Pond?
A compost pile is often built up in a specific way to be effective and here are a few of the guidelines. The first is that the minimum size for effective "hot" composting is 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet tall. Anything smaller than this will not heat up … [Read more...] about Three Steps to Making a Compost Pile and a Confesson
Deadheading perennials means to cut off the spent or dead flowers. There are two basic systems that perennial flowers produce blooms and this video discusses/shows them both along with the "how" of pruning perennial flowers. In short, you can … [Read more...] about An Explanation and Video On Deadheading Perennials
Some folks who live in warmer climates than my zone 4 grow Caryopteris (also called Blue spirea, Blue-mist or even Bluebeard) as a shrub but I've tended to grow it as a perennial. While it is only hardy to USDA zone 7, in my garden this plant dies to … [Read more...] about How To Grow Three Species of Caryopteris