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No Garden Should Be Without Azaleas

Azaleas are a large, diverse group of flowering shrubs with single and double blooms in many shades of white, purple, red, pink or orange. Most bloom from early to late spring with a few extending later into the growing season.


For many people, it's not officially spring until they turn on the TV and see the azaleas that bloom each April at the Augusta National Country Club in Georgia - the site of the Masters professional golf tournament.

To enjoy the beauty of azaleas at your own home, begin by choosing a variety that is well adapted to your garden environment and climate.


Bleeding Heart Plants - Perfect residents for the shady spots in your garden

The Bleeding heart plant is native to Asia, grown for both its lovely, delicate foliage and striking, unusual flowers. It is an old-fashioned herbaceous perennial that thrives in growing zones 3-9. Here we've got an overview, with tips on the care of this charming shade garden plant.

Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)

Many gardeners, faced with a shady garden area, feel that 'all is lost' in terms of finding hardy and attractive plants to populate that space. These plants are one of the best to fill these spots.


Growing Miniature Roses at Home

If you're someone who can go completely nuts over a little baby or a puppy simply because they seem like such small and innocent versions of the regular-sized thing, you'll complete fall in love with growing miniature roses.

Miniature Roses

It's hard to look at one of these tiny things that look exactly as beautiful, as detailed and as complete as a rose and not lose your heart to it.

The effect can be exquisite, to see a rose composed literally of dozens of petals, all wrapped up tightly into a bloom that's no more than an inch across.

Now of course, growing miniature roses can be wonderful in any kind of circumstance. They can be especially useful though, to gardening enthusiasts who live in apartments and other confined spaces.


Gardening and Growing Flowers Should be Easy!

If you are looking for easy flowers to grow, start by looking in your own front yard during the spring. No matter where you live, chances are there are a few hardy spring wildflowers blooming on the lawn right under your nose.


Maybe there are a couple of vibrant violets among the grass stems or some wild baby's breath growing where you least expect it.


Planting for a Wonderful Scented Garden Gardens can be truly multi-sensory experiences. Not only do they look beautiful, they can smell great too. Few things can put you in touch with how beautiful nature is as can padding barefoot through your garden filled with beautiful fragrant flowers and plants. Did you always think that scented candles on your porch was really a classy way to enjoy a quiet evening on your patio? Try a scented garden instead, and you really see how great it can be. The first thing you should do when planting a scented garden is to familiarize yourself with the blooming cycle of various plants. You want to learn when you can expect each kind of plant to bloom. You want basically, to choose plants to grow in your garden that will bloom by turn. You need something fresh coming up every season. It isn't just about the time of year that each plant you choose will bloom. Some will have flowers that are more fragrant in the heat of day; others will be more fragrant at night-time. Choose flowers for every part of the day and year and you will have what you need for your scented garden. So let's start at the beginning. What do you choose for spring? Your garden needs to be truly fresh and beautifully fragrant to help you celebrate the passing of winter. Try Grape Hyacinths, Siberian Squill and Iris Reticulate. Not only do the flowers these plants put off look beautiful and colorful, they are going to be thickly fragrant all the time in spring. Daffodils and Tulips can be very fragrant as well. In fact, try to plant Hyacinths with large flowers in pots and put them right inside your front door. The moment you open your door to guests, they'll be hit with a wave of pleasurable flower scent. You should not forget about the Sweet Pea, which can be such a fragrant flower. Ask your local nursery what exact kind you should choose to best suit your part of the country and pick the most fragrant kind of flower for your area. There are all kinds of other flowers that can go into your garden – Lavender, Peonies, Roses and Lilacs. Roses are wonderful through the summer. Make sure that you don't limit your choices by going for perennial plants all the time. You want to have a large scent palette to work with.