Flowers and Plants 118 Ideabooks

Fall is all about the oranges and reds and yellows, correct? Well, take a peek in the garden and on the vine, and you'll see that your choices are not so cut and dried. There is a cacophony of color this time of year, and it isn't limited to the coppers and golds of traditional fall decorating. There are stripes and...
Great Design Plant: New Zealand Flax
New Zealand flax brings texture, color and foliage to the landscape year-round — especially welcome in otherwise barren fall and winter gardens. While falling leaves, a visible cue of the changing of the seasons, are always a visual treat, the end result...
Great Design Plant: Kousa Dogwood
Cornus kousa (kousa dogwood) is a beautiful ornamental tree that isn't quite as common as its popular relative, Cornus florida (flowering dogwood). If you're looking for a spring bloomer for your yard, a kousa dogwood will give you beautiful...
5 Glorious Late-Season Shrubs
Are you finding your landscape lacking as the dog days of summer give way to fall? With that late-summer twilight zone setting in, are you wondering whether there’s anything more that will bloom or bear fruit before it’s all mums and pumpkins? Fear...
Wake Up Your Garden With Magenta Magnificence
There are some colors that gardeners tend to abhor. Magenta might top the list. It is garish and ridiculously loud — a showoff. Most gardeners shun the color and reach instead for the palest shades of blush, deep shades of violet and lovely whites...
Great Design Plant: Black-Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susan is a native American beauty well known from coast to coast for its golden-yellow daisy-like blooms through summer and early fall. Admire it in large masses right off the highway, add it for pops of yellow in a cottage garden or plant...
Great Design Plant: Butterfly-Friendly Crossvine
Nearly any garden can benefit from the addition of a vertical feature, and flowering vines like crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) really pull double duty in this capacity. A vigorous and prolific bloomer, crossvine offers gardeners stunning color,...
8 Knockout Flowers for a Fall Container Garden
When summer winds down, your container gardens may be looking past their prime. Perhaps a plant or two didn’t make it — or you have the opposite problem: They did so well that they’re taking over your container (sweet potato vine, anyone?). If this...
Great Design Tree: Staghorn Sumac
Don't let poison sumac (Rhus vernix) give all sumacs an undeserved bad reputation. The sumac genus has plenty of wonderful species and varieties for your landscape that greatly outnumber the poison one. One such species is the Staghorn...
Great Design Plant: Lavender Cotton
Intense summer sun can leave plants scorched and depleted by late summer, making for a tired-looking garden once the mercury settles down and we can get out to appreciate the outdoors. For lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus), it’s...
Great Design Plant: Astilbe
It isn't easy to find a showy plant that thrives in shade and looks good even as the flowers die. That's why I'm such a fan of astilbes. These gorgeous plants have feathery plumes that make them look spectacular en masse and let them stand out solo in...
Bright Plants for Flower Beds That Wow
The use of plants to provide blocks of intense color in gardens has been with us since Victorian days. Back then, they were mainly gaudy displays that showed off the financial status of the owner and his gardening skills. Plantings included pelargoniums,...
Great Design Plant: White Birch
Winter tests a plant's all-around attractiveness. It's a tough test for even the showiest of deciduous trees, but the white birch shines year-round. Its paper-like white bark stands out against the rest of the trees, whether it is surrounded by other...
Great Design Plant: Japanese Anemone
By fall, most people have resigned themselves to saying goodbye to blooms in their perennial gardens until spring. However, there are many choices for fall flowers beyond chrysanthemums. The Japanese anemone is a beautiful plant that provides abundant...
10 Perennials to Extend Your Garden's Summer Color
If the dog days of summer have gotten the best of your garden blooms, there’s still time to create a fetching landscape. Sure, you could head to the local garden center for mums, but if you want something less predictable, check out these no-fuss perennials...
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