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The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

The Difference between Herbaceous Peonies and Itoh Hybrid Peonies

Herbaceous Peonies vs Itoh Hybrid Peonies The plant world is always developing new and exciting cultivars and hybrids of plants. It is hard for me to keep up on all of the new developments in the plant world, but when I do learn about a new group or type of plant it is very exciting....
7 Bulbs to Grow in Containers This Summer

7 Bulbs to Grow in Containers This Summer

Blooming baskets, plentiful pots, and colorful containers are a simple way to add color to your home all season. The versatility of planting flowers and even vegetables in a container is appealing for gardeners of all skill levels and property types. For gardeners like me with a smaller city lot and a lot of shade,...
3 Quick Tips for the Healthiest Spring Blooming Bulbs!

3 Quick Tips for the Healthiest Spring Blooming Bulbs!

Spring has officially sprung according to the calendar! Hopefully, when you look out your window you hear birds singing, see grass greening and sprouts from your favorite bulbs appearing. With all the signs of spring the months of March, April and May can be a very exciting time for gardeners. This exciting time of new...
Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Top 12 Perennials for Butterflies

Connecting with nature is important for your health and happiness. When I see butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other flying friends in my garden it brings a smile to face. Even my dogs are fascinated by the intricate and delicate butterflies that come visit my the annuals and perennials in my backyard. Beyond bringing happiness to...
How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

How to Grow the Big and Bold Dahlia Blooms!

The dahlia is one of the most popular summer blooming flower bulbs! New gardeners will love the bright colors, and ease of growing, as well as the large assortment of colors and bloom shapes to choose from. Experienced gardeners enjoy growing dahlias for the challenge of growing the biggest blooms possible, overwintering the dahlia tubers, and...
Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Complete Guide to Growing Begonia Tubers

Beautiful Shade Loving Blooms for your Beds, Baskets, and Containers! With over 350 species of begonias in existence, these shade-loving beauties are easily one of my favorite summer-blooming bulbs! My mostly shaded property has allowed me to experiment with the various begonia varieties, which I have grown increasingly fond of over time. At the garden...
10 Steps to Growing Tête à Tête Daffodils in Pots

10 Steps to Growing Tête à Tête Daffodils in Pots

Tête à Tête Dwarf Daffodil: World’s Most Delightful Yellow Flower I see them in my local grocery store’s floral department, on websites like Holland Bulb Farms available for fall planting, and for sale as pre-chilled bulbs from retailers like Tulip World! What is this most popular daffodil for indoor forcing and growing in pots? It is...
Give the Gift of Blooming Bulbs

Give the Gift of Blooming Bulbs

It is the season for family, food, friends, sharing, caring and more than likely also the season for gift giving. Thanksgiving meals with family to holiday parties with co-workers and family, there always seem to be a reason to celebrate. While gift giving is not always required on these special occasions, it is a nice...
Paperwhites: 5 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Paperwhites: 5 Tips for Growth and Blooms

Paperwhites are some of the easiest flower bulbs for indoor forcing. Besides amaryllis, paperwhite bulbs rank as the best choice for people who are forcing blooms in their home. While they are among the easiest bulbs to grow inside they are also among the most fragrant of blooms for indoor forcing. The fragrance is a...
Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

Best Squirrel and Deer Resistant Bulbs: Our Top 10 Fall Planted Favorites

You, like me, like most gardeners want a bounty of beautiful blooms in their spring garden. You have made your purchase, received your flower bulbs, got your shovel ready, amended your soil and are ready to plant.  But then out of nowhere you hear this chirping sound coming from the maple tree nearby, but it’s...
5 Considerations for Bearded Iris: New and Existing Planting Areas

5 Considerations for Bearded Iris: New and Existing Planting Areas

Bearded Iris in all the colors of the rainbow! I have always had a love hate relationship with bearded iris. As I get older, I find myself enjoying the array of colors bearded iris offer in the late spring garden more and more. Growing up, there was always a random grouping of bearded iris planted...
Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Bearded Iris: A Timeless Jewel

Believe it or not, August has arrived. And as true as it is that there could still be some good summer weeks left in the weather (depending on where you’re located), some gardeners thoughts have started turning in more of a fall direction. I stopped by Holland Bulb Farms yesterday and could hardly believe it...