Winter Protection for Plants

Winter Protection for Plants In winter, low temperatures as well as too intense light, lack of water (when the soil is frozen the moisture in it cannot be absorbed by the roots), and wind may cause damage. Some harm is directly due to the effects of below freezing temperatures on the tissues of tender plants; other damage is indirect—for example, […]

Australian Hardiness Planting Zones

Australian Hardiness Planting Zones This map is from the Australian Government Bureau or Meteorology. To understand your hardiness zone, understand you average daily minimum temperature and apply these rules: If you live outside North America You can roughly translate the USDA hardiness zones by finding out how low your area’s temperatures can reach, and then use the chart below to […]

China Plant Hardiness Zone Map

China Plant Hardiness Zone Map Map by Mark P. Widrlechner, USDA-ARS North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, Iowa. For more information, or to request a laminated hard copy of this map, please contact us at 515-294-3511 or send e-mail messages to Mark.Widrlechner@ars.usda.gov.

Growing Dahlias – How to care from Spring to Fall

Growing Dahlias – How to care from Spring to Fall Dahlias are half-hardy perennials, originally from Mexico, and now very popular in the United States. Very adaptable, they grow well in any type of soil. They are versatile, being used for garden decoration, cut flowers, floral art and exhibition. Few flowers can match them for their wide range of brilliant […]

Growing Paeonia

Growing Peonies – Paeonia May and June gardens would lack something without this outstandingly beautiful garden flower. The peony shoots off its display of bloom in a relatively short number of weeks but retains the perfection of its green and arching foliage through the season. Peony growing information The herbaceous type of peony that dies down in the autumn is […]

How to grow Helenium

How to grow Helenium Ask anyone if he knows sneezeweed and chances are that he can’t place it. But tell him about the splendid helenium or Helens flower you had last fall and you have his sympathetic ear. Yet few appreciate its true value for gardens acid for cutting. Like quite a few other flowers native to North America, it […]

Gladiolus Care

Gladiolus Don’t leave glads out of your garden plans for this summer. One season of growing them will let you understand why gladiolus are a top favorite with so many people. The gladiolus isn’t a one-purpose flower. Its endless variety of colors can satisfy any personal taste or color scheme. It’s ideal for garden planting among other flowers. On the […]

Planting Care on Gladiolus

Gladiolus for a long blooming season Gladiolus offer a wide range of colors, a long period of bloom with excellent lasting qualities. Their comparative case of culture makes them a welcome addition to most gardens. Glads lend themselves to planting in rows or beds, in borders, and among shrubbery or flowers. Some of the smaller types are desirable in rock […]

How to plant and care a Iris

Iris are easy to grow This vast family of beautiful perennials is one of the most important of all garden plants. There are hundreds of varieties ranging through almost every color, differing in size, blooming seasons, and even habits of growth and method of propagation. The two most important groups for the average gardener are (1) the Bearded Iris group […]

Growing Daylilies

How to grow Daylilies Perennials commonly called Daylilies offer the gardener Hemerocallis the botanical name for daylilies are easy to grow continuous blooms from May through September by selection of varieties for the succession of bloom. Individual blooms last but one day each, but another opens the following day. Daylilies will grow in full sun or partial shade and can be […]