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How to Grow Violets

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Violets (Viola odorata) Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor) Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) History Physical Description Low growing plants with three petaled flowers; grow in a spreading habit before growing taller; Johnny-jump-ups reseed themselves readily. Violets are perennials, while Johnny-jump-ups and pansies are annuals. Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available Varieties […]

How to Grow Roses

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Rosa spp. History Physical Description Growth habit, flower size, fragrance, color, all vary among the multitude of rose species and varieties. Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname]) Generally, the flowers of the older types, such as rugosa roses, are the most flavorful […]

How to Grow Nasturtium

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Tropaeolum majus History Physical Description Annual; grows to 12″ tall; richly colored red, orange, or yellow flowers from midsummer until the first frost; leaves have a distinctive round shape Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname]) Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air […]

How to Grow Common Lilac

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Syringa vulgaris History Physical Description Shrub that grows to 15′ high; colorful, fragrant display of flowers in early spring Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname]) Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air Temperature Soil Temperature Humidity Day Length or Light Requirements full […]

How to Grow Impatiens

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Impatiens wallerana History Physical Description Long-blooming annual; glossy foliage, available in a variety of flower colors. Flowers may be single or doubles. Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname]) Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air Temperature Soil Temperature Humidity Day Length or […]

How to Grow Daylilies

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Hemerocallis spp. History Physical Description Perennial, easy to grow; vary in height from 10-36″; bloom anywhere from early summer to frost, depending on variety Varieties & Cultivars Categories or Types of [plantname] Colors Available yellow orange red pink Varieties (link to ../category/cultivars/tag/[plantname]) Growth Requirements Climate & Temperature Requirements Air Temperature […]

How to Grow Chives

Easy to grow – virtually foolproof, chives are not bothered by diseases or pests. They make great borders to a walkway or flower garden, and are useful in the kitchen – both the flowers and the stems. Botanical Information Taxonomy Allium schoenoprasum – other alliums include onions, garlic, leeks and shallots. Alliums are part of Liliaceae, […]

How to Grow Chamomile

Chamomile

Chamomile is the common name for two similar plants, but of different genera. Both are a wonderful addition to vegetable and decorative gardens. German Chamomile, an annual, reseeds itself readily, while Roman Chamomile is a perennial. I prefer German Chamomile, both for flavor (tea) and for it’s looks. I only purposefully planted it once, and […]

How to Grow Calendula

Calendula "Flashback"

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Calendula officinalis Calendula is also known as pot marigold. History Physical Description Annual plant that grows about 18-inches tall. In my garden they don’t usually grow straight up; more of a laying-down-then-up growth. Flowers are typically yellow, orange, or a combination of yellow & orange. Flowering time is from late […]

How to Grow Bee Balm

[Intro text] Botanical Information Taxonomy Monarda didyma Several plants of the Monarda genus are also known as bergamot, although they are not to be confused with the classical Bergamot (of Earl Gray Tea fame) which is a citrus. History Physical Description Plant grows to be 2-4 feet tall, growing like a bush or shrub, but […]