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Growing an Herb Garden- Beautiful and Ornamental Herbs for the Garden- Part One

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Growing an Herb Garden- Beautiful and Ornamental Herbs for the Garden- Part One

An introduction to Culinary Herbs that will add beauty and flavor to the garden.

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The Evening Garden- Gardening for Night Time Fragrance and Blooms

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The Evening Garden- Gardening for Night Time Fragrance and Blooms

Evening is a great time to relax and enjoy the garden. There are lots of varieties of plants and flowers that turn on the Wow! factor after the sun goes down. 

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Growing Colorful Poppies In The Garden

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Growing Colorful Poppies In The Garden

The paper petals of poppy flowers will brighten up the spring garden. Poppies come in a wide range of colors and are easy to grow in sunny gardens. There are both perennial and annual poppy varieties but all are fairly easy to grow from seed. In fact poppies prefer to sown in the garden where they are to grow. Provide well drained soil and plenty of sunshine and you can have poppies blooming for months.  Breadbox Poppy- Papaver somniferum Papaver somniferum, also known as Breadbox Poppy, is a very large flowered annual variety that grows 3-4 ft. tall. The seeds...

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Scented Geraniums- Growing Fragrant Pelargoniums

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Scented Geraniums- Growing Fragrant Pelargoniums

Fragrant Pelargoniums have been grown in herb gardens for centuries. Scented Geraniums are very easy to grow and come in a wide range of fragrances from fruity to spicy. The scented pelargoniums were new to me when I first began working at an herb nursery in college. I've always been fond of fragrant plants and these were so amazing! I've been an avid collector ever since.  Scented Geraniums are original to South Africa and were first brought to cultivation by European sailors in the 1600's. They were widely grown in European herb gardens and were extremely popular with the Victorians....

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Growing a Butterfly Garden- Easy Plants for Butterfly Habitats

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Growing a Butterfly Garden- Easy Plants for Butterfly Habitats

Creating a garden habitat to encourage butterflies is easy and fun. Butterflies provide color, movement, and pollination for our gardens. Butterfly gardens should contain plants that provide nutrients to the larvae and caterpillars as well as nectar plants for the adults. Colorful annuals such as zinnias and Mexican sunflowers are easy to grow from seed in a wide range of growing conditions. Several herb plants are great host plants for swallowtail butterfly larvae. I grow fennel, dill and parsley to feed the caterpillars. I find the caterpillars prefer the curled parsley over the flat leaf variety. I always plant extras...

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