Hybrid Coneflower Care

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Coneflowers (echinacea), especially the purple coneflower, are popular for borders and wildflower gardens. Recent hybrids have introduced orange, pink, yellow, red and white versions, in a wide range of heights. Like the original species, the hybrids are easy to care for. All are hardy to zone 4 and many to zone 3. Hybrid Coneflower Care…


How to Care for Tiger Lilies

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In mid to late summer, perennial tiger lilies produce large, orange, speckled flowers with a sweet, strong fragrance. Because tiger lilies spread rapidly, propagating in several ways, they grow wild on ditch banks and in meadows. Their dark, vivid color makes them showstoppers, especially when planted as a backdrop to other flowers. Difficulty: Moderately Easy…


Care of Pink Calla Lily

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Growing flowering summer bulbs like pink calla lilies brings bold color and showy blossoms into the home garden. Prized for their interesting appearance and height of approximately 30 inches, the calla lily flower, though not a true flower, exhibits a flared shape surrounding the yellow spadix, a thick protrusion.Though calla lilies bloom in a variety…


How to Care for Columbine Perennials

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Aquilegia vulgaris, commonly known as columbine, is the state flower of Colorado. The plant is an herbaceous evergreen perennial that may grow 3 feet tall. There are more than 80 species of Aquilegia and they come in just about every color. The plants normally only live for about three years, but they will self-seed readily.…


How to Care for Columbines

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The columbine, also called aquilegia, is not difficult to grow or maintain. It is popular in flower gardens across the United States and produces a bloom that resembles a bell that comes in many colors, which is frequently visited by bees and hummingbirds due to the large amount of succulent nectar it produces. Columbines can…


Care Instructions for White Bleeding Hearts

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Bleeding hearts, which have the Latin name of Dicentra spectabilis, are natives of Japan, but can also be grown successfully in the United States. The plant grows in tall green shoots that are covered in drooping, heart-shaped flower blossoms. The flower blossoms are typically pink, but in some varieties, such as Alba, the blooms are…


How to Care for Wax Leaf Begonias

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Wax leaf begonias, Latin name Begonia x semperflorens-cultorum, are grown as annuals in flower gardens. Wax leaf begonias grow about 12 inches tall and produce continual blooming color throughout the summer. These shade-loving plants produce small blossoms in red, pink and white on a bushy mound of shiny succulent leaves. The leaves are green, variegated…


Care of Tuberous Begonias

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Tuberous begonias are bulbs that can grow well in the ground, in pots or, popularly, in hanging baskets. They provide large, bright blooms and a long flowering season, but if planted in the ground they must be dug up and overwintered indoors. They are different from their smaller cousin, flowering begonia, often seen as a…


How to Care for Angelwing Begonias

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Angel wing begonias (Begonia coccinea) are succulent, tropical plants. The stems are cane-like, resembling bamboo. The thick leaves are green with white markings and burgundy-colored underneath. The wing shapes of the leaves give this begonia variety its name. During the spring and summer, small blossoms hang in clusters beneath the leaves. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions…


How to Care for Wax Begonias

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Wax begonias are an easy low maintenance annual. They come in a variety of beautiful colors such as white, pink or red. Their glossy silky leaves make them seem almost artificial. Because of their neat appearance, wax begonias do well as a border for a flower garden or along a sidewalk. You can plant a…


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