How to Grow Geranium (Pelargonium)

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Pelargoniums are summer geraniums with showy clusters of flowers that come in white or in shades of red, orange and pink. They’re perfect container plants. Difficulty: Easy Instructions Things You’ll Need Bypass Pruners Compost Makers Fertilizers Hand Cultivators Mulch Plants Seeds Choosing Geranium (Pelargonium) Look for plants at nurseries in spring and summer. Buy geranium…


How to Grow Geraniums in Illinois

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Geraniums are a hardy perennial with colorful flowers that appear in midsummer in Illinois. With proper care, they can bloom until the first frost in the fall. Geraniums thrive in containers and flower beds. They are drought-tolerant and grow well in full sun to partial shade, making them easy flowers to grow in the summers…


How to Grow Citronella Geraniums

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Citronella geraniums, Pelargoniums crispum, are annual flowers that bloom in subdued colors of pink and lavender. They are renowned for the sharp citronella scent of their leaves when rubbed or crushed, and often are promoted as a natural mosquito repellent, although research has not verified this claim. Citronella geraniums prefer well-drained, slightly acidic garden soil…


How to Grow Daylilies in Oregon

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Daylilies are vigorous and rugged perennials that will bloom in your garden for many years. They belong to the genus Hemerocalilis and have been around thousands of years dating back to 551 B.C. They come in many colors and varieties so a gardener will never get bored. Although Oregon is mostly in a mild zone…


How to Grow Daylilies

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Daylilies (also known as Hemerocallis) are hardy, perennial plants that grow in diverse climates and soils. These plants are available in an assortment of colors and bloom at varying times during summer months depending on the type. For gardeners who prefer low maintenance plants, the daylily is an excellent choice. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions Things…


How to Grow Purple Coneflowers

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Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), native to the central and eastern United States, is a sturdy perennial bloomer that will provide color to your garden from mid-summer to early autumn. The daisy-like petals radiate from a round cone in the center of the plant. Tolerant of both heat and drought, purple cornflower will attract a variety…


How to Grow Coneflowers From Collected Seeds

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Coneflowers, or Echinacea plants, do grow from seeds initially. As a perennial, once you plant a seed, you can expect to see the flowers emerging every spring. The coneflower, a favorite of gardeners, is sold nationwide across the United States in garden centers. Its flower is striking with the contrast between the petals and the…


How to Grow Clematis – a Beautiful, Colorful Climber

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Clematis grows easily in a rich, porous, alkaline soil with lots of room for the roots to spread. The best performance is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, so apply a generous mulch. It’s a very reliable performer once it’s well established, but they take a couple of seasons…


How to Grow Clematis

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Clematis is a wonderful vine because it includes many different varieties that can grow in many conditions and flourish with beautiful flowers, but doesn’t take up a large amount of room in the garden. Difficulty: Moderately Easy Instructions things you’ll need: Clematis plant Shovel Organic material such as compost or peat moss Bonemeal Choose a…


How to Grow Vitalba Clematis

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Vitalba clematis, more commonly known as old man’s beard, is a vine that’s native to Africa, Europe and Asia. It flowers profusely throughout the growing season, producing small white blooms with yellow centers. The blooms are followed by feathery, white seed heads, which inspired the plant’s common name. Vitalba clematis grows quickly and can reach…


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