The Ficus lyrata, commonly called the fiddle-leaf fig, is a perfect indoor specimen plant. The plant features very large, heavily veined, and violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. These plants are native to the tropics, where they thrive in very warm and wet conditions. This makes them somewhat more challenging for the home grower, who is likely to have trouble duplicating these steamy conditions, but they are fortunately relatively tough plants also that can withstand less-than-perfect conditions…
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Posted by Sarah on July 19th 2017 in
Summer is in full swing! How is your garden looking? By now, there should be many mid-summer blooms starting to appear! Learn more about ten mid-summer blooming perennials that have the most success in a Minnesota garden. 1. Garden Phlox – This perennial plant will definitely bring some color to your garden! Some varieties of garden phlox begin to bloom in mid-summer. Tall garden phlox can grow to be 2-3 feet…
Posted by Sarah on July 12th 2017 in
From sunny locations to shady corners, this traditional shrub is a cottage garden essential. The large white pompom flowers cover the plant from late June into August. The blossoms begin apple green, turn to white and then to brown. If the flowers are removed and the season is warm enough, the shoots will send out a second flower. Feed well once a year with an acid fertilizer. Cut back to…
Posted by Sarah on July 5th 2017 in
Give your entrance, yard, or patio an extra burst of color with a dazzling hydrangea tree! Hydrangea trees, in particular ‘Limelight,’ Pink Diamond, and the stellar new Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea trees, are perfect for enhancing your home. This family of Panicle Hydrangeas has an impressive, long-blooming season and should be pruned in the fall after blooming. If you want larger (but fewer) flowers to add to your home aesthetic, you…
Posted by Sarah on June 26th 2017 in
In mid to late summer, some plant problems, like fungus, can start to become noticeable. Fungal diseases can look ugly, but don’t worry – they are not fatal to your plants and won’t do too much damage. Plus, most fungus issues can even be prevented! If you do encounter fungus on your plants, just remember it can be treated and your plants will more than likely recover beautifully. Learn how to recognize powdery mildew…
Posted by Sarah on June 22nd 2017 in
Looking to grow a garden but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Read about the top nine perennials you can start a perennial garden with. 1. Coral Bells Coral bells (Heuchera) come in a variety of foliage colors that will help your perennial garden stand out. These flowers bloom in late spring to early summer and are known for their tall, bell-shaped blooms. Coral bells are…
Posted by Sarah on June 19th 2017 in
The grass doesn’t have to be greener on the other side! Proper watering can help your yard thrive, even in the summer heat. When it comes to watering, there aren’t set rules for all plants because it can depend on the plant type or weather. However, we do have some general watering best practices to help your plants flourish during a Minnesota summer. When to Water Your Plants Your plants should…