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Crab Apple (Malus) Bonsai Tree: How To Grow and Plant Care

You’re probably very familiar with the crabapple tree, or at least one within the genus. They make for a lovely sight in the garden, adding structure, color, and fruit during different times of the year. Maybe you’re familiar with crabapple jelly, or the unique taste of cider with added crabapples.  The tree is perfect for bringing more pollinators in your … Read More

Bald Cypress (Taxodium Distichum) Bonsai: A Beginner’s Guide

The bald cypress, also known by its scientific name as Taxodium distichum, is a very popular tree often grown as a bonsai. In its normal form, it can reach an impressive 100 feet tall, making it a favorite for parks and large gardens. The bald cypress makes a good bonsai tree as it can live for over a hundred years, … Read More

Buttercup Flower Meaning And Symbolism

Buttercups are simple but uplifting flowers that naturally grace lawns, fields, and roadsides, providing sprays of cheer, next to other native wildflowers which pollinators adore. While most of us know the buttercup as the decider of the question “Do you like butter?” holding the flower under your chin to see the answer, there’s a lot of meaning behind this beautiful … Read More

Bird Of Paradise Flower Meaning And Symbolism

One of the most fitting and curious names for an equally intriguing plant, the bird of paradise flower is unforgettable.  The whole plant is striking, with huge, towering leaves that have an architectural quality, lending height and interest to any garden, conservatory or home, regardless of whether you choose to plant it outside, or keep it as a houseplant. The … Read More

Ginseng Ficus Microcarpa Bonsai: How to Grow and Plant Care

The ginseng ficus or ficus microcarpa is a very popular plant used for the art of bonsai. It’s often mislabelled as Ficus retusa, but the ginseng ficus is part of the fig family, Moracaea.  In its natural form, the ginseng ficus provides a lot of shelter and shade in its native China, India, Sri Lanka, and other tropical parts of … Read More

Juniper Bonsai Tree: Types, How To Grow and Plant Care

Forming part of the Cypress family, Juniper trees are often grown as bonsai as they are both fairly hard to kill and beautiful.  There’s around 70 species in the Juniperus genus, and while you may think that conifers are only found in the cold parts of the world, they range from Central America, Tibet, Pakistan, Africa, and the Arctic. In … Read More

Top 27 Fascinating Black and Very Dark Flowers For Your Garden

There is something truly striking about plants which have extremely dark flowers.  They draw you in with their mystery, their unique appearance, as we tend to think of flowers as bright and uplifting, but there is a certain je ne sais quoi about flowers that are very nearly black. If you’re looking to create a truly, unquestionably unique planting scheme … Read More

12 Months Of Birth Flowers: Origins, Meanings and Symbolism

When you think about the month you were born in, you’ll probably look at your birthstone, your astrological sign, and perhaps even the zodiac year you were born in to discover more about yourself. Even if you don’t believe in these things, I bet you’ve been curious about it, at least once.  What is less looked for, though not any … Read More

Bluebell Flower Meaning and Symbolism

Bluebells are one of the most well-known, striking blue flowers which creates a carpet of blue in woodland areas.  This sight has captured imaginations for centuries, and as a result, these petite flowers have a lot of meaning attached to them. What does ‘Bluebell’ Mean? There are several types of bluebells, but the name is a literal description of the … Read More

64 Popular Types of Bonsai Trees You Can Grow

Bonsai trees have a lot of common misconceptions. Provided with the right care and growing conditions, these plants will reward you for years and years to come with their ornamental beauty.  Maybe you’ve looked at bonsai trees and thought you weren’t up to the task of growing them. That they would be too hard to prune, repot, or even water.  … Read More

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