Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia): How To Grow And Plant Care

We know most cacti for their spines, which protect the plants from being eaten by animals in arid environments, while also helping to retain moisture. But they can do harm in a badly-thought-out position in our gardens and homes, especially if you have pets or children. This is where the spineless cacti shine, those that we’ve managed to cultivate to … Read More

Star of Bethlehem Flower Meaning and Symbolism

The star of Bethlehem flower is a pretty bloom that hails from parts of Southern Europe as well as South Africa. This plant is grown across many parts of the world for its beauty. It’s grown as a companion plant as well as an ornamental, and in some places, it is used as a cut flower. But what does a … Read More

How To Keep Squirrels Out Of Fruit Trees

Squirrels can be fun to watch gamboling about your garden, but at some point, they will make a beeline for your fruit trees. They’ll do so pretty quickly, and after that, the novelty wears off. Fruit trees are fantastic plants to have in your garden, and more likely than not, they have been there for years, providing you with privacy, … Read More

How To Grow And Care For Stapelia (Carrion Flower)

If you don’t know anything about Stapelia plants, you might add one to your basket, care for it as a houseplant, and then be horrified when it flowers.  While the starfish-like flower is stunning, it absolutely stinks. No, really. It is designed to smell like rotting flesh, to attract flies, which pollinate the plant. While some people are immediately put … Read More

9 Types Of Snake Plants: Sansevieria Varieties To Grow

Snake plants are one of the most common and easy-to-care-for houseplants you can buy. Nearly everyone who has grown a houseplant is familiar with them, and it helps that they have a very striking appearance. They are very tolerant of neglect, unlike other types of houseplants which need weekly or even daily care.  This makes them perfect for those with … Read More

The Solidago Genus (Goldenrod)

Part of the aster plant family, Solidago, or the goldenrod, is the genus name for between 100 and 120 different species, all of which produce fabulous flowers. Most hail from North America, while some can be found in Europe, Asia, and South America. For rays of golden yellow flowers, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a brighter option than solidago. At … Read More

The Saxifraga Genus (Saxifrage; Rockfoil)

Rockfoil, Saxifrage, or Saxifraga, is the largest genus in the Saxifrage plant family, made up of just under 450 different species. These plants come from many areas of North America, Asia, and Europe, and because they hail from different climates, they are also suitable for a range of gardens. Saxifrage At A Glance  Saxifrage plants are known for their delicate … Read More

The Spiraea Genus (Spirea)

The genus spiraea belongs to the rose plant family, and encompasses between 80 and 100 different species of ornamental shrubs. These plants come from the temperate parts of the Northern Hemisphere, and are grown all over for their ornamental flowers. Spiraea At A Glance Most people refer to the plants under this genus as spirea, and you may also see … Read More

The Sedum Genus (Stonecrop)

Sedum is a genus belonging to the Crassula plant family, and these plants are also known as stonecrops. As it contains at least 500 different species, this is one of the larger succulent groups. This genus is among the most diverse within the Crassulaceae plant family. Some plants are annuals, biennials, or perennials, depending on the variety you choose. While … Read More

The Salvia Genus (Sage)

Part of the mint family, Lamiaceae, the salvia genus has just under 1000 different species of perennial, biennial and annual plants, making it the largest genus in the family. Salvia At A Glance Salvia hails from many parts of the world, and is grown as an ornamental plant in many gardens, especially those which don’t see a lot of rainfall. … Read More