Bay Laurel: An Excellent Aromatic Seasoning in Your Garden

Bay laurel (Grecian laurel, true laurel, sweet laurel) is a fragrant evergreen tree originates from the Mediterranean. Most gardeners grow this plant from the Lauraceae family because of shiny, dark-green, leathery foliage which is an excellent, aromatic seasoning. Become one of them and plant your tree as soon as possible.  …

How to Grow & Care Azalea in Your Garden?

Azaleas are a little bit picky flowers, but they are not too difficult to grow if you fulfill their primary needs. These spectacular shrubs can reach 4 to 20 feet (1.2 – 6 m) depending on the type you choose. If you prefer growing them indoors, there are a few…

17 Best Privacy Shrubs for Creating Hedges

Most gardeners prefer growing fences, but those genuinely patient and dedicated choose shrubs to define the space in their garden. Hedging is an excellent way of dividing gardens, creating privacy, and beautifying the foundation of the home. This ancient tradition of planting woody shrubs close together was popular in many…

How to Grow & Care Chinese Fringe Flower in Your Garden

Chinese fringe flower (Chinese witch hazel) originated from Himalayas, Japan, and China. Even though this fantastic flower came to the US in 1880, it became known only after the 1980s. Since then, many American gardeners decided to start growing this pink-flowering shrub with unique maroon foliage. This large evergreen shrub sporadically…

How to Grow & Care Persian Shield

Persian shield (Bermuda conehead, royal purple plant) is a 3 to 4 feet (0.9 – 1.2 m) tall evergreen perennial, which you can grow outdoors in Hawaii and the Southern States. However, many people keep pots with these 4 to 7 inches (10 – 18 cm) long, vibrant purple foliage…

Growing Feverfew: A Bushy Medical Herb can Get Ride of Pests

Feverfew plant (Wild chamomile, Febrifuge plant, Bachelor’s buttons, featherfew, mid-summer daisy) is a bushy medical herb. It spreads rapidly and can cover your whole yard in a few years. With its white flowers with a yellowish center and soft, citrus-scented green foliage, this lovely plant reminds me to Chamomile. That perennial…

Growing Heliotrope: The Exotic Blooms of Sun and Love

Heliotrope (Cherry Pie, heliotropium, Mary fox, turnsole, and white queen) is a sweetly-scented shrubby perennial, well-known for its little white, pink, purple, or blue flowers. The name of this beautiful plant has its roots in the Greek word ‘helios’ meaning ‘sun’ because of its habit to turn to the sun during the…

Growing Lilac: An Old Favorite Shrub with Colorful Flowers

Lilac is an old favorite shrub which originates from Southeastern Europe. Even though the word ‘lilac’ literally represents one of the shades of purple, the color of the flowers of this beautiful deciduous shrub can vary. They can be white, lilac, pink, lavender, deep purple, blue, magenta, burgundy, and even purple…

Growing Salvias: A Flower with 1000+ Species Worldwide

Believe it or not, there are almost 1.000 Salvia species worldwide. This tree is a member of the family Lamiaceae like basil, rosemary, lavender, and thyme. Depending on your wishes, you can grow this plant as an annual or a large, perennial shrub. I like this tree for numerous reasons….

11 Best Evergreen Shrubs for Your Garden

People always surprise me when they ask why I prefer growing evergreen shrubs in my garden. The answer is so obvious! They are green, gold, or silver throughout the year. Their branches are full of thick, elegant foliage, and their magnificent blooming makes my day during summers. Plus, these plants…