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The ultimate guide to caring for evergreen trees

Evergreen trees are a classic staple for any landscape worth its salt. They are, well, evergreen. These trees offer plenty of benefits – from providing a sound barrier to acting as protection from the harsh winds in winter. Their sweet-smelling fragrance is among the freshest smells found it nature that will never get old. Finally, […]

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Farfugium Japonicum or Leopard Plant

Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum  is the name, but sometimes you see these plants called Ligularia or leopard plant. Growing in zones 6-10, Farfugiums grows on thick stalks about a foot and a half to two feet tall. Our’s started off at about a foot tall and has since grown to the promised two feet or […]

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How To Use Ground Cover To Cover Bare Spots In Your Yard

It must be spring. The sounds of garden equipment on Saturday mornings and folks standing in lines at  local nurseries.  And as yards are greening up and new plant growth is seen everywhere, the bare spots from last year’s failures and winter’s destructive nature seem to stick out like a sore thumb. Here are a […]

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Don’t Give Up On That Injured Plant

Some of you may remember that last year we experimented with a raised sunflower bed. The results of trying to grow sunflowers in a 6-8 inch deep bed were very successful. We didn’t replant anything  after the sunflowers faded. This spring, thinking of what to plant ,  I discovered two plants that must have reseeded […]

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Railroad Vines For Beach Erosion Control

Railroad vine grows on sand dunes in many tropical and subtropical regions. Here in the states it can be found on beaches from Georgia to Texas. We recently had the chance to snap a few photos of railroad vines when we spent some time on the Atlantic coast of Florida. The views looking out over […]

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Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes)

We bought a Pitcher Plant at one of the local tropical plant sales and it has been hanging under one of our ligustrum trees for well over a year. I won’t speak for other’s plants, but our one and only insect eating plant is not very needy. When dry, it gets misted from our overhead […]

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Autumn Beauty Sunflowers Are Blooming

Here at Gardening on a Dime, we have a few different sunflowers planted this year. One of the seeds we found on clearance a couple of months ago at one of the big box stores was Autumn Beauty Sunflower. Figuring that for a quarter a packet, we had nothing to lose. And since our whole […]

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Rain Lilies, Fairy Lilies, Zephyr Lilies (Zephyranthes)

The summer rains have begun in our area of the south. One sure sign is when the Rain Lilies start opening up, especially after a summer storm. Zephyranthes are little bulbs that shoot up slender strappy leaves, followed by flower shoots eight to twelve inches tall. They are also known as Fairy Lilies or Zephyr […]

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Daylilies, Lily of the Niles, Asiatic Lilies, Daisy Bushes, Caladiums?

What’s blooming this week? As spring fades into summer, the temperatures are beginning to rise around here. And with the rainy season approaching, many of our plants are starting to put out more leaves, flower buds, and blossoms every day. This week a couple of daylily plants opened up. Our Mac the Knife daylily has […]

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USF Botanical Gardens Spring Festival

We went to the 2010 Spring Plant Festival today. It’s a two day annual event at the USF Botanical Gardens. It was a wonderfully warm day for the outdoor festival. With over 50 vendors on the list, there were plenty of plants to examine. Now, these were not the kind of plants that you run […]