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Rhododendron with pink flowers.

Starting a Rhododendron from a Cutting?This page is about starting a rhododendron from a cutting. These beautiful flowering shrubs are a great addition to your landscape.



Growing a PlumbagoThis is a page about growing a plumbago. This fast growing, drought tolerant, flowering plant will attract birds and butterflies to your garden.


A close up of a hibiscus plant covered in ice.

Hibiscus Damaged By Cold WeatherKnow what to do to when a shrub has been damaged by a hard winter. This page is about hibiscus damaged by cold weather.


growing gardenias

Growing GardeniasThis is a page about growing gardenias. Prized for their enchanting fragrance and creamy white flowers gardenias may be on your list of plants to try growing.


Burning bush, fall foliage.

Growing a Burning BushThis is a page about growing a burning bush. Easy to grow and prized for its fall foliage, the burning bush makes a nice addition to your garden.


Hibiscus flower, goulashes, watering can, and gardening gloves displayed on grass with a wooden fence in the background.

Hibiscus Not Growing?The hibiscus is a deciduous shrub that can provide lots of garden color during the summer. This page is about hibiscus not growing.


Growing Azaleas

Growing AzaleasThis page is about growing azaleas. These beautiful blooming shrubs have many varieties and can grow outdoors in most locations.


lilac flowers

Growing LilacsThis is a page about growing lilacs. Lilacs are known for their beautiful sprays of flowers and lovely scent.


A lilac bush growing outside.

Removing Lilacs from Lawn?Lilac bushes spread via root suckers. This is good if they are planted where you want a privacy shrub wall, but can be frustrating if they are getting into the lawn. This is a page about removing lilacs from lawn.


A hydrangea bush that is blooming at the bottom more than at the top.

Hydrangea Blooming More Near Bottom of Plant?Growing a well shaped hydrangea shrub that is covered with blooms is not too difficult although there are several factors that play a part in this enterprise. First and foremost is proper pruning. This is a page about hydrangea blooming more near bottom of plant.



How to Grow Sumac in Your GardenThis is a page about how to grow sumac in your garden. The sumac is fast growing, hardy, and provides lovely fall and winter color. They would make an excellent choice for a garden of some size as they spread and can crowd a small garden.


Rose of Sharon plant in bloom

Getting Rid of a Rose of Sharon?Removing certain plants and shrubs from your garden can require specific followup measures to deal with suckers and seedlings. This is a page about getting rid of a Rose of Sharon.


A euonymus bush with variegated leaves.

Growing EuonymusThese easy to grow small trees or low shrubs are valuable for garden design. The color-filled foliage of the burning bush is a popular variety.


Several pussy willow branches.

Growing a Pussy WillowPussy willows are a fun and easy to grow addition to your landscape. They contain a natural rooting hormone, which makes it easy to propagate your plant.


Firethorn berries and leaves.

Growing Pyracantha (Firethorn)The pyracantha or firethorn is an evergreen shrub native to Southwest Europe eastward into Southeast Asia. They resemble and in fact are related to cotoneaster. Bright red orange berries stand out in contrast to the green serrated leaves. Numerous thorns line the branches. This page contains information on growing pyracantha or firethorn.



A snowball bush in full bloom.

Growing a Snowball Bush?The snowball bush is an easy to grow type of deciduous viburnum. They are native to Europe, Northern Africa, and Central Asia. They do well in full sun to part shade. With spring come the lovely flowers that give this bush its name. Read more on this page about growing a snowball bush.


beautiful red hibiscus bloom

Overwintering a HibiscusIn colder climates you will want to bring your hibiscus indoors in the winter. They can reside in the garage or in the house. If they do not go dormant you will need to water sparingly. This page contains useful information regarding overwintering a hibiscus.


Blooming Weigela Florida

Growing Weigela FloridaThe weigela florida, a deciduous shrub, is native to North China, Korea, and Japan. It grows well in zones 4-8, enjoys full sun, and is covered in rose pink blooms from April to June. This is a page about growing weigela florida.


Barberry bush in autumn.

Growing a Barberry Bush?The barberry bush exhibits a range of foliage colors from green to yellow and a rich burgundy. There are near thornless varieties as well as the more typical thorny type. Use them as a natural hedge. This is a page about growing a barberry bush.


A blooming lilac bush.

Getting Rid of Lilac Suckers?Lilac shrubs produce lots of root suckers. That is good if you are trying to create a hedge, but not so much when they start coming up in your flower beds or lawn. This is a page about getting rid of lilac suckers.



Growing Lavatera (Tree Mallows)Lavatera or tree mallow is a name assigned to a perennial semi-evergreen shrub. The genus Lavatera also contains annual plants. This is a page about growing lavatera (tree mallow).



Growing Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas Blue Star)This drought tolerant and disease resistant perennial, native to Arkansas and Oklahoma, is grown for its feathery foliage and pretty blue flowers. Birds and insects like the flower nectar and deer are repelled by the milky sap. This is a page about growing Amsonia hubrichtii (Arkansas blue star).


Planting Shrubs

Planting ShrubsThis is a page about planting shrubs. Choosing the best location for your new shrub is the first step towards having a beautiful, healthy addition to your garden.


bright red, orange, and yellow flower

Growing a Mexican Red Bird of Paradise TreeThis is a page about growing a Mexican red bird of paradise tree. This beauty is an excellent choice for your arid landscape.


Black Lace Elderberry

Caring for a Black Lace Elderberry?This is a page about caring for a black lace elderberry. This beautiful shrub with its purplish black leaves and lovely pink flowers is relatively easy to care for.



Removing HedgesThis is a page about removing hedges. Hedges are very efficient in their job of creating a dense privacy wall of living shrubbery. Their success can be a hinderance when trying to remove an unwanted hedge.


Callistemon (Bottle Brush)

Growing Callistemon (Bottle Brush)This is a page about growing callistemon (bottle brush). The brilliant fuzzy red flowers of this popular shrub/small tree look like delicate bottle brushes, giving it its familiar name.


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Sweet Broom Not BloomingThis page is about sweet broom not blooming. A Canary Island native perennial shrub that has distinctive yellow flowers, and is known to be drought resistant.


Burning Bush

Burning Bush Does Not Turn Red?This page is about burning bush does not turn red. When buying green euonymus in the spring, it can be difficult to to tell if it really is a burning bush.


Rhododendron with pink flowers growing in front of a picket fence.

Growing Rhododendrons and AzaleasSpring and fall are the best times to purchase and plant azalea and rhododendron clumps. This page is about growing rhododendrons and azaleas.




Dividing Hydrangeas?This is a page about dividing hydrangeas. Hydrangeas can be successfully divided to increase your plantings of this beautiful flowering shrub.


Lilac Bush

Lilac Leaves Turning Yellow?This is a page about lilac leaves turning yellow. The leaves on your lilac bush are turning yellow and maybe even curling. You will need to determine the cause in order to treat your bush with the correct product to restore it to health.


Growing Camellias

Growing CamelliasThis page is about growing camellias. These small, flowering evergreen trees come in many varieties, including some that are grown for tea.



Forsythia Not Blooming?This is a page about forsythia not blooming. It is very disappointing when your flowering scrubs don't flower.



Growing Frangipani (Plumerias)This is a page about growing Frangipani (plumerias). These tropical small trees and shrubs produce beautiful, fragrant flowers.


Camellia Bush

Camellia Bush Losing Buds?This is a page about a camellia bush losing buds. The buds on your camellia aren't opening, instead they are dropping off the bush.


Ornamental Shrubs

Caring for Ornamental ShrubsThis page is about caring for ornamental shrubs. Given a good start in the yard, most shrubs are easy to grow and maintain.


Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)

Growing ViburnumThis is a page about growing viburnum. There are over a hundred varieties of this easy to grow beauty.


Growing Cinquefoil (Bush)

Growing Cinquefoil (Bush)This is a page about growing cinquefoil (bush). Cinquefoil, also known and portentilla, is a great addition to your garden.


Lilac Blooming

Lilac Not BloomingThis is a page about what to do about a lilac not blooming. We love to have fragrant lilacs in our garden, so when they don't bloom it is very disappointing.


Pink Oleander

Growing Oleander?This is a page about growing oleander. Oleander shrubs are a popular plant because of their flowers and ability to withstand harsh conditions.


Rose of Sharon

Growing Rose of SharonThis page is about growing Rose of Sharon. A beautiful addition to your yard, this deciduous flowering shrub produces flowers in the late summer and fall.


Japanese Aucuba

Growing Aucuba JaponicaThis is a page about growing Aucuba Japonica. This flowering, shade loving shrub, is a good garden choice, enhanced by its tolerance to both pollution and drought.


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