Plant Types & Guides

Looking for complete details about the different types of plants? Finding the perfect plant selection for your garden can be difficult, so you've come to the right place! In this section, you'll learn about the different types of plants you may be interested in planting in your home garden. You'll find plant profiles for trees, flowers, vines, and plant comparisons.

zone 7 shade perennials

Plants

21 Shade Friendly Perennials For Zone 7 Shade Gardens

Creating a shade garden in USDA hardiness zone 7? It can be difficult to find the perfect perennial plants due to the climate variability in hardiness zone 7 which covers many different states in the US. In this article, we take a look at some of our favorite perennials for hardiness zone 7, whether you are creating a shade garden or just need some perennials to plant in a shady area.

deer resistant perennials

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27 Deer Resistant Perennial Plants For Your Garden

Thinking of adding some perennials to your garden, but live in a place where deer roam freely? Fear not! There are are actually a number of different perennials that deer will avoid. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner shares her favorite deer-resistant perennials that you can add to your garden!

full sun perennials zone 10

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15 Full Sun Perennials For Hardiness Zone 10

Do you live in USDA Hardiness zone 10, and need a few perennial plants that can handle full sun conditions? Whether you live in a more arid or humid part of this zone, there are many different perennial plants that can handle sunny conditions. In this article, we take a look at our favorite hardy plants that can withstand the sun in hotter climates.

shade perennials for zone 8

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26 Shade Loving Perennials For Zone 8 Shade Gardens

Looking for some perennials that can survive in the shade despite zone 8's hotter temperatures? There are actually plenty of shade perennials that can do quite well, regardless of which section of hardiness zone 8 you reside in. In this article, we take a look at our favorite perennials for shadier areas of your garden.

plants that grow on trees

Plants

11 Different Types of Epiphytic Plants That Can Grow on Trees

Did you know that there are a number of different plants that can actually grow on trees? These plants are called Epiphytes and derive most of their nutrients from a host tree. In this article, we take a deeper look at some of our favorite epiphytic plants that grow on trees, and what environments they thrive in!

drought tolerant shade perennials

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29 Drought Tolerant Shade Perennials For Dry Climates

Looking for some drought tolerante shade perennials to plant in your more arid climate? There are plenty of plants that meet this criteria, depending on your gardening goals. In this article, we look at our favorite perennials that are built to withstand drier conditions in the shade.

plants that thrive in poor soil

Plants

21 Plants That Can Grow in Poor Soil Conditions

If you have poor soil conditions, picking plants to add to your garden can be a challenge! The good news is that there are many different plants that will grow in poor soil, and have learned to adapt to harsher conditions over time. In this article, we take a look at our favorite plants that will grow in even the poorest soil conditions.

florida perennials

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21 Perennial Plants For Florida Garden Spaces

Finding the perfect balance of perennials in Florida can be a challenge due to the high heat and humidity that the state is well known for. Even with the heat and humidity, there are plenty of perennials that love a more tropical environment! In this article, we look at our favorite perennial plants that can survive in the hot, humid, Florida climate.

Hosta with Pansy

Plants

11 Great Container Companion Plants For Hostas

Thinking of planting some hostas in pots or containers, but aren't sure what to plant them with? Hostas can companion plant well with many different options, but which ones will perform in a tight space like a pot, or container? In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner walks through her favorite hosta companions when container planting in your garden.

may perennials

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15 Beautiful Perennial Plants You Can Plant in May

Looking to plant some perennials this May, but aren't sure where to start? There are many different options you can go with, depending on your climate and geography. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through 15 of her favorite perennials to plant in the month of May!

grow coleus in containers

Plants

15 Tips for Growing Beautiful Coleus Plants in Containers or Pots

Thinking of growing coleus in pots, but aren't sure where to start? Coleus love to be grown in pots or containers, and do quite well in a variety of different spaces. In this article, certified master gardener Laura Elsner provides 15 tips for growing beautiful coleus plants in containers this season!

Do Hostas Need Partial to Full Shade

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Can Hostas Take Full Sun? Or Do They Need Partial to Full Shade?

Hostas are very versatile plants, and depending on the variety can grow in a wide number of different climates. But do they prefer partial to full shade? And can they actually take full sun? Unfortunately, the answer isn't quite that simple. In this article, we look at the optimal sunlight conditions for growing hostas, so you can plant these awesome low growing plants in the perfect place in your garden.

Grow Coleus From Seed

Plants

When Should I Plant Coleus From Seed? Does Variety Matter?

Are you thinking of planting some coleus by seed this season but aren't sure when to start planting? Maybe you aren't sure if the coleus variety you've chosen impacts when it should be planted? In this article, certified master gardener and coleus enthusiast Laura Elsner examines when you should be planting coleus, and if the variety you've chosen makes any difference.

lavender annual or perennial

Plants

Is Lavender an Annual, Biennial, or Perennial Plant?

Thinking of planting some lavender this season, but aren't sure if it will be a one year plant, or if it will come back next season? This is actually a common question many first-time lavender gardeners have. In this article, organic gardening expert and lavender enthusiast Logan Hailey examines if lavender is annual, biennial, or perennial.

Hosta Companion Plants

Plants

27 Hosta Companion Plants For Shady Garden Areas

Hostas are extremely versatile plants, and can add some lovely ground cover to your yard or garden. But what plants grow best with them in the garden? Which ones look the best together? In this article, certified master gardener and hosta enthusiast Laura Elsner examines the best companion plants for hostas in your garden.

Grown Coleus Plant

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Coleus Plants

Coleus is a versatile shrub, that grows well in shady areas/ Some varieties that can grow quite well in sunny spaces. Growing coleus in your garden can provide that additional "pop" of color that you may be missing. In this article, certified master gardener and coleus enthusiast Laura Elsner teaches you how to plant, grow, and care for coleus!

Mint Growing in Garden

Plants

How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Mint in Your Garden

Have you considered growing mint in your garden, but really aren't sure where to start? Mint can be an excellent addition to any garden if you can handle the fact that it likes to take over certain areas very quickly. In this article, gardening expert and farm owner Taylor Sievers walks through each step of how to successfully plant, grow, and care for mint in your garden.

lavender varieties

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Lavender Varieties: 31 Different Types of Lavender Cultivars

Thinking of planting some lavender this season but aren't sure which type to plant? There are many different types of lavender varieties, so picking the right cultivar for your hardiness zone is important! In this article, organic gardening expert Logan Hailey (who has worked on a lavender farm) examines 31 different types of lavender for your garden!