Gardening Tips and Tricks

Peperomia Graveolens (pep-er-ROH-mee-uh Grav-ee-OH-lens) is an ornamental, succulent, and perennial houseplant and one of the many peperomia species from the family Piperaceae. This plant is native to southern Ecuador and well-known in two subpopulations – firstly in the Oña river and secondly in the Loja province. It was first collected in 1973 by German botanists
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Drosanthemum floribundum – rosea ice plant – is a low-growing succulent suitable for ground cover, hanging baskets, or small pots. It’s an undemanding little plant that belongs to the Drosanthemum genus, known as Mesembryanthemum. These plants belong to the Aizoaceae family and come from the dry, arid regions of Southern Africa. Drosanthemum floribundum is pronounced
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The Huernia plant (lifesaver plant) is one of the most unusual groups of succulents. The Huernia cactus produces alien-looking five-lobed flowers. The genus Huernia includes at about 45 species of plants and is closely related to the Stapelia plant genus. As with the Stapeliads, the flowers of “Huernia Stapelia” plants produce unpleasant odors. Luckily, the odor
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Agave Victoriae–Reginae (a-GAH-vee vik-TOR-ee-ay ree-JIN-ay-ee)  is a succulent agave species belonging to the Agavaceae (Asparagaceae) family. This Mexican native can be found growing naturally in various locations throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, close to Saltillo, in the state of Coahuila and just outside the city of Monterey in Mexico. The plant’s specific epithet was given to
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The myrtle spurge botanically Euphorbia myrsinites (yoo-FOR-bee-uh myrsinites) is an herbaceous evergreen perennial which hails from southeastern Europe and Asia minor. It is a member of the succulent Euphorbia genus part of the family Euphorbiaceae. It is believed that its genus name honors of the king of Mauritania’s physician, Euphorbus. The specific epithet, myrsinites, refers to the fact that this
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The fancy leaf begonia known as the REX likes warm, humid conditions in filtered sunlight. Lovers of the Rex begonias consider them the most, brilliant and majestic of all foliage plants, earning the fitting title “King of the Begonias.” The conditions under which the Rex is found growing in its native climate are indicative of
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Rex begonia plants with their large, colorful leaves help make them perfect indoor plants for the window garden. The begonia rex plant belongs to the genus begonia, which contains over 1800 different species, along with ‘Angel Wing’ and tuberous begonia varieties. Pronounced [reks be-GON-yuh], the plant is sometimes called the painted-leaf begonia. People often refer
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It’s something that confronts everyone who mows a lawn. What do you do with grass clippings? The issue can actually influence the type of accessories you buy with the lawn mower. Don’t throw out grass clippings. Instead, recycle them. (Courtesy: John Lee at flickr.com) Many who prefer clean results when mowing the lawn may decide
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The lavender trumpet vine or Clytostoma callistegioides pronounced [kly-toh-STOH-muh kal-lis-steg-ee-OY-deez] belongs to the genus Clytostoma genus, which is part of the family Bignoniaceae. Other plants in the Bignoniaceae family include: Clytostoma is a climbing plant from Argentina, with wiry stems and delicate flowers. They are easy, fast-growing climbing flowering vines over trellises, fences, and other structures.
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The pocketbook plant (Calceolaria) with its gorgeous flower display makes it a favorite in households across the country. It’s a hardy annual plant with thick, pouch-like flowers. Due to the rounded shape of the flowers, the plant has received several common names, including: Lady’s purse Pocketbook plant Pocketbook flower Slipper flower Slipperwort Calceolaria pronounced [kal-ke-oh-lar-ee-uh] includes over
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Many people enjoy the serenity that a backyard garden pond provides. And while these garden areas offer peaceful sanctuaries to those that have them, they can also create frustration when gardeners come across issues with which they’re unfamiliar. And that’s where Gardening Know How can help. We get lots of questions about gardening and strive
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