African Daisy

African Daisy

With various colors and shapes, these popular flowers can brighten your garden African daisies (Osteospermum spp.) look a lot like common daisies, with petals radiating around a center disk. They are even members of the Asteraceae family, along with Shasta daisies and zinnias. But their vivid coloring is not at all like the classic daisy. In fact, when African daisies were first introduced to the […]

Wax Begonias

Wax Begonias

Wax begonias are a widely loved little plant. This versatile type of begonia can be used as an annual in colder climates, a perennial in warmer climates, and even as a houseplant on your desk. They sport glossy, waxy-looking leaves that can be either green, bronze, or maroon. Their flowers can be found in white, pink, or red. Not only are they […]

Vinca Minor (Periwinkle)

Vinca Minor (Periwinkle)

Tough, low-maintenance, and pest-free, Vinca minor (commonly known as periwinkle) has pretty broadleaf foliage and flowers that thrive in the sun or shade. It is also useful for providing ground cover and is known for its creeping habit. Periwinkle can come back every year as a perennial when planted in warmer climates but is an annual in cooler regions. Vinca minor vines most commonly put out […]

Violas

Violas

There are over 500 species in the Viola genus, including annuals, perennials, and even subshrubs. Collectively, they are known as violas, though individual distinctive garden types are usually called pansies (Viola x wittrockiana), Johnny-jump-ups (Viola tricolor), or violets (Viola sorolia and others). As a group, viola flowers include both pure species types and many hundreds of hybrids and cultivars in all shades of the rainbow. […]

Thyme

Thyme

Thyme is a wonderful and versatile perennial herb that can be successfully grown indoors, needing only basic attention to thrive. Though slow to germinate from seed, thyme’s upright woody stems can grow to be between 6 and 12 inches tall in a single season providing gardeners with plenty of delicious fresh herbs or to dry for use all year long. When grown […]

Pansies

Pansies

The gardener knows pansies as vigorous, fast-growing flowers with almost heart-shaped, overlapping petals in bright colors or bi-colors, often with face-like center markings. Breeding has produced pansies that are better able to stand up to the cold, but there hasn’t been much luck producing more heat-tolerant varieties. Technically, pansies are short-season perennials, but they are usually grown as annuals. In […]