Expert Advice on Improving Your Home

Dry Climate Gardening

Gardening in a dry climate can be a challenge but Southern Californian Tricia Craven Worley explains that it is possible to create a beautiful landscape if you choose your plants carefully. The staples of such gardens are drought tolerant plants such as Pride of Madeira, Rosemary and Thyme.
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How to Grow Succulents in Containers

Attractive, forgiving and easy to grow, succulents are an excellent way to bring some desert beauty to your container gardens. Watch this video from Southern Patio to learn more.
House and plants on coast

Tips for Growing Plants in a Coastal Climate

If you live near the coast, growing plants and gardening can be quite a challenge. Temperatures are usually warmer; but the salt spray, strong wind, and poor soil can be damaging to plants. Read on for some tips on how to grow plants and garden in a coastal climate.
Red hibiscus bloom

How to Grow Hibiscus

Large, colorful hibiscus blossoms create an eye-catching display during summer, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies and providing the look of a tropical paradise. Read on to find out how to grow hibiscus in your yard or garden.
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Landscaping with Drought-Tolerant Plants

There are many colorful and lush choices that are perfect for a low-maintenance, water-conserving landscape. As parts of the country experience a reduction in rainfall or restrictions on water use, drought-tolerance has become an increasingly desirable characteristic in cultivated plants.
Swamp hibiscus red flowers in full bloom

Swamp Hibiscus Outshines Its Name

Also known as the Scarlet Rose Mallow or Texas Star, the swamp hibiscus is native to the east coast of the U.S. and is one of the most spectacular native plants. This spring, try sowing some seeds for a spot of brilliant perennial color in your garden. Read on to find out more.
Aloe Vera with Others

How to Divide Aloe Vera and Other Succulents

If you've got happy aloe vera you'll soon find that the plants are outgrowing their space. Many succulents are easy to propagate. Read on to find out how.
Exotic flowers on Bromeliad houseplants

How to Grow Bromeliad Houseplants

While bromeliads have a reputation as being hard to grow, many types are actually quite easy to keep as houseplants. They're low maintenance, adaptable to temperature and humidity shifts, and the blooms last a long time. Read on to find out how to grow bromeliad houseplants in your home.

How To Grow Different Varieties of Begonias

There are so many new varieties of begonias to choose from nowadays! Read on to find out what you need to know about growing begonias.