5 Perennials For Shade Gardens

Written by Lee Dobbins

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Astibe - This plant comes in 3 “sizes” which grow to 20", 30" and 40" in a variety of colors. You can make a whole garden just with this 1 flower! It looks best planted in groups and has clumps of fluffy flower spikes. Foxglove - This is a great plant forrepparttar back row ofrepparttar 113373 garden as it can grow to 5 feet tall. It comes in a variety of colors and has large spikes filled with bell shaped flowers. This beautiful flower is highly toxic if ingested so be careful with it around animals and small children. Lily Of The valley - This wonderfully fragrant plant has dainty white bell shaped flowers. It is great for a ground cover orrepparttar 113374 front ofrepparttar 113375 garden as it grows to only about 6" tall. Lousiana Iris - This beautiful velvety purple black flower produces 4" blooms that last well into June. Plant in groups for best effect. Grows about 2 feet tall.

Virginia Blue Bells - This medium sized plant has lavender bell shaped clusters. It grows to about 2 feet in height and is very hardy and easy to grow despite it’s fragile appearance.

Lee Dobbins is a contributing writer for Backyard Garden And Patio.com where you can find out more about building your dream garden and growing garden flowers

How to Grow a Forest of Sundews

Written by Jacob Farin

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Oncerepparttar leaf is set intorepparttar 113372 soil, spray it with a sulfur-based fungicide. This will prevent fungal infections and mold. You can find fungicides at your local hardware store or nursery. Make sure you followrepparttar 113373 directions onrepparttar 113374 bottle.

Next, place a clear plastic cup overrepparttar 113375 leaf to keeprepparttar 113376 humidity very high, and placerepparttar 113377 pot in small amounts of standing water. Give your leaf lots of bright indirect light or grow it under 40W fluorescent tubes. You could also use compact fluorescent bulbs that are equivalent to 100W. Just avoid using incandescent bulbs. Keeprepparttar 113378 light source approximately 6-8 inches aboverepparttar 113379 leaf.

Within 3 weeks, you will see tiny plantlets emerging fromrepparttar 113380 leaf. After a couple of months, these plantlets will develop enough of a root system so that you could transplant them into their own pots. To do this, carefully cut outrepparttar 113381 plantlet fromrepparttar 113382 main leaf and transplant it into a small pot of soil.

Each Cape Sundew leaf can develop up to 10 additional sundews. Because you do not have to wait untilrepparttar 113383 plant flowers to propagate it, you can use this method any time ofrepparttar 113384 year.

Leaf cuttings work well on nearly all types of sundews, including North American varieties. But, we have seen it workrepparttar 113385 best with Cape Sundews.

So, if you want to grow your own forest of sundews, try either of these two easy methods of propagation.

To learn more about growing Cape Sundews, visit http://www.cobraplant.com/drosera-capensis.html

Jacob is co-owner of Sarracenia Northwest, an online nursery specializing in the cultivation of beautiful carnivorous plants. For myth-free information about carnivorous plants, visit http://www.cobraplatn.com.

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