18 Types of Heather Plants You Can Grow

heather plants

Scotch Heather is a beautiful flowering shrub that is native to Europe and is often found growing wild on the Scottish moors.  Its botanical name is Calluna vulgaris and it’s the only species in the Calluna genus. Surprisingly, however, there are around 500 cultivars of this species that have been bred over the years. Gardeners … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Heather Flowers

heather flower

Heather is a delightful small woody shrub that hails from the moors of Scotland. In late summer and fall, each small bush is adorned with masses of small bell-shaped flowers.  However, in the northern hemisphere, heathers can bloom from late July right through until November. The heather flower prefers acidic soil that is well-drained but … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Cosmos Flowers

growing cosmos

Cosmos are delicate annual daisy-like flowers that brighten your yard with glorious color all summer. The gorgeous blooms are a favorite with bees and butterflies and will attract these important pollinators to your garden in early summer. Even the feathery leaves and slender stems are attractive and will add softness to your garden. Cosmos flowers … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Easter Cactus (Hatiora gaertneri)

easter cactus

The Easter cactus, unlike other so-called holiday cacti, flowers in spring and that’s why it’s called an Easter cactus or spring cactus. There appears to be general confusion about the correct botanical name for this particular plant. Scientific references refer to it as Hatiora gaertneri, Schlumbergera gaertneri or Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri. No wonder people get confused … Read more

9 Types of Graptosedum Varieties You Can Grow

graptosedum varieties

Graptosedum succulents are all hybrids. Therefore, you might see them listed as xGraptosedum.  The “x” denotes that the plant is not a true species, but rather a cross between two different species. In this case, Graptosedums are a cross between the genera Graptopetalum and Sedum. The reason that plant breeders have crossed these two genera … Read more