Bee Balm: How To Plant, Grow, and Care for Monarda

Crimson beebalm (Monarda didyma)

We all want to encourage pollinators to populate our gardens. After all, without those pollinating insects, we don’t have flowers or produce! And so, to draw beneficial insects to our yards, we tend to use plants like bee balm. But what is it, exactly? It’s a part of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and an awful … Read more

8 Native Shrubs and Trees for Midwestern Fall Color

Chokeberry (Aronia)

We all love trees and shrubs that have beautiful fall color. We also love birds and butterflies. We can help these creatures by asking for native plants when we shop at garden centers. See: 16 Invasive Species Sold at Garden Centers You Should Never Buy Butterflies need native plants to reproduce successfully and produce caterpillars. … Read more

Jasmine Plant: Grow and Care for Jasminum

Jasminum nudiflorum

Blooming in the summertime, jasmine flowers are known for their sweet, exotic fragrance on warm evenings. This unique scent is often used in perfumes, and the flowers are widely popular, too — varieties of jasmine are the national flowers of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Pakistan. Not all jasmines are aromatic, though many popular varieties are. … Read more

7 Famous Types of Orchids You Can Grow


In previous centuries, orchids were a real rarity. Orchid hunters would head off on perilous voyages to tropical areas and bring these delicate flowers back home for wealthy households. Orchids were associated with class, elegance and extraordinary beauty fit for royalty. This particular flower is reported to have first come about during the time of … Read more

Umbrella Tree: The Best Ways To Grow Scheffleras

Dwarf umbrella tree leaves and berries

Schefflera plant, also called umbrella tree, is a fantastic houseplant and landscape plant. It’s known for being hardy even in cases of neglect or poor growing conditions. Not picky, it produces beautiful foliage. Whether it’s used to create bonsai or simply to perk up a dark corner, dwarf umbrella trees are great to grow. Let’s … Read more