Outdoor Plants – Campanula

The Italian Bellflower is one of the best of all summer-flowering trailing plants. For generations it has been grown on windowsills and sideboards, its long grey-green stems tumbling down the side of the pot. During the summer these stems bear a profusion of small star-shaped flowers.

The blooms are clustered at the tips of the stems, and one of the secrets of success for prolonging the display is to remove the flowers once they have faded. Campanulas are no problem – all you have to provide are bright and fairly cool conditions and a compost which is kept moist throughout the growing season. Once flowering is over, cut back the stems and keep cool and fairly dry during the winter rest period.

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Outdoor Plants: Fuchsia

Fuchsias occur in a wide range of colours, shapes and sizes. There are hundreds of named varieties of F. hybrida, with the familiar bell-shaped flowers hanging from the stems. These blooms may be single, semi-double or double, with colour combinations of white, pink, red or purple. A collection of these hybrids can provide blooms from spring to fall, and some experts regard the Fuchsia as the most satisfactory of all flowering house outdoor plants.


Unfortunately nearly all of the outdoor plants bought for home decoration or as gifts are consigned to the dustbin once flowering stops and the leaves begin to fall. It is, however, quite easy to overwinter the plant in a cool room.

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Petunias

The petunia can make a beautiful addition to the sunny garden. They range in height from 12 to 15 inches tall and come in a large variety of single and bicolor plants. Their bright shades of blue, purple, pink, white, red and yellow will bloom all summer.

Petunias make wonderful bedding plants and when planted in large numbers provide a delicious, unforgettable fragrance. They can be used for borders and in mass plantings in the garden. They are also wonderful for use in a hanging basket, patio container, or window box where they will cascade down with a tidal wave of color. Although mostly used as annuals, petunias are considered a tender perennial and can be used as houseplants in a sunny window or in a greenhouse in the winter.

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Choose Flowers For Window Boxes

Window boxes are a charming feature for any home. You can make the most of these miniature gardens by choosing the right flowers. To pick the right plants, you must consider the climate of your location, the amount of sunlight the window boxes get, and the amount of care you are willing to give the plants. You also want to make sure that you choose plants that will not grow tall enough to obscure the view through the window. Be sure to pick plants that will grow no more than twelve inches tall.

Planting annuals will allow you to have different flowers each year, if you wish. You may even change flowers with the seasons. Several good annuals to plant are petunias, nasturtiums, marigolds, impatiens, and snapdragons. Pansies and flowering kale will provide color in winter.

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Outdoor Plants For Bee-friendly Garden

Bees are important to pollinate our crops, and because many of our pollinators are now scarce, we are totally dependent on the honey bee to do this job. So what is pollination? Well it starts when a bee crawls around plants and enters the blossom this is when the honey bee is dusted with pollen.

The bee will fly over to another blossom with the pollen in its hair, and when it lands, the pollen falls onto this blossoms stigma. Bearing in mind other insects pollinate crops too, but without the pollination from the honey bee there would be one third less crops in the world than there is now.

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All About Tulips

The tulip is a beautiful flower, and also a cheerful reminder of spring. Tulip is one of the most popular spring flowers which have long been closely associated with Holland, but the flower is native to Turkey and central Asia.

There is a number of varieties including; different colours, different heights and different flower shapes. Tulips come in a wide variety of vibrant colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and bi-colors. A tulip plant has typically 2-6 leaves, while some species have up to 12 leaves. An average height of a tulip plant ranges from 10-70 centimeters. It requires partial to full sun to flourish, and for this reason often survives an average of three days indoors. It is planted at a depth of 8 to 9 inches under the soil, and the tulip is often planted in the fall for spring blooms.

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