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Briana Yablonski

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Briana holds a B.S. in Plant Sciences from Penn State University. She manages a small market garden where she grows vegetables and herbs. She also enjoys growing flowers and houseplants at home.

Thanks to ruffled blooms atop long-lived plants, peonies are a garden favorite. And while multiple peony plants will make for a beautiful garden, you may want to mix in some other plants to create a diverse garden and help your peony thrive. Stay with us as we cover some of the best companion plants for peonies. What Are Companion Plants?…

Whether you’re designing a prairie or a simple, low-maintenance garden, a coneflower may be on your list of plants. Not only do these plants produce beautiful flowers, but they also thrive with little care. If you’re looking for plants to go with your Echinacea plants, check out this list of some of the best companion plants for coneflowers. What Are…

Camellia plants bring flowers to the garden in a time that’s often free from flowers, the late winter and early spring. And while that makes them stars in their own right, that doesn’t mean camellias don’t like companions! When it comes to designing a garden, check out this beautiful selection of companion plants for camellias. What Are Companion Plants? Companion…

If you’re like most gardeners, you’ve planted camellias with the intention of enjoying their beautiful blooms. However, you may find that even though your plant is producing flower buds, these buds aren’t opening. In this guide, I’ll share my experience of seven common reasons your camellia flower buds are not opening and the best solutions to address the problem. 7…

If you live in Alabama or are just a fan of state facts, you may already know that the camellia is Alabama’s state flower. However, have you ever thought about how this came to be? Join us as we dive into the relationship between the camellia and this Southern state. When Did the Camellia Become Alabama’s State Flower? Governor John…

With ruffled flowers and beautiful green foliage, camellias are popular garden plants. So if you live in California, you may be wondering if you can grow these plants in The Golden State. Join us as we cover how to grow camellias in California. What Hardiness Zones Can Camellias Grow In? Most types of camellias are hardy to USDA zones 7-10.…

Camellias are popular garden plants thanks to their beautiful flowers that bloom just as the world is waking up from its winter slumber. While you can purchase mature camellia plants, you may also be interested in propagating camellia plants yourself. In this guide, I’ll run you through my favorite techniques to successfully grow camellia flowers from seed. Should I Grow…

Carnations may be best known for their delicate ruffled blooms, but some of these flowers also pack quite a fragrant punch. Stay with us to learn what carnation flowers smell like. Carnation Basics Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus) are also known as clove pinks. Although all carnations belong to this species, you can find various cultivars. The flowers grow as perennials in…

As one of the most popular cut flowers, it may not come as a surprise that carnations make great gifts and decorations for many different occasions. Whether you’re looking to support someone during a tough time or help them celebrate a big moment, a carnation bouquet may be just the gift you’re looking for. The Best Occasions to Give Carnations…

With large flowers and serrated leaves, hibiscus plants are easy to love. These plants produce a variety of colorful blooms, including red hibiscus flowers. Join us as we introduce you to 14 beautiful types of red hibiscus you can consider planting. About Red Hibiscus Flowers All types of red hibiscus flowers are members of the Hibiscus genus. This genus is…

Hibiscus plants light up the garden with their large flowers and beautiful foliage. However, sometimes hibiscus leaves lose their green glow and begin to fade. We’ll explore some common reasons why your hibiscus leaves may be turning yellow and ways to remedy the discoloration. Reasons Why Hibiscus Leaves Turn Yellow If you notice that your hibiscus leaves are turning yellow,…

Most people recognize hibiscus plants for their aesthetically-pleasing flowers. And while there’s no denying these flowers are stunning, hibiscus plants have uses other than adding ornamental value, including being edible! Join us as we explore the ways you can eat hibiscus flowers. Are Hibiscus Flowers Edible? Yes, hibiscus flowers are edible! While the entire flower is edible, many people focus…

If you live in an area with deer, you may wonder if these animals will eat your hibiscus plants. Join us as we cover whether or not hibiscus are deer resistant. About Hibiscus Plants Hibiscus plants are a group of plants in the mallow family. Members of the Hibiscus genus are known for their large, round flowers. There are hundreds…

The hibiscus plant’s large, showy flowers and tropical feel make them well-loved additions to the garden. However, people often wonder whether hibiscus are annuals or perennials. Join us as we explore the answer. What Are Hibiscus Plants? Hibiscus plants are a group of hundreds of species within the Hibiscus genus. These plants are known for their large, round, trumpet-shaped flowers.…

With clusters of colorful flowers and smooth bark, crape myrtles can make an excellent addition to warm-weather gardens. However, these plants require lots of light to thrive. In this guide, I’ll share my experience about how much sunlight crape myrtles need for optimal growth in your garden. About Crape Myrtles Crape myrtles, sometimes known as crepe myrtles, are a group…

Many people love crape myrtles due to their smooth, multicolored bark and vibrant clusters of flowers. If you’d like to grow one of these plants yourself, knowing where to plant them is important. In this guide I’ll share my experience of where to plant crape myrtle plants so they can thrive. About Crape Myrtles Crape myrtle, also known as crepe…

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