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Everything you need to know to about growing and caring for flowers with Petal Republic’s team of expert gardeners.

Throughout the year, your garden provides color, fragrance, and enjoyment. Unfortunately, many plants also offer grazing deer an easy banquet, which is hugely frustrating. Thankfully, many flowers are deer-resistant to some degree. In this article, I’ll share 50 of my favorite types of deer-resistant flowers and plants that you can add to your garden. Plus, learn about my go-to tips…

While most orchids are known for their large, colorful flowers, jewel orchids stand out with their stunning leaves. I love that these leaves are velvety in texture and have veins that create stripes and patterns. In this guide, I’ll share my go-to tips for Jewel Orchid care at home for optimal growth and plant health throughout the year. Jewel Orchid…

If you want to try growing orchids at home, Phalaenopsis orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.) are one of my favorite choices. Also commonly known as ‘Moth Orchids,’ these plants are easy to care for and produce gorgeous blooms. Plus, there are 50+ species and hybrids you can choose from. In this guide, I’ll run through my essential Phalaenopsis orchid care tips at…

Check out the weigela if you’re looking for a flowering shrub for hedges or a compact bush for container plantings. These deciduous shrubs feature arching stems covered with beautiful leaves and produce trumpet-shaped flowers. Plus, weigela bushes are prized for being low-maintenance, and with variations in foliage color, plant height, and flower color, chances are good you can find a…

Lady’s slipper orchids (Cypripedioideae) remain a top choice among orchid enthusiasts and collectors. This orchid is hard to find and quite challenging to grow, but its exquisite flowers make every effort worthwhile. Our guide covers everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind orchid type. Read on to learn about the lady’s slipper orchid’s meaning, symbolism, uses, origins, and popular…

While hundreds of different rose varieties are available for purchase, it’s sometimes fun to propagate your own plants. Stem cuttings and division are two popular ways to obtain new rose plants, but you can also grow roses from seed. We’ll cover the steps of growing roses from seed and address a few common concerns. Can You Grow Roses from Seed?…

Unfortunately, humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy rose plants. While we love gazing at the gorgeous flowers and smelling their pleasant fragrance, deer think of rose plants as a snack. We’ll cover ways to recognize deer damage and protect your roses from these hungry animals. Are Roses Deer Resistant? No, roses are not deer resistant. Deer enjoy eating rose…

Roses (Rosa spp.) are some of the most famous flowers in the world. These deciduous perennials come in several colors and typically require full sun. However, only some gardens provide such conditions. In this article, I’ll explain whether roses can grow in the shade. Will Roses Grow in the Shade? Most roses require up to eight hours of full sun…

Roses are iconic flowers capable of beautifying any garden. What’s more, many roses are surprisingly hardy despite their elegant appearance. However, roses still require the right conditions to thrive. In this article, I’ll examine the native range and suitable growing zones for rose flowers. Native Range and Growing Zones for Roses – The Essentials Most rose species are native to…

Whether you’re a fan of miniature roses or like larger floribunda roses, all types of roses will add beauty to the garden. However, how long do these flowers last? In this guide, I’ll cover if roses bloom all summer and offer some tips to help you get the most out of these classic garden plants. Will Roses Bloom All Summer?…

You’ve probably heard the saying that every rose has its thorn. But it turns out this isn’t true! You can find thornless and almost thornless roses, including multiple types of thornless climbing roses. These varieties have few or no thorns (which are actually prickers), which makes them a safer garden addition. The Basics of Thornless Climbing Roses Thornless climbing roses…

If you just added a new rose to your garden, you may wonder when to expect the first flowers. We’ll cover if roses bloom the first year and introduce you to factors that impact flowering. Will Roses Bloom The First Year? – Key Takeaways While many rose varieties will bloom in their first year, it’s largely the type of rose…

Climbing roses can add beautiful structure, color, and fragrance to any garden. These fantastic roses work best when climbing up a trellis or other form of support. However, climbing roses need to be planted in the right location and at the right time to truly thrive. In this article, we’ll discover when and how to plant climbing roses. When and…

Roses are some of the most popular flowers in the world, thanks to their gorgeous, fragrant blooms. However, roses need plenty of nutrients from both soil and fertilizer to produce their best flowers. In this article, we’ll find out when and how to fertilize roses. When and How to Fertilize Roses – Key Takeaways For optimal flowering each season, start…

If you don’t have access to a garden, you may wonder if you can grow zinnias in pots and containers. In this guide, I’ll run through everything you need to know about planting, and caring for potted zinnias. Can Zinnias Grow in Pots? Yes, you can grow zinnias in pots! Choose a large container, use a well-draining mix, and provide…

If you’re growing roses in pots or containers, getting the correct type of soil right is extremely important. In this article, we’ll look at the best soil mix for potted roses. The Best Soil Mix for Potted Roses When growing roses in pots, it’s best to use compost rather than traditional garden soil. A mix of two-thirds potting mix and…

Many of us gardeners long to have beautifully blooming roses in our gardens. These iconic flowers come in several gorgeous colors. However, garden roses require the right kind of soil if they’re to bloom at their best. In this article, we’ll discuss the best soil mix for garden roses. The Best Soil Mix for Garden Roses Garden roses need rich,…

Carnations (Dianthus) are beautiful flowers that symbolize fascination and motherly love. These herbaceous perennials come in various types and are known for their spicy, clove-like fragrance. Although growing carnations is pretty easy, a few well-chosen companion plants can really help. In this article, I’ll run through 24 of the best companion plants for carnations. What Are Companion Plants? Companion plants…

It’s one of the many wildflowers that looks more beautiful than its name might suggest. Cheerful and a creamy yellow color, the blooms of the common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris) now grow across North America despite once having a limited native range to Europe and Asia. You’ll see it rarely in floral arrangements and bouquets since it’s not widely grown for…

It’s not always easy to find beautiful flowering plants that can withstand shady conditions and damp soil. The Ligularia prefers both of these conditions and produces spikes of golden flowers that will draw your eye from across a yard. Even the foliage of many varieties of the Leopard plant is attractive and show-stopping. Yet despite all the benefits of the…

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