I Must Garden

Exploring a passion for gardening

  • Heavenly Hydrangea

    The hydrangea (Hydrangea) or hortensia genus is made up of around seventy species of flowering plants. The widely cultivated temperate species are deciduous, but some varieties are evergreen. Most are shrubs, but some are small trees, and some are even woody vines (lianas). There are two flower arrangements in hydrangeas...

  • Butterflies and Buddleias

    Buddleias (Buddleia) or buddlejas are commonly referred to as Butterfly Bushes due to their attractiveness to butterflies. The first variety of buddleia, Buddleia americana, was sent to England from the Caribbean in 1730. There are around 100 species and almost all of them are shrubs around sixteen feet tall. A...

  • Japanese Umbrella Pine

    The Japanese Umbrella Pine (Sciadopitys verticillata), or Koyamaki, is an evergreen conifer native to Japan, not actually a pine. It is the only member of both its family and genus. It has no known relatives in the plant world and the oldest fossil found dates back to 230 million years...

  • Lantanas

    The Lantana genus consists of around 150 species of flowering perennials in the verbena family. Some lantanas are referred to as shrub verbenas and they can grow up to six feet in height. They are native to the tropical regions of the Americas and Africa. They have become invasive in...

  • Mums the word

    Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum) are sometimes called mums or chrysanths for short. Their name is derived from the Greek words for gold (chrysos) and flower (anthemon). They are mostly perennial flowering plants of which there are around thirty species. They are native to Asia and northeastern parts of Europe. They were first...

  • Prevent Winter Damage from Moles and Voles

    It is a common misconception that moles and voles hibernate during the winter, when in fact, they simply dig deeper tunnels to escape the cold and they continue eating ferociously throughout the winter. Deeper burrows and occasional snow cover, combined with our own tendency to go outside less often in...

  • Cleomes, the spiderplant.

    Cleomes (Cleome hassleriana) are commonly known as spiderflowers, spiderplants, spiderweeds, or beeplants. The cleome gets its “spider” names from the spidery-looking flowers with long stamen and dangling seedpods. They are annuals and when planted in a group they can look like blooming shrubs with eight inch blossoms because they grow...

  • Crepe Myrtles

    There are around fifty species of Crepe Myrtles (Lagerstroemia), which consist of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. They are native to India, southern China, Australia, and other areas around Oceania, but today they are cultivate in warm climates around the world. There are tropical and sub-tropical varieties. They are...

  • Impatiens, Jewelweed

    The impatiens (Impatiens) genus of flowering plants is widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere and the tropics. It is made up of 850-1000 species. Some botanists believe that the large genus needs to be split into two based on the genetic make-up of individual plants. Additional common names for the...

  • Hardy Hibiscus

    When most people think of hibiscus (Hibiscus), they think of the Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis). It is the most popular and well-known with its large, bright red flowers and attractiveness to hummingbirds. They are often grown as ornamental houseplants and can only be grown outdoors in USDA zones 9a through...

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