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Your Shopping List for Hard-to-Kill Plants

Not the green thumb type of gardener? Does your foliage tend to droop and die? Then these rugged plants are for you!

So what makes these plants hard to kill? They are considered to be low maintenance because they just need to be in the right light and given the right amount of water once the soil is dry to thrive. Reference the list below to find out how much light each plant requires, and then match them to the appropriate rooms in your house.

Low Light:
Some plants thrive in little to no light, which means that they would be great for rooms with little natural lighting. Perhaps the most well-known of these plants are the Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) and the tropical Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata). Others hard-to-kill plants in this category include the Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema) and the Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum).

Medium Light:
The second group of plants to consider are ones that are a bit more light flexible, as they work well in a fair amount of natural lighting. One example is the tried and true Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum). The intricately patterned Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura) also fits the bill, as does the Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica).

High Light:
Do you have rooms in your house that just pour in the natural lighting? Then load up on these beauties! A great example of a hardy high-light plant is the Aloe Vera plant (Aloe barbadensis), which you can grow and then use the gel from its leaves to sooth burns. Another is the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla), which adds a touch of outdoor living into your indoor space. The Jade Plant (Crassula ovata), the Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina), and the Zebra Haworthia (Haworthia attenuata) also fall into this group of plants that soak up the sun.

Maintaining beautiful, vibrant plants in your home can be easier than you think, regardless of your gardening skill level. Simply matching the right type of plant with the amount of lighting in your house is a great first step.

These are the US Gardens Everyone Should See

If you’re a gardener or you just enjoy looking at beautiful flowers, it’s fun to tour gardens for inspiration and entertainment. These gardens across the US are sure to stun even the most seasoned horticulturist.

Atlanta Botcanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia

Featuring over 30 acres of land, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has a beautiful variety of gardens to explore. Take the family through the award-winning Children’s Garden or go on a stroll through Storza Woods, which features a beautiful canopy walk. You can also admire the Skyline Garden.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Nashville, Tennessee

This 55-acre garden and art museum, built on the Cheek Estate, offers stunning art exhibitions, gorgeous gardens, and historical education. The garden hosts festivals to celebrate each of the different seasons and offers classes and family activities.

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona

Though Desert Botanical Garden sounds like a paradox, it features beautiful trails in keeping with its climate. This garden highlights cacti and other plants that thrive in the desert setting. They also offer special activities, like flashlight tours on summer Saturdays. Visitors can enjoy the night blooming plants and nocturnal animals by flashlight.

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida

This education-based garden has field programs in over 20 countries to protect botanic garden development all over the world. The garden itself boasts the Lougheed Spiny Forest of Madagascar for some of the garden’s most unique plants. Simons Rainforest takes visitors on a path complete with streams and waterfalls along with stunning trees and orchids. These are just a few of the paths offered at this large garden.

Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, MD

Harvey S. Ladew began Ladew Topiary Gardens, putting together 15 garden rooms across 22 acres of his property. He also restored the Manor House, which guests still visit today. Now, visitors to Ladew Topiary Gardens have access to these themed gardens, nature walks, and a butterfly house.

Lotusland, Montecito, California

Located on the preserved estate of Madame Ganna Walska, Lotusland focuses on conservation and education. Featuring 22 themed gardens, Lotusland highlights a number of different cultures along with different types of plants and flowers.

Middleton Place, Charleston, South Carolina

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and features the oldest landscaped gardens in America. They’re committed to historic preservation and using research to educate. When designing the garden, Henry Middleton followed the classical garden style and focused on rational order, geometry and balance, vistas, focal points, and surprise features.

Portland Japanese Garden

Committed to representing authentic Japanese culture, this Washington Park garden overlooks the city and features 12 acres and 8 different garden styles. The garden also has a Japanese Tea House, streams throughout its land, walking paths, and a view of Mt. Hood.

United States Botanic Garden, Washington, D.C.

Take a trip to the United States Botanic Garden, founded by the US Congress in 1820 to demonstrate the importance of plants to the people in the US. Doubling as a museum, the United States Botanic Garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America and focuses on providing visitors with botanical knowledge, conserving plants, and aiming for sustainability.

The next time you take a vacation or road trip, make sure you visit one of these beloved US gardens to admire the plants and learn more about the horticultural world.

Prepping Your Outdoor Space for Spring

As the weather warms up and you shift from indoor cocktail parties to outdoor BBQ’s, tidying up your space outside becomes a top priority. Whether you’re looking to make just a few adjustments or are in need of a major turnaround, use these tips to get your outdoor space in order this spring.

Re-touch the deck

Over the course of a harsh winter, your deck is naturally going to get a few nicks and bruises. Though it may seem hardly noticeable from day to day, the gradual wear and tear has likely taken a toll. To restore the liveliness of your deck, have it pressure washed and re-finished. Whether you decide to make it a solo project, or hire someone to do it, you’ll give yourself some space to enjoy your time with friends and family outside .

Carve out shady spots

While enjoying time out in the sun is a staple of springtime, having some space to relax in the shade is just as important. If you’re lacking natural shade from tree and bush cover, consider crafting out shady spots in your yard without the fear of splinters. Outdoor umbrellas make for a great, quick way to make some shade. If you’d like even more shady space, a pergola or a canopy will fit perfectly over a patio to let just the right amount of sun in.

Make some privacy

If your yard is left exposed to neighbors or if it is facing a busy road, making your space more private can be easily achieved in a number of ways. Most commonly, a high wooden fence will easily do the trick to create that added bit of seclusion. If you have a big, open yard, and prefer a more natural look, having greenery planted will certainly add some privacy to your space. There are a few ways to go about this. Hedges, for example, have been adding privacy to outdoor spaces for centuries, and still continue to do so. Unfortunately, a lot of work and patience is necessary to grow and maintain them, so be mindful of the labor necessary before making the investment.

Lighten up your night

Don’t let a sunset send your party inside. Install some lights outside to make it easy to spend time outside in the night time. Investing in tiki torches or an outdoor fireplace will make for a great way to provide light and naturally keep bugs from bothering you. Otherwise, invest in some solar powered lights to brighten walking paths and try accenting your deck or pergola with string lights to keep things illuminated when it’s dark out.

Update your furniture

If you’ve been using the same furniture outside for a while, it might be time to look at some new furniture. Though designed to be outside, your furniture has likely had to withstand a decent amount of wear and tear over the years and might have taken more damage than you realize. Try to keep an eye out for things that need to be replaced, or at least restored, before having guests over.

Hosting this spring is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, and with a few touch-ups outside, you’ll be having guests over in a place for everyone to enjoy.


Need some other home improvement ideas for spring? Try these gardening tipsand organization hacks!

A Garden To Root For

Spring is the best time to flex your green thumb, but if you don’t know where to start, this guide will lay down the blueprint for just how to grow your very own indoor and outdoor gardens. 

Indoors:

Nothing elevates a spring meal like some fresh herbs—all the better if those, too, are homegrown. An indoor garden can also double as decor by adding some greenery to your kitchen. Here are some tips to bring out your inner gardener. 

Everyone knows that for plants to grow, they need sunlight—especially indoor plants. If your kitchen isn’t in a sunny spot, then you may need to find another area for your herb garden to grow. Set up a table close to a window that gets a lot of light throughout the day. Planting your herbs in separate containers is crucial to making sure they grow successfully. This also ensures that if one plant dies, it doesn’t affect the others. Besides lighting and proper planting, watering correctly is one of the most vital aspects to caring for your indoor garden. Herbs, unlike most plants, don’t need to be regularly watered. Overwatering can damage herbs, so make sure you read up on what you’re planting to learn how often you should water them.From aromatic florals to hearty vegetables, an outdoor garden comes in many forms.

Outdoors:

From aromatic florals to hearty vegetables, an outdoor garden comes in many forms.

HERBS AND VEGGIES 
Soil is important when it comes to growing a successful outdoor garden because of the elements. It may be useful to get a soil thermometer so you can keep track of the temperature. The ideal soil temperature for the most common veggies will be around 70 degrees. Depending on what you’re planting, the type of soil will differ. For a vegetable garden, you should use compost soil or something similar, and avoid heavy soil. Remember to regularly water and remove weeds from your garden.

FLOWERS 
When it comes to flowers, you have to decide between perennials and annuals. You can choose to plant both, but keep in mind that each requires various types of care. Perennials are long-term plants—the roots are there to stay and bloom year after year. Annuals are short-term flowers and need to be planted each year. As new bulbs are growing, make sure to water them frequently. Once the roots grow in, a watering schedule is then contingent on humidity and rain regularity: the more humid and rainy your area is, the less you have to water, and vice versa. 

A well-cared-for garden adds color to your home and will up your curb appeal, making your home the one to envy throughout the neighborhood.

VEGGIE GROWING CHEAT SHEET
Here’s a downloadable cheat sheet for some of the most popular veggies and how to care for them, which will help you know what these vegetables need for optimal growth.

Share this indoor and outdoor garden guide with your aspiring green-thumbed friends.