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7 Unique Black Flowers and Plants for Your Garden

October 18, 2016
Black petunia flowers closeup, Sweden in October.

Beautiful dark black hollyhock flower

When you picture a garden, chances are your mind is drawn to flowers and plants that produce blooms of all sorts of bright and cheery colors – we’re thinking pinks, reds, yellows, purples, oranges, and blues. But, does that mean that there aren’t any plant and flower species out there that come in darker shades? Of course not!

With Halloween just around the corner, our minds are focused on all things orange and black, which is why today, we’re covering some black flowers and plants that you can consider for your garden! Here are some of our favorites:

Black Hollyhock

Block hollyhock plants are sure to stand out among the other blooms in your garden due to the size of their stems and their flowers’ color. The blooms on these plants are typically deep maroon – black in color, and the stems are rather tall, making them some of the first plants you’ll see in a garden of plants that don’t reach similar heights.

Phantom Petunia

Phantom petunias are absolutely stunning and are extremely unique in their design. A bicolor petunia, their velvet petals are mostly black, but a bright yellow star runs through them. These work well with other plants that love the sun and will most definitely turn the heads of people who pass by. Continue Reading…

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Figs: Fruits or Flowers?

October 4, 2016
Fresh figs halved on wood close up shoot

Chances are you know figs as being rather soft, pear-shaped fruits, that are often eaten in a dried form. These fruits are members of the mulberry family and offer a number of health benefits to those who consume them, such as:

  1. They contain plenty of fiber, which aids in keeping digestive health in good condition.
  2. They are filled with vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, calcium, magnesium, and folate.
  3. They are relatively low in calories and low in fat.

Fresh figs halved on wood close up shoot

But, despite what you may have heard about figs in the past, we’re here to share something pretty shocking that you may not know – truth be told, figs are actually flowers.

Yes, you read right, technically speaking figs are not a fruit, but rather are inverted flowers. According to The Huffington Post, unlike the way apple and peach trees flower, the flowers from fig trees are actually found within the pear-shaped bloom they produce, and these flowers eventually turn into the fruit that we eat – we know, we couldn’t believe it either when we first found out! Continue Reading…

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12 Aromatherapy Plants and Their Benefits

September 28, 2016
cloves and oil

There are a lot of things we can do to improve our mood and work on our overall well-being, such as exercising and eating right, but one approach we love is aromatherapy. According to the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, aromatherapy can be defined as using “naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit” – you may have also heard some people refer to this process as essential oil therapy.


Since there are a number of different plants out there that can be used for aromatherapy purposes, today we’d like to share our top 12: Continue Reading…

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The 7 Best Plants to Use in Your Office

September 20, 2016

Our homes certainly aren’t the only place that could use a little décor to help create a peaceful and serene environment – our place of work also requires the same! Aside from hanging pictures with positive sayings and decorating our desks with photos of family members that make us smile, another tactic we believe in is adding plants throughout the office. Not only can they make you feel good, but studies have shown that employees are more productive when workplaces are decorated with some houseplants!

All that said, could your office use a pick-me-up or two? If so, here are some plants to consider using for this purpose:

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Top 5 Flowers That Grow Best In Shade

August 10, 2016
Bleeding Heart Flowers

When planning your garden or figuring out where you’ll place your potted plants and flowers, chances are you look for somewhere sunny. After all, plants and flowers need light to survive, right? While yes, the sun is probably a factor that you’ve associated with healthy plants and flowers since you first learned about science and nature, keep in mind that there are also some species that can do well in shade – in fact, some even prefer it!

Bleeding Heart Flowers

If your home is surrounded by mostly shady conditions, consider including these flowers in your garden for the best results:

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10 Types of Flowering Weeds

August 8, 2016

Although you don’t need to have a garden or even grass on your property to know about weeds, if you have either, then you know just how frustrating weeds can be – they certainly add some time to your lawn and garden maintenance and can take away from the aesthetics of your home! However, there are some weeds that don’t look as if they’re just poking up from the ground to get in the way, and in fact, some beginner gardeners may not even realize that they’re actually a weed at all – here, we’re talking about flowering weeds.

To help you better differentiate between true flowers and flowering weeds, we’ve put together the following list of different flowering weed types:

Black Nightshades

Black nightshades are classified as broadleaf annuals, and they are commonly found in lawns and/or gardens that have really rich soil. These weeds are visually described as being climbing or bushy plants, and they typically produce white or purple flowers – they are also known to produce red or purple fruits. If you notice any signs of these in your yard you’ll want to remove them as soon as possible, as all parts of the plant are considered to be poisonous.

Common Ragworts

Common ragworts are described as having lobed leaves that are blue/green in color, and yellow flowers that are shaped like a star. Since common ragworts do re-seed at a pretty fast rate, it’s important that you remove the first few as soon as you notice them to prevent future growth. Tip: common ragworts do produce toxins, so as you remove them make sure you wear gloves to protect your hands.

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How Are Colored Orchids Made?

August 1, 2016
Blue Orchid

Among other things, flowers are known for their natural beauty and the amazivariang tions of colors that we find them in. But despite their current aesthetic appeal, sometimes we’re left wanting more – more flowers in more different colors!

If you’ve ever seen your favorite flower in a color that’s different from how they normally look in full bloom, you may be familiar with the phenomenon that is “painted flowers.” Today, we’re specifically taking a look at colored orchids (one of our favorites!) and answering one of the biggest questions we’re sure you have – how are they made?

Blue Orchid

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Carnivorous Plants & Flowers

July 21, 2016

Carnivorous plants are predatory flowering plants that receive the nutrients they need by trapping and capturing prey, which includes, but is not limited to, insects, spiders, and even some small soil and water-living protozoans and invertebrates such as lizards and mice. If you’ve heard the term “insectivorous plants,” you can place those in the category of carnivorous plants too – this nickname has come about since insects are one of the most common forms of prey such plants go after.

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Fuzzy Flower and Plant Types

July 18, 2016

There are numerous words out there that can be used to describe flowers and plants – between their scent and appearance alone, we bet we could create a list that goes on and on! One of the most interesting descriptions, however, would have to do with how they feel when touched. While you may use adjectives such as prickly or soft depending on the flower or plant type, have you ever described one as being fuzzy? We have, and we want to share some of the specifics of these touchable plants and flowers with you; keep reading to learn more.

Pussy Willow Fuzzy Flowers Close-up

Fuzzy Plants

Angel’s Hair Artemisia

If you’re looking to attract some visitors such as birds and butterflies to your garden, you’ll want to consider adding some angel’s hair artemisia. Similar to some of the other plants we’ll discuss below, the foliage produced by angel’s hair artemisia is gray/silver in color. Should you choose to add some of these fuzzy garden wonders to your yard, keep in mind that they can become invasive if conditions are just right, so monitor their growth closely!

Dusty Miller

You may be better able to recognize dusty millers if you live in a warmer climate, but even if not, you may have seen them before as flower fillers! Visually, dusty millers have mostly gray leaves as well as some yellow foliage, but you might even consider them to be silver depending on how you look at them.

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