Outdoor Plants

Latest Posts on Outdoor Plants:

  • 18 Beautiful and Edible Vines for your Home Landscape

    18 Beautiful and Edible Vines for your Home Landscape

    Here’s the thing… a lot of us love the look of beautiful vines climbing fences or trellises, or maybe even over an arbor. There are many unique and downright stunning vines to choose from. However, some of you might be looking for functionality as well as beauty. Whether you’re an urban gardener or have an…


  • 40+ Best Gift Ideas for Indoor Plant Lovers (2023)

    40+ Best Gift Ideas for Indoor Plant Lovers (2023)

    Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Girl with a Shovel! With the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to save you some time with your planning, shopping, and possibly several nights of worry. Instead of racking your brain for the perfect gift, I wanted to share with you some of the best gifts for plant lovers.…


  • How to Choose the Best Pots for Succulents (+5 Faves)

    Have you been eyeing a new succulent lately? Or maybe you have a growing collection and just need a new pot? Whether you’re a beginner or a succulent expert, we all need to have one thing right in our succulent care. And that is… we need to choose the right pot! So what are the…


  • The 5 Signs your Plants Need Filtered Water

    Do you REALLY need filtered water for your plants? I know there is a huge controversy about benefits vs costs, but after doing some research (… a LOT of research…), I’ve found that yes, effects can be small. But small things add up.  A favorite podcaster of mine always stresses this when he points out…


  • 3 Simple Steps to Grow Roses from Cut Flowers

    3 Simple Steps to Grow Roses from Cut Flowers

    Hey everyone! And welcome again to another awesome post! Today I wanted to talk about how you can actually grow roses from cut flowers! Like actual rose bushes from your bouquets! Let’s get started! So first, I have to admit, when I heard about this cut flower-to-plant idea, I was pretty skeptical. I did some…


  • 15 Fire Resistant Perennials

    15 Fire Resistant Perennials

    Looking at making your yard more fire-safe? Check out my previous post on creating a fire-safe yard, and check out this awesome list of fire-resistant perennial plants! So what makes a plant fire-resistant? Mainly, plants are fire-resistant if they are free of sap or resin that can easily catch fire, as well as they have more…


  • 12 Best Plants for the Shade

    12 Best Plants for the Shade

    One big problem that I see within landscapes is that dreaded shade circle. Usually people don’t plan for shady areas and end up planting the same grass, shrubs, or annuals in the shady and sunny regions of their yard. Most often, this leaves an area that is full and thriving in one area, then looks…


  • Deciding which Plants to Keep when Landscaping

    Deciding which Plants to Keep when Landscaping

    We’ve all been there… Landscaping, pruning, or even just doing a bit of yard cleanup… There’s always at least one plant that we’re trying to decide what we should do with it. Should we keep it as is, move it somewhere else, or just finally get rid of it??? This can be a tough decision,…


  • 14 Coleus Varieties to bring Color to your Shade Garden

    14 Coleus Varieties to bring Color to your Shade Garden

    Do you need plants for your shade garden? Let’s talk about one amazing plant that’s coming back into the modern garden… coleus! Whether to add to a more formal garden bed, or be placed in a colorful, moving pot, this plant just keeps giving us more and greater flexibility and styles. And because of its…


  • How to Start Seeds Indoors: 10 Tips to have Success

    Whether you’re getting a jump-start to your garden or simply want some plants around the house for a cheaper price, starting from seed is great! However, it can also sometimes be tricky and frustrating. But with these 10 tips and tricks, you’ll be planting like a pro! Here is how to grow seeds indoors, with…


  • Iron Deficiency: Symptoms and Solutions

    This past month I visited my parents’ house and noticed that their young maple tree looks bad… really bad… So here’s what’s up. There are iron deficient leaves! (Basically the plant is showing signs of iron deficiency). The leaves are yellow on the outside with green on the inside, and a bunch at the top…


  • Grow Perfect Roses from Cuttings

    So here’s how this whole grow roses from cuttings thing came about… My mom was talking the other day about a rose bush that her dad had planted in one of the cousin’s yards. See, he had passed away about 20 years prior and she always remembered this rose bush he had planted. She was…


  • How to Get Rid of Brown Soft Scale

    Today we are going to talk about how to get rid of brown soft scale. While there are many different types of scale insects, this one is arguably the most common. It can be found on several different species of plants and is a common pest in greenhouses and nurseries. It can also affect many…