Obedient Plant Care: How To Grow An Obedient Plant
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Growing obedient plants in the garden adds a bright, spiky flower to the late summer and fall flowerbed. While it produces spikes of attractive flowers, beware of your interpretation of obedient. Learn more here.
How to Grow Milkweed
Milkweed are beautiful American wildflowers and delightful garden plants. Fragrant clusters of flowers are a magnet for butterflies and pollinators. Four species of native milkweed are found in most states: the Whorled Milkweed, Common Milkweed, and Swamp Milkweeds, and Butterfly Weed. They will thrive in a wide range of garden and meadow habitats from the eastern seaboard to the Rocky Mountains, including southern Canada. Plant milkweed in your meadow or garden to provide much-needed habitat and food for monarch butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. Follow our guide to learn how to planting and growing healthy milkweed.
How To Grow Milkweed
- Elephant ears are great for adding a tropical feel to your garden.
- They may be planted in large containers.
- Elephant ear foliage adds drama to large flower arrangements.
- Plants cannot tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees.
Growing Annual Flower Plants
Coral Bells (Heuchera sanguinea)
Coral Bells are loved for their delicate coral-colored, bell-shaped flowers that wave above the foliage on long, thin stems. The plants typically grow to 12 to 18 inches in height. More recently, it has become the darlings of plant breeders who have created varieties with colorful foliage. Some gardeners even cut off the flower stalks so they does not distract from the leaves.
The biggest challenge growing coral bells in the Northeast is its tendency to heave out of the ground in winter. Mulching it after the ground has frozen will help protect the crown from cold damage. The plants do best if divided every three to five years, but these are not long-lived plants.
- USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 8
- Color Variation: Pink or coral red flowers green, bronze, or yellow foliage
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade heavy sun can wash out leaf color
- Soil Needs: Rich, moist, well-drained soil prefers neutral to slightly acidic pH