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Perennial Garden

What are the Best Perennials To Plant in the Fall?

If you feel discouraged because you missed the window for planting this spring, don’t fret! Fall is a great time to plant shrubs and hedges and they still have plenty of time to establish before winter. The soil is warm and the roots will grow quickly. If you are wondering what the best perennials to […]

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Are Hostas Edible?

Adding hostas to your landscape brings a host of benefits, but are hostas edible? These perennial plants will come back year after year with the same vigor, to uplift the landscape with its lush green foliage. Flower stalks may appear as well, adding an additional pop of color to the green background. With so many […]

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How to Care for Confederate Jasmine

Pearl white flowers that bloom in late spring that give off a sweet smelling fragrance that hangs over your garden like mist. This beautiful plant provides a fragrant vining shrub that spreads across your yard’s walls and is a great ground cover. Confederate jasmine or jasmine trachelospermum jasminoides is a precious gem adorns any garden […]

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Why is my Agapanthus Not Flowering?

The show-stopping flowers of Agapanthus are a spectacle to look forward to every summer. The multiples of lily-shaped flowers burst out in the air like fireworks, defining the summer flower garden. When they don’t show, it is devastating. Agapanthus is a low-maintenance plant, a garden favorite because of its easy-going nature. But, even though they […]

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The 5 Best Garden Bushes

A beautiful garden makes everything about a landscape design better. Have you ever thought about which pretty bushes should you add to your garden? While you may have some favorite flowers on your must-have list, this is a list of garden bushes that we believe are best. These bushes for gardens are unique, effortless and […]

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Landscaping Around Trees

While we may be accustomed to seeing trees standing all by themselves in yards across neighborhoods, it’s actually better tree care to grow other plants and flowers around trees. But how many of us actually consider how to landscape trees when we create our yard design? Not many at all! Most people don’t even know […]

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Best Fast Growing Shrubs for a Wildlife Garden

Looking to attract animals to your yard through your landscaping and wildlife gardens? Want to help restore natural habitats? If you’re a nature lover, then you’ll love finding beautiful landscape accents that also attract wildlife like bees, butterflies, and birds. Not only can carefully-selected flowering shrubs offer food for wildlife like bees and butterflies, but […]

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Best Front Yard Trees

Choosing the best trees for your front yard is important because it’s a long-term decision. Given the long lives of trees, you should make sure you understand the purpose you want your front yard trees to serve, as well as the details of the trees you choose. For example, you need to know the tree’s […]

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Plant Hardiness Zones

About Those USDA Climate Zones The familiar United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zone Map is based on the average annual minimum temperature for each zone. Needless to say, some years a zone will get a minimum temperature lower or higher than the average. Nevertheless, the average minimum temperature is a fairly good indicator for […]

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Top 5 Early Spring Flowering Trees

IT’S SPRING! Among our favorite early spring blooming trees are: Japanese magnolia (like the Ann or Jane), eastern redbud, flowering dogwood(white and pink), Taiwan cherry, and wild plum. The Japanese magnolias are among the first bloomers of spring flowering trees. Three important types of early blooming Japanese magnolias are: The star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) and […]

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Basic Pruning for Shrubs and Trees

You may be wondering how to prune trees or how to prune a rose bush? We prune our young trees and shrubs to control their size, shape and scale within our landscape. Proper pruning also stimulates flowering and fruit bearing and helps to keep shrubs and trees healthy and vigorous, thus reducing the likelihood of […]

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It Takes Two to Tango (Except When it Doesn’t)

In our previous post “Flowers: Sex, Pollinators and Pollinizers“, we focused our topic on asexual reproduction in plants — primarily those that need a pollinator or pollinizer to boost the reproduction cycle. Asexual reproduction, as we discussed, works best in environments that do not change. But as you may know, our surrounding environment rarely ever […]