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Plant Hardiness Zones USDA planting zone

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 […]

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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. Three important types of early blooming Japanese magnolias are: The star magnolias (Magnolia stellata) […]

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Basic Pruning for Shrubs and Trees

We prune our trees and shrubs to control their size, shape and scale within our landscape. Proper pruning also stimulates flowering and fruiting and helps to keep shrubs and trees healthy and vigorous, thus reducing the likelihood of future problems.   There are two main kinds of pruning: Thinning and Heading.    Thinning Thinning cuts […]

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Spring Flower Beds

With global warming and the ever-increasing temperatures in Florida, spring brings the perfect weather to liven up your flower beds. The warm days and cool nights provide the ideal environment for planting and growing a variety of perennials and annuals that will last all summer long. A few factors to consider when deciding on the plants and flowers to […]

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The Japanese Magnolia

The Japanese magnolia, also known as Mulan magnolia, Purple magnolia, Red magnolia, Lily magnolia, Tulip magnolia, Jane magnolia and Woody-orchid, is among one of the first beautiful blooms to greet us once spring sets in—and in Florida, the spring season is already making itself known with the warmer temperatures and the greenery that has begun […]

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A Flower For Every Feeling

Looking for another option besides the run-of-the-mill rose to surprise your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Here is a list of some fun and meaningful blooms to break out of the ordinary rose rut this holiday. “A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It […]

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’Tis The Wedding Flower Seasons

When it comes to weddings, flowers are pretty much a given. Whether they’re for the bouquet, the centerpieces or simply petals sprinkled at the bride’s feet as she makes her walk down the aisle, blooms and blossoms are a must have in the world of weddings. One thing that is vital to planning your flower […]

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The 5 Most Popular Wedding Flowers

With wedding planning comes a myriad of choices—the dress, the venue, the guests. Another prominent decision that has to be made is the selection of flowers you will incorporate into the ceremony and the reception. Choosing flowers and flower arrangements can be a daunting task—there a thousands of types, colors and scents to choose from, […]

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Color Me Roses

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of wedding bells – Wedding bells everywhere. That’s right, we are entering the wedding season, so don’t be surprised if you see a distraught bride crying on the steps of a chapel every so often. In honor of this wonderful season of love, we will be taking the next […]

What’s your landscape style?

A lot of questions come up when you decide to design or redesign your landscape. Where will this tree go? Where will that shrub go? Will this color paver or brick complement the my landscape? Does this border make my house look fat? (Just kidding). But before you ask any of those questions, you should […]

Get in the zone!

If you have ever purchased plants before, chances are you have come across something called the “plant hardiness zone” (or just “zone”) for a particular plant. These zones are determined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map which is utilized by all plant growers and sellers. The Zone Map is the standard that growers follow […]

‘Tis the season… to preserve your plants!

The winter season bring with it an array of exciting and fresh changes—the leaves turn from greens to vibrant oranges and reds, the humidity and heat you battled all summer long fades away and in its place cool and refreshing breezes wake up your heat-logged senses. If you are in the northern states, snow begins to […]