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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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Botanical & Horticultural Names Explained

Botanical names (aka scientific or Latin names) for plant species are italicized or underlined. Botanical names are standard throughout the world, unlike common names which can be different in different languages and even in different parts of the same country. A botanical species name has two parts — 1. The Genus: which is always in […]

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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 […]

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Invasive Plants – The Most Unwanted

An invasive species, as defined in an Executive Order signed by President Clinton in 1999, is an “alien species whose introduction does, or is likely to, cause economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health” Some kinds of plants, due to being transplanted away from their natural home, consequently become invasive in their new home. […]

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Perfect Soil Ph = Perfect Plants

Getting your best crop, whether vegetable, fruit, ornamental or lawn, often requires adding lime or fertilizer to your soil. But you need to know how much. If you are starting a new garden, it’s a good idea to have the soil tested. If your plants don’t seem to be doing as well as you think […]

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Best Trees for Summertime Shade

On a hot summer day, what could be more pleasant than sitting under a big leafy shade tree enjoying an iced tea or lemonade? Check out this list for the best trees for summertime shade. Why shade trees? Shade trees keep your environment cool in the summer — according to experts, shade on the roof […]

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Early Spring Blooming Trees

Among the things we like best about late winter and early spring are blooming trees with flowers and shrubs that proudly announce that summer is just around the corner. We’re not talking about the crape myrtles, southern magnolias, and fringe trees that bloom later in mid-spring and early summer. Dogwoods, redbuds, Japanese magnolias, flowering plums, […]

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Best Fast Growing Privacy Trees for Your Yard

A row of fast growing evergreen trees for privacy or fast growing privacy shrubs can become a living privacy fence that blocks noise, reduces air pollution, slows the wind, and, most noteworthy, hides an unwanted view. It isn’t hard to grow a evergreen privacy screen and it doesn’t take as long as you might think. Fast growing […]

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Evergreen Trees in Winter

When the flowers of summer have faded to memory, and the autumn leaves have fallen to compost, it’s nice to have evergreen trees in winter to brighten the wintertime landscape. You can even use shrubs! Whether your yard is bright or bleak, it seems like evergreens can make a dramatic improvement. Evergreen trees usually are […]

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How to Use Mulch in Your Garden

Here at Perfect Plants Nursery, we love our mulch! If we see a patch of bare soil, we mulch it! Nature doesn’t allow bare soil, and we shouldn’t either. Learn how to use mulch in your garden! Why Use Mulch? If you are starting a new flower bed or planting a vegetable garden, you should […]

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How to Mass Plant Groundcovers

The typical American yard is a bed of manicured lawn grass, requiring frequent mowing, edging, weeding and fertilizing, as well as chemical control for pests, diseases and weeds. It doesn’t have to be that way. In many situations, masses of low growing perennials covering the ground can be just as useful as traditional “golf course” […]