planting zones

evergreen in landscape

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 […]

fall vegetable

Here’s How to Start a Fall Vegetable Garden

Vegetable gardens in the summer can be frustrating, especially in the South. The heat and humidity make for great growing conditions for molds, funguses, viruses and bacterial diseases. For vegetables, this is not the case. The cooler days of fall promise a respite from the heat and humidity and better growing conditions for many of […]

chill hours

Chill Out! Chill Hour Requirements and What They Mean for Your Plants

If you’ve done some shopping (window or otherwise) for fruit or nut trees, you might have noticed the phrases “chill hours” or “chill zones” in the plant’s description. Though there’s some debate on the topic, it’s generally acknowledged that chill hours are the average number of hours plants are subjected to temperatures between 32 degrees […]

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5 Reasons To Plant An Apple Tree (or two) This Fall

Everyone has heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We all know there are a wide variety of health benefits that come from regularly incorporating apples into your diet… Some of these benefits include a high amount of antioxidants reduce free radicals, incorporates soluble fiber into your diet, lowers cholesterol, […]

vegetable gardening

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners – Part 2

In case you missed Vegetable gardening for beginners – Part 1, be sure to check it out to get answers to other frequently asked vegetable gardening questions! Vegetable gardening is a pastime that brings with it many perks and benefits. Not only can it save you money by providing a fresh, free and homegrown selection of […]

spring flower bed

Spring Flower Beds

With the ever-increasing temperatures in Florida, spring brings the perfect weather to liven up your flowerbeds. The warm days and cool nights provide the ideal environment for planting and growing a variety of flowers and annuals that will last all summer long. The best way to do this is by adding flower bed plants to […]

modern landscape style

What’s your landscape style?

A lot of questions come up when you decide to design or redesign your landscape style. 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 […]

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Enhancing curb appeal – landscaping for beginners and dummies

Here’s a guide to enhancing curb appeal and landscaping for beginners and dummies. It’s no secret that a well-manicured lawn can attract future buyers in the event that you decide to put your house on the market. But what exactly does a ‘well-manicured lawn’ entail? Is it simply keeping the grass cut and the weeds […]

plant hardiness zones

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 planting zones are determined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map which is utilized by all plant growers and sellers. The USDA Zone Map is the standard that […]

poinsettia flowers

Poinsettia Outdoor Care

If you plan to or already have planted outdoor Poinsettias, the beauty of these plants will continue to amaze you every winter season! They can make wonderful accent pieces or flowering hedges in landscapes, and are also often kept in containers on decks and patios or are displayed inside the home as cut flowers (if […]

crape myrtle flowers

Crape Murder She Wrote…How to Properly Prune Your Crape Myrtle Tree

How and Why to Stop Butchering Your Crape Myrtles in a process called Crape Murder. For one of the toughest plants out there, people seem to have no problem, what can only be described as, murdering these beautiful blooms. Crape Myrtles are one of the most adaptable, pest-free, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing shrubs that […]

Blueberries

’Tis the Season! Blueberry Picking Season that is.

It’s blueberry season, and there isn’t much that can beat fresh, juicy blueberries on a hot summer day. Why not skip the trip to the grocery store and plant some in your very own garden or backyard? These plants offer both delicious fruit and a year-round aesthetic presence to your landscape. And guess what? Blueberry […]