Shrubs

Garden Bones

Just the other day I remarked to a colleague about his garden and how we designed gardens with the “bones” in mind. Garden bones of course, are not the bones of any animal, but the strong plants that hold the garden together through all seasons, when perennials have faded
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6 Great Shrubs for Autumn Color

Fall is almost here and I am chomping at the bit to put in our autumn arrangements. My wife has been decorating for fall in the house and I will be adding all sorts of goodies to the porch and yard. Flags to go up, mums brought in, and pumpkins galore. In these last few weeks of summe
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A Stroll Through Jeryl’s Garden

Summer is far upon us now, and yet the gardens at Grimm’s are at their peak performance. Jeryl Grimm has a walk through her kitchen garden lined with annuals and some perennials for the enjoyment of her family and those who visit her. Around their house, Doug and Jeryl have plan
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Renewal Pruning

What is renewal pruning? Renewal pruning is referred to as rejuvenation pruning; the severe cutback of deciduous shrubs for a response of new, succulent growth. This is done to a number of shrubs to promote better health, prolonged life, and better fruiting and flowering of the plant.
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5 Tips for Autumn

The weather has been steadily getting cooler; the western portions of Kansas and Nebraska have had freeze warnings and even snow! It is time to prepare our gardens and yards for winter. Here are some great tips to get your autumn work going! Spend time with your kids! If you have kids
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Mums the Word

Autumn is here! After spring, this is my favorite time of year. Hayrack rides, fall potlucks, the bounty of gardens spilling across the table, jelly making, and my family’s annual pumpkin carve party brings in the bounty of the autumnal season. And of course, chrysanthemums bloo
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Birds are for the Bugs!

That first sweet bite of peach in the hot July sun, off of your own tree in your own yard, makes you wonder about the truly good things in life. For my family and I it was about a move 3 years ago to where we are now, bringing a plethora of landscape plants and trees with us. The peac
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Spring Bloom

Mid-Spring brings forth an eruption of color on all sides, from trees, shrubs, and perennials! Everywhere you turn there is a cacophony of color to enrich your life. Many of the best blooming plants in early to mid-spring are ephemerals and understory plants. Spring ephemerals are pla
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Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking
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A Story of Blue

There is nothing that compares to fresh, warm blueberries picked early in the morning while the dew is still shimmering.  These berries are a favorite among many who have made the trek to Grimm’s Garden’s blueberry patch in early July.  We have been picking blueberries for many years
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Last Days for Pruning!

When pruning to increase blooming, it is vital to know what time of year the plant blooms. Generally, if it flowers in the spring, it is blooming on growth from last year. If it blooms in late summer or fall, it flowers on new growth in the current year. These two categories of bloome
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Landscape Maintenance: The Who, Why, What, and When

A well maintained landscape, with annuals
When friends and neighbors ask me what I do for Grimm’s Gardens, I have a difficult time explaining my job. As the landscape maintenance foreman, I have a job that entails much attention to detail, a vast knowledge of plant life and growth stages, electrical and plumbing maintenance,
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Garden Planning Guide February, March & April

Winter time is the best time to plan and prepare for next year’s gardens. We at Grimm’s Gardens are busy with ideas and preparations for the upcoming spring season. From now until March 1st, we will receive many calls and emails from customers wanting to know if they can plant somethi
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What Will Grow Near a Black Walnut Tree?

Black Walnut trees are wonderful if you are a cabinet maker, eat the walnuts, or leave them as forage for wildlife, or use the husks to make a colorfast dye.  But if you are a gardener, they provide a challenge, to say the least. A toxic chemical, juglone, diffuses from the roots into
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Vibrant Viburnums

When I first heard Michael Dirr speak at Bailey’s Nursery in the summer of 2005, he mentioned two plants that every garden should have: hydrangeas and viburnums. He then went on to talk about the hydrangeas available for the market at that time. However, I prefer to talk about viburnu
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Shade Gardening 101

Massing in Shade Garden
Recently I had a consultation to look at a stressed dogwood. While we were talking, the customer asked about shade gardening. He had several new perennial beds, but the west side of his property was heavily shaded and he needed planting advice for the shade. Since this is a common pro
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Pruning Fruit

Another round of snow is on the ground and winter is really bearing down on us! Now you should be holed up in your living rooms, browsing through seed catalogs and dreaming about all the flowers of summer. Even still, it is time to start thinking about pruning your fruit trees and ber
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Plants that Look Great with Snow

Snow on Boxwood
#1 Interesting Bark Bark is less noticeable in the summer because it is covered by trees.  Winter is the time where plants like this river birch shine! #2 Red Berries #3 Boulders #4 Low Branching Trees  and #5 Perennial Seed Heads #6 Evergreens #7 Interesting Shapes
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Garden Plants that Attract Birds

Goldfinch on Sunflower
In the autumn, after most of the leaves have fallen and the cold starts creeping into our days, I often look out my window for the bright colors of songbirds that stay through the winter. Having grown up in an area full of trees and woods, I miss many of the birds from my youth. In No
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10 Super Shrubs

10 Super Shrubs Each year about this time I get questions in the nursery about what shrubs/trees have the best fall color display.  And it’s something I think about too when planning my garden each year, but I include three or four season interest in my choices, not merely fall
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