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Shrubs for Birds – Andrew’s Top 10

Shrubs for Birds – Andrew’s Top 10

Planting shrubs for birds is about as much fun as moth hunting, for me anyways. I do not know what I love more, plants or insects, but they both provide me with a lot of joy. And the fact that I get birds to come for both is a bonus. But what shrubs are best […]

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The Shrub Border

The Shrub Border

The shrub border has been a part of many landscapes. In the old world (Europe) tall hedges of box and yew outline the garden and landscapes. Even now, gardeners are trying to recreate shrub borders around their landscape to mimic what their ancestors had. But maybe we should be looking at a mixed shrub border, […]

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Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Now that winter is finally upon us, I like to look at my garden and think about the future. Right now, the snow is settled over the landscape, and I can see what looks good in it. Plants for winter interest are definitely needed. But we also want plants with multiple season interest. If we […]

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Viburnums – The Gardener’s Must-Have Plant

Viburnums – The Gardener’s Must-Have Plant

If you want to truly feel you have a place in the gardening world, you need to have viburnums. I feel like the landscape is not complete without at least 1 viburnum, either native or nonnative. Viburnums come in all shapes and sizes, with varying fruiting abilities and sun tolerances. Similar in variety to hydrangeas, […]

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Plant of the Week: Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’

Plant of the Week: Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’

Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’ is this week’s Plant of the Week. Viburnums come and go, but ‘Blue Muffin’ is a standout cultivar. Viburnum dentatum, the arrowwood viburnum, is native to North America. This shrub grows 6 to 8 feet tall and wide. It can be used in a variety of ways in the landscape. It can […]

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Watering Instructions

by Nadine Champlin, Landscape Designer Container Trees, Shrubs, Groundcovers, and Perennials For new landscapes: First Week: Every day in extreme heat; every other day in cool weather Second Week: Every other day in extreme heat; two waterings a week in cool weather Third week: Water weekly unless we have good moisture (one inch or more). […]

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Plant of the Week: Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Plant of the Week: Alice Oakleaf Hydrangea

Alice oakleaf hydrangea is our Plant of the Week for the last week of June. Oakleaf hydrangeas are multi-season plants, with interesting attributes in all 4 seasons. Although they are native to the southeastern U.S., they are adaptable and grow almost everywhere. About Oakleaf Hydrangeas These hydrangeas have the best ability to adapt to environments […]

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