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Protecting Your Plants for Winter

Snowy Eucalyptus  Artic Fire Dogwood

There’s really not much to do getting your plants ready for winter. But a few easy steps make the difference between plants merely surviving and actually thriving despite the weather. These tips are especially important for newly planted evergreens, trees and shrubs. Read more [+]

Dwarf Reblooming Shrubs

Plant breeders are geeks. But they know that many of us want smaller sized versions of our favorite shrubs and plants that bloom all season. Classic shrubs like lilac, hydrangea, butterfly bush, and weigela have been bred to rebloom and stay smaller. Read more [+]

Herb Gardening for Butterflies and Bees

BlueChip

Butterflies and bees are in trouble. Their numbers are dwindling. The 2013-2014 monarch butterfly migration from Canada and the United States to Mexico was down by as much as 44%. (CNN) A major culprit is the disappearance of one of the monarch’s major food sources, midwestern milkweed. About one third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees.  Read more [+]

Pruning Hydrangeas

Hydrangea Th Big Easy  Hydrangea Pinky Winky

We are often asked “When is the best time to prune a hydrangea?” Confusion surrounds this topic because there are so many different types of hydrangeas. But here’s the important difference and easy instructions. Read more [+]

Late Winter- Early Spring Pruning

 

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple in Summer

Japanese Maple Winter

Japanese Maple in February

Late February or early March, is a great time to prune many shrubs and trees. Plants are still dormant, leaves are gone from deciduous plants and it’s easy to see the basic structure of the plant. Pruning is done for several reasons:

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