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Hydrangea Magic: Changing Bloom Colors

A common question we get from gardeners each year is: "Why are my blue Hydrangeas pink, or, Why are my pink Hydrangeas blue?" The answer is really quite simple (and no, it’s not magic). The color of your Hydrangea blooms are directly linked to the PH levels of your soil.

February 8, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · 7 Comments
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Hostas: The Ultimate Foliage Plant for Shade

Hostas are the ultimate foliage plant for shade. Their resilience, versatility and endless variety of colors, shapes, and forms makes it a true garden gift that keeps on giving. Whether you’re looking for a smaller variety for a shade container, or a larger Hosta to offset your favorite flowering-plants, there are sure to be (several) choices for you!

January 31, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Turn your Winter Blues into Spring Blues!

There is no better way to cure the ‘winter blues’ than starting to plan your spring planting! Although some claim that there can never be a true “blue” flower, gardeners and growers have worked to come as close to blue as the human eye can tell…

January 17, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber… What’s the Difference?

Throughout the years, the term “bulb” has come to describe any type of root form that is planted in the ground to produce a plant. However, only a few of these plants are truly “bulbs.” There are four different types: rhizomes, corms, tubers and bulbs. We’ll get the bottom of this misunderstanding and explain exactly what the true difference is between these four terms.

January 9, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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New, Cold-Hardy Berries for 2014

This season, we’re thrilled to have added a variety of new Berry varieties, including several plants that thrive in colder areas. Haskap Berries and Goji Berries bring attractive foliage and gorgeous blooms to the garden, followed by delicious, easy-to-grow berries. This year (and for years to come), why not grow your own food and try something unique?

January 3, 2014 · Amanda Shepard · Comments Closed
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Award-Winning Garden Plants

If you’re in garden daydreaming mode, browsing these award-winning plants is not only enjoyable, it’s also a way to narrow down your plant choices if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the options.

December 26, 2013 · Suzanne DeJohn · 3 Comments
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Ice Plant (Delosperma): More Than Just a ‘Cool’ Name

Delosperma (or Ice Plant) is an easy-to-grow garden jewel found mostly on the West Coast, but can grow almost anywhere. This groundcover is a drought-tolerant succulent that boasts large, show-stopping blooms, attracting butterflies to the garden. Try one of our five new varieties this spring and we guarantee you won’t be dissapointed!

December 18, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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Let’s Grow Hardy Kiwi!

When I first heard we were going to be carrying Hardy Kiwi plants this spring, I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant. But after doing some research, these vigorous vines are actually quite simple to grow (even in our zone 5) and the small, sweet fruits are extremely sweet and satisfying!

December 12, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · 10 Comments
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New Sedum for Spring 2014

Looking for an easy-care, drought-tolerant perennial to ignite your garden into the autumn months? Sedum, also known as Stonecrop, grows in any sunny spot and each one looks so phenomenally different, you’ll want them all in your garden! We are carrying over 10 new varieties for spring 2014 and have highlighted a few of them below.

December 8, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · 2 Comments
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The Year of the Echinacea

Each year, the National Garden Bureau chooses a perennial to feature as their "Perennial of the Year." They recently announced that 2014 is the "Year of the Echinacea." We are thrilled because Echinacea is one of our favorite perennials and we carry over 20 varieties as seeds and plants.

December 1, 2013 · Amanda Shepard · One Comment
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