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Great Gifts for Gardeners

As temperatures plummet and snow covers the landscape, garden season may seem ages away—unless you’re lucky to live in a warm zone! Most gardeners start counting the days until spring as soon as the first frost hits, hoarding seed catalogs and dog-earing interesting landscape designs in their favorite books and magazines. Even if the weather […]

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11 Perfect Perennials for Winter Interest

As the temperatures cool and daylight hours shorten, the beautiful blooms of fall plants fade. While late autumn and winter induce dormancy in many plants, your garden can still shine brightly with a bit of planning—and the proper perennials that add color, texture, and interest throughout the dreary days of winter. Rather than focus on […]

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Perennials and Bulbs: Perfect Companions for Spring Gardens

If you’re like most gardeners, your mailbox overflows each fall with flower bulb catalogs, tempting you with stunning tulips and dazzling daffodils. Bulb companies know we need a burst of blooming spring beauty after enduring the cold, dark days of winter. After all, who doesn’t love the first spring snowdrop or cute crocus? Fall is […]

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How to Add Texture to Your Garden

Creating a beautiful garden involves more than selecting pretty flowers and planting them in beds. The most memorable, lovely gardens add interest with long seasons of blooms, lush layers, and carefully selected plants perfect for their environment. As you design your garden space, color and size are important considerations, but texture also plays an integral […]

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5 Ways to Create a Bird-Friendly Garden

If you’re like many nature lovers, you probably saw the recent reports about the decline of bird populations. According to a study published in the journal Science, the number of birds in the United States and Canada fell by 29 percent since 1970. That translates to 2.9 billion fewer birds now than 50 years ago. […]

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7 Perennials for Fabulous Fall Foliage

Ah, autumn…the season of apple cider and cozy sweaters. As temperatures cool and days shorten, it’s time to pick apples and enjoy fabulous fall colors. But maple trees aren’t the only brilliant displays for your landscape. Many perennials offer fantastic fall foliage, too! Why Choose Perennials for Fall Foliage? While most gardeners choose plants based on […]

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Top Tips for Growing Perennial Mums

When pumpkin spice lattes pop up on café menus, you know what that means: it’s time to plan your fall garden! And what’s the most popular plant for autumn gardens? Mums, of course! With their cheerful flowers in shades of yellow, red, orange, rust,  white, purple, and pink, they’re a natural companion to scarecrows, pumpkins, […]

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How to Create Lovely Layers in the Garden

When you tour gardens, do you wonder how beautiful blooms become a cohesive, colorful, season-long show? How do the plants blend so perfectly into a cool-colored, serene space, a riot of bright colors to excite the senses, or a contemporary, elegant green space designed for entertaining? While public gardens’ beautiful designs may be due to […]

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How to Create a Cool Summer Garden

Ah, summer. Do you look forward to long, lazy, stress-free months relaxing by the pool, sipping icy beverages in the garden with friends, or watching the hummingbirds’ acrobatics? Unfortunately, summer’s bliss often evaporates as the thermometer rises. It’s challenging to enjoy the garden view as sweat drips into your eyes. Wait–don’t retreat into the air […]

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6 Tips for Gorgeous Summer Gardens

When the heat of summer hits, gardeners aren’t the only ones drooping due to scorching temperatures and high humidity—perennial gardens often look tired, too. With a little planning and effort, though, your garden will remain lush and lovely throughout sweltering summer conditions. Water Just like us, plants get extra thirsty when temperatures rise. Make sure […]

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