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Our blog is meant to help gardeners grow healthy and beautiful plants. The posts come from our great community of garden enthusiasts, writers, and bloggers!

  • The Scoop on Crabapples

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    With so many different crabapples available today it is hard to know what to choose. Some of those old-fashioned crabapple varieties used to be wildly susceptible to apple scab and other diseases, to the point where the leaves would rain off the trees in August. The older selections also had fruit that was also large and fell to the ground in summer creating another mess.

    Those days of disease ridden, messy crabapple varieties are long gone…but not forgotten. Maybe you remember the old Hopa Crabapple from years ago? It was a huge grower with pink flowers, and once the flowers were done, it had no other attributes.

    Today, Nature Hills offers Crabapples of many types offering a myriad of flower color, leaf color, persistent fruit, and disease resistance. Crabapples are worth looking at once again!

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  • Common Mulch Mistake Can Kill Your Trees

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    Why use mulch?

    Mulching around your plants not only looks great, but it maintains better moisture for the plants and can help to keep the weed pressure down.
    Mulch applications also prevent mud from splashing up on the plants which can cause soil borne disease. Mulching around roses can help keep your rose foliage cleaner and prevent foliar disease.
    Using mulch around Hydrangea macrophylla types (like Cherry Explosion and Endless Summer selections) will help those plants from drying out too quickly and wilting down during the warmer, drier days of summer. These plants do like more evenly moist soils and will greatly appreciate the help.

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  • A Unique Way to Use Strawberry Plants In the Landscape

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    Maybe you don’t have a vegetable garden at your home, and maybe you don’t want to add one now…but check this new idea out:

     

    Include your favorite strawberry plants in your landscape as a ground cover plant. Beautiful glossy green leaves are just starting to grow in many parts of the country right now. Soon after they start growing their glossy green leaves, they make beautiful white flowers. The flowers come on hard and strong. Soon after the flowers, you will be picking the fruit.

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  • Witch Hazel- The Shrub That You Didn't Know You Needed

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    Witch Hazel – The Shrub You Didn’t Know You Needed

    If you're ever disappointed that after the last flush of flowers in the fall, very little is thriving to get you through the winter months, despair no longer - there is a plant that blooms from October through December. Hamamelis virginiana- common witch hazel - is sure to be the star of your garden next winter.

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  • Gardenia Shrubs Rock: A Cheat Sheet for Making Them Work for You

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    Why Choose Gardenia Plants?

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    One would think that if you googled “summer” a picture of a Gardenia should come up. In the dictionary, if you looked up the word “summer” there would be a description of the fragrance of a Gardenia flower. Gardenia flowers have a sweet, heady, fragrance that really just says summer.  That is why everyone wants to have Gardenias in their landscape, as cut flowers, and as popular bridal bouquets. The foliage is deep, dark, shiny green and evergreen… wow.

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  • 8 Plants That Rebloom for 3 Seasons of Flowers

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    After the first flush of spring flowers, gardeners are often left wanting – the centerpiece shrubs and perennials to their yard only provide color for a few weeks. But, there’s a solution in rebloomers! Rebloomers are landscape plants that will continue to bloom after their first blooming period. Read on for eight fantastic solutions for reblooming perennials that you should have in your yard if you want three seasons of blooms. 

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  • Top 10 U.S. Colleges to Attend for Botany Degrees

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    Admit it. You love plants. You wouldn’t have found your way to Nature Hills Nursery if you didn’t. Of course, there are different levels of love. There is the “I want my yard to look nice” level. Or the “I want to know all of the plants native to my area” level. There is even the “I’d like to learn the Latin names of all my neighbor’s weeds” level. But if you are at the “I want to work with plants every day for the rest of my life and change the world while I do it” level, then there is only one path for you. You need a degree in botany. Continue reading

  • Holly: Pruning for Hedges and Screens

     

    Holly are popularly used as sheared formal hedges Hollies are Popularly Used as Dense Sheared Formal Hedges

     

    Nature Hills Nursery offers many evergreen selections of Holly in many forms and sizes. Our nurseries grow many types because they are so desirable in the landscape. Beautiful pointed, serrate, and oak leaf types of foliage that stay on the evergreen varieties year-round. These elegant plants can be used for screening and sheared formal hedges with the added bonus of  cheerful fruit. Most of these plants have sharp pointed leaves that can be sharp so be careful.

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  • Health Benefits of Aronia Berries

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    Aronia plants are known as chokeberry plants… we know that name is not very appealing. On the contrary, Chokeberry plants offer multi-seasonal interest with flowers, fruit, fall color, and fruit that persists all winter long. Continue reading

  • Valentine's Day Easy Elegance Mystic Fairy Rose Giveaway

    Enter to win 1 of 5 Easy Elegance Mystic Fairy rose shrubs. From NatureHills.com, National Garden Bureau, and Easy Elegance Roses!
    Easy Elegance Mystic Fairy Rose

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