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Nature Hills Nursery Garden Blog

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 Difference Between Rhododendrons and Azaleas

    At first glance, rhododendrons and azaleas seem to be nearly the same plant. Classified into the same genus, Rhododendron, and with very similar flowering and growing habits, it’s easy to say that it was some sort of confusion between common name and scientific name when discussing the same plant.

    Azalea Leaves (left) Rhododendron Leaves (right)

    Azalea Leaves

    Rhododendron Leaves




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  • 5 Plants With Silver Leaves

    Sometimes, you just need something different in your yard. Many of your plants may be colorful, with green foliage and bright flowers. But sometimes, you need something that adds a subtle color to your garden - especially in shadier areas where it can get dark with only green plants. Enter silver foliage plants. These five plants will add that bit of light to the rest of your garden with their silver leaves.

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  • Wisteria Care

    You've purchased a Blue Chinese Wisteria Tree, or an Amethyst Falls Wisteria Vine, and are now looking into how to maximize the blooms of this plant. Follow this simple guide to best care for your wisteria plant.

    Selecting a Location

    For best results, your wisteria should be planted in well-drained soil, and should receive a minimum of six hours of full sun. Be sure to have sufficient space for the full canopy to develop - 15 feet minimum is ideal. You may need to provide a stake for the tree for the first few years until the trunk can support the weight of the canopy. The vine requires support to grow up on- a sturdy wood or metal structure is best. Continue reading

  • 5 Plants for Poolside Planting

    Hydrangea by the Pool Pictured here is a hydrangea blooming by the pool.

    Everyone loves diving into a pool in the middle of summer, but having plants around makes it that much more enjoyable. Whether you choose to put these poolside plants in pots or set them directly into the landscape, you should consider these plants.

    The chemicals of your pool are less of an issue than you would expect - the occasional splashing of water won't affect them. The larger concern is the high level of light. Because the surface of the pool and the decking reflect lots of light, you need plants that are ready to take on that challenge. Continue reading

  • 3 Design Ideas for Perennial Planters in Your Landscape


    Having containers at the front of your house allows you to expand your landscape and explore other opportunities for plants. Many people use annuals, but using perennials in your landscape enable you to compliment your existing landscape while not having to re-plant annually.

    Many plants will thrive in containers, and there are many ways to combine them to create a stunning display of color, texture, and shape. There are three main components to an effective planter: a thriller – the most upright plant, a spiller – something that drapes down and spills over the sides, and filler – the plant that fills the space between the thriller and the spiller. Using at least one of each of these components creates a combination that is attractive and unique.

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  • Clematis Vine Varieties That are Perfect for Shady Areas


    Clematis vines are great additions to the landscape as a flowering vine, but there are so many different varieties to choose! No need to fret if you have a shady area – some varieties will flourish in shade.

    Whether you’re trying to grow the vine up a trellis or around your mailbox, here are six clematis vines to plant in that shady location. Continue reading

  • Our Favorite Trees For the Front Yard and Backyard

    Japanese Maple Tree

    Best Trees For the Front Yard!

    Your front yard is the place where your guests and neighbors make their first impression about your house, so having a tree in the front yard that makes a statement is essential. Having a tree with large leaves and little to no fruit or seeds dropping makes yard clean-ups much easier, but there’s no need to sacrifice the beauty of trees for something utilitarian. Consider some of these trees for that perfect front-yard pop that is sure to make a statement all year round.

    Bloodgood Japanese MapleBloodgood Japanese Maple
    - Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’

    Red foliage is one of those aspects that turns heads and always stands out, regardless of season. Bloodgood Japanese Maple has that stunning red foliage – not only in the fall, but also in the spring and summer. Because it only grows 15 to 20 feet in height and width, it is a perfect tree to include in your front yard. It won’t overshadow everything, and you’ll be able to look out your window and enjoy the purple-red foliage and delicate branches year-round. Since it is more tolerant of (and even prefers) part-shade environments, you can put it in places where other trees may not thrive as well, including closer to your house. Planting a Bloodgood Japanese Maple with other green-foliage plants will really help it to pop and turn heads. Continue reading

  • Feed a Bee Gift Basket Giveaway

    Feed a Bee Gift Basket Giveaway

    Enter to win a Feed a Bee gift basket from Bayer and today! This basket has all sorts of great bee-related items to help raise awareness for bees in the environment!

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  • A Pre-Planned Perennial Garden For Full Sun Areas

    With so many options to choose from when it comes to planning a perennial bed, it can be crazy to try to decide where to start. Enter this perfect perennial recipe! Each of these plants will look fantastic with each other, with different bloom times, flower colors, and foliage shapes. All of them will be fantastic in full sun in any soil type, but will do best in loamy or sandy soil. For best results, this recipe works best in zones 4 – 8, but some of the plants can extend beyond that range. Continue reading

  • Garden Bloggers Fling 2016

    This was the first year we attended the Garden Bloggers Fling . To say this blew our expectations out of the water would be still be an understatement. Each year, a terrific group of garden bloggers go to a different city to tour gardens, meet other garden bloggers, and learn. This was the 8th Garden Fling, and was in Minneapolis, MN. Around 50 different garden bloggers from all around the United States and Canada attended this year’s fling.

    Garden Bloggers In the Garden

    The organizers did an outstanding job of planning and organizing the trip. Overall we saw 15 (or so) gardens. It was hard to remember all of them! Below you will see some of our favorite pictures we took along the way. Minneapolis is definitely a great city to visit if you like plants and gardening. We recommend visiting there if you enjoy those things (we are assuming you do if you are reading our blog!). We toured private gardens, arboretums, a daylily breeder, and some great pollinator gardens. It is easy to see how much time, effort and dedication went into making each location beautiful.
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