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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!

  • 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 NatureHills.com 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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  • A Pre-Planned Perennial Garden for Shade

    Shade Garden Blog Pic
    Sometimes, you just don’t know what to plant in your yard. There’s so many options, and you just don’t know where to start! For a good perennial bed, you need seasonal interest, height differences, and textural changes. Sounds overwhelming, right? Continue reading

  • Our 5 Favorite Shrubs for the Front Yard

    New HouseHaving shrubs that provide great color in your front yard is sure to make your house noticeable. While you don’t want shrubs that will be too tall to interfere with visibility, there are a number of shrubs that will be sure to delight you and your neighbors through beautiful flowers, interesting foliage, and delightful fragrance.

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  • Top 5 Deciduous Trees for Windbreaks

    Tree Windbreak

    It may seem counter-intuitive to plant deciduous trees in your windbreak, given that they have no leaves in the winter when they come into the most use. However, using deciduous trees in you windbreak provides you with shade in the summer and creates a more diverse planting. Having increased diversity helps prevent the total devastation of your windbreak should one species be impacted by disease or other natural causes, along with providing habitat for wildlife. Continue reading

  • Top 5 Shrubs for a Windbreak

    Windbreak ShrubsAlong with planting evergreens and deciduous trees, shrubs are an essential part of windbreak design. Because they provide another layer of protection from the harsh winter winds, consider using these shrubs in your windbreak to maximize the protection available to you in every season. Continue reading

  • 5 Brilliant Native Plants for the Southern Midwest

    Southern MidwestWith hot, dry summers, the Southern Midwest has some incredible drought tolerant plants that are native to the area that are sure to make your landscape look even more stunning in the hot summer months.

    Today, we’ll talk about five native plants from the Southern Midwest United States. Native plants are defined as plants that have been established in a given area for hundreds of years. This definition is often paired with a geographic location, like the Southern Midwest United States. It is challenging to pinpoint an exact geographical boundary, as plants do not follow the same boundaries people do, so we will just limit it to the southern portion of the Midwest in general - zones 6 through 11. Continue reading

  • 6 Astonishing Plants that Thrive in Wet Areas

    Plants for Wet Areas 2We all have come across it - that one spot in the yard that is always wet, muddy and swampy, regardless of how we try to amend it. Most often, we just give up planting anything there and write it off as "the swamp." But what if there were plants adapted to growing there that would thrive and still look beautiful? Continue reading

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