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  • The 4 Main Types Of Hydrangeas

    Hydrangeas! Everybody loves them. They are at home in almost any garden, and gardeners know it. Their lush greenery and long-­lived flowers make them a favorite among landscapers and amateur gardeners alike. Hydrangeas bloom year after year, stay in bloom from early spring to late autumn, and some of them have the ability to change floral color like magic. Because hydrangeas are such a favorite, they tend to be a big seller.

    Retailers offer a range of different types of hydrangeas. It’s important to know what you are getting, because there’s a lot of variety. Some are different species, some are merely different cultivars. Cultivars are different ­looking plants of the same species (think: dog breeds.)

    Gets a little confusing, right? Well, here’s a quick guide to the most common types of hydrangeas you can buy for your garden.

    Hydrangea MacrophyllaHydrangea macrophylla

    Macrophylla is by far the most widely distributed kind of hydrangea, with many cultivars available. It has triangular leaves and bursts of floral color arranged in either  “mopheads,” which are groups of flowers shaped like pom­poms, or “lacecap hydrangeas,” which are flat-topped groups of flowers. Continue reading

  • The Top 6 Best Trees For Wildlife

    6 Terrific Trees for Wildlife


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    1. Quaking Aspen

    2. American Holly

    3. Eastern Red Cedar

    4. Hackberry

    5. Shumard Oak

    6. American Persimmon

    If you’re anything like me, watching a graceful deer stroll across my yard brings a special sense of awe and tranquility to my home. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of welcoming some of nature’s most spectacular creatures to share a part of my life, and having the right trees can be essential to issuing that invitation directly to them.

    One of my favorite choices for wildlife-friendly trees is the Quaking Aspen. Not only is this tree lovely (with its white bark and gently dancing leaves), but it’s also a versatile gift for wildlife. Deer, Elk and Moose enjoy its shade, and love to nibble its leaves and twigs for the nutritional boost it gives them throughout the year. Many animals venture into the Aspen’s stately presence to enjoy its protective shade, and Ruffed Grouse particularly enjoy it for the nesting opportunities it presents. Continue reading

  • Tapping Maple Trees for Syrup

    How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup:

    Learn how to use a "Spile" to tap into your maple tree to harvest syrup from the tree and make your very own delicious home made syrup.

    1.  Get a syrup spile, drill, and the correct size of drill bit.

    2.  Drill at an upward angle into the tree, deep enough for the spile.

    3.  Hammer in the spile and attach the bucket.

    4.  Cover the bucket to protect from the elements.

    5.  It is best to do this early winter when daytimes are above freezing, and nighttime is freezing.

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  • Plant Nursery Images


    Here are a few images of our plant nurseries across the country, including California, Wisconsin, Alabama, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio.  We will be adding more images throughout the year, so make sure to check back often!

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  • How do I choose shrubs for the landscape?

    How do I choose shrubs for the landscape?"How do I choose shrubs for the landscape?" This is a great question that we get asked all the time here at Nature Hills. People want to have a beautiful yard and want to make sure that they're spending their money on the right thing. We get it. In the end, the plants you pick are a personal choice of course. Some people love roses and their yard wouldn't be complete without them. Other people hate the upkeep and scent. Some people want one of everything they see in the garden center. Some people only want three types of plants in their whole landscape for a 'clean' look. To each his own.

    Here are a few suggestions, though, to get you pointed in the right direction:


    1) For year-round interest or an ornamental and creative attraction, combine deciduous and evergreen species,  shrubs that bloom at different seasons, or add flowering perennial shrubs to a typically green border.
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  • Planting Asters to Attract Butterflies

    Butterflies And AstersIn the fall, gardens are full of both asters and butterflies.  There are lots of the white cabbage-type butterflies that have been around since early spring, monarchs preparing for their long journey south, yellow sulphurs doing their swirling dance in the air and scads of tiny brownish-orange butterflies whose names I don't even know.  About once a day a red admiral or two pops through, flying quickly and never stopping anywhere very long.

    The butterflies land on the few flowerheads left on the butterfly bushes, then move on to the hundreds of small, daisy-like blossoms adorning the various asters.  The colorful flyers seem especially partial to the taller aster varieties...maybe because those statuesque plants are closer to the sky?  The lower growing asters, like those of the Woods series (Woods Blue, Woods Pink, etc.), also see their fair share of butterflies, skippers and pollinating insects.
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  • Pussy Willow Growth Rate

    Pussy Willow GrowthPussy Willow Growth

    Soon pussy willows, with their soft, touchable gray catkins, will be returning to the grocery stores and florists' shops. In my cold winter climate, those catkins won't show up outside for many, many weeks, but they are growing somewhere and merchandisers will be stocking up shortly to give us all a taste of spring.

    Whenever I see them, I wish once again for my own pussy willow bush. Having such a plant would not only provide me with armfuls of pussy willows for my own house, but give me the satisfaction of not having to pay for them.
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  • Creating A Patio Garden Is A Fun And Rewarding Project

    Creating A Patio Garden

    Creating A Patio Garden Is A Fun And Rewarding ProjectCreating a patio garden can transform your patio into a celebration of the senses with beauty, fragrance, texture and color.  From unique dwarf trees like a Meyer Lemon, bushes in tree form, to colorful shrubs, seasonal perennials, even evergreens to create some privacy.  You are only limited by your space & your imagination.

    Here are some top tips from our Nursery Manager at Nature Hills Nursery.

    Utilize trees in pots.

    Small trees in big pots are great for patios that lack much ground for planting. A Windmill Palm, Juniper or Arborvitae evergreen will help block unattractive views and even create more privacy. Many Tree Forms offer a unique & compelling display with color & fragrances.  Knockout Rose Trees will bring you months of colorful blooms.  The Lilac Tree Forms offer color and amazing fragrance. Continue reading

  • Pine Tree Problem Area Landscaping Tips

    Pine Tree Problem Area Landscaping Tips

    The landscaping or grass under Pine Trees can have a tough time growing properly. This video explains what causes such problem areas under Pine Trees and offers tips on how to best handle the shaded, acidic area under pine trees.

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  • Privet Hedge Pruning

    Side_view_of_Privet_HedgesWhen someone thinks of Privet hedges, one of the first things that come to mind is the University of Georgia's "Between the Hedges" in Sanford Stadium.  So what better source to learn how to care for Privet than the world experts?  We interviewed UGA's very own Kellie Baxter, who is in charge of caring for the Privet hedges in the stadium.

    First, a little background from Kellie about the hedges themselves.  In 1929, after the completion of our new stadium, it was decided that hedges would make the field look nice. After deciding that roses would not do well, Privet was agreed upon. Ever since that day our Privet hedges have been the stuff of legends. We here at Georgia consider them quite holy and the games that go on between these hedges even more so. Continue reading

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