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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

  • 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

  • 9 Perennials to Use in Cut Flower Arrangements

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    Bringing flowers in from your yard will be sure to have guests consistently asking you "who's your florist?". Consider these nine species for eye-catching, dramatic arrangements that will spike

    conversation and be one of the beautiful focal points of your entertaining space.

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  • 9 Plants for Early Spring Color

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    After a long, dreary winter, everyone is ready to start seeing flowers begin blooming in the spring. Enjoy these nine plants that will bring you fantastic spring color early in the season. Continue reading

  • Ash Trees in the Urban Landscape

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    Why is it that Ash trees became so popular to plant anyway? Green, Black and White Ash are native over a large portion of the US and Canada. Many nurseries have some incredible selections from the native species that are seedless, have great fall color, and beautiful upright and rounded forms. Municipalities, homeowners, and Landscape Architects began noticing the beautiful seedless selections that were coming on the market. They began being used on most all the projects not only because of their varied forms and fall color, but because of their adaptability of different soil types, and hardiness. If you have ever seen an Autumn Purple Ash in fall color, you know just how unbelievably and intensely gorgeous they can be. Continue reading

  • Broadleaf Evergreens are All the Rage…

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    Boxwood is such an interesting plant because their shiny green leaves stay on the plant year-round even in areas that have snow and cold. There are different forms both spreading and upright. Boxwood in the colder climates may need some protection from the drying winter winds (on the west and north exposures) in some areas. Some of these newer selections are outstanding for areas into hardiness zones 5 and some even into zone 4. They are wildly popular especially into the colder climates to introduce some winter interest into the landscape. They make incredible sheared and formal hedges and the upright forms make perfect pyramidal specimens. Boxwood can also be used less formally and look great without shearing, but allowed to grow more naturally.

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  • 9 Great Plants for Feeding Wildlife in the Winter

    In the dead of winter, when the landscapes are barren, it can be difficult for wildlife to find food to survive, especially in urban areas. Instead of having critters getting into your trash can looking for a meal, why not consider providing them a buffet in your backyard? Read on for nine plants that can provide for wildlife during the winter.

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  • Deterring Home Invasions - With Plants!

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    Deterring home invasions are one of the many features that landscapes can provide when being designed. Using plants that have thorns or cause irritation can help deter would-be-intruders.

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    Having a shade tree is ideal for homeowners, but having a thorny shade tree that prevents entrance into second stories is even better.  Washington Hawthorne is a tree that meets that requirement. Don’t let the thorny nature of this tree deter you though – its brilliant white flowers in the spring and delicate orange fruits speak for themselves. Best of all, this tree is resistant to fire blight – a disease that is known to affect many hawthorne trees. Best planted in zones 4-8, it will thrive in any soil, reaching 25-30 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide with a very round, dense shape. Continue reading

  • Russian Sage, Salvia, and Veronica: How to Tell Them Apart

     

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