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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.



    Silver Edge Lavender - Lavandula x intermedia 'Walvera'Silver Edge Lavender Overview- silver leaves

    Lavender is well known for its intoxicating scent - so why not include one in your landscape? Silver Edge Lavender provides that silver color to a sunny location. Growing to a mature size of three feet tall and two feet wide, Silver Edge Lavender sports beautiful purple flowers in the summer. To encourage flowering, cut the flowers back after blooming to encourage new growth. Best in zones 5 - 9, Silver Edge Lavender brings that cooling silver color to the sunniest of locations.




    Ghost Fern - Athyrium 'Ghost'Ghost Fern Overview- silver leaves

    Having a fern with silvery foliage makes for an intriguing conversation piece. The ghost fern lives up to that expectation with its silvery gray leaves. With an upright habit and the tendency to slowly spread, this fern provides that silver color with a delicate texture to a shady planting. Reaching up to 3 feet wide and tall at maturity in zones 4-9, ghost fern thrives in moist soils. Add it to contrast against a bright green foliage plant for maximum contrast.




    Silver King Wormwood - Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King'Artemisia_schmidtiana_Parc_de_Bercy- silver leaves

    The soft fuzzy silver foliage of Silver King Wormwood disguises one of the best features of this plant - it's drought tolerance. Its size is nothing to complain about either - this plant can grow up to three feet tall and four feet wide - making it an ideal sized plant to go wherever you need a touch of silver foliage. Best in zones 5-9, this plant provides a cooling feel with its silver foliage.



    Silver Anniversary Abelia - Abelia x 'Panache'Silver Anniversary Abelia Full- silver leaves

    Variegated white and green foliage develop from red stems, making this shrub a fantastic addition to any landscape. White wedding-bell flowers begin blooming in the late spring and last through to the first frost. Their sweet aroma will add another touch of elegance to your landscape. Growing to a maximum height of 24 inches tall, Silver Anniversary Abelia will spread to approximately 3 feet wide. Best in zones 6-9 this plant will thrive in sun conditions ranging from full sun to partial shade. Enjoy the touches of silver on this plant within your landscape.



    Silver Bouquet Lungwort - Pulmonaria Silver BouquetSilver Bouquet Lungwort Blooms and Foliage- silver leaves

    Don't be put off by the name of this plant - Silver Bouquet Lungwort is a beautiful plant that should be in your landscape. Its silvery leaves have a hint of lime green scattered along the edges, and the flowers shift from pink to blue as they age. It won't grow much larger than 10 inches tall, but will spread to almost 20 inches wide in ideal conditions. Best planted in shade in zones 4-9, Silver Bouquet Lungwort is the perfect addition to your shady landscape.



    Whether you're looking for a shrub with silver foliage to use as a backdrop, or something unique to put in a secluded shady area, silver foliage gives you that color contrast you may not have considered. Next time you're looking for a unique plant, try using one of these to add some cooling color contrast to your landscape!

  • 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

  • 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

  • A Pre-Planned Perennial Garden for Shade

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    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

  • Top 10 Best Plants for Shade

    Shaded LandscapingShade is a blessing and a curse to the gardener.  Nothing is as refreshing as a shady nook on a hot summer day, but nothing is as challenging to plant as a shady nook, right? To help make it easier on you we want to provide a list of the top ten plants for shade – whether it’s dry shade, full shade, deep shade or dappled shade. We’re sure you will find something to make your shade garden sing!

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  • Top 10 Salt Tolerant Plants

    Ocean_flowers_water_boats_beachesHere at Nature Hills we often get asked about specific plants for specific locations.  Some questions we get frequently are, “What kind of plants do well in salty conditions?  What are good salt tolerant trees, shrubs, perennials and bushes?” Continue reading

  • Top 5 Best Smelling Perennials For Your Home

    Lilac BloomSmell is essential in choosing perennials, flowers that bloom more than one year, for a home garden. Flowers give off scent to attract pollinators. These scents enrich our landscape.


    5. Lilacs: strong fragrant flowers
    These sweet-smelling beautiful blooms range in colors from pink to purple. They grow in zones 3-7. The best planting time is in the fall or spring. These perennials grow in the spring and summer. Their perfume will attract butterflies to your garden. Continue reading

  • Top 5 Most Fragrant Roses

    “What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -  William Shakespeare

    Rose lovers the world over know that roses are far more than beautiful flowers. The scent of the most fragrant roses can transform a drab day to an exceptional one. The best - no matter what form they come in – can elevate a garden or a bouquet beyond simple beauty to a sensory experience.

    Here at Nature Hills we have some of the best smelling roses available on the market today. They come in several forms – shrubs, small trees, climbers, floribundas, rugosas and hybrid teas. If it’s fragrance you want, you’re sure to find one that will fit into your garden.

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  • 3 Organic Plant Fertilizers You Already Have in Your Kitchen

    Using Coffee to Fuel Your Garden:

    Using coffee as fertilizerMany of us enjoy that daily cup (or two!) of coffee. If you frequent a local coffee shop, you might remember seeing bags of used grounds left out for gardeners. If you make yours at home, you should know that you have an on-hand organic fertilizer to use in your garden.

    Coffee grounds are all-natural organic material that can bring friendly microbes to your garden’s soil.  As the microbes snack on the coffee grounds, they gradually produce nitrogen and other nutrients for the plants. Some commercially available nitrogen additives can be too concentrated, and the quick change in soil composition can shock your plants.  When possible, it is better to use naturally sourced, slowly accumulating nitrogen.   Continue reading

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