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  • 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 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

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