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Nature Hills Nursery Garden Blog

  • 5 Incredible Native Plants to the Northeastern USA

    NortheastThe Northeast US is home to many amazing places and sights. It’s also home to some amazing native plants.  Today, we’ll talk about five native plants suitable for the Northeast US. For this article, we are defining native plants 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 Northeast US.

    The Northeast US contains USDA zones 3-6, and all of these plants are suitable for planting within these zones. There may be other environmental conditions to take into account when choosing plants. Continue reading

  • Sienna Francis House Landscaping Project

    Team Picture Nature Hills Nursery, King Green Landscaping, and Sienna Francis House Team Picture

    Last year, the Sienna Francis House reached out to us to see if we were willing to help them redo their entrance to the women's shelter. The entrance didn't look the greatest and they felt it needed to be redone. They have a lot of ladies living there that liked to garden and were interested in doing more.

    We thought that this would be a great way to give back to the community, so we reached out to our friends at King Green Landscaping to see if they would be interested in helping. They thought this would be a great project to do with us, and offered to help. We provided the plants and they provided the expertise and manpower to get this project done the right way.

    When talking to Stephanie at the Sienna Francis House, we decided that an edible landscape would be nice to have for the residents, as they do not typically get much fresh fruit donated. We also determined that planting a butterfly pollinating garden would be good for the environment. King Green came up with a plan on how we could combine both. 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

  • How to Plant Grass Plugs in 3 Easy Steps

    GreenSpan PlugSpring is the time when you step out into your winter ravaged lawn and say “What the heck happened here?!” It’s also the time to plant grass plugs and reclaim that yard as the beautiful lawn specimen you know it should be.

    Here at we often get asked about grass planting this time of year. People say that they like the idea of grass plugs over the expense of sod or the uncertainty of seeding, but are afraid that planting grass plugs is too hard. We are here to tell you a resounding “NO!” Grass plugs are a cinch to plant and care for and are a great alternative to seeds and sod. Continue reading

  • Top 6 Gardening Magazines To Subscribe To

    Top Gardening Magazine EmblemReceiving gardening magazines in the mail is a thrill for the gardener, whether you are an old pro or a newbie. There is something inspiring about seeing what gardeners – professional and amateur both - are doing across the country. Here is a list of our 6 favorites for 2016:

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  • Pruning Peach Trees for Larger Fruit

    Peach TreeGardeners often fall into one of two categories – either they LOVE pruning time every year (“It’s cathartic!”) or they HATE pruning time every year (“I think that tree can wait till next year.”). Unfortunately, it is part of the deal when you plant fruit trees. All fruit trees – but especially peach trees – need some coddling when it comes to pruning time. Continue reading

  • History of the Rose for National Red Rose Day 2016

    Easy Elegance Paint the Town Rose

    National Red Rose Day is the perfect time to admire the rose for all of its wonderful qualities. This American holiday is celebrated every year on June 12. This is a fitting time of the season because rose bushes will be in bloom in most areas of the country. This offers everyone the opportunity to take in the iconic fragrance and examine the intricate petal formations. Roses are part of human culture in many places around the world, and they have been for centuries. Have you ever wondered how roses came to be such an iconic symbol in many cultures? Continue reading

  • Top 5 Trees to Make Your Neighbors Jealous!

    We often get asked about ‘statement’ plants. These are plants that will add some ‘oomph’ to your garden, spice things up, or refresh a tired landscape. Plants that will make your neighbors jealous!

    To answer that call we dug deep into our plant collection and offer up 5 plants that definitely fit the bill. Check these out and see if you need to plant one of these in your garden this spring to make the neighbors do a double-take.


    Lavender TwistLavender Twist Weeping Redbud – Redbuds are one of those classic native American plants that never fails to impress every spring. When the deep purple buds pop out along the length of the stems before the leaves start to emerge, it is truly an awe-inspiring site – like hundreds of little ornaments get hung on the tree overnight. Add to that the sheer joy of a weeping tree form and you’ve got a winning combination!

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