Barry Ligtenberg

  1. Top 5 Shrubs for a Windbreak

    5 of the Best Windbreak Shrubs for Your Landscape

    You’re at a friend’s house, lounging on the back patio enjoying the sunny spring day when a gust of

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  2. Windbreak Trees to Plant in Your Landscape

    Windbreak trees

    We’ve all been somewhere that clearly doesn’t have a windbreak, standing around taking the full brunt of whatever the weather has decided to do on any given day. Sometimes that’s a light spring breeze, and other times you’re getting walloped in the fac

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  3. Our Favorite Front and Back Yard Trees

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    Best of the Best Front Yard Trees

    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

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  4. 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

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  5. 5 Brilliant Native Plants for the Southern Midwest

    Southern Midwest

    With hot, dry summers, the Southern Midwest has some incredible drought tolerant plants that are native to the area that are sure to make your landscape look even more stunning in the hot summer months. Today, we'll talk about five native plants from

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  6. 6 Astonishing Plants that Thrive in Wet Areas

    Plants for Wet Areas 2We all have come across it - that one spot in the yard that is always wet, muddy and swampy, regardless of how we try to amend it. Most often, we just give up planting anything there and write it off as "the swamp." But what if there were plants adapted

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  7. Top 5 Plants to Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard


    Hummingbird Photo by Charlesjsharp

    Hummingbirds zip and fly through the air, looking for a tasty treat to snack on. Planting perennial plants in your landscape can provide season-long feeding stations for hummingbirds as they migrate.

    Found only in

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  8. 5 Spectacular Native Plants for the Upper Midwest

    Upper Midwest

    Much of the Midwest is known not only for its fertile cropland but also for its rolling hills and prairies. These plants have adapted to the windy and harsh environments, providing erosion control and holding the soil where it belongs with deep roots.

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  9. 5 Astounding Native Plants for the Southwest United States

    Southwest

    With the arid environment that characterizes the Southwestern United States, plants must develop to withstand the brutal summer heat. These plants have developed to seek out and thrive in environments that would otherwise be inhospitable. Native plants ar

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  10. 5 Unique Native Plants to the Northwest United States

    Northwest USA

    Like the stunning landscapes found in the Northwest United States, the native plants found in that region of the country are unique and intriguing. Native plants are defined as plants that have been established in a given area for hundreds of

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