Gardening Questions

  1. 5 Fantastic Shrubs for the Front Yard (and How to Find More)

    Front yard shrubs in a landscape

    What makes a great front yard shrub? Is it the flowers, foliage, growth habit, height, or some combination of all characteristics?

    Before answering this question, you have to ask yourself what exactly you’re looking for in a front yard shrub. If you’ve just moved into a newly built house, you might be starting with a blank canvas but if you’re looking to fill up a particular spot, some shrubs will work better than others.

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  2. How to Take Care of Magnolia Trees

    Magnolia Tree in Bloom

    Magnolias. Oh, how they make the first weeks of spring shine! Coveted for their GORGEOUS flowers, these trees are staples in USDA growing zones 3-9. 

    Loving these trees and growing them are two different things though. Follow along as we cover the basics of keeping magnolia trees happy and healthy.

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  3. 5 No-Brainer Native Plants For The South

    Southern Natives Blog

    Plants that have adapted to the local climate and the conditions of the soil in areas of where they naturally occur are considered to be native. In a gardener's eyes, these plants are a goldmine!

    With several advantages, including easier overall care, native plants are a prime choice when it comes to adding to a landscape. But where does one begin to decide on which native plants to plant?

    We’ve laid out our top 5 native plant picks for the southern region in this blog so the choice is plain and simple! In the south, the average temperature increases substantially, which means plants have to be able to take the heat, quite literally. 

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  4. #ProPlantTips: How to Prune Hydrangeas

    pruning a hydrangea paniculata

    We’ve all been there, looking at the remnants of last year’s hydrangea wondering, “Do I prune these back or leave them be?” It’s an

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  5. Pruning Fruit Trees Creates Better Crops & Healthy Trees!

    Gardener Pruning a Pear Tree

    There are many reasons for pruning fruit trees in the garden. Pruning fruit trees stimulates growth by limiting the number of buds that the tree has to grow. Directing growth, energy and nutrients into the fruiting limbs.

    Pruning trees can improve the structure, plus thinning out the fruit will result in better quality and larger fruit. Not to mention keeping your trees looking attractive!

    Fruit tree pruning can be dwarfing and may be used to control the size

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  6. Best Ferns For Your Home

    Boston Fern In Living Room

    Best Fern For Your Zone InfographicEveryone longs for a plant that's easy to care for, elegant, and versatile in landscaping. You’ll be relieved to know that this picture-perfect plant is usually sitting right before your eyes.

    Ferns will be your new best friend with their capability to add the perfect dash of elegance to your garden, patio, or indoor living area.

    If you take a nature walk, I’m sure you’ll find these plants everywhere. If you’re looking for one, this is your sign to add those natural beauties to your backyard!

    Whether that be in the mix with your shrubs and roses, in containers near your fa

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  7. Get 365 Gorgeous Days With Hardy Container Gardens

    Hardy Container Gardens for All Seasons

    Showcase your style with these easy tips for a dynamic outdoor container garden display that looks amazing throughout the year. It's actually a lot like buying a new couch!

    Here's how to create a stylish setting in winter, spring, summer and fall! Plant your garden containers with perennials and trees...you'll have a focal point that performs for you year after year. 

    Go for easy-breezy romantic pink flowers like Hydrangeas and Roses massed on your front porch. Or, enjoy the bright-colored foliage of Japanese Maples trees in large pots near a seating area in part shade.

    Long-lasting hardy perennial

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  8. Plan Your Garden By Planting In Threes

    Planting in Threes

    If you’re anything like me, you all but drool at the spectacular gardens put together by those who have been cultivating their craft for many years. How do they do it?

    More specifically, how can someone throw together seemingly random genus, species, and cultivars in a way that looks both planned and completely natural. My untrained eyes look at an empty garden bed and simply don’t know where to start. 

    As someone who is still learning, I tend to fall back on the basics fairly often and one of my favorites is the planting rule of three. 

    I grew up in a house that had, what I can only describe as, an absolutely gigantic garden. It

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  9. Well-Drained Soil: What Does It Mean?

    Handful Of Soil

    Picture this, it’s a slightly warm day with a cool breeze that runs through the air making you ache for springtime to come rolling in and save the day. The newly fresh air gathered from a brisk walk has prompted you to set out for new plants come spring. 

    Your bookmarked browser to Nature Hills has all the plant goods you have been eyeing over winter, each added to a full shopping cart ready to be shipped directly from nursery to you. How lovely, let’s do it! 

    But wait, you catch the bolded words within each plant description..”It really prefers moist, well-drained soil” 

    It’s almost as

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  10. Timing for Pruning Flowering Shrubs

    Flowering Shrub

    Every year we get a number of calls about why their particular shrub did not bloom. 

    So we are here to explain why this might happen, to help you plan ahead to allow your beautiful, abundant flowering shrubs to bloom endlessly. 

    There are a variety of reasons why a particular plant might not bloom. One reason why your plant might not bloom well, is that it received too much shade and not enough sun. 

    Another reason could be that your plant was given too much lawn fertilizer, which results in beautiful foliage, but a lack of flowers. 

    But most likely the biggest reason

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