Gardening Questions

  1. Fall Planting Bulbs Leads to Bright Spring Blooms

    garden full of fall planting bulbs daffodil and tulip

    Are you ready to start planting this fall for gorgeous spring flowers? We definitely are. Unfortunately, we do have to wait j

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  2. Deer Resistant Plants For The West

    Deer eating shrubs

    We know how frustrating it can be-- you plant a few new trees paired with fresh shrubs, walk outside the next morning with a hot cup of soothing coffee just to see bark peeled off, broken branches and even devoured flowers on your nearby shrubs. 

    Welcome to a gardener’s worst nightmare, deer. 

    But, Nature Hills to the rescue! *cue hero music* If you live in the Western growing zones and seem to be in a constant battle with your backyard deer, we have the top deer resistant plants for you to add to your landscape.

    Even though there are plants that deer don’t bother, Nature Hills would like to state that there are no 100% deer proof plants-- only plants that deer seldomly bother compared to others. 

    Remember that if deer populations are running high and their natural food sources are limited, deer are more likely to browse on any plant of their choice. 

    Also, if you are adding a new plant into the area, deer are more inc

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  3. Deer Resistant Plants For The East

    Deer eating grass in yard

    If you live in the Eastern growing zones and seem to be in a constant battle with your backyard deer, we have the perfect plants for you to add to your landscape-- specifically the perfect deer resistant plants. Gone are the days of peeled off tree bark, broken branches and devoured flowers.

    But, before we dive in too deep, Nature Hills would like to state that there are no 100% deer proof plants-- only plants that deer seldomly bother compared to others. If deer populations are running high and their natural food sources are limited, deer are more likely to browse on any plant of their choice. 

    When adding a new plant into an area, you may see that deer are inclined to sample it, merely to see if they like it or not. We suggest spraying a deer repellent on all newly established plants, just to remind the local deer that they in fact don’t like the taste of the new plant. 

    If your trees have already fallen to a case of deer rubbing their antlers on

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  4. Deer Resistant Plants For The North

    Anyone that marvels at their backyard landscape is almost always also cringing at the natural neighbor nearby-- deer. Any gardener would be a tad annoyed to spend hours planting, pruning and watering their yard just to have a pesky deer or two negatively affect its visual appearance. 

    Broken branches, peeled off tree bark and even eaten blossoms-- we see it all the time. You plant to enjoy the outdoors, but yet nature is merely a step away from destroying your peaceful garden. 

    Nature Hills knows that instead of running off the deer, and other wildlife, altogether, you would simply just like them to leave your happy plants be and go about their day roaming the woods. 

    To do so, we have outlined below five plant varieties that are known to be specimens deer don't particularly enjoy eating and that strive in the Northern growing zones:

    Birch Trees

    Being one of our top selling

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  5. Garden Blogs you Should be Following

    Woman reading tablet in the garden

    Ok, besides ours obviously. 

    You can never have enough garden inspiration and often learning from those in your growing zones, and those who have first hand experience designing your own personal dream garden, are exactly who you should look to. 

    We’ve got a lot of information packed into the Nature Hills Garden blog, but if you’re looking for more, we have some suggestions. Blogs we learn things from and others we read for fun to get those insider gardening tips. 

    Notice we’re specifying blogs here. We have a lot of love for the magazines too but they get a category all their own.

    2021 Garden Blogs to Read

     Pretty Pruple Door logo

    1. Pretty Purpl

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  6. Easy Breezey Modern Roses & Rose Garden Recipes for Success!

    Woman Watering roses at sunset

    There’s no need to be a master gardener to grow Roses like a pro! Unlike the old-fashioned fussy varieties from ages ago, modern varieties are hardy, adaptable and thrive on neglect. Especially when you select the right variety for your unique climate and conditions.

    Modern Roses, and a few old fashioned that have stood the test of time, have been bred with hardiness, disease resistance, drought tolerance and the non-stop bloom that modern gardeners have come to expect from their landscaping plants!

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  7. An Easy Plan to Create Your Own Moon Garden!

    Garden filled with glowing white plants in the evening

    Nighttime is a magical and mysterious time. The sun has set and the air cools, and the world just seems just a bit quieter. It’s also a fantastic time to spend in the garden!

    Many night-blooming plants wait until the cooler twilight hours when a whole new world awakens once the sun disappears and the moon shines.

    It’s the perfect excuse to plant a Moon Garden or Night-Flowering Garden! Take time out of your busy day to unwind, meditate and listen to the crickets chirp or watch fireflies blinking in and out of view.

    Here are some great ideas to best start a nighttime garden of your own!

    Moonlight Sonata:

    White and creamy colored blooms or pale yellow flowers all seem to reflect the moon and starlight. While dreamy light blue, pale pink and lavender flowers always seem to glow and radiate in the twilight. So they’re the natural color choices for Moon gardens! Then of course you have so many options in varie

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  8. 12 Design Ideas For Flowering Shrubs Grown In Tree Form

     Hydrangea Tree in botanical garden

    Flowering tree form plants are one of the most affordable plant showstoppers you can add to a landscape for texture, color, and life. Not to mention, they are hit for pollinator benefits! That not only makes them a triple threat but a quintuple threat. (Yes, we made that up!)

    What exactly is a tree form you may ask? It is definitely not a regular tree; they are far too unique for that. Instead, a tree form is created from a specific flowering bush that

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  9. When Is The Best Time To Plant?

    #ProPlantTips When Is The Best Time To Plant?

    Here at Nature Hills, we get questions all the time wondering when the best time to plant during the year is. And the short answer is-- whenever the plant arrives on your doorstep!

    We know you want the best for your plant by setting it up for optimal plant growth when placing it in the ground at the pinpointed “absolute best time of the year to plant.” But that stress of figuring that pinpointed time out is long gone. 

    You can sit back, relax and wait for the plant to come to you. Then, you know the conditions are permitting a prime planting time. Let’s break this logic down even further!

    It’s Not Only During The Spring

    As much as you want us to say ‘only

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  10. 5 Plants That Are Hard To Kill

    We know that not everyone is cut out for being a master gardener; even a few of us at Nature Hills struggle to keep our plants alive! We know-- how embarrassing. 

    If you’re a beginner gardener, seem to almost always forget to water your plants or simply have an uncontrollable brown thumb, you’ll want to consider adding a few of the plants listed below to your landscape. 

    Or maybe you have always assumed your yard was too shady, a tad too dry, or that the soil was a little sandy to proudly support plants well. But-- guess again. 

    Our plant picks below not only are interesting and unique, but they also can tolerate a bit of neglect and thrive in even the not-so plant friendly places! 

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