Landscape and Garden Design

  1. Juneberries, Serviceberries, or Amelanchier...all the same thing

    Juneberries

    No matter what you call this plant, you will find it a winner in all seasons. Amelanchier plants can be grown as large shrubs or smaller trees.

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  2. Witch Hazel- The Shrub That You Didn't Know You Needed

    Common Witch Hazel in the Fall

    Witch Hazel,  The Shrub You Didn't Know You Needed

    If you're ever disappointed that after the last flush of flowers in the fall, very little is thriving to get you through the winter months, despair no longer - there is a plant that blooms from October through December. Hamamelis virginiana- common witch hazel - is sure to be the star of your garden next winter.

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  3. 8 Plants That Rebloom for 3 Seasons of Flowers

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  4. 9 Perennials to Use in Cut Flower Arrangements

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     Bringing flowers in from your yard will be sure to have guests consistently asking you "who's your florist?". Consider these nine species for eye-catching, dramatic arrangements that will spike conversation and be one of the beautiful focal points of your entertaining space.

    Millenium

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  5. 9 Plants for Early Spring Color

    87-12739443078Swj   After a long, dreary winter, everyone is ready to start seeing flowers begin blooming in the spring. Enjoy these nine plants that will bring you fantastic spring color early in the season.

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    Redbud - Cercis canadensis

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  6. Broadleaf Evergreens are All the Rage

    BoxwoodsHomeowners looking to create a restorative, Japanese style Zen retreat should consider easy care broadleaved evergreens. Here are some of the best: Boxwood is such an interesting plant because their shiny green leaves stay on the plant year-round even in areas that have snow and cold. There are different forms both spreading and upright. Boxwood in the colder climates may need some protection from the drying winter winds (on the west and north exposures) in some areas. Some of these newer selections are outstanding for areas into hardiness zones 5 and some even into

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  7. 9 Tough Plants for Hellstrips That Look Beautiful

    Those small strips between sidewalks and streets are often the most challenging to plant - plants there seem to scorch, fry and die - especially in the heat of summer. These strips of land are often lovingly referred to as hellstrips. Read on for nine perennials that are well suited and prepared to take on these hot environments.Hellstrip Next To Street

    Yarrow - Achillea millefolium

    Strawberry Seduction Yarrow

    Strawberry Seduction Yarrow

    Yarrow is a highly

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  8. 9 Great Plants for Feeding Wildlife in the Winter

    In the dead of winter, when the landscapes are barren, it can be difficult for wildlife to find food to survive, especially in urban areas. Instead of having critters getting into your trash can looking for a meal, why not consider providing them a buffet in your backyard? Read on for nine plants that can provide for wildlife during the winter.

    1.  American Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana (pictured below)

    Persimmon In The Winter

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  9. Deterring Home Invasions - With Plants!

    Deterring home invasions are one of the many features that landscapes can provide when being designed. Using plants that have thorns or cause irritation can help deter would-be-intruders.


    Washington Hawthorne

    Washington Hawthorne

    Washington Hawthorne Having a shade tree is ideal for homeowners, but having a thorny shade tree that prevents entrance into second stories is even better.  Washington Hawthorne is a tree that meets that requirement. Don't let the thorny nature of this tree deter you though, its brilliant white flowers in the spring a

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  10. 5 Plants With Silver Leaves

    Sometimes, you just need something different in your yard. Many of your plants may be colorful, with green foliage and bright flowers. But sometimes, you need something that adds a subtle color to your garden - especially in shadier areas where it can get dark with only green plants. Enter silver foliage plants. These five plants will add that bit of light to the rest of your garden with their silver leaves.  

    Silver Edge Lavender - Lavandula x intermedia 'Walvera' Silver Edge Lavender Overview- silver leaves

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