#ProPlantTips by Nature Hills Nursery

Read and watch our #ProPlantTips how-to series of articles and videos.

  • How to select certain plants to match your site conditions and read Plant Highlight Facts
  • "Farmer's tricks" for planting tips
  • Pruning techniques for both spring, summer and fall blooming shrubs and trees
  • How to handle common plant diseases
  1. Floral Designing for Containers & Arrangements With Style!

    Floral Arrangements #ProPlantTips

    It’s not just bouquets anymore! Basic floral design elements extend themselves into container plant design and landscaping as well! Whether you’re designing a window box, a pretty arrangement for your dining table, or a porch planter, all use the same techniques to have your end result looking stylish!

    The elements of design are the style, thrillers and/or focal points, spillers, fillers, proportion, colors, textures and feel, each have their own place in everything. 

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  2. Apricots Are Underrated (And Here’s Why)

    Ripe apricots hanging from tree

    Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m really craving an apricot right now!”? It’s rare, we’ll admit it. Howev

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  3. 5 No-Brainer Native Plants For The East

    Eastern Natives Blog

    If you have joined us for our other blogs within our Regional Series, you know the perks, advantages and reasons behind growing native plants or selections of native plants in a landscape

    However, if this is your first rodeo, native plants hold several benefits from being easier to grow to providing beneficial resources to pollinators! These special plants have adapted to the soil conditions and climate within a certain area.

    A superpower that they take pride in and one you should take advantage of!

    Last, but certainly not least in our ‘Regional Series’ blog post is the Eastern region! It's been a long time coming, but today we will be highlighting our top 5 native plant picks for the Eastern growing zones.

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  4. 5 No-Brainer Native Plants For The North

    Northern Natives Blog

    Welcome back to our ‘Regional Blog Series!’ We’ve highlighted the top 5 native plants for the South and then those for the West. Well North and Midwest, it is your time to shine!

    Adding native plants to a landscape has been a must for a majority of gardeners. Their ability to easily adapt to the climate of an area makes them special. Listed within this blog are the top 5 native plant picks for the North and Midwest regions. You’ll want to add them to your garden!


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  5. 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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  6. 5 No-Brainer Native Plants For The West

    Western Region

    Native plants are a gardener’s favorite as they have naturally adapted to the climate and even the soil conditions of a specific area. This allows them to be easier to care for!

    In our previous ‘Regional Series’ blog post, we highlighted natives that perform well in the Southern growing zones. Well, hello to the West! It is your time to shine as we lay out our top 5 native plant picks for the western growing zones.

    Not sure where you fall in our regional series? The map shown

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  7. The Right Way To Water Your Plants

    The Right Way to Water

    They’re the age-old questions, “How often do I water my plants?” and, “Am I overwatering my plants?” You can check 10 different sources and get 10 different answers but we’re going to give you a few good rules of thumb to live by. 

    First, we’re sure our horticulturist would BEG us to remind you that the correct amount of water is different for every plant. Start by reading our #ProPlantTips for care to see if the plant you’re eyeing likes moist soil, like Buttonbush, or drier conditions like Lavender. 

    Next, you’ll want to make sure you understand the soil you’re planting in. Soil with more Clay will hold water longer than soil with lots of sand, which dries out more quickly. Ideally, you’re looking for a planting site with a healthy mix of both

    If you’re wor

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  8. 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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  9. #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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  10. #ProPlantTips: Flowering Cherry Tree Care

    house surrounded by trees

    Here at Nature Hills, we like to think of Flowering Cherries as the darlings of the garden world. We’re sure that they’re the prized possession of various home landscapes as well. 

    To keep those beautiful blossoms vibrant and prospering for years to come, it’s important to follow the correct care tips!

    How To Plant Flowering Cherry Trees

    So you’r

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