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Magnolias are relatively pest free and easy to grow and care for. Read on for care tips from the Nature Hills Horticulture team.
Select the Right Site for Your Magnolia
Pick the right Magnolia variety that fits the space in your yard. Be sure to check the Plant Highlights on every product page for the hardiness zone to ensure it will grow where you live.
Make sure the soil is well drained and that your new Magnolia will get more than half a day of sun for best flowering.
Ideal growing conditions? Easy! A rich, moist, well drained soil with an even moisture supply is suggested, but know they are very adaptable.
How to Improve Your Soil Conditions
Perhaps you don’t have ideal c
Having fresh Lemons, Limes, and Oranges from your own potted plants is pretty exciting. However, in many parts of the country, your plants will have to come indoors to prevent them from being exposed to freezing temperatures.
We always get some calls this time of the year from people overwintering their Citrus trees inside. Their questions are usually because of some leaf drop and some general thinning of the foliage. Here's the right way to care for these special patio plants.
Expert Care Tips for Your Indoor/Outdoor Citrus Trees
Gradually move your plants in late summer from full sun to a shaded location to get your plant used to lower light. When they make the trip indoors in fall, they will transition much easier.
Once they are inside, you'll want to give your plant
Ouch! This picture shows a horrible "Crape Murder."
Please, don't use heading or topping cuts to pollard Crape Myrtles, it's just won't give you that natural look you want. You'll also avoid creating those knobby knuckles, which sadly wreck the appearance of that beautiful Crape Myrtle bark.
Instead, let's watch Ed Laivo, one of Nature Hills horticulturalists, as he gives valuable information on how to correctly prune this beautiful tree.
The Right Way to Prune a Crape Myrtle
The goal is to get air circulation and sunlight into the canopy of the tree. You also want to allow your Crape Myrtle to showcase the beautiful bark as part of its character.
In the video, you'll learn when to prune Crape Myrtles, and get a step-by-step approach to determine your pruning plan. Hint, start
The Crape Myrtle has been renowned for its wonderful long-lasting bloom, its wide range of adaptation, and its versatility as both a tree and a shrub. With the introduction of exciting new varieties, the love affair with the Crape Myrtle is sure to continue.
All Crape Myrtles sold in the United States are deciduous. They are mostly admired for their long bloom period from late spring to fall. Most also feature an outstanding fall color display of oranges, reds and yellows. This fall color varies in degrees by variety.
They are tolerant of a wide range of soils but do require good drainage. Once established, they are quite drought tolerant, good news for water-wise landscapes.
People have loved Plums for a long time. Cultivated Plum tree varieties trace back to the beginning of human history, and Plum remains have been discovered in archeological sites back to the Stone Age.
The two primary varieties of plums that are most common in our diet today, Prunus domestica (European Plums) and the Prunus salicina (Japanese Plums) are not found in nature at all, but rather are a human creation. These varieties are the results of selective hybridization over the course of centuries.
Plum Trees are Great for Beginners
Because there are so many varieties available across a diverse set of climates and zones, growing Plum Trees are the ideal fruit for the beginning home gardener. Plum varieties like the American hybrids, Burbank, Superior and Toka have adapted to the
Late November and early December is the peak time for one of the finest oranges available. The Cara Cara orange possesses the most unique flavor of any orange. Imagine cherry, berry and orange flavors, all in one incredibly convenient fruit. That’s the flavor of a Cara Cara orange.
The Cara Cara orange is also a nutritional powerhouse, with plenty of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and lycopene. These antioxidants give your heart a boost, and protect your cells from free radicals.
The Cara Cara is an easy tree to grow, so you can enjoy this healthy fruit from your own yard. Not only is it adapted to any landscape wherever citrus grows well, the Cara Cara can also grow up to 15 to 20 feet without pruning. For ideal picking and pest control, the Cara Cara Orange is best when kept pruned at 6 to 8 feet.
Think only green thumbs can enjoy a rose garden? Think again! Unlike the old-fashioned fussy selections grown decades ago, modern roses are hardy, versatile plants that can thrive on neglect. In fact, roses are much easier to care for than you think, especially when you select the right variety for your garden’s unique climate and soil.
From small city balconies to water-wise landscapes, the amazing, versatile rose can be at home in almost any garden.
What Makes Modern Roses So Easy to Grow?
If you’ve been hesitating to start a little rose garden of your own, consider this:
- Most modern roses have disease resistance built into the plants. No need to lose sleep over black spot or mildew worries.
- Once esta
The first crop that sells out on the Nature Hills site is our super popular smaller ornamental trees. Some customers call them “Patio Trees.” No matter what you call them, we see the trend to use smaller trees in both front and backyard landscapes getting bigger.
To keep up with the demand, we’ve really beefed up our numbers of smaller, more ornamental trees. After all, they fit so nicely into your landscape, and help you enjoy time spent outside on your patio.
Short on Space? Choose a Small Tree
With higher density housing in many areas, modern yards are not huge. Where space is limited, people want to choose plants with more ornamental attributes.
We’ve talked before about plant trends for more color and more seasons of interest. Plant breeders have introduced selections of high
Many homeowners focus on beautiful outdoor spaces specifically for entertaining, which may include a pool area, eating and bar areas set in incredible outdoor kitchens complete with plumbing, cooking and lighting.
But what about creating a garden space just for yourself? What kind of outdoor space would you use? Here are some ways you can create a deeply personal retreat that will support you and ‘fill your bucket’.
Planning Your Meditation Garden
Have you heard of meditation gardens? They are a deeply personal sanctuary – large or tiny – that give you much needed respite from the daily grind.
Have you spied the hottest new garden design trend in your neighborhood? It’s time to start changing out your container gardens to reflect the beauty of each season!
Transforming container gardens at your front door and your patio is easy and fun. Use featured, seasonal plant materials to help you celebrate every season at your home.
Seasonal Container Gardens Make Beautiful Memories
A few weeks ago, we gave you easy tips and tricks for the latest trends in container gardens for the height of the summer season.
How have your container gardens weathered the summer? Perhaps it’s time to do a bit of freshening up of your pots. Some annuals outgrow their space, leaving leggy growth with fewer leaves and limited flowering.
Now is the time to