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Lighten Up! Brightening and enlivening the shade garden

Hosta and ferns are standards for the perennial shade garden. They have similar growing condition requirements and the contrast of fine-textured fronds and broad Hosta leaves does bring dimension and quiet contrast. All well and good for a supremely serene retreat, but what if you’d like to energize your shadowy shade realm a bit? […]

Pruning Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Pruning of trees and shrubs can help them stay within a certain size limit to fit the confines and aesthetics of a garden space. More importantly, pruning encourages fuller plants – thus more foliage for photosynthesis, more blooms to attract pollinators, more fruits for you and any creatures you share them with. […]

Plants to Celebrate Spring’s Return

Late winter into early spring is when we crave fresh growth, a bit of color…some sign that spring is really returning!! Swelling buds on Pussy Willow and dainty Snowdrop blooms – which might be overlooked or scoffed at if amongst the lushness of summer plant life – bring excitement, praise and hope! These are soon followed […]

Why Planting in Summer Makes Sense!

1) Almost ALL plants grow the most during summer.
Trees, Shrubs, Perennials all put on the most root and foliage growth during the summer months. Therefore successfully establishing themselves in to your yard and landscape.

2) The selection of plants especially perennials is the widest during the summer! Hundreds of varieties like Coneflower, Hardy Hibiscus, Hollyhocks, Black […]

Hardy Mum Care Sheet

Plant in a full to part sun location. Dig the hole 1 1/2 times larger than the root mass. Mix Master Nursery Black Forest soil amendment with the soil removed and compact around the root. After planting sprinkle Master Start fertilizer around the outside of the hole. Mums can bloom up until the first hard […]

Gardening for the Birds

A Partnership in Growing Greener

Gardening with birds in mind is a great way to bring additional beauty and balance to your growing space. These winged wonders not only help with pollination and spreading of seeds, but offer chemical-free insect control as well. Adding a few site-matched Native varieties (more green points!) to your plantings will help ensure your garden supports, and gets support from, a diversity of local birds. […]

Autumn Jack-o-Lanterns

For many of us, the crisp days of autumn mean a bounty of pumpkins for carving jack-o-lanterns or baking scrumptious pies along with the ingathering of all the other fruits of our labor. But for countless backyard gardeners, autumn is the time to ‘strut their stuff’ before the crowds that gather time again, at local or even national pumpkin growing contests, to see who has grown the most gigantic pumpkin to take home the prize. […]

Fall is for Planting

Autumn is a wonderful time for planting in the landscape or container garden: temperatures are more moderate, soil moisture is easier to maintain, root growth increases in most trees and shrubs, it’s easier to see where empty or lacking places are than in spring and we plant tenders have caught our second wind! Spring flowering bulbs, perennials (including the classic Mum) and trees and shrubs thrive when planted in the fall. […]

Are You Ready For Some Football? Is Your Patio?

Annual Plant Combinations to Match Your Favorite Team’s Colors

It is easy to show your team spirit all season long by planting annual flower combinations that represent the colors of your favorite college or professional football team. […]

Are You Out of Your Gourd?

If you love to grow vegetables, but find you can never eat all your garden yields, here’s an alternative to researching new recipes in anticipation of your millionth tomato. Grow some decorative gourds in place of a portion of your usual edible veggies. Decorative gourds have potential as centerpieces, serving bowls, storage containers, birdhouses, and a wide range of children’s craft projects. […]