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Flowers & Herbs for More Than One Purpose

“Dill” provides savory flavor for cooking; but outside it attracts beneficial insects to control destructive insects. “Blue Borage” flowers are eatable and a garnish for drinks; outside they attract bees and butterflies to pollinate your veggies. “Surprise Lily” starts with foot-tall leaves, which are replaced in summer with three-foot stalks of fragrant pink blossoms.

Summer Flowers Without Fuss

  Everyone loves roses! This ‘Snowdrift’ rose is a great choice because it loves to flower constantly all summer and into the fall. And it is determinedly free of diseases, which is the bane of most rose growers. It is also very winter-hardy.   Rose Verbena is a perennial ground cover that does well in

Show Stoppers!

No, we’re not crazy! This banana tree is hardy to -5 degrees. The bananas, though, are not edible. It dies down each winter, and all can be enthralled as it grows 12- 15 feet during the season! Maybe place your tropical houseplants underneath. This golden plant grows to six feet with compound leaves three feet

May Gardening Notes

Roses need weekly attention to combat disease and insect problems. If not already done, stems need to be pruned back to live wood, climbers re-secured to their supports, hybrid Teas pruned to 3 or 5 strong stems. Trees In Leaf? Then seeds can be sown outdoors . . . AND insects will come to dine.

Flowers for Allergy Sufferers

Flowers are great; beautiful; charming unless you’re allergic to pollen. And, that is particularly bad if you desire color where you want to sit and relax! But, you don’t have to restrict yourself to just leafy plants to avoid the suffering. Here are three that produce little-to-no pollen. There are others. To find them, just

Landscape for Color in Spring

Going From Here to There Can Be Beautiful Having a whole landscape redesigned and installed can be revolutionary, but sometimes a simple addition can also be gratifying.  For instance, how often do you retrace your steps within your present landscape? Your frequent ‘trips’ can be more beautiful and enjoyable by establishing ‘pathways’ such as pictured

Landscape Conservation in Spring

Positive actions in the spring are important for your landscape’s continued health. Having your lawn cut higher will produce more food energy which can be stored in an expanding root system; important for fighting disease and for better sustaining turf all season. Consistent, corrective pruning maintains a pleasing appearance while promoting health and strong internal

Professional Landscaping Advice for April

Here are some professional tips to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful in the spring months.

April Garden Tips – It’s About Color & Health

The color of spring begins with the first spring bulbs and pussy willows, followed by forsythia, magnolias, red bud, dogwoods, and a host of others. Tulips make a dramatic display; a signature of springtime and the beginning of a new season. It is our privilege to help your landscape perform to its best advantage, heralding

December Garden Tips 2016 #3

Holiday Season Garden Notes Here’s why all your trees should be inspected each year, with maintenance pruning a yearly procedure. Storms and winter ice will test the strength of all trees. Broken trees lose much of their appeal, if not all their value! It’s easy to make attractive displays for the winter patio or entrance