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“Fall is for planting.” You may have heard this before, but do you know what makes fall the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and perennials? Here are some reasons. First, consider the roots. Cooler fall temperatures means less foliage growth and in turn, more root development. Many trees and shrubs lose their foliage in winter, and will focus their energy on root development instead of foliage growth. And healthy roots means healthy tops; perennials that die back to the […]
Whether you do it for personal use or for protecting wildlife, planting fruit-bearing trees in your landscape is a rising trend. If you want an easy plant to grow, consider Persimmon. Here’s a look at a couple varieties that can bring different characteristics to your yard. The native, or common, Persimmon is a large tree that can easily reach 30-40 feet, all the way up to 60 feet or more with age. The fruit of common Persimmon are the size […]
A run-in with Poison Ivy leaves most people with an uncomfortable, itchy rash, so it’s important to know how to identify it out in nature. It’s often confused with similar vines, so here are some tips so you can know the difference. Poison Ivy always has three leaves, and it’s leaf pattern is always the same. The center leaf of Poison Ivy grows on a longer stem than the other two, and is usually slightly larger in size. Poison Ivy […]
There are countless shrub options available for you to add to your landscape, so choosing which one to plant may be an overwhelming task. When you’re looking at your options, be sure to consider the easy-to-grow Abelia Shrub. Abelia can grow in part shade or full sun, and produces small, soft leaves and clusters of white or pink flowers that are great for attracting pollinators like butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. There are several varieties of Abelia to choose from, depending […]
If you’re interested in adding a cool blue color to your landscape, try planting Nepeta, or Cat Mint. It’s low-maintenance and easy to plant, making it perfect for new or experienced gardeners. Cat Mint is a summer blooming perennial for full sun or part shade. It prefers well drained soil, but can actually grow in a wide variety of situations and isn’t usually too demanding of extra water or fertilizer. Although it goes dormant for the winter, Cat Mint is […]
School has started which means fall is just around the corner. As we move towards autumn, some of your flowers may have begun to fade, including those you planted to attract hummingbirds. For the next several weeks, hummingbirds will need and appreciate nectar before they migrate south. Here are some hummingbird-attracting flowers that bloom late in the summer that can help bring these birds to your garden this fall. Supertunias and Superbells bloom in the summer and most are day-length […]
Succulent plants are becoming quite popular for indoor and outdoor gardens. If you’re looking to add one to your outdoor landscape, Delosperma, also known as Ice Plant, may be worth a try. Ice plant is a low-growing, creeping succulent. The name does not come from its love of cold, but instead from its blooms and foliage that resemble ice crystals or frost. As most succulents, Ice Plant is a low maintenance addition to your garden. Plant it somewhere that receives […]
Summer is great, but the heat and humidity of our summers in the south is not for everyone, or every flower. But Ruellia, also known as Mexican Petunia, loves hot, humid weather. Plant Ruellia somewhere where it can get part or full sun in the garden. It can tolerate more moisture than most plants, even thriving where drainage is poor. The most popular color of Mexican petunia is purple, but some varieties can bloom white or pink. It can grow […]
Lavender can be a strikingly beautiful addition to your garden, and for most, growing it in the summer is pretty easy and straightforward. But planting lavender in your permanent garden and getting it to come back in the winter can be tricky. Here are some facts and tips to help you successfully grow lavender in your garden: Lavender is an evergreen herb, with silvery grey foliage and blue to purple flowers in the summer. Its recognizable scent comes from its […]
If you want to propagate your plants, or make more plants from the plants you already have, there are several ways to do so successfully. One is by rooting cuttings and having them set up in a misting chamber. But if you’re not in a position to do that, layering may be an easier way. Using shrubs or vines that have low branches close to the ground, you can try layering the branch under soil to encourage the growth of […]
Hibiscus is often associated with island breezes, sandy beaches, and fruity drinks, but these tropical hibiscus flowers can’t last through our winters. Luckily there’s a variety of hibiscus that is well-suited for our area. Hibiscus Syriacus, also known as Althea or Rose of Sharon, is a summer blooming shrub. It can easily grow from eight to fifteen feet tall. Its blooms can be single or double, with colors ranging from white, to pink, to lavender, or red. During the winter, […]