The Marvelous History of Chrysanthemums: Blooms of Elegance and Significance

Chrysanthemums, often affectionately called “mums,” are flowers of remarkable beauty and cultural significance that have captured the hearts of people across the world for centuries. Their rich history is a tale of beauty, elegance, and meaning, making them an enduring symbol of love, honor, and longevity. Chrysanthemums are native to China, where they have been…

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Planting for Pollinators: Embracing Nature’s Bounty in the Fall

As the colors of summer gradually fade and the air turns crisp, many might assume that gardening season is winding down. However, that’s not entirely true! Fall presents a wonderful opportunity to continue our efforts in supporting pollinators and creating a vibrant ecosystem in our gardens. By choosing the right plants and taking a few…

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Plant for Pollinators!

Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats play a crucial role in pollinating flowering plants. By providing them with a diverse range of nectar and pollen sources, we can support the health and abundance of pollinator populations. This, in turn, contributes to the overall biodiversity of ecosystems. Pollinators are essential for the pollination of…

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Great Trees for Wet or Moist Areas

More yards have wet areas than you would think, and tree decline due to the roots having “wet feet” is becoming more common. Some wet/moist areas are naturally occurring, such as swales, low points in the grade and areas near water, and it makes sense to the home gardener that those areas may retain water. …

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The Best Deer-Proof Plants for a Cutting Garden

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? They’re even better when you grow your own to cut and enjoy all summer. But have you ever gone to cut a bouquet only to find the deer ate your flowers for breakfast? We’re here to help with a list of some of the most deer-resistant plants. These beauties also…

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Planting for Privacy

Plants can create living privacy screens to reduce noise, block wind, hide a fence line, cover an undesirable view or shield your yard from outside view. They can be used to create a property border or to separate and delineate patios and outdoor living areas. Privacy screens are also useful to hide less attractive things…

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Winter’s Rose: The Helleborus

Most gardeners start pacing in winter in anticipation of the riot of spring blossoms to come. There is a secret to enjoying some bursts of color before the spring thaw: Helleborus. A Sure Cure for the Winter Blues Some Helleborus, called Christmas Rose, feature beautiful blooms that start peeking through the drab grays of November….

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