Our Growing Blog

Your Garden's Personality

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 We gardeners are as varied as the spaces we create.  Finding  meaning in a sparse but thoughtfully executed space. 

Read This Before Buying New Plants

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 Arm yourself with the knowledge to ensure you purchase  beautiful, healthy plants that will increase the curb appeal of your  home and garden.              

Great Design Plant: Common Fig

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 The common fig is a beautiful ornamental tree that can take on the  profile of a very full shrub, depending on how you decide to prune it.  

5 Elements of a Sensory Garden

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 Many of the plants that are recommended for a sensory garden also work  well in a variety of landscape designs. Some can even do double duty. 

25 Ideas to Perk up Your Side Yard

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Turn this often overlooked area into an  enticing and useful outdoor space.

Installing a Stone Patio

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Planning to add a stone patio to your landscape next year? Here's what to consider before getting started.

Kumquats for a Juiced-Up Winter

Kumquats for a Juiced Up Winter

Grow it for the edible fruit or its good looks alone . This citrus cousin will brighten any gray winter day.


Great Design Plant: Yellow Bells

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With its large size and copious golden flowers, this shrub can cover walls or screen unsightly views

Attract Hummingbirds and Bees

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 U.S. native plants: Roll out a welcome mat for pollinators to keep your landscape in balance and thriving.

Boxwood Alternatives

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Don't let Box blight limit your plans for  garden designs.

Great Design Plant: Zagreb Tickseed

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Get colorful drama along with dear resistance, drought tolerance and low maintenance - plus a butterfly or two.

Great Design Plant: Wild Lupine

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Spiky blue flowers and a high tolerance  for poor soil make this plant ideal for tough sites.

A Garden of Succulents for Beauty

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Low water plants in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes. Check out our favs here.

A Cool Garden: Gray & Blue Plants

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Looking for plants that calm with color in the heat of the summer? Look no further than these 14 soothing  beauties.

Overcrowded, Overpruned Shrubs

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Go for a more natural look  that's easier and less expensive to maintain by giving your plants the right amount of growing room.

How to Design a Colorful Flower Bed

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Fall Planting: Delight the eye through three seasons with bright flowers placed just right. Late summer is the time to plan.

Great Plant: Butterfly Milkweed

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Vivacious orange flowers for you. nectar for the butterflies and bees. Asclepias tuberosa is worth planting for more reasons than one.

A Design Plant: Hibiscus "Sugar Tip"

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As pretty as a party dress, " Sugar Tip"  has layers of pink that catch the eyes of the butterflies.

Fall: 20 Favorite Flowers

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Vivid blooms and striking shapes make these annuals and perennials a delight in the autumn garden.

Garden Design: Monarch Butterflies

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Thinking like a butterfly leads to fresh perspectives in the garden and in life.

Consider the Lowly Boulder

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A boulder can be a thing of beauty in the landscape. Here are 10 ways to display them to full effect.

More Impact From Less Grass

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Instead of letting the lawn sprawl, make  it a shapely design element in your yard. You'll reap benefits both practical and aesthetic.

The Art of the Espalier

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Go ahead let the limited garden space drive you up the walls. With these six way to train plants vertically, it can be a beautiful thing.

Design a Garden for Native Bees

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Create a garden that not only looks beautiful but also nurtures native bees - and helps other wildlife in the process.

Rododendrun Canescens

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Have a shady, damp spot in your garden that needs a lift? This Southern U.S. native may be the solution.

Your Gardens' Common Thread

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Bring the areas of your garden together to give it a unique sense of purpose.

Design Plant: Chionanthus Viginicus

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Lacy flowers cover native white fringe tree in spring, and birds feed off of its berries in winter.

Chasmanthium Latifolium: Sea Oats

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Inland sea oats is an easy native grass for a moist, shady garden spot

Great Plant:Spigelia Marilandica

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Indian pink is a top hummingbird plant  for shady sites.

Make a "Kokedama" String Garden

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Dig in to create  a simple, beautiful Japanese-inspired hanging garden.

Six Wildflowers That Aren't Weeds

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Dispel the stereotype of weeds and try these wildlife-supporting native wildflowers in your garden.

Weird But Wonderful Backyard Art

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These  outdoor areas will have you looking at your own backyard through fresh eyes. Dare to be different?

DIY Project: Teacup Planters

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Add a riot of color to your windowsill, table or balcony by repurposing old cups and saucers as little planter pots.

Edible Plants as Ornamentals

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Try growing these tasty plants with your ornamentals for an attractive garden and fresher meals.

Design Plant: Illicium Parviflorum

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This shrub from the anise family brings a ray chartreuse sunshine to the woodland garden

Great Design Plant: Dudleya

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Set up this succulent in native conditions ans see just how little care it need to thrive in the landscape.

Succulents Beautify a Shade Garden

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A garden designed to be viewed from above gets new drought-tolerant, wildlife friendly plantings.

National Pollinators Week

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Get involved to help bees,butterflies and moths thrive. National Pollinators Week June 19 to 25.

Magic With Succulent Centerpieces

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These fresh ideas for living table toppers don't  need much water or care.

Explore Private Gardens

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Take a peek into exceptional landscapes usually closed to the public  or dig deeper by attending a garden workshop.

Borders Bursting With Color

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These pant combinations show how to create a lush look with vibrant low-water flowers, shrubs and succulents.

Serenity With a Moon Gate

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The Elegant arc of a moon gate creates tranquillity and a hint of mystery in modern gardens.

Great Design Plant: Passion Vine

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Enjoy the amazing flowers and edible fruit of U.S. native Pasaflora incarnata ( also knows as maypop ) - the butterflies sure do.

Great Blue Lobelia

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Great blue lobelia, a flowering native  plant that prefers moist soil, adds a calming blue hue to the late-summer garden.

Design Plant: Swamp Milkweed

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Beautiful  swamp milkweed makes it easy to help monarchs and other pollinators in eastern U.S. gardens.

Go Beyond Black-Eyed Susans

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Branch out from typical nursery fare, with lessor-know Rudbeckia species that have delightfully unexpected features.

Design Plant: Trumpet Honeysuckle

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Grow this long blooming, flashy flowering vine to cover a fence or arbor and attract hordes of hummingbirds all season long.

Great Design Plant: Paddle Plant

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If your looking for some awesomely strange foliage and low care requirements, this succulent is right up your alley.

Coastal Sweet Pepperbush

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Bottlebrush blooms, gorgeous fall color and delightful fragrance give us this U.S. native shrub 4 season appeal.

Snowberry Pleases Year-Round

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Bright spring foliage, pretty summer flowers, white berries in winter...Symphoricarpos albus is a sight to behold in every season.

Decorate With Versatile Agave

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Beautiful, succulent leaves reach toward the sky, adding texture and beauty to the drought tolerant landscape.

Stars of the Succulent Garden

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Amazing colors, exuberant blooms, low maintenance, ... is it any wonder Echeveria is so popular?

"8 Plants That You'll Love To Grow"

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Don't dismiss these common annuals, perennials and shrubs - there are reasons they've been popular for so long.

The Garden With Orange Flowers

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Hummingbirds and butterflies are not the only ones who will notice when you introduce a blaze of orange into your garden.

The Boxwood After 350 Years

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Wild or mild, the humble boxwood still brings style and order to all kinds of gardens.

Shrubs In Your Flower Garden

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Mix up the garden experience and let the flowers and shrubs play together.

Native Wildflowers for Fall

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Keep the garden wonderful with these stalwart perennials. 

10 Hardy Succulents

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Hardy succulents for the cooler

 temperatures.

Yes, You Can Grow a Plant In That

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You can upcycle your old typewriter, paint cans, tires and many more things into places for your plants.

Southern Garden: The Needle Palm

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This sprawling, resilient palm can be used in many ways.

12 Fabulous Container Gardens

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Celebrate the season with potted displays rich in color and texture.

For a Classy Look: Try Brick

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See how to combine this time-honored paving material with other types, such as  concrete and stone.

10 Ways to Create a Secret Garden

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You can design your garden to to feel like a secluded backyard retreat, a world apart from the hustle of daily life.

Succulents And Your Garden

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This large group of undemanding, water-wise plants offers pretty and practical answers to your gardening dilemmas.

14 Red Flowers for Your Garden

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Learn how to grow vivid flowers that will bring hummingbirds to your garden.

Winning Combo: Agave and Grases

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See if you agree that bold, spiky agaves and soft, luminous grasses make a perfect pair.