Mass of purple coneflower.  How to Create a Pollinator Haven.

How to Create a Pollinator Haven

Bees and other pollinators are a significant part of our world today. Without pollinators, our food sources, as well as the food sources for many other animal species, would look very different. 

With the decline in the pollinator population, we all must step up to help make a change. And, whether you have a single container, landscape, flower garden, or acres of land – we can all make a difference. Here are some simple ways to help create havens for pollinators. 

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White flowers with yellow centers.  The Rise and Fall of the Bradford Pear.

The Rise and Fall of the Bradford Pear

Ornamental Pear was once the most sought after tree. The abundant white flowers, dark glossy foliage, and spectacular fall color made this tree undeniably desirable. In recent years, the Missouri Department of Conservation has been stringently working to alert people to the pitfalls of these pears. So what is all the alarm about? Find out why this one-time darling of street trees is now considered invasive and what you can plant instead.

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Closeup of purple flower spike with light green background. Plant Profile: Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Plant Profile:  Stachys monieri Hummelo

There are times when incredible plants are lackluster in their containers. Hummelo Stachys is one of those plants. 

Planted in a landscape, Hummelo holds the anticipation of bright pink flowers. Its glossy green foliage, low growing, concealing the ground. But the plants at the garden center are often only a handful of low-growing leaves. 

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Small, glossy green foliage. Everything You Need to Know About Boxwood Blight.

Everything You Need to Know About Boxwood Blight

Boxwood is, quite possibly, the most versatile and perfect plant that you can add to your landscape. Many varieties are compact by nature but with the ability to take large amounts of pruning, can be kept at any size necessary. Boxwood can be either formal or kept natural. It is the one plant that you can easily integrate into any style of landscape, regardless of form.

But what happens when the much-loved boxwood appears to be under attack? Here’s what you need to know about Boxwood Blight.

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Evergreen holly with blue-green background and red berries.  Holly Berries:  How to Guarantee Berries on Your Holly

Holly Berries – How to Guarantee Berries on your Holly

Berries brighten holiday decor, much like holiday lights. Bright red berries tucked in glossy, evergreen foliage or standing alone in stark contrast to a tan stem. Nothing says holiday like holly berries.

But the abundant berries don’t just appear on their own. Winter may be the time of year that we adore our holly, but spring is the time when all the magic happens. We’re talking about the birds and the bees.

Yellow flowers of Goldenrod against blue sky. Autumn Allergies: Goldenrod vs. Ragweed

Autumn Allergies – Goldenrod vs. Ragweed

Autumn allergies abound this time of the year and the leading plant to take the blame is goldenrod. But, my friends, goldenrod is not the culprit of your sniffles and sneezles. In a case of mistaken identity, goldenrod takes the full blame for fall time hay-fever. The real culprit hides, camouflaged, behind the blooming beauty that is goldenrod. What is behind your autumn misery? Ragweed.

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