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Plant Profile: ‘Blue Zinger’ Sedge

With our busy lives, our landscapes and gardens often end up the last task on our giant to-do lists.  This makes finding the absolutely toughest yet easiest to grow plant a high priority for most homeowners.  This plant, most certainly, falls into both of those categories.

 

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planting for pollinators with purple coneflower

Planting for Pollinators

Bees and other pollinators are an important 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 pollinator population, it’s imperative that we all 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 pollinators.

 

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Why you shouldn't plant 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’s 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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Plant Profile: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face.  The plant looked nice and was super healthy.  But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint.  Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more.  So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?

 

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What is 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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Endless Summer Hydrangea

Summer Crush™ Hydrangea

I don’t know if you’ve heard yet, but Endless Summer® is releasing a brand spanking new hydrangea this year!  And why exactly should you get excited about yet another new hydrangea?  Guys, this!  With this hydrangea, the gloves are coming off!  This insanely colored hydrangea is giving the standard ho-hum baby blue and pretty pink hydrangeas one serious kick in the pants!

 

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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 the birds and the bees.

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Planting in fall.

Why You Should Plant in the Fall

Autumn in Missouri is packed full with pumpkins, sweaters, fall colors, and apple cider.  But, one adventure that you should add to your autumn to-do list is a visit to the garden center.  With the warmer days and cooler nights, fall creates the perfect environment for planting.  And, most importantly, for creating root growth.

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What is the biggest cause of hay fever?

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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How to improve your garden

5 Tips to Improve your Garden and Extend its Season

Autumn is the perfect time to plant.  It’s also a great time to re-evaluate your garden and landscape.  It’s the time of year to openly gawk at your garden and ask yourself, what is missing now and what was missing this past summer.  Find out how to improve your garden and extend its season with these 5 tips.

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