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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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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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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What are elderberry?

The Beautiful World of Elderberry

Plant Profile:  Sambucus

There are times when you need the perfect and unique plant in your garden.  A plant that displays a spectacular trifecta of sheer wonderfulness:  *Delicate yet sturdy flowers that turn into lovely and, in many cases, edible fruit.  *Color that shines without ostentation.  *A soft texture that belies its true strength.

Oh, you may think that this perfect plant doesn’t exist, but it does my gardening friends, and it goes by the name Sambucus.  And did I mention they are deer resistant?