Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Deer-proof Bulbs for the Shade Garden

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Virtues:  We love this mix of five spring-flowering bulbs from Colorblends. The Woodland Blend combines five different early-blooming, mostly deer-proof bulbs that stand up to squirrels and rabbits, too. They also survive shade, provided they receive sun in early spring. …

Fall Flowers and Plants That Aren’t Mums

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In many areas, mums are the go-to for fall color in the garden and containers. For something a little less expected, try these annuals that stand up to cool temperatures and come in colors suited for autumn.

Flower Bulb Design Made Foolproof

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Before you plant your spring-blooming bulbs this fall, make a simple flower bulb design plan that will guard against disappointment, blank spaces and awkward phases come spring. Follow these easy design tips.

Can You Plant Arborvitae in the Fall?

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In general, fall is the best season to plant shrubs (among most other types of plants, too). Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule, and many gardeners seem to count arborvitae among them.

Propagate Tender Perennials With This Trick

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The end of the summer doesn’t mean that cold-winter gardeners have to say goodbye to tropical plants and tender perennials. Even better, with this trick you won’t need to rearrange your whole house to accommodate large tropicals for the winter.