Plants

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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.

Summer Sun Heliopsis Is a Great False Sunflower

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Virtues:  False sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) are great perennials for adding bulk to the border, providing long-lasting color and drawing bees and butterflies. We love the selection Summer Sun for its height, strong stems and its ruffly golden flowers that can …

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.

Blue Puffball Chastetree Fits Small Gardens

Blue Puffball chastetree

Virtues:  Small-space gardeners will delight in Blue Puffball chastetree (Vitex agnus castus ‘PIIVAC-II’ or Blue Puffball). This long-blooming shrub stays short and compact, making it an easy addition to city gardens or tight corners in established beds and borders. Flowers …

Stunning Silver Plants for Dry Times

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Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant. 

Lure Hummingbirds With Salvia Summer Jewel White

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Virtues: ‘Summer Jewel White’, an award-winning tender salvia, draws hummingbirds, bees and butterflies with its tubular flowers. Meanwhile its compact size and pure white color makes it an easy addition to garden beds and containers alike. This ornamental sage makes …