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Juneberry: a Small Garden Tree with a Big Effect

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Virtues: The juneberry tree’s small size, early spring flowering, early summer fruit and good fall foliage make it a great choice for the garden. This North American native tree is easy to grow and it benefits wildlife.

Forest Bathing: Yes, It’s a Thing Now

Forest Bathing

Forest bathing does not require water or a bathing suit, nor does it even offer the opportunity for skinny dipping (well, actually, maybe it does but that’s up to you). Forest bathing is the act of entering a forested area and tuning into the sights, sounds, smells and surroundings such that you’re getting a dose of nature that will improve your well-being.

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Care as a Houseplant

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Virtues: Fiddle leaf figs are beloved as houseplants for their large, unique leaves and their sheer size, which makes them a compelling floor plant. With frequent repotting and appropriate care, the fiddle leaf fig is a quick grower that soon …

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Native Fruits for the Edible Landscape

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While something may be “as American as apple pie,” the apple itself is not a native American fruit. For native fruits, plant these trees, shrubs and vines in your garden. Bonus: most can’t be found in the average supermarket!

Pruning Crapemyrtle: How, When and Why

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Pruning crapemyrtles can confound gardeners because there are plenty of bad examples lining the streets of the South (and beyond, with the introduction of hardier crape myrtle varieties). Here are the best strategies for pruning crapemyrtles to encourage better bloom, …

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Natchez Crapemyrtle Stands Apart for Color, Form and Hardiness

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Virtues: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is honoring Natchez crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’) as a Gold Medal Plant this year. Its resistance to powdery mildew, its clean white, heavy flowers and its exfoliating bark set it apart from other crapemyrtles.