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  • Attracting Hummingbirds

    Attracting Hummingbirds   Gardening for Hummingbirds Hummingbirds have delighted birdwatchers for centuries. Their bright, iridescent colors, rapid flight and the ability to hover are a few of the traits that make hummingbirds unique. Such high-energy movement requires that they feed every ten to fifteen minutes. Natural foods consist of nectar, small insects and [...] Read Full Article
  • Succulent Containers

    Containers filled with succulent plants are fun, easy, and eye catching! Step 1: Choose a container - You can plant succulents in any type of container that has good drainage. Glazed pottery, terra cotta pots, wooden boxes and even wreath forms are great vessels for a succulent garden.  Step 2: E.B. Stone [...] Read Full Article
  • Cool Coneflowers for Hot Gardens

    Coneflowers - Echinacea Coneflowers have long been a summertime favorite of gardeners, birds and butterflies. They are low water plants that are great for waterwise gardening. And, they thrive in the summer heat. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the flower nectar. They make great - long, lasting cut flowers to bring indoors [...] Read Full Article
  • Five Waterwise Flowers

    Your yard doesn't have to look like the desert landscape to have a low-maintenance and waterwise garden. You can have a garden that is full of beautiful summer flowering plants that is waterwise. These 5 plants will bloom year after year requiring little maintenance.   Coneflower - This hearty perennial is a [...] Read Full Article
  • Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Peppers - How Hot are They? The Scoville Scale, named for it's creator Wilbur Scoville, measures the heat of peppers and other spicy foods. Some peppers such as bell peppers are quite mild with nearly no heat, while others like the Banana pepper have a mild amount of heat. Want [...] Read Full Article
  • National Blueberry Month

    Blueberry Month July is National Blueberry Month. It's a great time to celebrate this super fruit! Plant blueberries in your garden and you can pick fresh blueberries for all your summer entertaining.   Benefits of Growing Blueberries Blueberries have many benefits. They are a wonderful landscape plant. They have bell-shaped white flowers in the [...] Read Full Article
  • Citrus

    Growing Citrus in the Home Garden Benefits of Citrus Growing your own citrus at home will not only provide you with fresh, tasty fruit, it will also save you money at the grocery store. You might have noticed the price of limes going up lately. We are currently experiencing a lime shortage [...] Read Full Article
  • Tomatoes for Specific Uses

    Tomatoes for Specific Uses Whether you crave tomato sandwiches, fresh tomatoes on your salad, or love to make your own homemade tomato sauce, home-grown tomatoes make all your favorite dishes taste better. And, choosing the best tomato for your favorite recipes is made easy with our chart showing the best tomato [...] Read Full Article
  • Happy Hummingbirds

    This little guy was spotted in one of our garden centers recently.    There's something so exciting about seeing hummingbirds in your backyard. They are beautiful as they dart around from flower to feeder. The dance they perform is unlike any other backyard bird. Attracting them to your garden is fairly easy. You'll have [...] Read Full Article
  • Fantastic Fuchsias

      Fantastic Fuchsias The beautiful dainty flowers of Fuchsias have an elegant and magical appearance. Their colorful, sculptural flowers add lots of color to shady areas. They also attract hummingbirds, providing nectar for them.   Fuchsia Forms There are two forms of Fuchsias:  upright-growing forms and arching types.  The upright-forms are the newer types which [...] Read Full Article
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  • Annuals & Perennials

    Read tips and advice for growing annuals and perennials in your garden.

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  • Edible Gardening

    Click to read more about different types of edible gardens and how to start your own!

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  • Trees & Shrubs

    Learn more about the best trees and shrubs for your yard and the best practices for caring for specific trees and shrubs.

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  • Garden Care

    Read tips and advice for general garden care.

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  • Indoor Gardening

    Ideas for best enjoying an indoor garden.

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  • Holidays

    Ideas for holiday decor and gifts!

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  • Container Gardening

    Learn about container gardening with articles on making your own container garden, caring for container gardens and more!

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  • Shade Gardening

    Learn the best tips for shade gardening!

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  • Birds & Butterflies

    Ideas for attracting birds & butterflies to your garden.

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  • Garden Design

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  • Outdoor Living

    Tips and ideas for enjoying some outdoor living.

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