Forsythia, Forsythia spp.

As one of the first shrubs to flower, the showy yellow flowers of forsythia are the ultimate symbol of spring in many places. This tough, early-blooming, medium-sized shrub does well in the urban landscape, but does have some drawbacks. Learn more about forsythia in this article…

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Garden Calendar for February, 2017

Although February weather can be dull and gray, this month has two holidays celebrated by gardeners as well as a few other people. Groundhog Day on February 2nd predicts the start of spring even though it officially always starts in 6 weeks even if the weather is none too spring-like.  Read more in this month’s gardening calendar.

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Winter Pruning

Almost all plants need some type of maintenance, and trees and shrubs are no exception. These woody plants will generally be healthier and more attractive if pruned appropriately. The best time for pruning deciduous trees and shrubs is in the winter, when they are leafless. To learn more about pruning trees and shrubs, read this article…

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Daphne xburkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’

If you want a medium-sized shrub with fragrant flowers in spring and attractive, variegated foliage the rest of the growing season, consider ‘Carol Mackie’ daphne. This mound-shaped shrub is covered in intoxicatingly scented flowers in late spring. To learn more about this  low-maintenance plant, read this article…

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Pea-Staking

Don’t like the look of metal or plastic stakes, but you need to offer some support for a few floppy annuals or perennials? How about using prunings from your yard or elsewhere to do the job in an informal way? Learn more about this time-honored technique…

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Espalier

Are you interested in getting higher yields of fruit, want a fruit tree but don’t have space for a regular-sized one, or just want an interesting pruned plant as a focal point in your garden? There is a horticultural technique involving pruning and training that can accomplish all of these goals. Read this article to learn more about the classic technique of espalier…

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Winter Aconite, Eranthis hyemalis

This early spring bloomer produces bright yellow flowers close to the ground. This plant in the buttercup family is one of the earlierst “bulbs” to bloom in spring. It’s actually not a true bulb, but a tuberous perennial. It is right at home in rock gardens, flower beds and woodland gardens. To find out more about this pretty harbinger of spring, read this article… 

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Landscaping In Spite of Black Walnuts

Black walnut trees can have a dramatic, negative affect on certain plants. Black walnut trees, and a few other types of trees, produce a chemical called juglone that causes wilting, yellowing of leaves and sometimes the death of susceptible plants. To learn more about juglone toxicity and which plants are suceptible, read this article…

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