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Bald Cypress
Taxodium distichum

Learn about the Bald Cypress in this plant profile video.

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Stop the Vampires!
Gardening Practices to keep mosquitoes down in your yard

Besides ruining a day in the yard, certain mosquitoes can transmit West Nile and other diseases in their quest for the blood needed to produce eggs. In fall, mosquitoes mate and the males die. The females spend the cold months hidden in protected places, such as hollow logs and in the cracks of buildings. So it is a good practice to clean up debris and caulk buildings in fall.

>> read “Stop the Vampires!”    
Daylily
Hemerocallis

Daylilies have been called the “perfect perennial.” They grow in a variety of hardiness zones, soil types, and pH ranges. Sunlight and adequate drainage are the main requirements for daylily success.

>> read “Daylily”    
Make the Best of the Shade Garden

The secret to growing a healthy, easy care garden is finding the right plant for the right place. And, nowhere is that more important than in a shade garden. The first thing to access is how much sun the plants will actually get. And that can vary in different parts of garden.

In a part-shade garden, the area may get direct sun for a few hours a day and than the sunlight is filtered through leaves for several hours. If the total sunlight equals four hours of sun a day, part shade plants will thrive there. However, if all or part of the garden gets only filtered sun, that area is a true shade garden.

>> read “Make the Best of the Shade Garden”    
Deadly Rose Rosette Disease Moves Across the Country

Rose gardeners throughout the country need to be vigilant in watching for the symptoms of an increasingly common problem known as rose rosette disease.

>> read “Deadly Rose Rosette Disease Moves Across the Country”    
Caladiums
caladium bicolor

Learn about Caladiums in this plant profile video.

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Downsizing the Garden

Gardening and downsizing: two words that are rarely, if ever, used in the same sentence. However, Shirley Gibson, has taken the transition from a large splendid home with formal cutting, floral and vegetable gardens, groomed orchards with planned fields filled with native plantings, to a smaller villa style “Visiting Garden.” A senior residential community, where homes have limited space for gardens and patios, was where she graciously invited me to interview her.

>> read “Downsizing the Garden”    
Take a Load Off
The four C’s of a great hammock garden

Creating space for grace is truly the dream of every gardener, even if the gardener never verbalizes such a goal. With every vigorous day of digging, building, designing, and planting, the intrinsic goal of the gardener is to have a spot of earth that is beautiful with an element of functionality whether it be a beauty for beauty’s sake or beauty combined with utility as in an edible landscape, or both.

>> read “Take a Load Off”    
Second and Third Season Pointers

There is nothing I like more than being out in my vegetable garden in late March and April, working my soil in anticipation of a bountiful harvest. Temperatures at that time are usually splendid and I have no problem enjoying one of my favorite pastimes. As I fast-forward several months into the summer, my enthusiasm begins to wane as 90-degree days and high humidity begin to plague me. Not only do I have a problem staying active in such unbearable temperatures, but my plants always seem to be suffering as well. While many gardeners throw in the towel during the hottest part of summer and recline back in their air-conditioned homes, there is still an opportunity and possibility to extend your harvest season all the way until the cooler months of fall.

>> read “Second and Third Season Pointers”    
A Bit About Bees

You can try this at home! Growing bee-friendly plants is one way to help increase the bee population. Another way is to actually raise bees.

>> read “A Bit About Bees”    
Invincibelle Spirit II Hydrangea
Hydrangea arborescens ‘NCHA2’

Invincibelle Spirit II is a notable improvement over the original Invincibelle Spirit. It is a much stronger grower, with sturdier stems, darker green foliage and brighter blooms. Rich pink flowers are produced on new growth from midsummer until frost, maturing to an attractive shade of green. The dried blooms are lovely in long lasting bouquets.

>> read “Invincibelle Spirit II Hydrangea”    
Cuttings: An easy way to get more plants

If you have a plant you would like to share with someone or just make more of, now is a good time to take cuttings. In spring, the longer days and increased sunlight awaken our houseplants from their winter slumber. They push new growth, making it the optimal time to take cuttings.

>> read “Cuttings: An easy way to get more plants”    
 
 
 

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