Roses are Our Favorites
by TC Conner

It’s been New York’s state flower since 1955, Georgia declared it as their emblematic flower in 1916, North Dakota and Iowa calls it their flower, and Ronald Reagan officially made it our national flower on November 20, 1986.   >> read article
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Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away
by Linda Wiggen Kraft

Rainwater harvesting is one of the easiest ways gardeners can help save money and create beauty in their garden, while at the same time helping the environment.   >> read article
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Let’s Stop Pruning with “Shear” Ignorance
by Bonnie Lee Appleton

What’s one of the most obvious and common mistakes made in landscapes anywhere in the southern U.S.? Improper pruning or excessive shearing (though it’s stretching the definition of pruning) of shrubs. Nothing jumps out of a landscape faster than a once graceful, natural-form shrub that has been sheared into a mathematician’s delight – be it round, square, pyramidal or rectangular. From a horticultural standpoint, unnecessary, form-damaging shearing of shrubs is almost as criminal as the topping of trees.   >> read article
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Keeping Caladiums
Getting Them Ready for Next Year
by Allen Owings

Caladiums generally begin to decline in late September or October, and then it’s time to decide what you want to do with them. If the bed where the caladiums are planted will stay relatively undisturbed and continue to drain well, you may have luck by simply leaving the caladium tubers in the ground. Keep the area mulched this winter to protect the tubers. If your ground doesn’t freeze, they will probably survive and come back up next year and provide a beautiful display.   >> read article
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Plant Your Spring Lawn Now
by Stacey Mollus

Next May, wouldn’t you love to have the best looking-lawn in your neighborhood? If your answer is yes, you need to begin by overseeding now. It is hard to believe that putting seed down now will make that big of a difference six months from now, but it does.   >> read article
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A Hotbed of Ideas
Try These Flowerbed Ideas In Your Own Landscape
by Anita Stamper

Try These Flowerbed Ideas In Your Own Landscape   >> read article
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Max Bloom
Tips to Extend the Bloom of 15 Favorite Garden Flowers
by Alan Branhagen

Continuous bloom is always a hot topic among gardeners. Here are several ideas and techniques that can help you extend the bloom time of your beloved plants.   >> read article
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Flowers that bridge the gap between summer and fall
by Carol Michel

August is a tough month in many gardens. The blooms of June and July are fading and the asters and mums, traditionally associated with autumn, are not yet flowering. Depending on the year, August can be hot and dry and even the hardiest blooms can appear to be faded, like an old house dress hung out week after week to dry in the sun.   >> read article
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