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Learn about ways to use blue in your garden, along with some plants you can use that have blue flowers or foliage.
Gardening isn’t just for folks who have large yards. Some of the most creative and beautiful gardens are made in small spaces, where choices are deliberate and plants offer more than just one thing. Others are made with only containers, able to be moved around and regrouped to make the display more dynamic depending on the season. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 10 shrubs that are beautiful or native or tough or have three season interest, and they’re all perfectly sized for containers or small gardens!
Proven Winners is all about trialing plants for years before deciding to add them to our line, and one of the criteria we test for is if the plant will perform well for home gardeners, with ease. For the past several years we have asked a wide range of professionals in our industry to help us select varieties to feature as National Plants of the Year. Here is the collection for 2020, plus three great new introductions that just missed being National Plants of the Year. You can be confident that these low-maintenance plants will surpass your expectations, without much help from you.
Colorful plants that offer sweeping swathes of color are wonderful additions to landscapes. As I well know, filling those large spaces - I have a 60 foot by 8-foot bed where I fill in lots of space with annuals - can get expensive. I love how annuals provide constant, all-summer color and flexibility to change my color scheme. I also enjoy a good deal which is why I often choose fast-growing, wide-spreading annuals that I can depend on to fill the border with color. Here are some of my favorites for adding lots of color with not that many plants.
We all love ‘the hunt’ in spring, the stroll down the garden center aisles, looking left and right for the new plant varieties you’ve been hearing about for months! Then, the excitement of seeing the newest cultivars, putting them in your cart, mentally planning just exactly how you are going to use it…that’s the joy of the season ahead.
Every garden has challenges that you must tackle in order to be successful in creating a beautiful space. Long term, you can make it easier on yourself by choosing durable plants that are well-suited to the area you have in mind.
Does the thought of holiday shopping make you want to pull the blanket over your head until January? Gift giving can be hard on the budget this time of year, but we’ve found five solutions under $30 that every gardener on your list will love. They’re sure to put a little jingle back in your step. The trick is to start now so you won’t be panicked come December.
Even though you may prefer a nicely air-conditioned house in summer, there are plenty of hardy plants that thrive in the heat outdoors. Let’s take a closer look at ten of our favorites for your hot, dry landscape.
Finding plants that will thrive all summer long in hot, dry climates can be challenging. These plants are great options to consider for your containers and landscape.
You’ve selected a beautiful ornamental grass to add to your landscape. Now, what should you plant with it? Here are ten ideas for perfect pairings.