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Dahlias Don’t Dig Winter

If you dig dahlias, better dig them up.


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Dry Summer Means More Watering Before Winter

Anything newly-planted this year – including trees, shrubs, and perennials – needs regular deep watering until they can grow long roots.


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Flower Show Drama: More Is Better

To replicate a lot of that Flower Show drama, plant many more of the same thing. Don’t plant just one or two when 10 will do just as nicely.


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Putting Plantings Away For Winter

The only annuals I still have outside are those stuck in containers that I keep out all year. The others, I’ve finally ‘put to bed’.


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Plan Your Plantings

Thinking ahead is a skill worth developing before you plant anything more than an annual – trees, shrubs or perennials – that you want to enjoy for years to come.


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Splattered Plants Should Serve As A Reminder

So, that’s why they say to pinch back plants by the Fourth of July! Because if you don’t – they can open up in the middle like an elephant sat on them.


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A Bloomin’ Good Reason To Deadhead

The dead of summer is the season of deadheading – that’s the habit of taking off the old flowers from an annual, perennial or shrub as they wither. Why bother?


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Monarda Is No Sweat In Summer

One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.


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Time For Planting

The hopeful time before the gardening season really gets started is one of the best parts – planning things out in your head. But now it’s time to stop planning and start planting!


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Patriotic Plantings

Planting a flag of flowers for Memorial Day weekend gives you a great display for all our patriotic holidays through the summer.


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Not Too Late For Plant Sales

Say, are there any more of those cool little plant sales going on this weekend? Why, yes, there are!


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Salvaging Your Garden After The Storm

Where do you start? After a big storm, downed trees obviously need your attention, but what about your garden?


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Refreshing Your Garden

First everything bloomed early, then it got incredibly hot and a lot of plants just plain fried. Now you’ve got browned leaves, spent stems that withered and flopped, and perennials that pooped out weeks ago. Give them a haircut.


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Buy Spring Bloomers In The Summer

Get out to your local nursery and shop now for perennials that may be past their prime in the dead of summer, but will fill your garden with all kinds of amazing colors when they bloom again next spring.


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Add Annuals To Your Garden For More Fireworks

The best flower displays are like great fireworks shows – lots of color all at once and too much is never really enough. So when early bloomers die down, add some colorful annuals to continue the show.