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Creating Screens With Limited Space

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Using Evergreens For Screening A Small Space

Arborvitae North PoleTM—Thuja occidentalis ‘Art Boe’ P.P.A.F.

This columnar Arborvitae is a great tree for narrow hedges, small gardens and accent plantings.  North PoleTM, a selection of the Arborvitae o. ‘Hetz Wintergreen’, has a superior resistance to winter burn and exhibits excellent cold-hardiness.  The year-round deep green foliage keeps its branching down to the ground as it ages.   With a width of 5 to 7 feet, this tree slowly reaches 12 to 14 feet high.  It has a naturally symmetric, conical habit.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Evergreens, Shrubs

How To Create Displays In The Garden Center

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Creating Attractive, Yet Effective Product Displays in Garden Centers

Attractive product displays can entice shoppers in, welcome a season, announce new items
or promote slow moving ones. Successful retailers tailor their designs to appeal to current customers while attracting new customers.  The display is there to create an environment that will inspire consumers and reflect the positive attributes that our industry offers.  Garden  Center retailers rely on the visual impact of garden displays to generate sales.  It is important to not let the display overshadow the product. 

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Tags: General

American Bittersweet-First Editions® Autumn Revolution™

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American Bittersweet-First Editions® Autumn Revolution™

Perfect Flower—is a term that is used to describe a flower with both male and female parts.  There are species of plants that have only female or only male flowers on each plant.  As we know, one needs a male and a female holly planted near each other for the female to have berries. 

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Flowering Quince- Review of New Varieities

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Flowering Quince- Review of New Varieities

Add color to a spring garden with a modern variety of a classic plant

It is the middle of March in my St. Louis area garden and signs of spring starting to emerge.  Hellebores have been blooming for weeks and my neighbor’s October Glory maple tree buds have taken on a beautiful red color.  I planted red and orange flower quince of the Proven Winners Double TakeTM  Series (Chaenomeles speciosa) to add to my garden’s spring color pallet.  Although the buds are very tight yet this spring, I know the double, velvety rich color flowers will be brightening our cool spring days very soon.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’ Castle Spire® Blue Holly (Review)

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Ilex x meserveae ‘Hachfee’ Castle Spire® Blue Holly

The Ilex Castle Spire® is handsome year-round and spectacular when laden with fruit.  This variety of dwarf, pyramidal, blue holly is an introduction from Germany from a cross of Ilex aquitolium ‘Pyramidalis' and Ilex x meserveae 'Blue Prince'.  The most noticeable improvement for this Proven Winners® selection is the symmetrical branching and shiner leaf.  It makes a great foundation or hedge plant, or a dramatic statement as a specimen plant.

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Tags: Plants, Evergreens, Shrubs

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'—Review/Rating

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Hydrangea quercifolia 'Pee Wee'--A Mosaic of Color

A great shrub for winter interest is the Oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).  The cultivar ‘Pee Wee’ is one of my favorite garden plants.  It has a more compact habit than the species with smaller leaves and smaller flower panicles, and less suckering.  Planted on an eastern exposure, under the partial shade of a Japanese maple, it has grown 4 feet high and 4-5 feet wide.   

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Tags: Plants, Shrubs

Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) Review

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Acer griseum-A Handsome All Season Tree

Acer griseum (Paperbark Maple) has many attributes that make it a must for every garden.  It is a slow growing tree of small stature that fits in well next to a patio or driveway.   It is attractive year round.  The most notable feature is the cinnamon-color exfoliating bark.  Contrasting against a new fallen snow, this rich warm bark is a welcome contribution to a winter garden. 

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Tags: Plants, Trees