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Top 5 Over-used Landscape Plants

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Top 5 Over-used Landscape Plants and Possible Replacements

Driving around looking at landscapes (both old and new) can become quite boring. Same plants used over and over again. This is usually because they are low-maintenance or flower a long time. Both of which I understand, but there are some great alternatives. 

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Tags: Plants, General

Perennial Creeping Phlox-Review

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 Review of Perennial Creeping Phlox

My Grandma was an avid gardener. She kept an immaculate, huge vegetable garden and some small fruits. She wasn’t very much into the landscape/ ornamental part. The ornamental part she did great (besides her handful of hybrid tea roses) were bulbs and phlox. The tulips, daffodils, alliums, and crocus flowering above the sea of flowering creeping phlox was so refreshing after the long winter. I always wanted to transplant her bulbs and phlox to my yard, but seeing them where she planted them brings a smile to my face every spring. 

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Tags: Plants, Perennials, Spring

First Editions Hibiscus-Review of New Varieties

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Analyzing usage and needs for spring

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Analyzing Usage And Needs For Spring

Before you lock up the garden center untill spring or leave on that vacation, take some time to plan next year. Late fall is a great time to prepare for the crazy spring that will be here before you know it. Brainstorm with your sales team- what worked well, what didn’t go over well, how can you improve certain events, what are some new things you can do to draw customers into your location etc.

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Tags: General, Fall, Spring

What Are The Best Shrubs With Great Fall Color-Reviews

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When selecting shrubs for fall color, Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is automatic. But let’s be honest the shrub is rather boring to look at the rest of the year. There are several shrubs with great fall color that add interest to the landscape through out the growing season. The following are some multi- season performers. 

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Tags: Plants, Shrubs, Fall