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Blue Hollies vs. China Hollies (comparison)

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Blue Prince and Princess Hollies vs. China Boy and China Girl Hollies-Which Variety Is Better??

Blue Prince/Blue Princess Hollies, and China Boy/China Girl Hollies are part of the group of Meserve Hybrid Hollies first bred nearly 40 years ago. They are broadleaf evergreens and have found an important place, as well as continue to play an outstanding role in landscape plantings. Blue Prince/Blue Princess Hollies, and China Boy/China Girl Hollies have similar characteristics, yet differ from each other in many ways.

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Tags: Plants, Evergreens, Shrubs

How To Improve Your Home's Landscaping Curb Appeal

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Why Is Curb Appeal Important?

We have all driven by homes in our neighborhoods that really standout among most of the other properties in the area. They seem to have it all together, with just the right blend of color, variety, and visual interest. They have curb appeal!

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Tags: General

What's An Exbury Azalea? (Review)

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Exbury Azalea Review

Anyone desiring showy, deciduous, spring-flowering plants is in for a real treat with a planting of Exbury Hybrid azaleas.

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Tags: Plants, Shrubs

Best Roses for Small Spaces (Review)

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Drift Roses-Great Landscape Plants for Smaller Spaces

The Drift series of roses has been developed as a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses. They are naturally dwarf, typically growing to be 2-3' wide and 1 1/2 ' in height. The roses appear to be winter hardy to zone 4, and have good disease resistance. They are best suited for a sunny location, in a well-drained soil. They tend to re-flower several times throughout the growing season, with deadheading or light-pruning recommended in order to encourage more flowering.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Symphoricarpos orbiculatus (Coralberry)--Review

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Symphoricarpos orbiculatus    (Coralberry)

Coralberry is a 2-4’ tall sprawling deciduous shrub, native to Illinois, belonging to the Honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae. It tends to re-establish itself and spread in the landscape through a woody branching taproot, and will often re-root where a node of a branch touches the ground. Coralberry has a dense growth habit, and provides great winter cover for birds and other small animals. The stems of the plant tend to be covered with strips of loose shaggy bark. It is very adaptable from shady to partially sunny areas, moist to dry locations, and in a wide range of soil types.

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Tags: Plants, Shrubs

What are the Best Qualities of Winter King Hawthorn? (Review)

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Best Qualities of Winter King Green Hawthorn (Crataegus viridis ‘Winter King’ )

I had the opportunity to grow this plant several years ago, and it has always been one of my favorite ornamental trees, as it has several great qualities.

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Tags: Plants, Trees