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Jacob VanOteghem

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Potted Plant Perpetrator

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Best Practices For Growing Container Plants

Why is my plant dying!!!!????  Ever had this problem?  You venture out to your local garden center, not a big-box store (sorry, I had to), and you buy yourself a cute, little container plant.  You get a pot, buy fertilizer, and put it all together in the perfect spot in your home. Then it dies.  Yes, it dies.  After all the love, fertilizer, and water you showered this plant with, it just up and craps out on you.  It’s a tale too often told, but I swear, it can be prevented.  If you do your research and learn about your plant’s likes/dislikes and requirements, and you follow the basic guidelines I’m about to teach you; you can be spared of this heartache and frustration.

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Tags: Plants, General

Karl Foerster Grass Vs. Overdam Grass (comparison)

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Karl Foerster Vs. Overdam

Ornamental grasses are like the shy kid at the back of the bus.  They often time—like the shy guy—get ignored when homeowners are landscaping because they are too distracted by trees, shrubs, and annuals (to continue the analogy…jocks, hipsters, and the pretty girls).  But guess what? That shy kid is awesome and so are ornamental grasses.  And that’s where this terrible analogy ends.

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Tags: Plants, Perennials

What Are The Benefits of Trees

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Trees Work

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Tags: Plants, General, Trees, Environmentally Friendly

Drift Roses-Review

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Best Groundcover Roses?

The story goes like this.  The Drift® Rose prototype was introduced roughly 20 years ago.  However, it was considered too small for commercial use and to be honest was ignored due to the ever-successful Knockout series.  Although it performed excellently in trials, there wasn’t a place for this little guy in the market.  Times have changed and there is now a growing demand for these great miniature groundcover roses.  They were released regionally in 2007, full scale in 2008, and have been growing in popularity ever since.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

First Editions® Crape Myrtles (Review)

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Review of First Editions® Crape Myrtle

First Editions® has released several new varieties of Crape Myrtles (developed by Plant Introductions Inc) this season, four of which we wish to highlight.  These new cultivars fit into two size categories: dwarf (under 5’) and mid-sized (5-10’),  as opposed to the majority of Crape Myrtles ranging from 15-20’.  Some noteworthy features of these shrubs are their heavily flowered, compact habit, disease resistance, and the potential for a rebloom in late summer / early fall.  Many of these varieties have the ability to produce a second bloom if the old, faded blooms are “deadheaded” (cut off) at the appropriate time.

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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs