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Great Roses for Small Spaces

Posted by Chloe Smith

 Roses are an iconic landscape plant, but who has the space? Actually, we all do! With the release of several new series of great roses for small spaces, the beauty of landscape roses can be enjoyed by everyone! 

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Red Flowered Hydrangea: Summer Crush™ & Cherry Explosion (comparison)

Posted by Chloe Smith

 While an art critic would argue that these are not truly red flowers, this deep pink is the closest thing we have to a red hydrangea flower currently on the market. There are two new cultivars in the mix trying to maximize a hydrangea’s red potential. Cherry Explosion was released in 2017 by Star Roses & Plants. Summer Crush will be available in garden centers in 2019 as part of Bailey Nurseries’ Endless Summer® collection. With multiple recent releases, red hydrangeas will be a trending topic for consumers in the next few years.

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Is the Hydrangea Lavalamp™ Series the Next Best Panicle Hydrangea?

Posted by Chloe Smith

This blog post will examine capability of the Hydrangea Lavalamp™ series to excel in a hydrangea saturated market by looking at the expected performance and bloom quality of each variety in the series. For more information regarding these particular varieties of plants, visit www.bloomingeasyplants.com.

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Crapemyrtle vs. Knock Out® Roses (comparison)

Posted by Paul Blanche

Two Great Flowering Shrubs- Crapemyrtle vs. Knock Out® Roses

Two of my favorite flowering shrubs are Knock Out® roses and crape myrtle [lagerstroemia]. It's hard to beat the all season blooms and variety of colors both shrubs provide.

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Which is better Ilex 'Red Sprite' or Ilex Berry Poppins™ (comparison)

Posted by Paul VanOteghem

Ilex ‘Red Sprite vs. Ilex ‘Berry Poppins’

Ilex verticillata, a.k.a. Winterberry is an excellent plant species and in my opinion, way underused.   It is a great choice for the Midwest with a hardiness rating of zones 3-9.  As it is a deciduous Holly, it offers exceptional seasonal interest in the fall and winter after it drops its
leaves, with its persistent bright colored fruit that ripens in late August – September.  The fruit hangs on into mid-winter or even later depending on temperatures and bird populations.  There have been selections made which offer fruit colors ranging from yellow to orange to the typical red.  Winterberry fruit is very beautiful against a backdrop of snow.   The fruit-laden branches are also very desirable for winter cut arrangements. Winterberry lends itself well to mass
planting; is easy to grow; tolerant of full sun or partial shade (better fruit set in full sun); adaptable to a wide variety of soils ranging from light to heavy soils and will thrive in wet areas as well.   The plant can become chlorotic in high pH soils.

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Creating Screens With Limited Space

Posted by Angela Jackson

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

Hydrangea ‘Little Lime’ Vs. Hydrangea ‘Little Lamb’ (Comparison)

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Hydrangea 'Little Lime' Vs. Hydrangea 'Little Lamb' (Comparison)

‘Little Lamb’ Hydrangea and ‘Little Lime’ Hydrangea are two newer varieties of paniculata hydrangeas introduced by Proven Winners over the last few years.  They share a lot of similarities in terms of size, bloom time and sun requirements, yet have some distinctive differences.  Deciding which plant to incorporate into the landscape might be a bit difficult because of the many options of hydrangeas in general, let alone trying to discern among hydrangea varieties that appear to be very similar.  So, here is a basic side by side comparison of both plants.

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What is a Goji Berry?

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

What in the world is a Goji Berry? 

My first experience with the Goji Berry plant came as I walked through a Proven Winner test garden. I was attracted to a weeping plant just loaded with red berries, and I remember thinking, "If these berries are edible and beneficial, this plant has got to be a winner."  As if reading my thoughts, the tour guide pointed to the Goji Berry and explained, "The Goji Berry (or Lycium barbarum) is native to China.  Its fruit is highly regarded as a Super Berry which means it's really good for you.  Its fruit is found in 358 different food products offered in the USA." 

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Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Review and Comparison 

When Ball Ornamentals introduced the Flutterby™ series of buddleia a new set of possibilities emerged as to where these plants can be used.  This series of Buddleia not only offers the attraction of butterflies and hummingbirds, but also offers sizes which can be utilized in just about any part of the landscape. Three of Ball’s introductions include Buddleia Flutterby™, Buddleia Flutterby™ Petite and Buddleia Flutterby™ Flow.  A hardiness zone of 5-9 makes buddleia a good choice for many Midwestern locations. A closer look into each of these varieties will give a good comparison of each plant and suggestions on how to use them in the landscape.

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Drift Roses-Review

Posted by Jacob VanOteghem

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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