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Blue Hollies vs. China Hollies (comparison)

Posted by Dave Morgenroth

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

Where Should Junipers Be Planted?

Posted by Paul Blanche

Juniperus Virginiana "Canaertii"

 

      "The Right Plant For The Right Space"

How important is it to select the right plant for the right place? Just ask my neighbor Fred. Recently he asked, "Hey Paul, why are my hostas always crispy brown and my roses rarely bloom?" Well Fred, I'm glad you asked.....I think.

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Tags: Plants, General, Evergreens, Trees, Shrubs

Heptacodium miconioides-Seven Sons Flower (Review)

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

Fall Blooming Tree-Heptacodium, Seven Sons Flower

Fall is typically the season where everyone is enjoying the changing foliage colors on trees and shrubs in the landscape and there's not much to look at in the way of flowers with the exception of the usual the fall mums and asters and a few other perennials.  But not every plant follows the typical blooming schedule of spring or summer.  Heptacodium miconioides is a distincitive small tree that not only blooms in the fall, but has several other exciting features as well.

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Tags: Plants, Trees, Shrubs

How To Grow Blueberries

Posted by Ryan Hinrichs

How To Grow Blueberries 

There is a trend that keeps on rising and it's growing your own produce in your backyard. People feel a sense of confidence knowing that they produce their own fruits. Growing blueberries fit in with organic gardening due to the seldom use of pesticides to control bugs. Blueberries are a popular choice in home gardening, as long as you know how to grow them. Blueberries grow in zones ranging from three to ten. These plants have bright green leaves and little white flowers in the spring season then turn a reddish-orange color in the fall.

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Tags: Plants, General, 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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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

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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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

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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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs

Why Plant Oakleaf Hydrangeas?

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

Why Plant An Oakleaf Hydrangea?

When was the last time you stumbled upon a specimen Oakleaf (Hydrangea quercifolia)?

Over the years I have often been surprised by the mature Oakleaf within the landscape. It can be found in shady areas and even in full sun. The potted Oakleaf turns into the most interesting plant when added to the landscape. When grown in a pot the Oakleaf's unique features are restrained.  When planted in the ground it develops into a remarkable focal point in the landscape. It is within the landscape that the Oakleaf develops and displays its great attributes of texture, flowers, fall color and exfoliating bark.

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Tags: Plants, General, Shrubs

Are Azaleas Really Hard To Grow?

Posted by Jeff VanBuren

How To Plant And Care For Azaleas

Azaleas are absolutely beautiful while they are blooming, but they probably don’t get used as much as they could because the perception is that they are hard to grow. If you know a few things about Azaleas before you choose to put one in your yard you will probably have a much better success rate than the average person who sees an Azalea blooming, buys it, and just sticks it out in the yard.

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Tags: Plants, General, Shrubs

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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Tags: Plants, Branded Plants, Shrubs