Lantana: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick by Jo Ann Prieto, horticulturist and seasonal color specialist.   Lantana   “A great, sturdy heat tolerant plant that can be used en mass in the landscape and in pots as trailers.”       Each bloom a living rainbow for the garden, lantana adds a playful zest to …

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Reduce Stress — Take A Nature Break

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By Sandra Nelson   With grocery store shelves emptying, schools closing, layoffs increasing, hospitals warning of patient overload, large public gatherings being banned and repeated pleas for extended periods of self-quarantine, the world is becoming a scary place. Every newscast, every online article and even our Facebook posts revolve around the pandemic and its sweeping …

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Calla Lilies: A Must Have For Your Garden

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  By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick was submitted by an anonymous staff member at Embassy Landscape Group. Calla Lilies   “Peaceful…an almost indescribable peacefulness…” Simple elegance; calm, stately beauty;  exotic other-worldly grace   —  just a few of the ways that the calla lily has been described by those who love them.   Not …

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English Cottage Gardens  — The Original Rambunctious Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   Although it was never called by name, in retrospect I realize that my grandmother’s wild and free style of gardening that I talked about last week  — her rambunctious garden — was her personal version of what we would call an English cottage garden.      Cottage gardens can be traced …

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Lily of the Valley: A Must Have For Your Garden

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  By Sandra Nelson       Today’s pick is by Shawn Eptig,     Lily of the Valley   I’ve heard it said that this is the fragrance of heaven.       Straight from your grandmother’s garden, the familiar lily of the valley is a hardy ground cover for shady spots. Masses of …

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Connect To The Past With Heirloom Plants

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By Sandra Nelson         My grandmother was famous in our neighborhood for her rambunctiously beautiful flower gardens. To my knowledge, she never purchased a commercially produced seed or plant. Instead, each fall she carefully collected and saved seeds from her favorite flowers, dug summer bulbs and took some cuttings to grow on …

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Virginia Sweetspire: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Philip Grubb, Horticulturist   Virginia Sweetspire     Graceful in the spring, fragrant in the summer, striking in the fall and structural in the winter, this native deciduous shrub is truly an all-season plant. Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) is easily grown in moist, well-drained soil, making …

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Spring Clean-Up, The Environmentally Friendly Way

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 By Sandra Nelson   We had a quick taste of spring this past weekend.    It was warm and sunny and people in our neighborhood were out in full force taking advantage of the beautiful days to begin their spring yard clean-up. Leaves were raked and bagged, perennials chopped back to the ground, trees were …

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Bloomerang Lilac — A Must Have For Your Garden

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    This week’s pick is by Art Hayzlett, Irrigation Service Manager   Bloomerang Lilac       If you’re longing for the sweet scent of lilacs all summer long, then the reblooming Bloomerang Lilac could be the answer. At only 4 feet tall, this easy to grow variety is suitable for foundation plantings, hedges, …

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