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Posted by & filed under Ice melts, Snow & Ice Removal, Uncategorized

  My husband and I have a sacred winter tradition. We wait until the first ice/ snow storm begins and then we rush to our local hardware store to buy ice melt (and usually a new snow shovel ).This year was no exception. As the first raindrops were falling and temperatures were plummeting, we headed …

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Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Fall color, Little Bluestem; Winter Interest, Native Grasses, Uncategorized

Truly a wintertime beauty, Little Bluestem adds appealing color and form to the sometimes bleak winter months.     Native to prairies across the continent, Little Bluestem is easy to grow in well-drained, full sun locations. It does well in a variety of soil types, including dry, shallow, rocky or even clay soils.Typically growing to …

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Posted by & filed under Container Gardening, Design, design process, Holiday Decor, Seasonal pots, Uncategorized, Winter Decorations

  As the colors of summer and fall begin to fade, converting your summer pots to winter displays can brighten the landscape and your spirits.      According to the design staff at Embassy Landscape Group, the possibilities for winter themed pots are endless. A huge combination of materials, living, cut and artificial, are available …

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Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Bird Friendly Shrub, Buttonbush, Native Shrubs, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Rainscaping, Uncategorized

  With fall colors waning, structural drama is grabbing our attention now and the native deciduous shrub Buttonbush is giving an outstanding show.     An excellent rain garden plant, Buttonbush grows in moist, humas rich soil in full sun to part shade locations. It has fragrant white blooms in June and July that attract …

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Posted by & filed under Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Sedges, Shade Gardens, Shade-loving plants, Uncategorized

  Selecting the right plant for your shade garden can be a challenging task, especially if you are new to shade gardening. To get you started, Dan Nelson, lead designer at Embassy Landscape Group, has shared ten of his favorite shade plants with us.     To make the choices even easier, we have divided …

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Posted by & filed under Bees, Butterfly Gardens, Deer Resistant Plants, Diervilla, Native Shrubs, Shade Gardens, Shade-loving plants, Sustainability, Sustainable Landscaping, Uncategorized

  Let’s welcome an unfamiliar face to the fall color spectacular!     Diervilla is a native shrub that seems to have it all. This non-invasive 3 to 4 foot deciduous shrub will thrive in sunny or shady conditions, is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It sports yellow flower clusters all summer long and has superb …

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Posted by & filed under Design, design process, Shade Gardens, Uncategorized

    Ask five “weekend gardeners” to name the plants they would put in a shade garden and you will most likely get a series of sighs and shrugged shoulders and then five variations of hosta, ferns, impatiens and begonias, with possibly a few caladiums thrown into the mix. The overall attitude usually implies that …

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Posted by & filed under Color, Drought tolerant plants, Fall color, Native Trees, Uncategorized

  Revered for their fall color, the maples are putting on quite a fall show of color here in the Midwest.      Although many of the varieties of maples on the market today originated in Asia, there are about 12 varieties that are native to the United States, with the familiar sugar (rock) maple …

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Posted by & filed under Design, design process, Dry gardens, Moss Gardens, Rock gardens, Shade Gardens, Uncategorized, Woodland gardens, Xeric gardens

  Designing a shade garden that is inviting and interesting throughout the entire year takes serious research and planning. As we have previously discussed, you have to thoroughly understand everything about your site  — everything from its ecoregion and soil, climate and native plant communities to the specific types of shade and their locations. Once …

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