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Planting a vegetable garden is often high maintenance, but with trees and shrubs producing edible crops, one can have a fairly low-maintenance, attractive, edible landscape that’s great for the pollinators – especially honey bees! Planter’s Choice offers a growing selection of fruit trees. Most all are semi-dwarf allowing for ease  Read more
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One of the earliest deliveries in spring are the B&B California Privet and Forsythia. Even though we grow these in convenient 3 gallon containers, the larger sizes help make the 4/5′ grade for installs needing the height. Both are great for low-cost screening and are deer resistant....
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Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of how small the perennials are when they start out in the greenhouse. I took a quick look yesterday and watched them deftly plant the Moonbeam Coreopsis into 21 cell trays. These single, tiny cuttings, under the right conditions, will take about 12 weeks  Read more
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If you are adding to, renovating or starting from scratch, now is the time to get these perennial champs in the ground. Most are in bud and a few have just started to bloom, looking fresh and full in their containers. They make an impact right from the start! Here’s  Read more
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The Astilbe, Hosta and Daylilies are looking great right now. Sylvie, our Perennial Production Supervisor, gave me a tour of the blocks and they’re full and lush! The Astilbe blocks are loaded with over 24 varieties. At the far right he is holding some monster 3 gallon Sum & Substance  Read more
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The Perennials are looking great right now most having emerged from their winter sleep with many early bloomers in flower and others budded up. Perennials with long-lasting color are the backbones of an interesting landscape from perennial borders to containers. There are those that naturally bloom for weeks, however many  Read more
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As you are all well aware this spring has been a challenge with the cool damp weather. Chances are that even when things finally warm up, it’s still going to be damp, where by plant foliage doesn’t dry out and the roots stay far to wet. Under these conditions, vital  Read more
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Carex muskingumensis- Palm Sedge Surprisingly, this native sedge has an exotic palm like appearance. The leaves branch out from the stem resembling the arrangement of a palm with a fine, soft texture. It grows to 20” tall and slowly spreads by rhizomes. It grows best in dappled sun to full shade, but  Read more
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European Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) have been used in formal gardens and parks for centuries, mainly for their symmetrical habit, delicate texture and soil adaptability. The species will grow 40′ high and wide making a beautiful stand alone tree for along commercial buildings and residential properties. But the narrow growing cultivars  Read more
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After giving a number of educational talks this winter, I have once again reminded myself that there is one potentially serious pest that goes largely unnoticed and under-diagnosed in the green industry as a whole – nematodes. Nematodes are microscopic worms that feed largely on roots but sometimes on foliage  Read more
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