Bachelor Buttons – Popular Indoors and Outdoors

Bachelor Buttons

Bachelor buttons are popular as garden plants and cut flowers. Originally found growing wild in the grain fields of Europe, Centaurea cyanus now grows wild all across the northern hemisphere. Their original color is blue (as denoted by its second name, cyanus) but they are now available in dark maroon, red, pink and white. Bachelor buttons are also commonly called …

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Honeysuckle – Prolific Vines and Fragrant Blooms


Honeysuckle vines, belonging to the Lonicera species, are easy to grow, heat-tolerant, vigorous and nearly indestructible. They are commonly used to climb up a trellis, fence, or other framework. Less well known is their use as a ground cover for erosion control. Said to protect your garden from evil, honeysuckle is known as the “love bind” because it symbolizes a …

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Ageratum – Native American Blue-Flowering Annual


Ageratum, also called “flossflowers” are native to Central America and Mexico, although four species are identified as native to the United States. The most commonly grown variety is Ageratum houstonianum. Ageratum is from the Greek “a geras,” which means “non-aging,” most likely referring to the longevity of the flowers. The flowers are fluffy and available in lilac, pink or white, …

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Hydrangeas Can Change from Pink to Blue

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Hydrangeas are those large, bush-type perennials with the giant flower heads in either white, pink, or blue. They’re also called “mophead” or “lacecap.” Fossil records show that hydrangeas grew in North America between 40 and 70 million years ago, and about 25 million years ago in Asia. They bloom in mid to late summer and keep their flowers long after …

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Zucchini – There’s No Stopping Them


Captured a zucchini blossom this morning on a plant that’s barely bigger than a transplant. It’s actually the second one that opened. I missed the first flower—you can see it wilted in the background in the photo at left. Zucchini come on like gangbusters and don’t let up until the weather cools in fall. Stories of grocery bags filled with …

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Ornamental Salvia Grows Where It Wants To


Salvia is a popular flowering plant for urban gardens. With a combination of over 700 annual and perennial species, there’s a type of salvia out there for everyone. They can prolifically reseed themselves, like the ones in the photo at left. These are growing in the cut out area of a sidewalk around the installation of a telephone pole. They …

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Pine and Evergreen – Prune in June

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In Minneapolis today workers hoisted the last steel beam to the top of the new baseball stadium. Attached to the steel beam was a pine tree. The tradition goes back some 1200 years to the Vikings, (somehow appropriate). Scandinavian builders topped off their buildings with a sheaf of grain for the horse of their beloved god, Odin. For his part, …

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Grow Rhododendron and Azalea in Cold Northern Climates

Grooming Rhododendrons

Hardy varieties of spring-blooming rhododendron and azalea grow in cold northern climates. Most varieties of rhododendron are not winter hardy in northern climates, but several varieties being tested at the Landscape Arboretum of the University of Minnesota are showing promise for successful growing in higher latitudes. Azaleas, a deciduous variety of rhododendron, are somewhat hardier, and are the variety of …

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Trellises – Your Garden Structure

Leaf Tower

If you have climbing vines then you have to have a great garden trellis. There is nothing better than experiencing the beauty of a trellis whether it be attached to a wall, within a fence or in your yard or garden. Trellises are the perfect solution for tomato plants, cucumbers and other climbing vegetables as well as roses and the …

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Wood Fencing For Beauty Garden

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There’s just nothing as beautiful as a wooden fence to finish off a wonderful, natural yard. Wood fences have many different cuts, shapes and sizes and set off your yard as traditionally stunning. Combining wood fences with a natural wood arbor or pergola can create that picture perfect yard you have always dreamed of. After installing your fencing choice, plant …

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Your Essential Greenhouse Watering Equipment

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Watering is one of the most important things you will do for your plants and you will need the correct equipment to be able to water effectively and efficiently. We have collected the watering supplies and tools you need to keep your house and patio plants and your garden and yard green, lush, blooming and thriving all season long! From …

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DIY Hydroponics in Four Easy Steps

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Step One – Growbed and Reservoir Preparing the Growbed and Reservoir At the core of our DIY hydroponics system are two heavy duty plastic tubs, one for the growbed and one for the nutrient reservoir. These plastic tubs dont necessarily need to be new but if you do source second hand tubs make sure you know their history and what …

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Different Types of Bird Feeders For Your Garden

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Bird Feeders are such wonderful ways to attract beautiful birds where you can see them up close and personal. They also ensure that some species have the much needed food source they need to survive the cold winter months or long flights when certain species migrate. We have an extensive selection of bird feeders to fit every use and budget, …

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How a Flood and Drain Hydroponics System Works

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There are a number of different methods of hydroponics and each one operates a little differently from the others. Virtually all methods of hydroponics provide better results than growing in soil if well tended but some techniques are higher maintainence than others. We have selected the flood and drain method for our do it yourself hydroponics system because the system …

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How to Start Seedlings For Your Hydroponic System

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Starting seedlings for hydroponics is easy and can be achieved with a minimal investment in time and money. You will need a tub of ice cream, a knife or scalpel, rockwool seedling cubes either cut from a slab or purchased already cut to size and of course some seeds of the plants you would like to grow. For our example …

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