Spring Rejuvenation Of Overgrown Shrubs

I’ve got two questions. First, do you have an overgrown shrub? And second, do you trust me? What I’m about to recommend takes a leap of faith. Many of us have shrubs that have become overgrown in our yards and landscapes. Lilacs, dogwood, spirea, mockorange and potentilla can become less beautiful with age as the…
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Caring For Your Easter Lily

Though white lilies have symbolized Easter for centuries, the large lily popular in homes and churches today is a recent arrival. Native to southern islands of Japan, Lilium longiflorum bulbs were taken to Bermuda in the 1800’s. Louis Houghton, a World War I soldier, took a suitcase of bulbs home to Oregon in 1919 and…
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Which Potting Mix Is Best?

In our gardening visits, I’ve often mentioned the importance of a high quality potting mix. Does it really matter what mix you use, or are they pretty much the same? Let’s go shopping. Notice that some brands are labeled potting mix and some are labeled potting soil. “Soil” has a broad definition, and the terms potting…
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Spring Therapy For Houseplants

We’re not the only ones who catch spring fever; houseplants do also. Plants are a lot like people, and they have more natural intelligence than we give them credit for. Spring is a good example of plant intelligence. As days become longer and light levels increase, plants sense the change and respond. During winter, houseplants often hunker…
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What’s Your Plant Hardiness Zone?

Global warming or global climate change possibly has an up-side. Us Northerners have relocated to a warmer climate, without moving a muscle, and it affects our plant choices.  Let me explain. To assist our country’s 80 million gardeners, the United States Department of Agriculture produces the Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  The map was updated in 2012 for the first time…
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