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Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Buddleia (butterfly bush)

“Why isn’t my plant showing any signs of life when everything else in my yard is?” you start to wonder. “Is it dead?”

Have you ever seen a rose looking a little bit…weird? It could have rose rosette disease. Here’s our FAQ on the problem, what to do if you get it, and how you can prevent it.

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Jennifer Olson, Oklahoma State University, Bugwood.org
 

Comfort Zone

Spring is the most active time to be in the garden. Using all the pent-up energy we’ve accrued over winter, let’s head outdoors to clean out and prepare our garden beds, repair hardscaping, do a little pruning and moving, and start the growing season off right. Here are ten things you can do to launch the spring season successfully.

Winter is certainly the time to dream, plan and prepare for next year’s garden, but there are a number of tasks you can do out in the garden to keep it growing well through the winter months. Let’s take a look at ten ways to maintain your green thumb through the coldest time of year.

This article goes over techniques for overwintering plants that must remain green and growing through the winter.

Wine & Roses Weigela

Though pruning shrubs strikes fear into the hearts of many, it is actually a simple and rewarding process. All you need to do to master it is to understand a few basic principles behind the why, when, and how of pruning shrubs.

Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose

For many home gardeners, it’s not the lack of desire to work in the garden, but the lack of time to do the work. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on your patio, look out into your lush landscape, and know that the shrubs you’ve planted are growing beautifully all on their own? By choosing low maintenance varieties, it’s easy to realize that dream. Here are five top-rated shrubs you’ll love to grow.

Today’s busy gardeners want and need low maintenance landscapes. They desire a beautiful yard but often don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look they want. Do them a favor and offer these low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs to guarantee their success.

Don’t wish away winter too soon. Cold weather is great for plants. Here’s how to handle mid-winter warm spells in your garden.

I am once again writing about my garden each month. You'll get to see the good and the bad, after all gardening is a different adventure every year.

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