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What is an Ornamedible?

The term “ornamedible” is picking up steam with today’s gardeners and you might be wondering what it actually means. Ornamedible is a plant that combines both ornamental and edible qualities into one – something you might grow primarily for one use or the other, but ultimately fulfills both roles. You might also think of it

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How to Grow Hydrangeas in Planters

Let’s Dance® Blue Jangles® and Rave® hydrangeas are just the right size for showcasing in patio containers. They are paired here with Supertunia® petunias, Superbena® verbena, Diamond Frost® euphorbia and Catalina® torenia. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners. If this looks like your dream patio, read on to find out how to grow hydrangeas in patio

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We Built a Butterfly House!

Here in West Michigan, the “Butterflies are Blooming” event at our local botanical garden is one of the biggest attractions every year in late winter. So, we thought, why not build a butterfly house right here at Garden Crossings? We love watching butterflies and grow many of the nectar and host plants they need, so

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5 Tips for Starting a Garden with Your Kids

If you were lucky enough to have plenty of outdoor time when you were young, think about how those experiences shaped your life going forward. You love having time to spend out in your garden now, whether it’s just a few minutes to harvest the peppers you’ll be using in tonight’s dinner or a few

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5 Ways to Make Your Garden Feel More Tropical

When I visit southern Florida, there’s always one simple pleasure I look forward to — exiting the airport doors and stepping out into the warm, humid air for the first time. There’s an instant rush of oxygen as I take in the lush plantings around me. Things I’ve only grown as small houseplants overflow in

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10 Ideas for Cozy Outdoor Spaces

When summer arrives, we want to spend every moment we can soaking up the sunshine and fresh air. Instead of being couped up in front of the TV at night, we move our living spaces out onto our decks or under our pergolas and build a fire in the outdoor fireplace. If you’re looking for

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5 Award Winning Plants Everyone Should Grow

As a confessed plant lover, I want them all—every beautiful plant I see at the garden center wants desperately to come home with me and I am happy to accommodate. That is, until I run out of room in my garden. To have ten acres of open land and an unlimited budget to collect all

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Which Supertunia Is the Best Fit for Me?

With so many amazing flowers to choose from, including dozens of vibrant Supertunias, how do you decide which ones are best for you? Supertunias are all petunias but they vary quite a bit in size and habit. Their names hold a clue as to how they grow. Let’s take a closer look at all the

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Why Innovative Plant Breeding Makes Such a Difference

Plant breeders work every day to refine the plants we love to grow in our gardens. They are passionate about developing new varieties that offer desirable traits like greater disease resistance, a longer bloom time, and that are easier to grow. If you gave up planting something years ago because it had an undesirable trait,

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10 New Perennials for Your Sunny Landscape

Spring Bling™ Hybrid Creeping Phlox Ring in the spring season with these early blooming groundcover phlox! If you’ve ever grown creeping phlox, then you know how much joy they bring to the landscape after a long winter. They form a carpet of vibrant blooms that welcome back pollinating bees and butterflies into the garden. This

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10 Best New Shrubs This Year

We love shrubs! We love growing them in our greenhouses, we love offering unique varieties to our customers, and we love them in our own home landscape. We get as excited as you to see what’s new, and this year’s batch of new shrubs from Proven Winners® ColorChoice® contains some trulyextraordinary plants. Here are ten

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ALLIUM MILLENIUM ONION ORNAMENTAL

Durable Plants For Landscapes

Allium  ‘Millenium’ Allium ‘Millenium’ is a ball of fun for your garden and landscapes. Standing 15-20 inches tall and 10-15 inches wide, the upright dark glossy green foliage creates a thick mound of color. In mid-summer, loads of ball-shaped flowers emerge. Each lavender flower of Allium ‘Millenium’ can reach up to 2 inches across and

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