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10 Ways to Share Your Garden with Others

“Sharing is the most fundamental act of friendship. It is a way you can give something without losing anything.” – Richard Stallman It is wonderful to be able to enjoy your hydrangeas blooming prolifically or to collect a basketful of fresh produce out of the garden for your supper, but those experiences are made all

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Designing Four Season Porch Pots

One easy yet impactful thing you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal is add matching porch pots to flank your front door. Take a drive through a nice neighborhood this weekend and see how others are doing it near you. There’s something about having beautiful flowers on the porch that makes a home

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Help! My ornamental grass is taking over my container!

Purple fountain grass is a classic go-to for summer and fall containers, but it takes a little practice to use them successfully. The most common call for help we hear from our customers is when their grass takes over their container at the expense of everything they have planted it with. Let’s take a closer

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8 Plants Pollinators Are Loving Right Now

It’s late August in Michigan and as I am sitting here looking out my window into my garden, I’m seeing an incredible number of bees whizzing by while a beautiful yellow Eastern swallowtail butterfly hangs upside down to feed on my six-foot tall ‘Uchida’ lilies. I am blessed to welcome so many pollinators into my

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10 Durable Native Plants for Landscapes

If a durable, lower maintenance landscape is what you’re seeking, you’ll find this list of reliable native shrubs and perennials helpful. We offer many cultivars of native plants (sometimes referred to as “nativars”) here at Garden Crossings, but we’ve selected these ten for their unique beauty and ease of growth. Find details about where they’ll

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What is the best way to choose plants for hedges?

Photo Courtesy of Susan Martin Caption: Rather than creating a single hedge, this homeowner layered this shrub border with a mix of small to medium sized flowering shrubs in front of tall evergreens. This creates a more interesting landscape that has something to offer in every season. So, you want to grow a hedge! Let’s

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7 of Our Best Evergreen Shrubs for Privacy Hedges

Photo Courtesy of Spring Meadow If you are looking for a hedge that stays green all year, or one that will afford you a greater degree of privacy year-round, you’ve come to the right place. We’re sharing seven of our best evergreen shrubs for creating privacy hedges in your landscape here. With a mix of

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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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