Garden Blog – Category: Landscape Plantings

ASCLEPIAS CINDERELLA MILKWEED

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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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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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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diamond frost euphorbia

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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Mini Vista supertunia bed

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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CLEMATIS JOLLY GOOD CLEMATIS

Tall, Narrow Plants for Tight Spaces in the Landscape

Many of us have that one “problem” bed – the one that seems too narrow to plant in but where you desperately need to be able to grow something green. Maybe it’s the skinny bed along your fence line or sandwiched between your garage and front door. Maybe you have a shallow lot but really

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How to Create Color and Textural Contrast in the Landscape

Ever wonder how professional garden designers put together color combinations and create perfect textural contrast in the landscape? By following a few basic principles, you can do it yourself! Here’s a quick visual study of how it’s done. The Color Wheel Artists, interior decorators and garden designers alike all use the same color wheel when

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SAMBUCUS BLACK LACE ELDERBERRY

10 Fantastic Foliage Plants for Sun and Shade

As someone who gardens primarily in shade, I’ve learned over the years to appreciate the value of plants with interesting foliage even more than those with pretty blossoms. Flowers are temporary in shade, but fantastic foliage lasts all season. I’ve chosen ten plants here that are grown more for their leaves than their flowers, even

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How to Grow Dinner Plate Hibiscus

Don’t let those huge blooms fool you! It is easy to grow hibiscus with dinner plate-sized flowers if you follow a few simple tips. Yours will be the envy of the neighborhood every summer if you treat them right! Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Evening Rose’ The tropical flair that perennial hibiscus exudes may fool you into thinking

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BAPTISIA DECADENCE CHERRIES JUBILEE FALSE INDIGO

Cool and Collectable Perennials, Vines, and Shrubs

Here are a few of my favorite things… #1 – Decadence® ‘Cherries Jubilee’ False Indigo (Baptisia) There are so many cool things to tell you about this plant—where do I begin? Let’s start with its historical roots. Baptisia is an ancient perennial that was once used to make dyes and was the first-ever subsidized agricultural

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HIBISCUS SUMMERIFIC CRANBERRY CRUSH ROSE MALLOW

Red, White and Blue Plants for Your Summer Landscape

Red, white and blue is a popular color theme for gardens at summer cottages where patio containers overflow with red geraniums, white alyssum and blue lobelia. If you select your perennials and shrubs with the patriotic theme in mind, you can also have a landscape filled with red, white and blue flowers that are blooming

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RHODODENDRON BLOOM A THON LAVENDER REBLOOMING AZALEA

Low Maintenance Shrubs for Foundation Plantings

We all want to have a beautiful landscape to enhance our home and improve the curbside view. If you find yourself with little time to be out in the garden but still need your landscape to have a tidy appearance, consider growing these low-maintenance shrubs in your home’s foundation beds. All of the plants described

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