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Cute and Compact, With Dainty Spring Blooms

Yuki Cherry Blossom™ Deutzia

Yuki Cherry Blossom™ DeutziaAre you struggling with finding the perfect shrub that will give you spring flower color yet have interesting foliage for the rest of the season? Let me familiarize you with the Deutzia family of shrubs.

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February: Gardening Activities

Miscanthus 'Morning Light' Provide Winter InterestFebruary is an exciting month! Before it’s finished, you may begin seeing the earliest signs of spring. For sure, winter still has some tricks up its sleeve, but Mother Nature reminds us not to give up hope and spring will be here soon.

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A Surefire™ Annual for all Sun/Shade Conditions

Surefire™ Red Begonia

Surefire™ Red BegoniaFinding the perfect plant for all sun and shade areas can be tricky, but new for 2014 Surefire™ Red Begonia is the plant for all areas. Begonias are well suited for both landscape plantings and container designs.

It is a sure bet that Surefire™ Red Begonia will work in almost any planting application that you desire for it. I was fortunate enough to receive from Proven Winners®, a plant to trial in my garden. I must say that Surefire™ Red, planted directly in the landscape was just as amazing as planted in a container combination. One plant in the landscape, in full sun, stood approximately 18 inches tall and wide and put on a show from June, when it was planted, until late in the fall when the frost finally got it. A nonstop bloomer, a must have!

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A Fun New Clematis from Proven Winners®

Clematis ‘Diamond Ball’

Clematis 'Diamond Ball'There is so much time and thought that goes into naming plants, but when the name is revealed it is so neat how perfect it fits. New for 2014, Clematis ‘Diamond Ball’, this jewel is going to shine in your landscape.

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January: Gardening Activities

Arctic Fire™ Cornus in JanuaryNo matter where you are, no matter what your climate, January presents some unique opportunities for gardening. In the north, gardens are sleeping and likely doing it under a blanket of snow, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan for warmer days. And in southern climates, even if you can actively garden year round, January has its own planning opportunities.

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Romantic West Michigan Bed & Breakfast

Castle in The Country

Castle in The CountryAre you planning a getaway to West Michigan and need a suggestion on where to stay? This Fall Rod & I stayed at a quaint Bed and Breakfast, nestled out in the country in Allegan, Michigan. This beautiful Bed and Breakfast is called Castle in the Country.

When we arrived we were warmly greeted by Ruth, the B&B owner. She went over all that is available at The Caste in The Country along with informing us that there were a few rooms open and if we would like to take a look at them we could choose which we liked best. Our initial thought was to stay in the castle, the room we had initially selected was beautiful. Then we went over to the Castle Keep to check out a few more rooms. The room we decided on was the Sir Lancelot Suite located in the Castle Keep. Our initial room in the castle was amazing, but what drew us to the Sir Lancelot Suite was the amazing view. The suite had several windows that overlooked a very large pond that had wildlife around it. Some of the amenities that our suited included were: a large two person hot tub, a gas log fire place that could be viewed for multiple sides, a large shower that included multiple shower heads, and a very comfortable king size bed with high quality sheets and bedding.

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Lo & Behold® Buddleia x ‘Blue Chip ‘ just got smaller

Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip Jr.’

Buddleia Blue Chip JrLo& Behold® Buddleia ‘Blue Chip’ has been a top seller for the past 5 years and now it just got ‘better’. Why better you ask? We have loved the fact that ‘Blue Chip’ was a compact, sterile Butterfly Bush, and the only thing that could make it better is to be even more compact.

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A ‘Punch’ of Color for Combinations

A Garden Crossings Favorite! Superbells® Pomegranate Punch

Superbells® Pomegranate PunchAre you looking to add a ‘punch’ of color to your landscapes or annual combination planter? Let me introduce to you Superbells® Pomegranate Punch. In general, a red petunia or calibrachoa really doesn’t do much for me, that was until I was able to trial Superbells® Pomegranate Punch.

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Baptisia, Now Available in a Compact Form

The Decadence™ Series from Proven Winners®

Decadence™ BaptisiaWarning…This post may make your mouth water and leave you feeling hungry. That being said, let me introduce you to the Decadence™ series of Baptisia brought to us from the Proven Winners® Perennial line. As of Winter 2013, there are four ‘flavors’ / varieties in the Decadence™ series, they are: DECADENCE™ Baptisia ‘Cherries Jubilee’, DECADENCE™ Baptisia ‘Blueberry Sundae’, DECADENCE™ Baptisia ‘Dark Chocolate’, & DECADENCE™ Baptisia ‘Lemon Meringue’.

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Supertunia® Flamingo is Flying off The Shelves

Bold & Beautiful

Supertunia FlamingoI know you are thinking how many pink Petunias does one really need or want. But what if I told you they just keep getting better. Your old tried and true may no longer be the best thing out there. You’re paying for the plant, why not get the best plant for your money!

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Pruning Tips for Proven Winners® Big Leaf Hydrangeas

Let’s Dance® & Cityline® Hydrangeas

Hydrangea careTo trim or not to trim, that is a big question! The weather is cooling off and your garden perennials and flowering shrubs are probably starting to look sad. I often get asked “Can I trim my Hydrangeas?”, “Does my Hydrangea bloom on new or old growth? New or old wood?”

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Bring on The Heat

Delightful and Drought Tolerant

Drought Tolerant PlantsWhy plant drought-tolerant plants even if your region isn’t experiencing a drought? They’re easy-care perennials that keep growing, blooming, and performing even if you forget to water them (after they’re established), even if it doesn’t rain, and even when you leave for a week on vacation in the middle of summer. You don’t have to be in the middle of a drought to appreciate the utility of these plants.

But, before we recommend plants for you, we need to set a couple of things straight.

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