Garden Blog – Category: Flowering Shrubs

EL NIÑO™ Chitalpa - Shrubs

10 Shrubs That Like Full Sun and Heat

If you garden where the summer’s heat seems unrelenting, choosing suitable plants for your landscape that can handle consistently high temperatures is especially critical. Maybe you’ve found that some shrubs in your garden just can’t seem to take the heat like they used to. Instead of spending your time and energy pampering them along, consider

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SUPERTUNIA® Saffron Finch™ Petunia - Annuals

Heidi and Rod’s Top 10 New Plants for 2024

We’re back with this year’s edition of Heidi and Rod’s Top 10 New Plants for 2024! They know a good plant when they see one and since they have the advantage of growing many of the new varieties before they are introduced, you’ll get to benefit from their experience. Let’s see who made the list

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SUPERTUNIA VISTA® Jazzberry™ Petunia - Annual (Meet the National Recipes and Plants of the Year 2024)

Meet the National Recipes and Plants of the Year 2024

Meet the national plants of the year 2024! Each year, Proven Winners awards top prizes for their most exemplary annuals, perennials, shrubs and container recipes under the National Plants and Recipes of the Year program. This makes it easy for home gardeners like you to identify the very best plants in each plant category. If

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Suptertunia Vista Jazzberry

Year in Review: Top 10 Garden Performers of 2023

What a year it has been! 2023 was a gorgeous year in our expanded display gardens here at Garden Crossings in Zeeland, Michigan. With fairly moderate temperatures and decent rainfall, our plants flourished, creating a vibrant swathe of color across the front of our retail garden center. Let’s take a look back at ten of

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4 Things You Need to Attract Birds to Your Garden

When you stop to think about it, birds are a lot like people in that they need many of the same things to survive and thrive. Food, water, shelter and community are all critical components of the ecosystem in which they live. If your landscape is lacking any of the four, you are less likely

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Our 10 Favorite Perennials and Shrubs for Containers

Are you tired of replanting all of your patio and porch pots every year? What if some of them contained plants that returned for several years? Though non-hardy annuals are traditionally used in patio and porch containers, the palette of available plant material increases exponentially when you add hardy perennials and shrubs into the mix.

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What Should I Plant with My Hydrangeas?

As pretty as they are all on their own, you can enhance the beauty of your hydrangeas by pairing them with complementary plants that accentuate their best traits. Companion plants can also bring color and texture to the space when your hydrangeas aren’t in bloom. Let’s take a look at all six types of hydrangea

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How to Grow Landscape Roses

Few garden flowers have stood the test of time like roses. For centuries, they have been revered for their bouquet-worthy summertime blooms. There are so many different types of roses, from climbing forms to hybrid tea, floribunda and more, but for our purposes here, we are focusing on how to grow landscape roses. All of

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4 of Our Favorite Fragrant Roses

Roses are undeniably beautiful but for a long time, fragrant cultivars fell out of favor. That’s because many of the most amazingly scented roses were also some of the worst offenders when it came to black spot and powdery mildew. They were too much work and required too many chemical treatments to keep them healthy,

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5 Things You Can Do to Help the Bees

If you enjoyed some blueberries in your cereal this morning or a thick slice of tomato on your BLT sandwich, you have a bee to thank. Native bees, of which there are approximately 4,000 species in North America, are the primary pollinator of many of our agricultural crops. They are generally far more efficient at

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10 Impressive Plants that Deliver the Most Bang for Your Buck

We’ve grown literally thousands of varieties of plants at our nursery over the years. Many of them make their way into our own home garden and the Signature Gardens surrounding our retail garden center. In the process, we’ve identified a select group of plants that are continually impressive either for their extraordinary ability to bloom

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