Author: Miranda

Mixed patio container for shade with ferns, barrenwort, and coral bells.

How To Plant Patio Containers for Shade

Wondering what to plant in your shaded patio containers? We’ve got you covered! We’ll give you all the information you need to be successful in planting a beautiful mixed container – plus, all of our favorite plants to do it.

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Miranda on a tour of the greenhouse

Greenhouse Tour: May 2022

Join Miranda (our horticulture expert) on a spring tour of our greenhouses located in Grand Haven, Michigan. There’s so much to see, but in this video, we’ll highlight some of our favorites: irises, geums, lavender, and coral bells.

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Thuja trees forming a hedge

Questions Answered Series: Arborvitae (Thuja)

If you’re looking to add structure, privacy, and lush green foliage to your garden, then arborvitae (or Thuja) is probably the shrub for you. They can be short, tall, rounded, pyramidal, green, or blue, which means there really is an arborvitae for every garden.

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5 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Potted Plants This Winter

Unlike annuals, perennials and shrubs don’t die in the winter, which leaves many gardeners wondering, “how do I overwinter my perennials and shrubs in containers?” It’s a good question to ask, too! Overwintering plants in containers is quite different from overwintering them in the ground – all thanks to their roots.

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Questions Answered Series: Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas have come to be a fan favorite in the gardening world. Blooming in hues of blue, pink, white, and even green, the array of colors keep us coming back for more, time and time again. There’s virtually a hydrangea for every garden!

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10 Perennials You Can Cut Back In Fall (& 10 You Shouldn’t)

The gardening season is coming to a close, and if you live in cold climates, your perennials may already be starting to drop leaves and enter dormancy. Don’t worry – it’s completely normal – but it does leave some gardeners wondering what to do next. Should I cut my perennials or leave them standing for winter?

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Our Guide for Fall Planting

The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage, or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives. Even with cold temperatures approaching, the soil remains warm for much longer, which gives your new plants time to grow roots and establish in your garden. In some areas, planting in the fall is more favorable than planting in spring!

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close up on Light pink coneflowers

Questions Answered Series: Coneflowers (Echinacea)

Coneflowers (Echinacea) are long-blooming perennials that thrive in full sun and heat, adding vibrant color to the landscape from summer to frost. Coneflowers aren’t only pretty – they’re also problem-solvers in the garden. They adapt easily to any well-draining soil and can handle mild drought once established. Even in gardens plagued with trouble, coneflowers always seem unfazed.

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