Category: Did You Know

above shot coral bells plants in pots on a table

Colorful Foliage for Shade Gardens

Shady spots are notorious among gardeners as tough-to-grow sites. It can be challenging to find the right plants that thrive in variable light conditions, compete with tree roots, and don’t mind the excess moisture we typically see in the shade.

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Flowering cherry shrub branches in the garden

Celebrate Cherry Blossom Season At Home

With the Spring Equinox’s arrival on March 20th, 2021, we welcome the official (or more specifically, the astronomical) start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. This year, the first day of spring also coincides with the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Red burning bush in outdoor garden

Alternatives to Burning Bush

Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) is widely used as a specimen plant or privacy hedge for its vigorous growth, easy-care nature, and brilliant red fall foliage. Unfortunately, it is considered to be invasive in certain areas, which is why shipment is restricted to some states.

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Arborvitae in pot inside the Great Garden Plants greenhouse

Top 4 Arborvitae Trees

If you’re looking for a colorful and fast-growing privacy hedge for your landscape, arborvitae is hard to beat. In just a few years, young plants quickly grow to create a lush, green wall that provides four seasons of privacy.

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backyard filled with bright and colorful spring-blooming flowers

Is It Spring Yet?

If only! It feels far from spring here at our headquarters in Michigan, where we still have banks of snow around our greenhouses. But some people – notably, meteorologists – consider March 1 the start of spring.

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creeping phlox groundcover

All About: Creeping Phlox

If you’re looking for a groundcover to brighten up your landscape in spring, Creeping phlox might be the plant for you. This herbaceous perennial grows vigorously, transforming your landscape with its tidy green foliage and bright blooms quickly.

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Large arborvitae trees used to make a privacy hedge

A Guide to Privacy Hedge Plants

A Privacy Hedge can be a great alternative to a traditional fence. There are a number of different trees and shrubs that can be planted to create privacy in your yard and turn your property into a secluded space.

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Red Creeping Thyme suppressing weeds around a rock

Ground Covers For Suppressing Weeds

Ground covers are powerhouses when it comes to the garden. They effortlessly fill those tough-to-grow sites that are usually ignored, like tight spaces, gaps between stepping stones, slopes, or shady understories.

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A sea of white calamint in a backyard.

Meet Calamint, the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year

The prestigious Perennial Plant of the Year award typically goes to a relatively familiar face – favorites like Rozanne geranium, ‘Millenium’ allium, and Asclepias tuberosa have all been past winners. But the 2021 winner is one that’s not quite so well known: Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta, commonly known as calamint.

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Barberry shrub with red and green foliage

Colorful Alternatives to Barberry

Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) is a popular choice for landscapes and gardens thanks to its bright color, deer resistance, and easy care. However, it can be invasive in some areas, which is why shipment is restricted to some states.

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