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Last night's little bit of frost reminds us that winter is on its way and it's time to bring in or protect all the items in the garden that can’t handle our winters. Our bluebirds and mushrooms all need to be tucked safely inside until next spring as well as any glazed, ceramic birdbaths you may have.

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Fall is officially upon us and many people don’t want to say goodbye to their beautiful plants. Luckily there are many options that will help you bring your garden in during these upcoming cold months. While we offer many container and wreath decorations in our Holiday Shop, there is a handful of things you can do on your own that will bring some green into your home! Here are 5 ways that you can bring your garden indoors this holiday season.

1. (Annual) Plants to Bring Indoors

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There are some annual container plants that can continue growing indoors. However, there are a few guidelines that need to be taken into account before bringing your pots inside.

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Growing garlic is easy! It's just like planting bulbs. You want to plant them in the fall and then you will be able to harvest your plants in late spring/early summer. Here's what you need to know about garlic and planting it. First, there are two types of garlic, hardneck and softneck.

What is a hardneck garlic?

This type of bulb produces a central coiled stiffer stalk with undeveloped flowers on top. Most of these types of garlic form 4 to 8 cloves. They are more pungent with subtle notes and are considered to have more ‘gourmet’ or complex flavors. Hardneck garlic does not store as well as softneck but it is hardier in our zone.

What is a softneck garlic?

Softneck garlic has larger heads with 12-20 small cloves and no central stalk. You can braid the foliage to store. The leave...

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Want to learn how to make those beautiful succulent pumpkins our Container Design Team have been putting together this fall season? Well look no further, we have a simple step by step guide to making your new favorite fall decoration.

Pumpkin + Succulent = Pump-culent!

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Supplies you will use for this project:

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First and foremost we need to answer the question: what are bulbs? Simply put, flower bulbs are unique plants that are designed for survival. Bulbs are unique because they store their complete life cycle in an underground storage structure—the bulb itself. Another aspect of bulbs that make them unique is the fact that most need to be planted in the fall, preferably after nighttime temperatures drop into the 40s or low 50s for at least two weeks. Spring flowering bulbs need the colder temperatures of winter in order to grow.

Most bulbs bloom early to late spring but some do bloom in late summer like Resurrection lilies.

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There are even some fall-blooming bulbs, such as Colchicum and fall Crocus, which should be planted immediately so y...

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  • Beech (Fagus)

  • Birch (Betula)

  • Burning Bushes (Euonymous)

  • Cherry (Prunus)

  • Crabapple (Malus)

  • Coffeetree (Gymnoclaudus)

  • Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster)

  • Deutzia (Deutzia)

  • Dogwood (Cornus)

  • Elm (Ulmus)

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  • Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia)

  • Pear (Pyrus)

  • Planetree (Platanus)

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  • Sweetshrubs (Calycanthus)

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  • Willow (Salix)

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The front of your house is the first thing people see driving by or visiting. How do you create an appealing front landscape that reflects your style and personality? The basic principles for creating curb appeal are order, unity, and balance.

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First, think about creating order. Look at:

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These days, the plight of the monarch and the need to plant their host plant Milkweed (Asclepias) is well known. But, did you know that there are more than 75 species of milkweed native to North America? These essential plants for any butterfly garden, provide clusters of nectar-rich flowers that are alluring to many types of pollinators as well as food for the monarch larvae to munch on.

The colorful flowers of the different Milkweeds can become a staple in your the summer garden. There are many delightful, showy species to choose from. In general, milkweeds grow best in full sun but some can handle a little shade. Some like wetter areas and some like dryer areas but they are all deer and rabbit resistant.

Popular Milkweeds for your garden

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Asclepias tuberosa • Butterfly Weed, Pleurisy Root
The Perennial Plant Association named this variety the Perennial Plant of the year in 2017. It is considered to be the most garden worthy of our native milkweeds and a Growing Place Choice Plant. Their very showy, brilliant orange flowers are excellent for cutting and very attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. You can also use the seed pods in dried arrangements. It emerges late in spring, so be patient. The long tap root makes division difficult, but it will reseed. Do not prune it in the fall, instead cut it back in the spring. A perfect plant for dry areas in the garden, it will grow 18-24” tall by 18-24” wide.

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In August and September, ornamental grasses take the stage. Their soft textured foliage weaves among perennials and shrubs as their flowers and seed heads nod in the wind. With so many varieties there’s pretty much an ornamental grass for every situation. The diversity of size, form, and habit make them suitable for a great variety of ornamental uses, both in the garden and containers and provide a wide range of colors and textures to create interest for all seasons.

“Right now is a great time to plant ornamental grasses, especially Miscanthus and Pennisetum, so that they can get established before the winter,” says Kyle Lambert, Perennial Manager.

Grass Basics — there are two basic types of perennial grasses: cool ...

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Once again Japanese beetles are back and munching on our favorite plants. Beginning as grubs, then pupae and now emerging from our lawns as Japanese beetles, this invasive pest is characterized by its coppery metallic wing case, black legs, and little white spots. It has been around since at least 1916 and it feeds on more than 300 kinds of plants. You will typically find the beetles on roses, grapes, hibiscus, lindens, cherries, and birches.

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Adult Japanese Beetle
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