Shrubs

Statuesque Perennials for Zone 5 & 6

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Statuesque Perennials for Zone 5 & 6

I love to plant my gardens in varying heights with scattered bloom times to keep them interesting and pleasing to the eye all season long. Looking for a stately bloomer to provide a tall back drop to your garden plot? Read on to discover a few of my favorites … 1.) Eupatoriums (commonly known as […]

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I love to plant my gardens in varying heights with scattered bloom times to keep them interesting and pleasing to the eye all season long. Looking for a stately bloomer to provide a tall back drop to your garden plot? Read on to discover a few of my favorites … 1.) Eupatoriums (commonly known as Joe-Pye Weed): This family of plants is hardy and easy to grow and comes in a wide variety of heights. I especially like Spotted Joe-Pye Weed which grows 5 – 6 ft tall. Attracts butterflies like crazy! A vigorous and sturdy native plant to our area. Deer and rabbit resistant as an added...

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Zone 5 & 6 Flowering Shrubs

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Zone 5 & 6 Flowering Shrubs

Flowering shrubs are a must in a Zone 5 & 6 garden! They provide color and good structure for garden beds along with winter interest after the growing season ends. Make sure to give them a good start by carefully planning where they will be planted. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen […]

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Flowering shrubs are a must in a Zone 5 & 6 garden! They provide color and good structure for garden beds along with winter interest after the growing season ends. Make sure to give them a good start by carefully planning where they will be planted. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen shrubs planted too close together or too close to the house or sidewalk! Consider the mature size, the form, and the flowers of the shrubs. Space them according to the care directions so they have room to grow and thrive for many years of enjoyment … Here are some flowering,...

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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

It’s such a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders and their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs and vines. The plants listed below are among hummingbirds’ favorites. While reds dominate the list, there are plenty of other colors suggested (reds, pinks, oranges […]

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It’s such a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders and their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs and vines. The plants listed below are among hummingbirds’ favorites. While reds dominate the list, there are plenty of other colors suggested (reds, pinks, oranges and purple shades) to allow a varied planting. See The Colorful Hummingbird Attracting Plants Here … The most important aspect of designing a hummingbird garden is to plan for continuous bloom from spring to fall, ensuring an endless...

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Create a Bird Friendly Yard

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Create a Bird Friendly Yard

Creating a bird-friendly yard is a bit of a no-brainer. Simply provide the basics — the creature comforts we all need for survival: food, water, protective cover, and a cozy shelter in which to raise a family … Remember, too, that birds are attracted to seasonal food. They will stay longer in your garden if […]

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Creating a bird-friendly yard is a bit of a no-brainer. Simply provide the basics — the creature comforts we all need for survival: food, water, protective cover, and a cozy shelter in which to raise a family … Remember, too, that birds are attracted to seasonal food. They will stay longer in your garden if it contains plants that flower or fruit at different times of the year. How Do You Turn Your Yard Into A Bird Haven? Look at it from a bird’s-eye point of view and make sure to provide the following: Water Source Provide water year-round – A simple birdbath is a great...

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Shrubs For Shade Gardens

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Shrubs For Shade Gardens

Adding beauty and color to the shade garden can be a formidable challenge to many gardeners … Of course, there are plenty of annuals and perennials that do well in shady conditions, but when it comes to shrubs the choices seem to dwindle. No worries … there are many shrubs and flowering shrubs to choose […]

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Adding beauty and color to the shade garden can be a formidable challenge to many gardeners … Of course, there are plenty of annuals and perennials that do well in shady conditions, but when it comes to shrubs the choices seem to dwindle. No worries … there are many shrubs and flowering shrubs to choose from. Yes, you can have colorful flowers and lovely fall color in the shade and partial shade areas of your yard! Let’s take a look at my Top 8 shrubs for shade gardens in Zone 5 & 6: Hydrangea – What’s not to like about hydrangeas? These old-fashioned,...

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Trees and Shrubs For Fall Color

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Trees and Shrubs For Fall Color

FALL COLOR SHOW – BEST ZONE 5 & 6 TREES AND SHRUBS One of the greatest things about fall is nature’s spectacular color show! Vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves dangling from the trees. Bushes and shrubs flocked in a fiery red or bright yellow. The following are some of my favorites that […]

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Flame Amur Maple American Beech Ohio Buckeye FALL COLOR SHOW – BEST ZONE 5 & 6 TREES AND SHRUBS One of the greatest things about fall is nature’s spectacular color show! Vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves dangling from the trees. Bushes and shrubs flocked in a fiery red or bright yellow. The following are some of my favorites that thrive in zone 5 gardens and are all relatively easy care. Your yard will turn heads as these beauties display their fall plumage! Five Zone 5 & 6 Trees for Fall Color: 1. American Beech: This stately tree is slow-growing and...

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Winter Protection For Evergreens

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Winter Protection For Evergreens

Winter can be unkind to needle evergreens and the broadleaf variety…especially those evergreens that were recently planted in the ground. I discovered this the hard way…after two Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce I planted several years ago in September died over the winter. I now know how to prevent this…read on for cold weather protection tips […]

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Winter can be unkind to needle evergreens and the broadleaf variety…especially those evergreens that were recently planted in the ground. I discovered this the hard way…after two Dwarf Globe Blue Spruce I planted several years ago in September died over the winter. I now know how to prevent this…read on for cold weather protection tips for your evergreens. Pines, spruces, firs, yews and junipers are examples of needle evergreens popular in Zone 5. Rhododendrons, hollies, and boxwoods are types of broadleaf evergreens that do well in our area. High winds and winter sun...

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