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Oakleaf Hydrangea for Southern Gardens

Oakleaf Hydrangea for Southern Gardens

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Oakleaf hydrangeas are one of our most beautiful native flowering shrubs. They are idea for Georgia residential landscapes as they are tough, shade tolerant plants which are naturally found growing in the forest understory. Oakleaf hydrangea provides multi season interest with large, uniquely shaped foliage in summer which will change to stunning shades of maroon, purple and red in fall. The slightly contorted branches feature exfoliating bark for winter interest and the large, panicle flowers in mid summer are...

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Shrubs for Butterfly, Bee and Pollinator Friendly Gardens

Shrubs for Butterfly, Bee and Pollinator Friendly Gardens

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Food Source Plants for Pollinator and Butterfly Gardens When creating a garden to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects, shrubs are an important design element. Shrubs have a larger size than perennials so they offer a larger supply of nectar and pollen. They also provide shelter and permanent branches and twigs for caterpillars to build cocoons on. Shrubs offer hiding places from predators and an area for pollinators to build their homes. They can be ornamental and create...

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Native Shrubs for a Bird Garden – Backyard Habitat

Native Shrubs for a Bird Garden – Backyard Habitat

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Attracting Wild Birds with Shrubs – Backyard Habitat Ideas Creating a bird friendly garden can be simple as long as you consider the important elements birds need for an attractive habitat. In this article we will look at native shrubs for a bird garden. You can supply important food source plants while also creating a beautiful ornamental landscape at the same time. Birds bring life to your yard and while a landscape design may be pretty, it isn’t complete...

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Conifer Love – Garden Design

Conifer Love – Garden Design

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As the snow melts and I begin to see green again, some of my favorite conifers start peeking out. Conifers are evergreen trees or shrubs that bear cones and needle-like leaves. Well-known members are Pines, Junipers and Spruces. They are a great addition to any landscape because they add year-round color. Many conifers are drought tolerant and unless planted in the wrong place, they do not need pruning. The following picture was taken on a trip to Asheville: Arborvitaes...

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Roses Are Red, Hydrangeas Are Blue . . . or Pink!

Roses Are Red, Hydrangeas Are Blue . . . or Pink!

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To Make Them Blue: The color of hydrangeas depends on the presence of aluminum and the acidity of the soil. In Georgia, the pH of the soil is usually low enough (pH 5.5 or lower) to allow plants to take up enough aluminum to produce beautiful blue flowers. To keep them blue, you can add aluminum sulfate to the soil. Use the sulfate sparingly, follow label directions, and water well before and after the application. To Make Them Pink:...

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Dwarf Evergreens in Your Garden: Alternatives to Hollies or Boxwoods

Dwarf Evergreens in Your Garden: Alternatives to Hollies or Boxwoods

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Make your gardening a little easier—and your garden a little healthier—by choosing the right evergreen shrubs. I am always on the lookout for evergreen shrubs that can be planted around the foundation of a house and that don’t need much pruning. Most foundation plantings are evergreen hollies and boxwoods that quickly outgrow their spaces and require lots of pruning to keep them in line. The good news is that more and more nurseries are coming out with alternatives to...

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Tips for Blueberry Success

Tips for Blueberry Success

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Garden blogger Lee Reich promotes good tips for maximizing your yield with 10 tips for blueberry success this summer. All of Lee’s instructions except for pruning refer to care of all blueberry plants, whether lowbush or high. Pruning details below are for highbush types. For more information, visit Lee’s website. Choose a sunny spot. Though blueberries grow in semi-shade in nature, heavier fruiting happens with more sunshine. Test for pH, and adjust to a very acidic 4-to-5 range using...

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Landscaping and masonry contractors. Art of Stone Gardening is a full service design, masonry, hardscape and landscaping company. We plan, design, and install residential gardens and landscapes in North Georgia. Our local service area: Clermont, Cleveland, Cumming, Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Gainesville,
Helen, Murrayville, Sautee Nacoochee, Oakwood, Suches GA.
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