Cold Climate Broadleaf Evergreens

Choosing broadleaf evergreens for cold climate landscape gardens is tricky. The further north we travel, the fewer choices exist. Most broadleaf evergreens merely survive beyond plant hardiness zone 5 (- 20° to -10°), but a few grow well in their particular areas. There are two reasons why choice of broadleaf evergreens is limited. Broadleaf…
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How to Grow Tomato Seeds

There is nothing better on a warm summers evening than strolling around your garden and picking fresh tomatoes straight off the vine to eat. Or preparing a fresh tomato salad for your BBQ with a mixture of yellow, red, orange and even black tomatoes. Not only does it look very impressive but you can also pride yourself in the fact that you have…
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Hydrangea paniculata

Introduction of new panicled hydrangea varieties also launches new garden forms that command nontraditional uses. Landscape gardeners can find varieties (cultivars) to suit almost any landscaping need from container plantings to shrub borders to focal or accent groupings. Many introductions within the last few decades are from Jelena and Robert…
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How to Save Your Own Set of Seeds

Saving seeds doesn't have to be a frightening task and can even be absolutely easy, according to Fred Bove of the San Francisco Permaculture Guild. Instead of waiting for the last riffraff plants to flower, he instructs to look for the biggest, most colorful specimens that were among the first few plants to become ripe. He urges to resist…
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