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Testing Bargain Camellias (And Other Plants) - Camellia October Magic-Orchid

Testing Bargain Camellias (And Other Plants)The above picture is of a new variety of camellia. If I am correct, it is one of a series called 'October Magic', this particular variety being named 'Orchid'. Most camellias bloom late winter to early spring.This plant is said to bloom in fall, at a time when there is little else in bloom. I like that.


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Hearts a Bursting BushThis is my Hearts A Bursting bush, sometimes known as a strawberry bush. It is showing its fall colors. The seed pods open in the fall and the seeds, usually 3-5 in each cluster resemble M&Ms. This is a plant that is native to the upper piedmont of North Carolina.


growing gardenias

Growing GardeniasThis is a page about growing gardenias. Prized for their enchanting fragrance and creamy white flowers gardenias may be on your list of plants to try growing.


Healthy Azaleas

How to Grow Healthy AzaleasAzaleas are beautiful and versatile in the landscape. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, and have a wide enough hardiness range that even gardeners in the coldest of zones can enjoy growing them.


How To Grow And Care For Burning BushBurning Bush (Euonymus) makes a wonderful ornamental addition to nearly any yard or garden. Here are some tips for growing and caring for burning bush in your landscape.


Potted shrub.

Planting Container-Grown ShrubsIf you're thinking about adding some shrubs to your landscape, early fall is a great time for planting container-grown shrubs. The combination of warm soil and autumn rains encourages rapid root growth and cuts down on your need for watering.


Pruning And Rejuvenating Overgrown Lilacs

Pruning and Rejuvenating Overgrown LilacsWith regular pruning, the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) maintains an elegant natural form and produces an abundance of fragrant blossoms. Without regular pruning, it soon turns into a mass of gangly stems and produces only a few flowers toward the top of its tall branches.


Closeup of thorn.

Getting Rid Of Buckthorn OrganicallyWhen it first arrived from Europe in the 1800's, buckthorn was heralded as the ideal shrub plant for creating hedges. That all changed a short while later when it began to plunder its way through our natural areas.


flowering shrubs

Solutions For Ornamental ShrubsShrubs provide the garden with structure and form. They create shade, control wind, add color and drama, and once they become established, most are easy to grow and maintain.


Eight Reasons Your Lilac Bush Won't Bloom

Eight Reasons Your Lilac Bush Won't BloomAs far as a shrubs go, lilacs are a dream come true for the gardener. Once established, these landscaping beauties will throw out heavenly-scented, long-lasting blooms for years.


Azalea and ButterflyMorning dew and butterfly on azalea in our backyard.


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