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Aquilegia (Columbine)

One of our favorite perennials to grow in the flowerbed is columbine. Everything from its dark green lobed leaves to its bright ruby and royal blue and purple blooms seems a purposefully whimsical design by nature to get us bright and cheery after cold, gray winter. Columbine is a highly recognizable flower due to its [...]

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More Incredibly Weird Plants

The durian tree produces a fruit that is widely considered in southeast Asia to be the King of Fruits. The durian fruit is incredibly large, weighing several pounds and up to a foot in length. The husk is tough and spiked, but when opened reveals a soft and sweet yellow flesh that many [...]

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Cleaning with Your Garden

Air QualityOur furniture and the products we use to clean it may make our homes more comfortable, but they contribute largely to the presence of toxins in the air. Carpeting, wood flooring, computers, and televisions, over time, can introduce some potentially harmful chemicals into the home—you just can’t always see them. For example, [...]

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Gardening with Flat Tire Decor

We love our environment—that’s why we love our Flat Tire Décor products! Flat Tire Décor, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is committed to offering you long-lasting and hard-working products that help to reduce the impact we make on our planet. From bags to baskets to planters, our Flat Tire Décor is made from [...]

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Gardenia

Who can resist bending down for a sniff after walking past a blooming gardenia? Those gardening in the southeast can tell you that there is nothing like a warm summer breeze perfumed with the fragrance of gardenias, named by Carl Linnaeus for fellow naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, a resident of South Carolina. Though [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

KudzuAsk anyone living in Georgia about his least favorite plant, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn a few things about the mile-a-minute vine or The Vine That Ate the South. Sadly, its nicknames aren’t inaccurate. Kudzu occupies an estimated seven million acres of land in the United States, mostly in the southeast, [...]

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Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises

Adding an arbor, pergola, or trellis to your landscape may be just the thing to spruce up a lackluster patio, porch, walkway, or yard area. These vertical growth supports, while adding elegance and romance to your garden, will increase your gardening space, decrease difficulty reaching the plant for pruning and maintenance, and, when strategically [...]

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Keep Your Garden Free of Ticks, Fleas, and Mosquitoes

With summer approaching and the start of summer break for many schoolchildren, families will be spending much more time in the yard playing games, cooking out, having a dip in the pool, and working on the garden. While this increased activity outdoors is great for keeping in shape and getting much-needed fresh air and [...]

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Orchidaceae (Orchids)

Few flowers have captured the esteem and appreciation that comes so readily to orchids the world over. Their unusual shapes, delicate symmetry, and exotic splashes of color have made them sought after symbols of love and beauty to many cultures through the centuries. Even now, the orchid boasts dedication from many clubs and [...]

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Plant a Literary Garden

For the bookworms among us, one of the best things about a garden on a quiet day is having a calm and relaxing place to sit and read. But, here’s an idea: take the story out of the pages and put it in your landscape. The Secret Garden, beloved novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, [...]

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