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Spring is the most active time to be in the garden. Using all the pent-up energy we’ve accrued over winter, let’s head outdoors to clean out and prepare our garden beds, repair hardscaping, do a little pruning and moving, and start the growing season off right. Here are ten things you can do to launch the spring season successfully.

The color purple is trending in 2018—you’ll see it make its way into everything from cosmetics to upscale furniture stores, chic urban boutiques and more. Garden centers will be getting in on the action too, featuring some of your favorite flowers and plants in every shade from lilac to eggplant. Let’s take a look at four ways you can color your garden purple this year.


Over 5,600 people nominated Supertunia® Bordeaux for the highest award offered by Proven Winners: Annual of the Year. It solidified what we already knew: this is one of the most striking, easiest-to-grow petunias you’ll find for containers and landscapes. Find out why it’s become such a longstanding favorite.

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After a deceptively mild December, winter showed up with a vengeance in January. Freezing cold, plenty of snow, and some ice mixed in for good measure. February brought more of the same. When you’re not thinking about how much you don’t want to shovel yet again you’re likely thinking about the promise of spring. You know what that means: a trip to the garden center.

Early spring is a hard time for gardeners because the days have become warmer and the inactivity of winter is pushing you to get something planted out in the garden. The call to get planting before the threat of frost has passed is hard to ignore. There are some plants that, if properly hardened off, will take several frosts with little or no damage and are perfect for early plantings.

Planting in early spring can be a gamble but choosing the right varieties can stack the deck in your favor.

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