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Clay soil is much maligned by gardeners and homeowners everywhere, and no wonder: it’s heavy, sticky, and difficult to work in. But the simple fact is that clay soil gets its bad rap because it’s hard on people - from a plant’s point of view, clay soil is usually not problematic at all. In fact, clay soils offer plants two major advantages over other soil types: they hold water well, minimizing drought stress, and are abundant in nutrients essential for plant growth.  So, if you’ve been struggling to achieve your dream garden or landscape in clay soil, cheer up! Here are ten beautiful annuals that will thrive in clay.

Lo & Behold 'Blue Chip' Buddleia (butterfly bush)

“Why isn’t my plant showing any signs of life when everything else in my yard is?” you start to wonder. “Is it dead?”

Have you ever seen a rose looking a little bit…weird? It could have rose rosette disease. Here’s our FAQ on the problem, what to do if you get it, and how you can prevent it.

Photos courtesy of:
Jennifer Olson, Oklahoma State University, Bugwood.org
 

Comfort Zone

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.

Winter is certainly the time to dream, plan and prepare for next year’s garden, but there are a number of tasks you can do out in the garden to keep it growing well through the winter months. Let’s take a look at ten ways to maintain your green thumb through the coldest time of year.

This article goes over techniques for overwintering plants that must remain green and growing through the winter.

Sonic Bloom Pink Weigela

Though pruning shrubs strikes fear into the hearts of many, it is actually a simple and rewarding process. All you need to do to master it is to understand a few basic principles behind the why, when, and how of pruning shrubs.

Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose

For many home gardeners, it’s not the lack of desire to work in the garden, but the lack of time to do the work. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on your patio, look out into your lush landscape, and know that the shrubs you’ve planted are growing beautifully all on their own? By choosing low maintenance varieties, it’s easy to realize that dream. Here are five top-rated shrubs you’ll love to grow.

As a busy gardener, you need low-maintenance plants. You want a beautiful yard with brightly colored garden beds, but don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look you desire. Do yourself a favor and grow these easy annual flowers to guarantee success.

Don’t wish away winter too soon. Cold weather is great for plants. Here’s how to handle mid-winter warm spells in your garden.

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