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The Art of Kokedama

Kokedama (literal translation: moss ball) are sometimes called ‘Japanese string gardens’ or ‘kokedama hanging gardens’.  Most often they are hung, but they can also be displayed on decorative plates or pedestals.  They are easy to care for, but as in choosing any plant, selection of the best variety for you is based on the amount […]

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Plant Something Today!

Of course, shrubs and trees add beauty to your yard, but there are other benefits as well. When yards and their neighborhoods are beautified with shrubs and trees, property values can increase by 15 percent or more. Trees and larger shrubs help you save energy in the summer. Shade from these plants reduces cooling costs; strategically located plants can […]

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Houseplants for Clean Air

In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere. The study concluded that common houseplants such as bamboo palms and spider plants not only make indoor spaces more attractive, they also help to purify the air! The study […]

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Hybrid? Open-Pollinated? Grafted? Genetically Engineered? What’s the difference?

  Gardeners often come across the word “hybrid” to describe seeds in catalogs and on packets. If a seed isn’t specifically described as hybrid you can assume it’s a non-hybrid, more commonly called “open-pollinated” (abbreviated OP). Which type of seed is better for home gardeners? As is so often the case, the answer is, “It […]

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Nursery Stock & Perennial Guarantee

Hickory Grove offers a one-time 100% credit (of the original purchase price) on any Nursery Stock or Perennial* that fails to survive 6 months from the date of purchase. * Shrubs and perennials planted in containers are not guaranteed. Roses and perennials are not guaranteed through the winter season. Conditions of Guarantee: 1. Shrubs/ Perennials […]

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Nursery Stock Planting Instructions

Bringing the Plant Home: If your plants cannot be planted immediately, place in a shady location and keep well watered. Preparing the Soil for Planting: This very important first step can make the difference between a plant that flourishes and one that languishes. Dig hole at least twice the width and slightly deeper than the […]

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Mum Care

Belgian (European) Chrysanthemums: Belgian mums are an exciting new type of chrysanthemum with hundreds more blooms per plant than older mum varieties.  Belgians have more flexible stems and are less susceptible to breakage in windy areas.  Belgians also have a more rounded shape with flowers covering the entire plant instead of just on the top like many traditional mums.  We apply […]

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Indoor Plant Care

What we grow as house plants are tropical plants in other areas of the world where the weather is warm enough for them to grow outside all year. Since we are forcing these plants to adapt to our dry heat in the winter and unnatural air conditioning in the summer, many of these plants actually appreciate being […]

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The Herban Gardener

Culinary Herbs: Culinary herbs are probably the most useful to herb gardeners, having a wide range of uses in cooking. These herbs, because of their strong flavors, are generally used in small quantities to add flavor. Parsley is the most popular herb. Other popular culinary herbs include chives, thyme, sage, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, mint and basil. Ornamental Herbs: Ornamental herbs have brightly colored flowers […]

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Fall Gardening Checklist

Perennials, trees and shrubs have an advantage when planted in fall. As foliage and flower production wanes, root activity increases. Plants are able to establish strong, healthy roots before the ground freezes and are then able to divert most of their energy into spring leafing and flowering. General Maintenance: Evergreens and trees may be fertilized with a half-strength, slow-release, granular fertilizer once plants have gone […]

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