It's Azalea-Pruning Time

Got azaleas?  Of course you do!  (It's for good reason that some call our region the "Azalea Belt.")  And are your azaleas the size or shape that you want them …
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Try a New Shrub this Season

  Homestead's shrubs buyer, Lolly Bonomi, has these new and very promising shrubs in stock - check 'em out! Acuba Hosoba Hoshifu Variegata That's a long name …
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Rick Darke's Favorite Native Plants

Writer/garden designer Rick Darke, famous for his knowledge of native plants and advocacy for sustainable gardening, grows a mix of native and well-adapted …
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A Few of Rick Darke's Favorite Nonnative Plants

Last weekend I attended Rick Darke's wonderful talk about "Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden" and promised to report back from this special …
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My Picks for Easiest Natives and Nonnatives

With author/native plant expert Rick Darke's talk coming up this Saturday at Key School in Annapolis on the topic of "Balancing Natives and Exotics in the …
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The 4-1-1 on Knockout Roses

 This month's meeting of the Golden Spades covered a topic that Homestead Education Coordinator Gene Sumi gets questions about all the time, he says, so often …
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Fall Color Comes in Many Forms

How to have a knock-out garden in the fall?  Let's count the ways.
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Illustrated Guide to Shrubs on Super-Sale

We don't call this a "blow-out" sale for nothing - the prices are irresistible, especially if, like me, you're a big fan of shrubs for low-maintneance, …
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New-Garden Challenges Part 3: Screening

    In reporting my progress in beginning a brand new garden, I've covered the challenge of having so much empty space to fill, the challenge of poor soil, and …
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A Whole Lotta Plant for 12 to 15 Bucks

  Plants Plants Plants You may have read that we're having a "blow-out" sale on a whole bunch of shrubs for "unbeatable prices" - 3-gallon plants for $12 or …
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We Live in Hydrangea Heaven

  Hydrangea Heaven It's June and in our region it's Hydrangea Heaven, with these heavenly shrubs blooming themselves crazy.   And suddenly I'm noticing that …
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Time to Prune Your Rhododendrons, and Maybe Plant Some More

Rhododendron bloom time came early this year, like everything else after our crazy-warm winter, and the blooms are mostly gone.  That means it's time to get …
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