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Changing Hydrangeas: How to Customize Their Color

Changing Hydrangeas: How to Customize Their Color

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There are some age-old theories about how to change the color of your Hydrangea blooms that have been used by gardeners for centuries. These practices include adding things like metal or coffee grounds to the soil to alter the hue when hydrangeas bloom. The truth is, the coloring of your distinct plants comes from the pH level of the soil. Moreover, the shade depends on how much aluminum it is soaking up from the earth. Some tips to change the…

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Gloriously Fragrant Gardenias Come in All Sizes to Suit Your Space

Gloriously Fragrant Gardenias Come in All Sizes to Suit Your Space

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When you think of your southeastern United States garden and landscape, consider the fragrant beauty of gardenias. Gardenias are well-suited to the Carolinian climate as they are drought-resistant and require little care to thrive in this hardiness zone. Whether you are looking for an extensive hedge or a simple shrub, gardenias can be found widely in cultivars that will fit the space perfectly. Keep an eye out for these Gardenias at your favorite nursery or greenhouse:   Extra-large Gardenias. ‘First…

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How And When Should You Prune Your Azaleas?

How And When Should You Prune Your Azaleas?

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The southern United States is the perfect grow-zone for azaleas; these beautiful flowering plants are a member of the rhododendron family, a shallow-rooted plant that provides spring and summer flowers and year-round foliage in mild climates. How and when should you prune azaleas? Consider the following advice:   Prune prior to the blooming season. When pruning your azalea to encourage growth, the best time to prune is before spring growth starts; this ensures that you will still see flowers during…

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Charleston Citrus

Charleston Citrus: Plant Now for Delicious Fruit this Fall

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Enjoy a taste of summer well into the fall by planting citrus trees now; many delicious citrus fruits are native to Charleston and thrive in the southeastern US climate. When you visit your local garden center, ask the planting professionals about some options that you have when it comes to citrus.   Some hardy and widely available citrus for your landscaping include:   Red Navel Oranges.   Red Naval Orange are an excellent choice for the Carolinas with a peak…

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Six Must-Plant Perennials this Spring

Six Perennials that are a Must-Plant this Spring

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Part of the beauty of perennials is the year-round color and ability to completely change your garden or bed with endless combinations and variations. Some may bloom for a few weeks and other perennials will last the whole season. This spring, plant perennials, with attention to those that will re-bloom in the mild climate and warm temperatures of the southeastern United States.   Six must-plant perennials this spring are:   Dianthus. Dianthus is a blooming perennial that you might imagine…

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Four Raised Bed Design Ideas To Build This Spring

Four Raised Bed Design Ideas To Build This Spring

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The southeastern United States can get a lot of rain in the winter and spring, which makes raised beds a prudent option here. Raising your garden beds also makes them a lot less back-breaking to maintain, while keeping wildlife and animals away. When looking for raised bed ideas, think about things that you might already have that could create the perfect framework for your beds- at little to no cost! Talk with a landscape professional about the best plants to…

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Plant Ornamental Grasses and Bring Interest to your Garden All Year

Plant Ornamental Grasses and Bring Interest to your Garden All Year

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  Ornamental grasses can bring natural color and beauty to a garden all year and are effortless to maintain in the right climate. The southern US, more specifically Charleston, falls in the hardiness zone 8 and 9 range, which gives gardeners ample options when adding to their landscape. Some of the best  ornamental grasses to bring visual interest to your garden are:   Maiden-grass. One of your options is Maiden-grass, which can grow up to eight-feet in height. This grass…

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Camellia Japonica Varieties for the Winter Garden

4 Amazing Camellia Japonica Varieties to Spruce Up the Late Winter Garden

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Camellia Japonica is a type of flowering shrub that is commonly found in the southern United States, including many nationally-recognized gardens in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the compelling advantages of these plants is their late-bloom, which brings color to your landscape during typically-brown or dreary months, when other plants don’t thrive. Four amazing Camellia Japonica varieties to spruce up your late-winter garden are: Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena’ The ‘Alba Plena’ provides beautiful white flowers with golden stamens in late-winter,…

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Landscape Design Trends We Love

Landscape Design Trends We Love in 2018

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Just because the temperatures have dipped, doesn’t mean your landscape must be drab. Winter in the Carolinas can be colorful and fresh- give your home’s exteriors a fresh face and extended utility with some of 2018’s most-clever design trends. Winter doesn’t need to be drab; brighten up your South Carolina exteriors with these landscape design suggestions: Bring the indoors, out. Don’t let cooler weather dampen outdoor dining; bring the indoor to your outdoor spaces with cozy conversations spaces and eating…

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Camellia Varieties for your Winter Landscape

Three Camellia Varieties that Will Look Incredible in your Winter Landscape

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Want some outdoor color that won’t wane when the weather turns cooler? Camellias are an excellent option, that will thrive and become hardy in most climates and regions. Furthermore, Camellias make excellent borders, screens, and hedges to protect and secure your property, while providing some obscurity for enhancing privacy, too.   Three Camellias that will look wonderful in your winter landscape are:   Camellia ‘Pink Icicle’. The lovely pink icicle Camellia yields 4 ½ -inch blossoms that are a luscious…

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