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In the Summer 2017 issue of Country Gardens, topiary master Pearl Fryar demonstrates how to turn salvaged shrubs into garden art with only a few tools and a lot of creative vision.
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The most notable of winter-flowering woody plants, witch hazels bloom in the dead of winter.
During the cold winter months, when gardens in temperate climates seem as inviting as the tundra, witch hazels (Hamamelis spp.) provide a burst of bloom and fragrance that is a ...
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Celebrate the diversity of these popular woody shrubs.
For many of us, familiarity with holly is confined to the winter solstice and holidays, when their foliage and berries have been used for seasonal decorations since ancient times...
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Currants are packed full of nutrients and an easy crop to grow in the home garden
Currants haven’t been a popular fruit in the home garden because in the past, black currants have been extremely susceptible to white pine blister rust. It doesn’t bother the currant...
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Hedges add natural beauty and keep the nosy neighbors from spying on you
Hedges are quite useful in the landscape. They can provide privacy, hide an unpleasant view, trap snow, and provide habitat for wildlife. Spring is the best time to plant a hedge. Richard Jauron...
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Lilacs are happy when they're cut back
I’ve been trying to get rid of a lilac bush that grew out of control and wasn’t in a good spot anymore. A couple of years ago I cut the whole thing down to ground level, thinking that...
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Early spring flowering shrubs have a special place in our landscapes as they are the heralds of the warm weather yet to come. Your home landscape should include these two.
Early spring flowering shrubs have a special place in our landscapes as they are the heralds of the warm weather yet to come. Your home landscape should include these two.
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A plant you can pet
The soft, fuzzy flowers that pussy willows produce are among the first signs of spring. The flower clusters are called “catkins,” and I remember picking them when I was little and rubbing...
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Amur honeysuckle, an aggressive woody shrub, is a landowner’s nightmare
Many honeysuckle species are revered for their sweet scent and beauty. The Amur honeysuckle is not one of them. It’s an invasive, aggressive shrub that can grow to 20-feet tall. Ryan McEwan...
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How to make the most of your garden this fall!
How to make the most of your garden this fall!

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