PLANT OF THE WEEK – SUMMER CRUSH HYDRANGEA

Summer Crush Hydrangea is a welcome addition to any landscape for both it’s color and amount of blooms. It’s great in the ground, but also in a because of it’s compact size. The compact size gives you a neat, tidy look all summer long along with a surplus of big raspberry red or neon purple blooms.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – VANILLA STRAWBERRY HYDRANGEA

If you love hydrangeas and love pink, then this is the plant for you. Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea produces full blooms show up first in a creamy white color and as they mature become a rich strawberry pink color. Add the color of red stems to the mix, and you’ve brought a whole new level of color to your landscape.

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VIRGINIA HAS A BOUNTY OF BEAUTIFUL GARDENS TO VISIT

Yes, we know. It’s only February,  and it’s not exactly bloom season yet. But that doesn’t mean you need to stop dreaming of beautiful gardens and the inspiration you can gain from them. And it’s certainly not too early to start planning a spring or summer gardening trip, especially one that focuses on some of the beautiful gardens that can be found in Virginia.

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LANDSCAPING TRENDS FOR 2020

What’s new? What’s on trend? The world of landscaping and exterior design is always changing with new looks, new products and new technology. One thing that’s big this year is using interior design elements outside. Pick an element that you’ve fallen in love in with inside your home and move it to the outdoors. Perhaps you love that herringbone pattern on your kitchen’s backsplash or that chevron pattern that’s surrounding your fireplace. You can pull that into your outdoor areas in a variety of ways. Use it on your porch furniture, to create a privacy wall, or a pattern for a patio. Traditional indoor materials are also finding their way outside. Porcelain tiles are being used to create patios, walkways and garden paths because of their durability and long life.          

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – MEXICAN BUSH SAGE

This is a favorite with many gardeners because it will provide you with dynamic purple blooms through the autumn season. Mexican Bush Sage (salvia leucantha) is drought tolerant which makes including it in your garden an even wiser decision. Particularly with the drought we’ve been experiencing this season.

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FOR THOSE WHO HATE TO WATER THEIR LANDSCAPING

Summers in the southeast and mid-Atlantic states can often be very hot and very dry. Very dry. And when it feels like 100 degrees outside, the sun is beating on you and you look outside at all your beautiful flowers struggling outside, knowing you have to water them AGAIN, it can sometimes be a struggle. A real struggle. But you can make things easier on yourself by planting drought tolerant perennials to brighten your outdoors. There are plenty of varieties available. The color, size and texture variations are many and finding the right plants for your yard will be a fun adventure.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – PETCHOA SUPERCAL PREMIUM

Petchoa  is a scrumptious cross between a petunia and calibrachoa. It’s got the size of a petunia and it’s profuse flowering power, as well. But the bonus is that it has the wonderfully rich and vibrant colors of a calibrachoa. The newest version of the Petchoa is the SuperCal Premium and its size and color will not disappoint.

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