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Easy to grow purple hydrangea

I recently had the opportunity to speak to the Russian Nursery Stock Association at their annual conference in Moscow. This is the second time I have spoken at this conference and the attendees were once again eager to learn about new flowering shrubs that are hardy enough for Russian winters. 

Taller plants are essential for making our gardens really sing.  Vertical elements in gardens help stretch the garden into a another dimension and make for a more interesting, better balanced garden.

You should really grow up! Wait, let me put that a better way…you should really try vertical gardening. While it has become kind of a trendy concept in recent years, vertical gardening is about way more than those fashionable green walls you see everywhere. At its simplest, vertical gardening means that you’re using every available inch to create a special outdoor space where you can be surrounded by greenery, and it especially makes sense if you have limited space. Whether you have a balcony, patio, or small yard, or are just looking to make a retreat worthy of Instagram and Pinterest, these basic vertical gardening principles will help you get the most from your garden while minimizing effort and expense.


The color purple is trending in 2018—you’ll see it make its way into everything from cosmetics to upscale furniture stores, chic urban boutiques and more. Garden centers will be getting in on the action too, featuring some of your favorite flowers and plants in every shade from lilac to eggplant. Let’s take a look at four ways you can color your garden purple this year.

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Supertunia® Petunia, Superbells® Calibrachoa and Superbena® Verbena are the core of the Proven Winners annual program. We have 87 different varieties in these three classes of plants. Learn about the newest additions you can play with in your garden.

Native cultivars make up a large part of our flowering shrub catalog, from Aronia to Viburnum. Take an in-depth look at all of them in this comprehensive article featuring our best native shrubs.

Berry Poppins Ilex verticillata winterberry holly

Winter is an ideal time of year to plan for next season’s garden, and your best new idea might be closer than you think. Let’s explore where we can find inspiration that will help us dream up and plan next year’s garden.

Learn how garden designer Rochelle Greayer designs an all-white garden.

Conifers are easy to enjoy any time of the year. These trouble-free evergreens offer year-round beauty and provide shelter for birds and other wildlife. Hedges of conifers are often planted to help block the wind. Here are a few of our favorites.

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