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DIY Potting Table Out of a Metro Shelf

https://youtu.be/FxS8UivzljQ DIY Potting Table Out of a Metro Shelf Here is a pretty neat project to do before the growing season starts. Using 2x4's, you can frame out a metro shelf and use it to pot up trays of seeds or other pots without…
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Native Perennial Spotlight: Monarda (Bee Balm)

Native Perennial Spotlight: Monarda (Bee Balm) Monarda, commonly known as bee balm, is a genus of North American flowering plants that's a delight for both gardeners and pollinators. These vibrant blooms boast a long list of charms, making…
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Fizzy Mizzy: Making Sweetspire Cool Again

Fizzy Mizzy: Making Sweetspire Cool Again Itea virginica(sweetspire) is a versatile shrub native to the southeast United States. Almost impossible to kill; it's happy from understory shade to sun, in wet areas, and in heavy clay. It makes a…
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The Littlest Sun Hydrangea

The Littlest Sun Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata are the easiest species of hydrangea to grow in Western North Carolina, and the least fussy hydrangea in general. They take heavy clay fairly well, grow fast on new wood in the summer (after our…
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5 Well Loved Plants in Asheville…That Deer Love Too

Oh, deer. Maybe the top garden pest in Western North Carolina. They get our vegetable gardens, they get our fruit trees. They knock things over at the nursery. The list of DIY deer deterrents is almost as long as the plants they eat. Shaving…
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9 Tips for Designing Your Western North Carolina Landscape

January is a great time to do a little landscape planning for the spring. February can be very up and down temperature-wise in Western North Carolina, so it's great to be ready to take advantage of warm spells when they come to get a head start…
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Mulch: The Key to a Green Thumb in WNC

A good mulch is simply the best thing you can do for your outdoor plants as well as improve the look of your property for the season. Some mulch is better than others, but any mulch is better than none. A good rule of thumb is no bare…
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4 of Our Least Favorite Perennials in Asheville (2023)

4 of Our Least Favorite Perennials in Asheville (2023)   1. Stachys byzantina (Lambs Ear.) Admittedly, Lambs ear has some appeal. It's easy to grow, spreads fast, and takes any soil or full sun slope you throw at it. If only it…
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What to do with Fall Leaves in the Garden

Many people put off raking leaves until well into the winter months, or even spring when the motivation for yard work strikes again. It's generally a bad idea to put this off for that long, particularly for us in Western North Carolina with…
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7 of Our Favorite Evergreen Conifers of 2023

Here is the 3rd installment of a series we are doing in December as the year wraps up to look at some of our favorite plants in 2023. This list is in no particular order and highlights the evergreen conifers we love both for their beauty and…
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Euonymous: The Worst Shrub to Plant in Asheville

Euonymous: The Worst Shrub to Plant in Asheville I want to be nasty about this one, I really do. Euonymous suckered me in, enticing me with the bright yellow and green mix of the foliage, a unique option to add some color for a foundation-type…
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Gaura: A Butterfly Magnet in Western North Carolina

Gaura: A Butterfly Magnet in Western North Carolina Gaura, also known as wandflower, is a genus of North American native flowering plants that are a true delight for both gardeners and pollinators. These elegant perennials boast airy, graceful…