Growing rhododendron in Asheville, Asheville shrubs, native plants in western north carolina

5 Tips for Growing Rhododendron in Asheville

No plant is more Asheville and Western North Carolina than rhododendron. They grow like weeds up in the mountains all over the area, sprouting up and thriving even perched over rocks on cliff faces. Despite that, it's crazy how fussy they can…

3 Tips for Pruning Newly Planted Trees

"The best time to prune is when you remember to do it." That saying is basically true, particularly for large woody plants that have been in the ground for a few years. That's because most of us forget to prune until branches are slapping…
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The Thuja Green Giant Screening Tree in Western North Carolina

Ah, the Thuja Green Giant. Those towering giants of the evergreen world, promising privacy and peace of mind to homeowners with a penchant for seclusion. But before you rush out and plant a line of these emerald behemoths, there are a few things…
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Fire Chief Arborvitae: A Winter Wonder

Fire Chief arborvitae is one of our favorite evergreens, particularly for the winter landscape.  It's a sport of 'Rheingold' but with more vibrant color in the spring, more compact habit, and less prone to splitting over time. A cultivar…

Pruning Old Multi Stemmed Shrubs

Old crochety multi-stemmed shrubs are perhaps the most intimidating plant to prune.  Here is a video where I go over the process.  There are two basic steps: Cut out 25-30% of the oldest and largest stems at the base of the plant each…

7 of Our Favorite Deciduous Shrubs of 2023

Shrubs are the backbone of the garden, with evergreens providing the base and deciduous flowers the pizazz.  Here are some of our favorite deciduous shrubs we've grown this year.  These are in no particular order and were chosen based on three…

10 Fertilizer Myths

One of the most confusing things about gardening is how to fertilize. There is A LOT of misinformation online about it and just as much marketing hype. When we were starting we fell for most of it. We bought fish fertilizer, got our soil…
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6 of Our Favorite Perennials for 2023

It's December and we thought it would be a good time to reflect on some of our favorite plants this year.  For this list, we are only including herbaceous perennials, more to come for shrubs and other plants.  Plants are in no particular order…

7 Tips for Overwintering New Plants

  It was a pretty brutal winter this year (2022-2023), reaching -2 this December, then the usual up-and-down warm and cold weather in February and March.     For two good weeks this year the early spring bloomers were…

Bone Meal: Help or Hype?

One saying that stuck with me early on in my plant adventure was, “For every dollar you spend in the garden, .90 cents should be on the soil.” I would add, soil and roots.  The size of the plant/root system matters almost as much as…

What to do about the Darn Clay

Almost all plants prefer rich but well-draining soil.  Clay is rich in nutrients but terrible at draining.  Sand is great at draining but very low on nutrients.  In the middle is loam to varying degrees. The goal when we plant in our…

11 of Our Favorite Plants of 2022

Sombrero Sangrita Coneflower It's the middle of July, and a great time to reflect on the season while we hide in the shade in the middle of the day with an iced tea.  We stretched ourselves with the amount of plants we grew this season, maybe…

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