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| February 1, 2024

Meadowlark Forsythia (Forsythia ‘Meadowlark’)

Vibrant blooms usher in spring! Why we Love it:  Like the birds they are named after, Meadowlark Forsythia, with their showy yellow display, are a welcome sign that Spring has arrived. This deciduous shrub flowers early in the season, before its dark green leaves emerge. With its large size and excellent flower bud hardiness, Meadowlark […]

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Plants

| January 1, 2024

River Birch (Betula nigra)

A Favorite Tree for Winter Interest Why We Love It:This native tree is a lovely fast-growing shade tree to add to your landscape. While the natural habitat of River Birch is near a streambank or low-lying area, they can tolerate a variety of residential landscape conditions and thrive. One of the most appealing features of […]

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Plants

| December 1, 2023

Norway Spruce (Picea abies)

An exceptionally cold hardy species with many cultivars! Why we Love it:  There are over 150 cultivars of Norway Spruce; a variety of landscaping needs can be met by a member of this species! The straight species can be used for screening, hedges, or an effective windbreak (excellent for our frigid Wisconsin winters) in large […]

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Plants

| November 1, 2023

Winterberry (‘Ilex verticillata’)

A deciduous holly with delightful berries! Why We Love It: Winterberries are native to North America and provide great aesthetic and wildlife value! Mid-summer blooms lead to berries in fall (with proper pollination) that last into winter. The berries are long-lasting; they do not immediately fall to the ground when ripe. Thus, a plethora of […]

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Tips & Tricks

| October 10, 2023

Fall Perennial Garden Cleanup

It’s that time of year when our perennial gardens are ready to be nestled all snug in their beds for a long winters nap (so would a lot of us)! However, not all plants have the same idea about what naptime means, so when bedding down perennials there are a few rules that are best […]

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Plants

| October 1, 2023

Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’)

Fast growth and unbeatable fall color! Why We Love It: Autumn Blaze Maples are known for their deciduous foliage producing vibrant fall color. The Autumn Blaze Maple is a hybrid that combines some of the best qualities of red maples (Acer rubrum) and silver maples (Acer saccharinum). It has the more strongly attached branches of […]

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Plants

| September 1, 2023

Fern Leaf Peony (Paeonia tenufolia)

Fancy Flowers and Unique Foliage! Why We Love It:This showstopper is a shrubby perennial that offers a feathery foliage and bold lightly-scented blooms; it is also one of the earliest peonies to flower in the spring! Know Before You Plant: Fern Leaf Peony will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity and will […]

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Tips & Tricks

| August 15, 2023

pH Matters!

What is soil pH? The soil pH value is a measure of soil acidity or alkalinity. Soil pH directly affects nutrient availability. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 7 as neutral. Numbers less than 7 indicate acidity while numbers greater than 7 indicate alkalinity.  The ‘little variances” in readings represent a huge […]

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Tips & Tricks

| August 10, 2023

Planting with Pets in Mind

Many of us look forward to spending our free time outside, and work hard to fill our yards with eye-catching, lush plantings. While gardens and yards are lovely for relaxing, we do need to exercise caution when designing for homeowners with pets. When shopping at the nursery or if you use a landscaper for your […]

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