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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
Landscape

Plant Selection for a Sustainable Landscape

Sustainable Landscaping is a buzz word you may have heard lately. But what exactly is it? According to Colorado State Extension (which has a variety of factsheets related to sustainable landscaping here: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07243.html ), sustainable landscaping should include an attra...

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Dame's Rocket

Plant of the Week! This week's plant may look pretty, but it's actually on the Illinois invasive plants list (http://www.invasive.org/species/list.cfm?id=152). Dame's Rocket ( Hesperis matronalis ) grows to 1.5-3 feet in height and has lovely pink, magenta, or white flowers in large loose, fragrant clusters with four petals that bloom May...

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Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart

Plant of the Week! This week the Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) is blooming beautifully in my landscape! With it's beautiful and unique heart shaped flowers it's a great addition to the shade garden. Old fashioned bleeding heart has graceful fern like foliage on a mound shaped plant. Don't...

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How to Make Your Own Rain Barrel

The drought of 2012 took a great toll not only on the plants in the garden but also on the gardener's wallet. It was tough for some gardeners to decide which plants to water and which to let survive on their own. Unfortunately, if a gardener did decide that watering was absolutely essential, they likely saw an increased water bill the next month. This year, putting in a rain bar...

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Mulching
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Proper Mulching Technique

Everyone has gardening pet peeves right? For some it's the use of dyed mulch, for others it's the use of bright white stone mulch. Improper mulching technique, specifically mulch volcanoes may just be one of mine. Mulch volcanoes are the improper placement of mulch around trees so that it literally resembles a volcano. What's wrong with that may you ask? This thick layer of mulch...

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Virginia bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Plant of the Week! I'm bringing back the plant of the week posts! This week's featured plant is Virginia Bluebells ( Mertensia virginica). The leaves of Virginia bluebells emerge early in the spring as purple-colored spikes that turn into light green-colored leaves. The beautiful trumpet shaped flowers are pink in bud, opening to...

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Reusing Wooden Pallets in the Garden

Who doesn't like reusing things in the garden right? Well pallets especially seem to be as popular as ever for being used in the garden, but think carefully before making that decision. It's a great idea for the environment to reuse and recycle as much as possible for use in gardening, but one must also think about the safety of the product they're reusing first. Many people don't stop...

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