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Landscaping April 2012 Archive


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Are You Hip to the Rose Family?

Saturday April 28, 2012
Of rose hips, Marie Iannotti says, "Many people don't realize how closely related roses and apples are until they see what look like crab apple clusters hanging from their rose ... Read More

Examples of Small Mailbox Gardens

Wednesday April 25, 2012
As Jamie McIntosh, About.com Guide to Flowers, notes, the mailbox area is a "highly visible part of your property." As such, it deserves a planting to spruce it up. I ... Read More

Flowering Quince Bushes: They're "the Other Quince"

Wednesday April 18, 2012
When someone says "quince," do you think of a bush grown in the yard with pretty spring flowers, or does a jelly come to mind first? Or does it depend ... Read More

Top Plants in My Landscape for April

Monday April 16, 2012
I still have some holdovers from my March Landscaping Report performing quite well in my April landscape. Most notably, while I had some daffodils bloom early enough this year to ... Read More

Does Spring Bring Out Your Inner Wood Nymph?

Friday April 13, 2012
There's something about the landscape in spring that takes me back, mentally, to ancient Greece, when nymphs still traipsed through magical forests. I guess it's the freshness in the vegetation, ... Read More

'Miss Ruby' Buddleia: No Song, Just Great Color

Wednesday April 11, 2012
'Miss Ruby' is one of the relatively new butterfly bushes on the market. The shrub is named for its floral color, which is a rich, deep pink. The individual blooms ... Read More

Double Your Pleasure With 'Sugar Tip' Rose of Sharon

Tuesday April 10, 2012
Do you strive for a continual sequence of bloom in your landscaping? If so, rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) can be a key element in your landscaping plan. These shrubs ... Read More

How to Landscape a Side Yard

Monday April 9, 2012
Side yards get no respect. They're often treated as if they were good for nothing but passageways between the front yard and the backyard. But why should just the front ... Read More

Arbor Day Facts

Sunday April 8, 2012
Arbor Day 2012 lands on April 27. The fact is, we always celebrate Arbor Day on the last Friday of April. As the "tree holiday," skeptics scoff at the idea ... Read More

Types of Flowering Trees

Saturday April 7, 2012
One way I gauge spring's approach in my yard is by observing my magnolia trees. I love it when the buds on my early-blooming magnolias are just starting to crack ... Read More

Information About Poison Ivy

Friday April 6, 2012
There's lots of information out there amidst the general public about poison ivy. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation, too. Then there's the kind of poison-ivy information that is ... Read More

What Are Your Views on Earth Day?

Thursday April 5, 2012
Earth Day 2012 is right around the corner. Events will be taking place April 22, 2012. While the World Earth Day events constitute a sort of holy day for environmentalism, ... Read More

Bambi-Busters: A Deer-Resistant Plant List

Wednesday April 4, 2012
The cultural significance of the white-tailed deer and other members of the Cervidae family (moose, elk, reindeer, etc.) is truly impressive. Think about their impact on movies, TV and literature. ... Read More

Is It a Boxwood or a Holly?

Tuesday April 3, 2012
Certain plants that are totally different from one another do, nonetheless, look alike. Or at least they bear a very similar appearance. If you know what to look for in ... Read More

Selecting Rock Garden Plants

Monday April 2, 2012
Some readers have sent in their own rock garden ideas, one even writing at more length about a rock garden perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Feel free to ... Read More

Serving Dandelion Wine to April Fools

Sunday April 1, 2012
Do you have a bad neighbor who criticizes your landscaping? Are you never quite quick enough to think of something witty to say in response to the charge of bad ... Read More

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