Custom Designs Ornamental Grasses & Their Look-Alikes Posted on July 28, 2020

Summer into fall is the season for ornamental grasses to really shine in the landscape. They add texture, movement and often beautiful color or ornamental plumes to the late season ...


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Custom Designs Container Planting in the Time of COVID-19 Posted on May 14, 2020

These are challenging times, to say the least! You may have noticed that some of your favorite annuals for containers haven’t been available this year. Growers have had to make ...


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Perennials Breathtaking Hostas Posted on May 29, 2019

By Lisa R./ Annual & Perennial Buyer It’s hard to beat the gorgeous tropical looking leaves of a Hosta (Plantain Lily) in the shade garden, but did you know they can ...


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Tips Lichen on Trees Posted on September 6, 2018

By Rob Sculley/Help & Advice I am often asked about the presence of lichen (and moss to some extent) on trees and shrubs.  Home owners often come to see me reporting ...


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Garden Design Plants with Early Season Interest Posted on March 29, 2018

By Lisa Rapalus/Buyer Every year right about now, I’m reminded of why it’s so important to have evergreen and early blooming plants in the landscape.  Not only to provide winter interest, ...


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Annuals Hanging Basket Care Posted on June 27, 2017

By Lisa Rapalus/ Buyer Colorful hanging baskets are a staple for gracing our porches and patios during the summer months.  Although they are an instant way to add color and pizzazz ...


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Fruit Tomatoes Posted on June 6, 2017

By Lisa Rapalus/Annual & Perennial Buyer Tomatoes are probably the most popular, diverse, and versatile summer veggie crop.  There are countless varieties on the market and endless options for utilizing them ...


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Garden Design Converting Sprinklers to a Drip System Posted on March 8, 2017

Every year at Shorty’s, folks come in for help diagnosing plant problems related to incorrect watering practices.  There are the drought stressed plants, but we also address disease problems related ...


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Tips February is the Time to Prune and Train Posted on February 10, 2017

With spring arriving just around the corner, there are some necessary garden tasks to accomplish. This involves the pruning back of many summer flowering shrubs and vines. Those include plants like ...


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Garden Design Right Plant, Right Place Posted on September 2, 2016

Through the year, I have quite a few visitors at my “Help and Advice” desk.  Many of these guests bring me pictures or samples of ailing plants.  Inevitably, the first ...


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