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Holly Bushes Buying Guide

Holly Bushes, also known by its scientific name Ilex, is a plant that almost everyone can recognize at first glance! What makes them so popular is their wide use in making Christmas decorations, especially wreaths. They are an excellent addition to any garden for two reasons: they add a pop of color to the landscape […]
November 10, 2022

Why Buy Cleyera Shrubs?

Cleyera Japonica, more commonly known as the Japanese Cleyera, is a shrub native to Japan and China – and in recent times, a staple in most southern gardens. Cleyera shrubs grow in cool, well-drained soil, in full sun to some moderate shade. Full-grown shrubs can withstand drought, but they need to be shielded from strong […]
October 31, 2022

Liriope Buyer’s Guide

Liriope, also known as Monkey Grass, is an easy-growing perennial grass you can plant along walkways, pathways, and flower borders throughout any landscape. Liriope, dubbed Lillie turf, is drought-resistant, deer-proof, and withstands many climates from a growing zone 4 to 10. In the summer, it produces lavender flower spikes with hues of purple or pink […]
July 6, 2022

Hydrangea Buyer’s Guide

Hydrangeas are a classic landscape and garden feature, and they’re virtually unmistakable! Their trademark cluster blooms change color depending on the pH of the soil, with the exception of true white blooming species (Paniculata and Quercifolia). Specifically, pink blooms come from alkaline soil, blue from acidic soil, and purple from somewhere in between. Hydrangeas in History […]
December 21, 2021

How and When To Fertilize Encore Azaleas

Knowing when to fertilize Encore Azaleas is crucial to getting the most out of your money, efforts, and plants. There are some gardeners that don’t want to fertilize their plants ever and there are some gardeners that fertilize their plants too much. Best practices lie somewhere in between, so we’re going to go over some […]
January 22, 2020

When Do Encore Azaleas Bloom?

Encore Azaleas are the premier reblooming azalea brand currently on the garden scene. There are over 30 different varieties, with one or two more being introduced every few years traditionally. Despite what you might assume, this question of “When Do Encore Azaleas Bloom?” is more nuanced than you’d expect. So, When Do Encore Azaleas Bloom? […]
January 22, 2020

When to Prune Encore Azaleas

Encore Azaleas are selectively chosen and bred to be either dwarf or intermediate in size. Therefore, the goal when planting them is that trimming will either be unnecessary or at the very least uncommon. However, there are still good reasons to trim yours periodically. When to Prune Encore Azaleas for Ideal Results The best time […]
January 21, 2020

Horttube Is Giving Away Plants!

Watch HortTube's Jim Putnam's video to learn how to enter his plant giveaway.
June 6, 2019

Gardenia Games

Gardenia season is here! Southern gardeners cherish the Gardenia because of its iconic fragrance, eye-catching blooms, and reliable evergreen foliage. However, many new varieties are capable of growing down to USDA Zone 7a. This means the humble southern Gardenia is spreading to entirely new areas across the United States! A Brief Gardenia History… We tend […]
June 4, 2019

Perennial Pizzazz

In 2018, we released a blog post called Perennial Perfection that listed and detailed some of our favorite perennials. It turned out to be one of our most popular blog posts. This led us to conclude that there must be quite a few perennial fans out there! Therefore, we’re back again with even more of […]
April 12, 2019

The Encore Azalea Buyer’s Guide

Encore Azaleas are some of the most popular landscape plants on the market today! However, with so many varieties, where do you begin?  We’ve attempted to create the most comprehensive guidebook to Encore Azaleas on the web! A bold task, I know, but as they say, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you might […]
March 7, 2019

Clay Soil and What to Do About It

Clay soil is quite common in the United States, and it can be quite a pain for gardeners to deal with too. For a couple of different reasons. Common Gardening Problems Caused by Clay Soil: Problem #1: Clay soil retains quite a bit of moisture. Any plant that is susceptible to root rot is going to […]
February 20, 2019

What’s New 2019?

Each year brings fantastic new plant varieties with it, and 2019 is no exception! We’ve got new Hydrangeas, Camellias, Southern Living Plants, unusual fruit shrubs, perennials, and more. So without wasting any more time, here are some of the varieties that we’re most excited about! Hydrangeas Everyone loves Hydrangeas. If you don’t, that’s fine. I […]
February 14, 2019

HortTube: Get to Know Jim Putnam

We here at are committed to bringing our customers the most accurate and quality plant information possible. For this reason, we often feature videos from HortTube with Jim Putnam on our product pages. Jim owns Earthworks Nursery and Garden Center in Clayton, NC; and he has an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience that he shares […]
February 14, 2019

Fall Planting Tips

Cue up the music and strike up the band, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And yes I know it’s not Christmas time.. I’m talking about Fall planting season! Everyone knows that Spring is a great time to deck out your landscape with new shrubs, trees, and bloomers in general. But not everybody […]
September 13, 2018

19 Privacy Plant Picks

Privacy fences and walls are great, but they can be expensive and they require upkeep. However, privacy plants will basically take care of themselves after they’re established, and they only get more impressive with time. Moreover, they filter out CO2 from passing vehicles, they’re comparatively affordable, and they have a fantastic natural beauty to them. Still […]
August 23, 2018

Planting Hedges and Screens

Natural hedges and screens are phenomenal alternatives to fences or walls. They’re perfect for enhancing your landscape appeal while serving a highly functional purpose. Your hedges and screens are going to be there for years. For this reason, it’s worthwhile to do some due diligence to ensure you’re planting them appropriately. There isn’t a universal set […]
August 16, 2018

It’s a Cleyera Affair!

Wait a minute… Are those star-crossed lovers in your garden providing an elegant twist of color and texture, taking your landscape to the next level?! Nope, it’s Cleyera! The Romeo and Juliet Cleyera from the Southern Living Plant Collection to be precise. (And that makes much more sense when you think about it) We’re going […]
August 8, 2018
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