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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 that the humble southern Gardenia is spreading to entirely new areas across the United States!

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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

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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.

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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.   Reason #1: Clay soil retains quite a bit of moisture. Any plant that is susceptible to root rot is going to have

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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.

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HortTube: Get to Know Jim Putnam

We here at PlantsbyMail.com 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

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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

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19 Privacy Plant Picks

“Hey PlantsbyMail, how can I get some privacy, increase my property value, cut down on street/neighbor noise, naturally purify my air, and beautify my landscape?” Well that’s an easy one, Privacy Plants! Privacy fences and walls are great, but they can be expensive and they require upkeep. However, privacy plants

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Planting Hedges and Screens

Natural hedges and screens are phenomenal alternatives to fences or walls. They’re perfect for enhancing your landscape appeal while simultaneously serving a highly functional purpose.   Your hedges and screens are going to be there for years. For this reason, it’s worthwhile to do a little due diligence to make sure

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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

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Garden and Landscaping Edging Ideas

  Edging is a proven way to improve anyone’s landscape. Its primary task is to distinguish one area from the next. Thus, edging serves as a way to separate the lawn grass from your garden bed. Likewise, its aesthetic value cannot be denied. This is why there are many garden

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For The Birds

Looking for plants that will attract birds to your yard? Fortunately, this really isn’t that difficult! More than anything, birds want a few simple things: food, shelter, and potential nesting sites. So we’re gonna go through 8 of our favorite varieties of plants that help to entice feathered friends into

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Perennial Perfection

“What is ol’ PlantsbyMail rambling on about today?” you may ask (rhetorically, because presumably you’ve already read the post title). Well.. We’re talking about the Powerhouses of Petals. The Barons of Bloom. The Foremost in Flowers. Perennials, of course!   Specifically, we’re going to touch on 8 of our favorite

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8 GREAT Low-Maintenance Plants

Some gardeners get a lot of satisfaction from maintaining their landscape, pruning and shaping to their heart’s content. Some gardeners…not as much. If you want some plants that will allow you to focus on other things, this list of 8 low-maintenance plants is for you!   1.   Endless Summer Hydrangeas

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6 Spectacular Shade Plants

It can be frustrating when you have an empty spot in your landscape that you really want to fill, but alas…it’s too shaded for your favorite bloomers… Well fear no more! For today we are going to go through some of our favorite shrubs for bringing new life to any

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Nandina 101 – Intro to Nandinas

Welcome to Nandina 101! Nandinas are a classic choice for Southern landscapes and they have been for quite some time. If you’ve spent any time in the South at all then you’ve driven past at least one of these southern favorites. This blog post is going cover some of the best ways to use these guys in your landscape.

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Introducing the New Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea

Get to know the newest member of the Encore Azalea family, the Autumn Bonfire! The Bonfire takes a page out of another Encore Azalea’s playbook, the Autumn Fire Encore Azalea, when it comes to their decadently rich, brilliantly true-red, semi-double blooms. However, unlike the Autumn Fire, this azalea is for gardeners

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Spring Cleaning Your Garden

After a long, cold winter it’s finally time to step back into the garden, but “Where to begin?” you might ask. Spring cleaning your garden is an important step for getting your plants off on the right foot. We’re going to go through some steps that should help get your

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Perennial Care in Your Garden

Perennials are some of the most rewarding plants around for gardeners, and fortunately, perennial care isn’t so difficult. With a little extra attention, these prolific bloomers will be around for years bringing you flower after flower. These are some of our tips for getting the most out of your perennials.

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