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The Plant Blog

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 that the humble southern Gardenia is spreading to entirely new areas across the United States! A Brief Gardenia History... We […]
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. […]
February 14, 2019

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 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 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 you’re planting them appropriately.   […]
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 really think about it) We’re […]
August 8, 2018

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 and landscaping edging ideas out there […]
April 23, 2018

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 your landscapes. Here are: 8 […]
April 3, 2018

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 perennial selections. But first things first: […]
March 27, 2018

8 GREAT Low-Maintenance Plants

Encore Azaleas Evercolor Carex Evercolor Carex (Sedge Grass) grasses are truly tolerant faux grasses that fans of low-maintenance landscapes are sure to appreciate. They're perfect for any part sun to light shade location. They  require no trimming and will NOT run wild. Plant them next to hedges for a easy care transition from ground to […]
March 22, 2018
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