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Autumn Bonfire Care
New Plants

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

garden spring cleaning
Gardening Tips

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

Garden Perennial care
Gardening Tips

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.

rose dormancy
Gardening Tips

Rose Dormancy for the Modern Gardener

Rose dormancy is nature’s way of making sure that roses see next spring by preventing damage from freezing temperatures. Inside the stems, cell sap will thicken making the plant additionally cold hardy and capable of withstanding long winters. The rose will then go into a hibernation-type state where it will slow down its metabolic systems, and […]

How-To

Planting Like a Pro with Purple Pixie Loropetalum

There are a lot of groundcover
shrubs out there working every day and night to keep our landscapes looking fantastic,
and I’m not sure they get the recognition they deserve. We’re talking about
plants that play second fiddle to taller plants while selflessly making sure
that every inch of the landscape looks like a million bucks. I think this
raises […]

Pink Perplexion Camellia in the Landscape
How-To

​Tips for Planting Camellias

Here are a few tips to get you ready to plant everyone’s favorite late bloomer, Camellias! Get tips on planting, spacing and pruning your camellias.

Landscaping Ideas

Planting Encore Azaleas in the Landscape

Spacing:Encore® Azaleas should be planted the same width apart as the mature dimensions specify. This measurement should be taken from the center of one plant to the center of the other. For example: Autumn Angel™matures to 3 feet wide. In order to have mature Autumn Angel Encore Azaleas bunched next to each other, you […]

Landscaping Ideas

How to Use Soft Caress Mahonia In Your Garden

The Soft Caress Mahonia is truly JUST right! Classic Mahonias are popular thanks to their great texture, evergreen color, and shade-tolerant nature. However, they’re often quite large and feature stiff, sharp foliage. This is where the Soft Caress comes in. It’s a dwarf variety that matures to only 3 feet wide and 3.5 feet wide AND it has soft feathery foliage.

How-To

Encore Azalea: Keeping it Cool – A little winter prep goes a long way

Keeping it Cool: A little winter prep goes a long wayThe changing of the seasons is our cue to begin preparing our landscapes for the cooler weather that accompanies shorter daylight hours. For many Encore® Azalea gardeners, the threat of frost and freezing temperatures is rarely considered. However, it is always good practice to clean […]

Landscaping Ideas

Your Front Porch is a Canvas: Encore Azalea

Combine the pink blooms of Autumn Carnation with turquoise accessories for a stunning front porch look!           1. Autumn Carnation         2. Turquoise Pot           3. Welcome Mat                                            […]

Landscaping Ideas

Create a Mailbox Garden

Want to incorporate reblooming shrubs to dress up your mailbox? Look no further than Encore Azalea and these great companion plants. All have similar sun and soil requirements and pair beautifully with Encores!1. Autumn Fire                                           […]

Create a clip and snip garden with these beautiful plants
How-To

Bring the Beauty Indoors | Snip and Clip Garden

Bring the beauty indoors with a Snip & Clip Garden, featuring Encore Azalea and these perfect pairs:1. Encore Azalea Autumn Angel2. Pringles Dwarf Podocarpus Yew3. Saucy Wine Salvia4. Big Daddy Hydrangea5. Alabama Beauty Camellias7. Obsession Nandina

Pink Encore Azaleas Planted as a Hedge
How-To

Encore® Azalea 101: A Crash Course on Flower Families

Encore® Azalea 101: A Crash Course on Flower FamiliesA Family AffairIt all began more than 15 years ago, when Robert “Buddy” Lee, a nationally-known plant breeder, began crossing traditional spring-blooming azaleas with the summer-blooming azalea, Rhododendron oldhamii, to create the Encore® Azalea family. “Azaleas are easy to grow, and they’re really colorful. I was just […]

How-To

Gardenia Care Tips

Gardenia Care Basics
Before planting your gardenias make sure the
soil PH is in the range of 6.5-5. Too high of a PH will prevent your gardenia
from absorbing essential nutrients. Plant your gardenia only as deep as the root
ball is tall, but dig the hole 2-3 times the width of the root ball.Gardenias will grow best at […]

Azalea Care Tips

Azalea
Care Tips
Before planting your Azaleas make sure the soil PH is in the
slightly acidic range of 6.5 to 5.5. Alkaline soils can be detrimental to the
health and blooming of your Azalea. If your soil is Alkaline take step to
increase the acidity of your soil such as a fertilizer for acid loving plants.Plant your Azalea only […]

your Plants have arrived
How-To

Your plants have arrived. Now What?

Once your plants have arrived from plantsbymail.com you want to remove them from the
packaging as soon as possible. Removal from the bottom of the box is recommended,
so that the braches of your plants will slide out naturally, and not get caught
and bend/break. Next give your new plants some water, it has been a long trip.
Your plants are […]

Gardening Tips

Properly establishing your new potted plant with Plantsbymail.com

Properly establishing your new potted plant from
plantsbymail.com is crucial to its health and growth. This part of the process
is extremely important, but is often overlooked, done hastily, and incorrectly.
Here are some suggested steps that will help optimize the development of your
new plants.Step1: Read up on the proper sunlight and water exposure
for the variety of plant […]

Removing Dead Shrubs

Hopefully the Polar Vortex has come and gone, and you can
finally get out of your house again without wrapping up like an Eskimo. Now as
things are thawing out you are beginning to realize those shrubs in your yard
do not seem to be coming around. You can check for
signs of life by scratching the bark at […]

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