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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 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

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

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.
March 7, 2018

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 growing year off right. Clean […]
February 20, 2018

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 [...]
August 18, 2017

​Planting Tips for Acid Loving Plants

Before purchasing make sure to check your growing zone to make sure the plant will thrive in your USDA Zone 
August 16, 2017

​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.
August 15, 2017

Time to Plant: Discover the benefits of planting Encore Azaleas in the Fall

Plant Encore Azaleas in the fall to enjoy flowers until the first frost. Planting in fall allows the roots to establish without damage from extreme temperatures.
August 9, 2017

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 [...]
December 7, 2016

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
February 16, 2016

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 [...]
September 11, 2015

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 [...]
January 7, 2015

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 [...]
January 7, 2015

Your plants have arrived. Now What?

Once your plants have arrived from 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 [...]
April 5, 2014

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 [...]
March 20, 2014

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