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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 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

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

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

6 Spectacular Shade Plants

It can be frustrating when you have an empty spot in your landscape that you want to fill, but alas…it’s too shaded for your favorite bloomers… Well, fear no more! Today we will go through some of our favorite shrubs for bringing new life to any shade garden. So without any further ado, here are […]
March 13, 2018

​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

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 [...]
August 11, 2017

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.
August 2, 2017

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                                            [...]
March 4, 2016

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                                           [...]
February 16, 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

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