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Northern pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is a North American native found most often in boggy areas filled with sphagnum moss. Discoverrn exactly what it is, how to grow it, and how to use it: http://landscaping.about.com/od/watergardens/ss/Purple-Pitcher-Plants-Grow-a-Carnivorous-Plant-in-Your-Water-Garden.htm
Purple pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea) is native to North America. Loving full sun and wet soil, this perennial's a good choice for water gardens.
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Common milkweed is a butterfly magnet. It does, however, tend to spread, so be sure you want it (and a lot of it!) on your land before you begin growing it: http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/p/milk_weed.htm
Learn facts about common milkweed plant (picture), including its uses and growing requirements. Learn what these host plants for Monarch butterflies look like.
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+John Enfield thank you for sharing this information; I am going to try it😊
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Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii) is a magnet for butterflies. But this shrub is also a magnet for controversy. Read my article to find out why: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/forthebirds/p/butterfly_bush.htm
The scientific name for butterfly bush plants is Buddleia davidii. As the common name suggests, it attracts butterflies; it also draws hummingbirds.
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Butterfly Bush is wonderful stuff. We can grow them well with a little afternoon shade her in Vegas too.
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Is your yard plagued by moles? Is there anything you can do about it? You bet! Here are some ideas, ranging from limiting food sources for moles to discouraging them with mole-repellent plants: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pests/a/mole_control.htm
Mole control is an one element of lawn care and garden pest control. But before you can get rid of them, first learn the difference between moles and voles.
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+David Beaulieu, please be sure to add this to our botanical group!
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Do you have a tree stump that's in the way in your yard? Perhaps you've considered trying to remove it using one of the powders commonly found commercially. I relate my own experiences here using a product called "Stump Out": http://landscaping.about.com/od/treeremoval1/fl/How-to-Use-Stump-Out-Bonides-Tree-Stump-Remover.htm
I used Stump-Out on an old tree to see if it worked. The result is this set of directions on how to use Bonide's chemical stump remover.
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I'm no chemist, +Autumn Ginkgo Leaves™, but the standard here seems to be potassium nitrate.
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Relatively few gardeners grow Rodgers flower. It likes shade, and its height makes it effective as a back-row plant in perennial beds. I use mine as a backdrop for a water garden. Learn more about this unusual plant here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/watergardens/ss/Rodgers-Flower-Waterside-Plant-With-Big-Leaves-Flower-Spikes.htm
Rodgers flowers are used as edging plants in shady areas or around water features. Discover what they are, what they look like, and how to grow them.
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Want a greener lawn? You'll need to give your grass the right nutrients at the right time, practice effective weed control, and maintain a proper mowing regimen. Here are the details: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/lawns/a/green_lawns.htm
Is the grass always greener on the other side (your neighbor's)? These tips for growing green lawns will remedy that, putting a green lawn within your reach.
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How do you tell a male holly shrub from a female (yes, they do have two distinct sexes!)? Find out here, and use the links provided to learn more about these popular bushes: http://landscaping.about.com/od/helpforbeginners/f/holly_flowers.htm
How do you tell a male holly shrub apart from a female bush, using their flowers to make the identification? I show you here, in pictures.
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Do you remember the Clint Eastwood movie, "Every Which Way But Loose?" Harry Lauder's walking stick is a shrub that takes its cue from that movie's title. It's wonderful for winter interest in your landscaping: http://landscaping.about.com/od/floweringtrees/p/harry_lauder.htm
Harry Lauder's walking stick, that shrub whose branches twist crazily, truly shines only after its leaves have fallen. Grow it for winter interest.
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Delphiniums are just one of the flowers I introduce you to in my article, 10 Perennials That Thrive in the Sun. Delphinium is a stately perennial that often comes in pleasing blue colors (blue being one of the most sought-after colors in the landscape): http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/tp/10-Best-Perennials-for-Sun.htm
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Wonderfull Flowers, great picture (schönes Bild).  :>
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Perennial salvia is a deer-resistant plant. I discuss other plants that Bambi disdains in this resource, including various types of bulbs, ornamental grass, ground covers, shrubs, and trees, as well as popular perennials: http://landscaping.about.com/od/Deer-Proof-Plants/tp/Deer-Resistant-Plants.htm
Deer-resistant plants are no guarantee against Bambi's foraging but put the odds on your side. My list includes shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, grasses and bulbs.
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"Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life." That describes my life right now, as a garden writer. I took a long and winding route to get here, but I finally made it. Tip for those trying to navigate this route in their own lives: keep the "Do what you love" part in the back of your mind all along the way, but don't think that it will come in the blink of an eye. That part is the end, not the means. Along the way, you will, in fact, have to do some things that you do not love.
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