bushes of rhododendron in a shade garden

Low-Maintenance Shade Plants: Shrubs & Perennials

Part of the fun of gardening is deciding what to plant and where to plant it. However, there are various considerations to consider while designing your dream garden space, such as how much space each plant needs, the soil, watering and feeding requirements of each, and, of course, whether they prefer sun, shade or part-shade. … Read more

magnolia flowers falling from tree

Magnolia Flower: Health Benefits, Meaning + Interesting Facts

After a long, cold winter comes spring with beautiful blooms of Magnolia, which provide a splash of color to your outdoor space. Highly prized for their decadent scent, beautiful flowers, and large, leathery leaves, Magnolias are undoubtedly one of the most stunning additions to any landscape.  With star-shaped flowers fluttering in the spring breeze, creating … Read more

How To Get Rid of Muskrats in Lakes, Ponds & Gardens

Muskrats are a species of semi-aquatic rodents found in marshes, swamps, and other wetlands around the world. They look similar to beavers but are smaller, with a long, skinny tail that’s flat on the side and lack orange incisors. Like beavers, muskrats are considered ecosystem engineers. In the wild, they help create openings in the … Read more

swamp verbena plant in bloom

Verbena Hastata: Benefits, How to Plant, Grow & Care for Swamp Verbena

Swamp verbena (Verbena hastata) is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant from the Verbenaceae family native to areas in the Great Lakes region of North America, including parts of Canada and various states in the US. It consists of around 150 species in the genus Verbena. The plant is known by multiple names, including blue vervain, wild … Read more

mulberry tree with ripe berries

Mulberry Tree: Growing, Tips & Some Surprising Facts

Mulberries are one of the easiest trees you can grow. Whether you’re looking for something that packs ornamental value, hoping to attract wild birds, or planning to grow a reliable fruit tree that produces an abundant crop year after year, these underrated trees will quickly earn a well-deserved spot in your garden.  But beware: not … Read more

drought tolerant plants in rock garden

Drought-Tolerant Plants For Every Landscape & Plant Type

Drought sounds like a gardener’s worst nightmare. But despite the common association of gardening with watering cans or hoses, many plants can tolerate periods of drought once they are established.  So many that it would be impossible to survey them all here. Instead, we’ll go over a few of our favorite drought-tolerant plants. Plus, we’ll … Read more

Yummy fruits & veggies that’ll keep you hydrated all summer long

Phew — it’s a scorcher out there! There’s no denying that summers are getting hotter and hotter, and the 2022 season is already shaping up to be one of the hottest. While we all can do our part in reducing emissions and combating climate change to help mitigate these unbearable temperatures, the reality is that the impacts of … Read more

snake plant in a pot on the floor

Snake Plant: Growing + Care Guide

Durable, low maintenance, striking appearance, and excellent decor are some things to love about these plants. Snake plant or Sansevieria is an indoor staple plant that makes a perfect choice for homeowners looking for houseplants with hassle-free care tips. The succulent ranks among the most tolerant plants that withstand harsh conditions and neglect. With that … Read more

soil mite up close

Soil Mites: Good/Bad? What to Do? [Answered]

Pest patrol is a duty every gardener must shoulder at some point in the growing season. But before you draw up elaborate plans to fumigate your backyard or douse your potting plants in pesticide, remember: not all bugs are bad. Some tiny creatures actually perform functions crucial to the health of your soil. Read on … Read more