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Pond Owners: Water Lilies are in Bloom!

Water lilies make every pond complete. They possess unique beauty that can’t be found anywhere else. Ponds that otherwise would just exist become the highlight of the landscape thanks to these colorful flowers. Just as important is the role they play in keeping the entire pond ecosystem safe and healthy. There are plenty of colors…

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Perennial of the Week: Coneflower

Echinacea, better known as Coneflower, is our new perennial of the week! These beautiful flowers are attractive to the eye as well as birds and butterflies. They feature daisy-styled blooms with raised centers. Coneflowers have just entered their blooming season, which begins in the middle of summer and stretches through the beginning of fall. The…

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Summer and Fall Blooming Perennials

Annuals have been getting a lot attention at this time of year. A lot of gardeners don’t realize that there are still lots of perennials that can be planted during the summer. The popular tropical Hibiscus and the seemingly always in bloom day lily, are two of the best for sunny spots. Hosta, arguably our…

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Zinnia: The Potted Summer Annual

  With spring behind us and the dog days of summer hitting full steam, many gardens are hitting that stagnant phase where they simply exist rather than flourish. The best way to give them new life? Adding some summer annuals, like the Zinnia! Zinnias, members of the Aster Family, flourish in the summer heat. Like…

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Canna Flowers

  The end of spring doesn’t mark the end of the gardening season! Tons of annuals and perennials alike grow best during these hot summer months. Canna flowers, for one, love the hot summer sun and humid conditions that other plants want protection from. That’s because Cannas are tropicals, naturally found in Central America. They…

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Flowering Shrubs All Summer Long

KO Roses The universally adored Knock Out roses feature beauty and elegance, as well as hardiness you may not expect from such a delicate looking flower. They’re one of the most popular flowering shrubs around, and for good reason! Knock Out roses don’t require special care to flourish. They’re very disease resistant, have a bloom…

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Perennial of the Week: ‘Arizona Sun’ Gaillardia

This week’s Perennial of the Week is the Gaillardia, also known as the Blanket Flower! These wildflowers are a member of the daisy family, every bit as beautiful and easy to grow as their close relatives. Toughness defines the Gaillardia, although you’d never guess it by looking at their lovely blooms. You can often find…

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Hydroponic Lighting Options

(HID) Metal Halide Metal Halide lamps are the best single source of artificial light for indoor gardening. Their light spectrum is very similar to the tropical sun, containing the important blue and red wavelengths needed for rapid vegetative growth. Metal Halide lamps will do a great job of growing your plants in every phase, seedling…

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Nutrients and Fertilizer

Macronutrients Macronutrients are elements that plants use a lot of the grow. The most prominent macronutrients are Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium. When considering fertilizer, you should check the soil you are using to see what (if any) elements it isn’t giving your plants. The fertilizer you buy should supplement the soil to ensure that your…

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Types of Growing Media

Coconut Coir Coconut Coir, or coco coir, is a very popular growing medium for hydroponics users. It made from the middle layer of a coconut, the part just beneath the outer layer and outside the interior shell. Perhaps the best advantage of coconut coir is its cost efficiency and quality. Coconut Coir has a great…

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