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    Cold Hardy - Variety Arp or Madalene Hill Rosemary to zone 6 (protected)

    Tips for growing strawberries

    I planted some of these on my previous property and they are definately fast growing and easy to take care of ...the only draw back is that since they are fast growing they require prunning every year. These were great at making a sunny area shady. This one's on it's way! Needed a fast growing shade tree! This one claims to grow 15 ft in a year! Found it for 20 bucks online, that included shipping... royal empress tree!

    I love seeing Snowdrops at the end of winter!

    Shrubs That Grow Well in Shade

    violets

    Fast growing ground cover, Purple Cascading Aubrieta.

    Beautiful flower colors mixed with the galvinized bucket.

    Growing your own medicine - this lady gives tons of info on medicinal herbs! Which ones, what they're good for, how to grow and how to prepare them - what a score

    How to Grow and Care for Chives. These beautiful and easy spring bloomers add a bright beautiful color to the garden and offer healthy benefits to meals.

    Rosemary ‘Corsican’ (Rosmarinus prostratus) Trailing Rosemary. Bushy, semi-trailing plants with deep blue flowers and very pungent, needlelike green foliage that’s excellent for cooking. Grows 24-30″ tall. Needs full sun, good drainage. Grow near south facing wall for best chance of overwintering. Tender perennial.

    how to grow lilacs from cut flowers. also links to other lilac growing and planting tips

    Rosemary

    Pruning Subshrubs / Lavender / Rosemary ~ Don't cut plants like lavender to the ground, and don't touch them in fall or winter...

    Late Spring Backyard Garden...Get in my back yard...And I need a garden boy to take care of it.

    Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year – spring and fall.

    Mint, catnip, and pennyroyal planted around the foundation of your house can keep both ants and mice out of your home. Neither of these pests seem to like the smell and all but the most determined will head to a better smelling yard. You can also place shallow bowls of the dried mint leaves in your pantry to discourage mice. Pennyroyal is also repugnant to fleas, ants, flies, and mosquitoes

    Lavender border - so easy to grow and what a statement (oh yeah, and it smells amazing)

    Russian Sage -hardy, grows well in sandy soil - deer resistant...in fact they really never even sample it.

    HYDRANGEAS how to: in late July or August, root branches and grow more hydrangeas!