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Planting the Hardiest Perennials in Local Gardens

Gardening may be one of America’s favorite hobbies, but it does have a downside. Imagine investing dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars redecorating your bedroom, only to have it crumble to ashes in less than a year! That is a good analogy to planting and nurturing a garden that withers away after one season. […]

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Eight Fragrant Shrubs for Mountain Gardens

What is the most fragrant plant? Which flower has the best smell? What is the most fragrant flower in the world? What is the most fragrant lavender? What is the most fragrant rose? Shrubs have many uses in the landscape, but gardeners who appreciate sweet-smelling plants will be especially drawn to the most fragrant of […]

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Planting Wildflowers is Easy

At Watters Garden Center, we often hear questions about wildflowers: When is the best time to plant wildflower seeds? Do wildflowers grow back every year? Do wildflowers need full sun? How do you plant a wildflower garden? Do deer eat wildflowers? Wildflowers are best planted in winter. Plant only perennial wildflower seeds to come back […]

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Holiday Evergreens are Ready for Planting

During the coldest months of the year, evergreens are the anchors that hold together our landscapes. Up to 25 percent of any mountain landscape should be allotted to evergreens. Get this ratio wrong and that winter landscape will appear bare, especially if neighboring yards have evergreens galore. This is a good time to assess the […]

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The Secret Garden: Using Plants as a Natural Screen

As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves, the gardens can feel naked. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it easily feels like prying eyes look right through your home. Not only does your privacy seem to disappear, but that neighbor’s debris pile can be witnessed through winter. The solution to both […]

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Autumn Perennials are Helping Birds

Birds bring beauty and sound to the garden. It’s nice to put out bird feeders with seed and suet to attract birds to your yard. But birds still like to forage and find their own food and it’s especially important to have food for them to find when the feeders are empty. There are many […]

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Flowers that Help Sell Your Home

Of all the ways to boost your home’s curb appeal when you put it on the market, what could be quicker or less expensive than installing some colorful garden flowers? Watters Garden Center conducted a survey to discover which flowers are most appealing to house hunters. In addition to trimming your trees and shrubs and […]

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