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  • Ornamental Grasses are some of the most important — and often underappreciated — features of any landscape, whether it be a native meadow or a formal perennial garden. These grasses provide height, structure, and year-long interest in the landscape and are an absolute ease to grow. What’s more,  for many of us with long, snowy winters — they’re often the only glimpse of our once-green garden we ge...

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2018 Garden Trends

  • With a year of conferences, tests, trials and garden visits under our belts, we’re excited to tell you about the big ideas we think will be influencing the gardening world in the months ahead. Beyond popular colors and new varieties, big-picture themes always emerge on the world stage that prompt garden designers and plant breeders to shift their work towards our changing needs. This year, most of...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • We've decided to give the traditional holiday wreath an American Meadows' makeover by adding our own sweet touch: dried wildflowers! All you need to easily make your own are some cut greens, berries, dried flowers from your garden, and a wreath form. The best part about making your own wreath is you can customize it with whatever decorations and ribbon fits your style. Once you make one of these, ...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Although many gardeners work on their landscapes for the long haul, some may not be at their space for more than a season or don’t have the budget for perennial plants. The solution? A temporary garden! And just because a garden is temporary doesn’t mean it can’t be a spectacularly-designed reflection of your style and personality. The post Creating Temporary Gardens With Annuals appeared first on...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • If you’re lucky enough to have a mature Hydrangea shrub bursting with summer blooms (or know of a generous friend who does), consider making a hydrangea wreath. It’s an extremely easy — and rewarding — DIY project that looks much harder than it is. All you need are a dozen or so Hydrangea blooms, about $15 worth of crafting items from your local store, and an hour of time. The post Making A Hydran...

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  • Gretchen Platt, the wife of American Meadows' co-owner Ethan Platt (and super-mom to four kids under the age of seven), first showed me around her gardens in late September. The reason for my visit was to walk Gretchen through a garden redesign, as she felt that hers was overdue for some serious editing and reshaping. Her gardens were comprised of what we lovingly call “orphans” around the office:...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Bryan and his wife Casey purchased a home in the heart of Burlington, Vermont, five years ago. At the corner of two streets, the home has close neighbors and frequent pedestrian traffic. In their time at the home, the thrifty couple has created a small backyard retreat by planting privacy vines in all the right places. Bryan took me through a tour of the different areas where they’ve carefully pla...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • If you’re one of the lucky gardeners who is faced with the fun problem of too many Daylilies, Hostas, or other perennials that need to be divided this fall, why not share plants with friends or neighbors? Fall is an ideal time of year to dig up and divide these overcrowded plants in your garden. It's also the perfect time to help your favorite new (or seasoned) gardener add to their landscapes. Pa...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Spencer and Cliff recently designed and built a net-zero energy home nestled in the woods of Duxbury, Vermont. They moved in mid-summer and immediately got to work adding beauty to their newly-cleared, bare property. With sustainability, cost, and pollinators in mind, they used a variety of wildflowers and cover crops to amend their soil and create the foundation of their dream gardens. In just th...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • October is one of our favorite times in the garden: the air is (usually) cool and there is plenty of time to leisurely put the gardens to bed for the winter. It’s also fun because you can add a variety of perennials, bulbs, and wildflowers to the garden for a second season of planting. This helps alleviate some of the stress and madness in spring to get everything done in such a short period of ti...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • As gardeners, we all make mistakes. Even the most seasoned gardeners I speak with have something they aren’t happy with from the past growing season. I am no stranger to garden mistakes and this season was no different. From planting too late, to spacing issues and lack of weeding, I had my fair share of growing blunders. Were they catastrophic? No. Will I know better for next season? Yes. And tha...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • This summer’s photo contest had a fun twist to it: we asked you to send in your favorite garden photos that fit into four different categories. The categories were Whole Garden Photos, Small Plant Groupings, Pollinators, and Pets and/or Children in the Garden. After looking through hundreds of inspiring entries in all four categories, we were (like always) forced to choose just one photo contest w...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Milkweed, also known as Asclepias, is one of the best native wildflowers for attracting pollinators to the garden and is the sole host plant for the Monarch butterfly to breed. Learn how easy it is to plant Milkweed seeds in the fall for years of effortless blooms that attract a parade of pollinators to the garden. The post How To Plant Milkweed Seed In Fall appeared first on American Meadows Blog...

American Meadows, Inc
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  • As any wildflower gardener knows, come summer there are plenty of Zinnias, Cosmos, Sunflowers, and more to cut for what seems like endless wildflower bouquets. We're here to help turn your amateur DIY bouquets into photo-worthy professional arrangements! We'll go over how to easily create a wildflower bouquet from start to finish, including which varieties are the best and worst for bouquets, how ...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • September is a big month for cold and warm regions alike; regardless of where you are, this month brings an abundance of cutting back, cleaning up, and planting. We call fall the “second season of planting” for a reason! We’ll outline September gardening chores for all regions and highlight tasks specific to hardiness zone. The post September Gardening Chores appeared first on American Meadows Blo...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • As soon as summer hits, Zinnias start to open up and show off their bright, bold colors. And with them comes a steady stream of butterflies: swallowtails, monarchs, painted ladies, and much more. Zinnias are one of the easiest annual wildflowers to grow from seed and one of our favorite plants for attracting butterflies to any garden — big or small. The post Planting Zinnias For Butterflies appear...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Heather and her husband Kevin bought their 19th century home in Vermont about ten years ago, and in that time have transformed the half-acre or so into picturesque, purposeful perennial gardens. Everywhere you look on the property there is a garden with a different purpose; whether it’s to reduce mowing and run off on a slope by their mailbox, hide an unsightly oil cap by their house, or line the ...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Many gardeners work long hours in the spring months, feverishly planting a variety of bulbs, wildflowers, and perennials for spectacular summer color. But packing all of your planting into several weeks per year isn’t always the most relaxing — or beneficial to your landscape. Succession planting refers to the simple practice of adding wildflowers, bulbs, perennials, and vegetables to your garden ...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • When Lisa and her family purchased land to build their home in Huntington, Vermont, they knew they wanted to preserve the established wildflower meadow that spanned a large portion of their sunny property. Lisa also set out to make the property her own, establishing a low-maintenance, pollinator-friendly perennial garden at the front of the home and dotting the pristine land with charming birdhous...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Whether you’re adding spring color to containers in a city garden, are looking to frame the area around your mailbox, or want to add bulbs to the entire side of your house, the first step to your design plan is to figure out how many bulbs you’ll need. We’ve put together some of the most common Fall Bulb planting scenarios with an estimate of how many bulbs you’ll need of each common variety.The p...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • The start of July means summer is in full swing and most of our gardens are at the peak of the season, bursting with Daylilies, Bee Balm, Astilbe, Lavender, and more. July is also a big month for garden maintenance; the hot weather makes it important to keep up with watering, weeding, shading, and more in the garden to ensure your landscape stays healthy during some of the hottest days of the year...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Our co-workers Hazen and Mary, along with their roommate Rob, wanted to beautify the property around their rental home in South Burlington, Vermont. They knew they wanted to create an easy spring garden that required little time, effort, and money, because they weren’t sure how long they were going to be living at the home. A little design, a little digging, and 1,000 Tulip bulbs later, their visi...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • After browsing through hundreds of spectacular garden photos submitted to our spring photo contest, we feel as though we got the unique chance to step into your gardens for a moment. From sweeping spring wildflower meadows, cheerful spring groupings of Tulips and Daffodils, to awe-inspiring closeups of pollinators on your flowers, we are truly impressed with all of your garden photos. Congratulati...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Although we all love the classic look that Daylilies, Hostas, and more bring to the landscape, there’s something exciting about trying new, unique varieties you can’t find in the garden centers. These unique plants create instant focal points and are often a conversation piece for visitors to the garden. We love using unique varieties to create a centerpiece in the garden as well as build symmetry...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Tough seed coats are nature’s way of protecting seeds from accidentally sprouting early. If water were to penetrate the seed coat as soon as the seeds were planted by the gardener (or dropped by the current generation's flowers) the endosperm inside each seed could be triggered to germinate at the wrong time. Imagine having your seeds sprout just before the arrival of winter, or during a devastati...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Learn about one gardener's journey from urban gardening to rural homesteading and the learning curve that comes with trying to garden, raise animals, and have fun at the same time. "I came to love gardening in my early twenties, while living in a city apartment with about 300 square feet of outdoor space. I knew I was lucky to have it and each season tried to make it more and more beautiful..."The...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • Whether you’ve just moved to a property with garden space or are simply looking to get into gardening for the first time: fantastic! Gardening is truly one of the most peaceful and rewarding pastimes. For all you beginner gardeners, or those who need a refresher on the basics, we’re here to outline how to choose easy to grow plants for your region, what to expect, common problems, and much more.Th...

American Meadows, Inc
American Meadows, Inc
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  • American Meadows is famous for — not surprisingly — our wildflower seeds, especially our specialty wildflower mixtures. But how do these mixtures come to life and what sets them apart from wildflower mixtures found at big garden centers? I sat down with our wildflower expert, Mike “the Seed Man” Lizotte, to find answers to these questions and much moreThe post How Our Wildflower Mixtures Are Made:...

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