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  • A Pollinator Meadow Inspires Wild Gardens
    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...
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  • How Many Bulbs For That? Designing With Fall-Planted Bulbs
    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...
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  • July Gardening: Maintenance, Planting And More
    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...
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  • An Easy Spring Garden With Tulip Bulbs
    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...
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  • Winning Garden Photos: Spring 2017 Photo Contest
    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...
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  • How To Use Unique Plants In The Garden
    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...
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  • How To Scarify Seeds For Spring Planting
    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...
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  • A Journey From Urban Gardening To Rural Homesteading
    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...
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  • How To Choose Easy To Grow Plants
    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...
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  • How Our Wildflower Mixtures Are Made: A Q&A With The Seed Man
    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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  • Hellstrip Gardening For Color, Ease, And Community
    Hellstrip gardening is quickly becoming a much-needed trend with city and suburban gardeners. It’s a fantastic way to add curb appeal to your home, extend your garden, conserve resources, and create a space your community can enjoy. A hellstrip is the planting strip between the sidewalk and the road in front of a property, often found in cities and suburban areas. It’s usually planted with high-ma...
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  • How To Garden Like It's Earth Day Everyday
    Though we’re often excited to celebrate our environment each Earth Day (April 22, this year), why not focus more on gardening like it's Earth Day every day? What would that look like? For us, it’s putting in effort throughout the season to help our local pollinator population by planting native and pollinator-friendly plants, eliminating the use of harmful pesticides, and generally thinking about...
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  • Three Ways To Fill In Your Garden With Spring Bulbs
    We all know the feeling: you've diligently planned and planted your new perennial garden, but it will be several years before the plants reach maturity and achieve the look you're after. Instead of looking at small plants separated by loads of mulch, fill in your newly-planted perennial beds with Gladiolus and Lilies. These bulbs don't require much horizontal space and create an instant sense of "...
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  • My Forest Island: A Southern Wildlife Garden
    By Arlene Marturano. Amphibians and reptiles are as welcome as birds, arthropods, and mammals. To encourage toads, I place toad abodes - cracked terra cotta flowerpots turned upside down with a doorway on the side, in a spot among plants frequented by insects. Since toads like cool dark places during the day, piles of flat rocks are near the downspout and outdoor spigots. Green tree frogs overwint...
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  • Old Woman With A Bouquet
    By Kay Comer, garden expert, blogger, and 'Old woman with a bouquet'. We have a sign in our secret garden that says "If you long for a mind at rest and a heart that cannot harden, go find a gate that opens wide into a secret garden.” We're very blessed to have a beautiful 2 1/2 acre ‘secret garden’ that is home to many paths, herbs, grasses, blooms, birdhouses, old signs and flea ma...
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  • Visiting the Biltmore House and Gardens
    At the end of a winding, woodland drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, a castle-sized chateau comes into view, framed by a striped, velvety lawn bull’s-eyed by a formal fountain. This “big reveal” approach sets the tone for a visit to Biltmore House, a palatial, French-style manor constructed in 1895 as a summer retreat by George W. Vanderbilt, heir to one of the country...
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  • Three Ways To Use Perennial Groundcovers In Your Garden
    Have you been searching for a way to fill in your garden bed, liven up your stone pathway, or naturally suppress weeds? The answer to all of these garden dilemmas is groundcovers! Perennial groundcovers are not only a solution to a variety of problems in the garden, but also offer up spectacular color and food for pollinators in your area. The post Three Ways To Use Perennial Groundcovers In Your ...
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  • Making Seed Bombs With Milkweed
    Seed bombs are extremely easy to make and are a great way to casually plant seed in the fall or early spring (depending on the variety). Follow these simple instructions for making seed bombs with milkweed and easily substitute any wildflowers that catch your eye!The post Making Seed Bombs With Milkweed appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
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  • Gardening Questions Answered By Our Team Of Experts
    What sets our customer service team apart? Our real, live garden experts chat with customers every day, answering gardening questions, helping choose plants and generally geeking out about gardening. Our friendly team of 25 garden enthusiasts spends their days answering phone calls, emails and live chats with gardeners throughout the country.The post Gardening Questions Answered By Our Team Of Exp...
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  • Designing A Fragrant Flower Garden
    Imagine stepping out your door and smelling your garden before you even see it. The multi-sensory joy that a fragrant flower garden offers to the gardener is unparalleled in the landscape. The key to having plenty of fragrant blooms – enough to bring inside by the armful to enjoy in vases – is making sure you’ve planned your fragrant flower garden to bloom from spring all the way into fall.The pos...
  • Visiting Hollister House Garden
    Hollister House Garden is one of America’s boldest responses to the great garden traditions of the Queen’s England, taking the baton from the likes of Sissinghurst, Great Dixter, and Hidcote and running with it. Hollister House exemplifies an impeccable mastery of horticulture and design, and it is unlike any other garden in America.The post Visiting Hollister House Garden appeared first on Americ...
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  • Wildflower Review: Photos And Testimonials
    Our regional wildflower mixtures are an easy way to create an instant, attention-getting meadow of color on your property. They are easily seeded in large meadows, gardens and even in small space areas around the country. We can go on and on about how much we love our regional mixtures, but think our customers can tell the story best. We’ve featured some of our favorite customer photos and wildflo...
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  • Woodland Gardening in the Suburban Outback
    Across the stream near the barn, the soil is poorer, but the exposure and gritty drainage allows me to grow sun lovers in ornamental gardens that surround the chicken coop and are slowly spreading westward. A vegetable garden was last year’s project, and there now stand nine raised beds and two cold frames – to be joined by another three cold frames this spring. Nursery beds are also here for pla...
  • Installing a Pre-Planned Garden
    It's a warm day in early spring and you've just received a box with one of pre-planned gardens or collections. Lucky you, you're well on your way to a professionally-designed landscape! Although you may be anxious to get out in the dirt and start planting right away, with just a little preparation (and measuring) you'll have a much easier time installing your pre-planned garden. And in just a few ...
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  • Longwood Gardens: A Botanical Pilgrimage
    For many gardeners living in the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast, a trip to Longwood Gardens in Southeastern Pennsylvania is a yearly pilgrimage – a chance to recharge their batteries with inspiring ideas or increase their knowledge base with up-to-the-minute design. It’s a garden that champions the American meadow and elevates the humble vegetable patch, but can also astound the visitor with outstandin...
  • 7 Ways To Garden With Calla Lilies
    Calla Lilies are an extremely versatile annual and offer up food for pollinators, color for small space or container gardens and – let’s not forget – armfuls of cut blooms that florists live for. I’ve put together seven ways to garden with Calla Lilies in your landscape to give you some ideas and inspiration for growing these colorful plants. The post 7 Ways To Garden With Calla Lilies appeared f...
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  • Why Preplanned Gardens Make Sense
    While many of us feel like we could benefit from a landscape designer's experienced touch in the garden, actually hiring out for professional help isn't always possible. Wouldn't it be nice if a garden designer could just create a start-to-finish garden plan for our properties, that we could install ourselves? Enter Expertly-Designed Preplanned Gardens and Collections. Whether you're a new garden...
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  • Garden Tool Maintenance And Cleaning
    The more you pay attention to garden tool maintenance, the easier your job will be as a gardener and the longer your tools will last. This means less money spent and less frustration when you’re doing what you love most – working in the garden. The post Garden Tool Maintenance And Cleaning appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
  • The Road to Chanticleer Garden
    You read about it in a magazine, or your friend tweeted about it after her most recent (#OMGI’mInHeaven!!!!) visit, and now here you are serendipitously reading this blog post. A sign from the gods, perhaps? Well, yeah. I don’t know if you’ve gotten the memo, but the gods actually live at Chanticleer. It’s time to make a pilgrimage to Wayne, PA, and here are a few tips to help you make the most of...
  • Gallery: Favorite Wildflower Photos From 2016
    Each year we receive hundreds of wildflower photos from our customers, ranging from sweeping meadows with thousands of blooms to small gardens planted with annuals. In 2016 we received so many spectacular wildflower photos, we decided to put together some of our favorite meadows for you to enjoy. The post Gallery: Favorite Wildflower Photos From 2016 appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
  • Exploring NYBG's Native Plant Garden
    Let’s play a game. I’m going to describe two scenes, and I want you to tell me which one feels more “natural.” Just close your eyes and take a deep breath. This Native Plant Garden is for the birds and the bees, as well as the schoolchildren of one of the country’s most densely populated urban environments. In the first, you’re resting on a large, smooth boulder atop a sloping meadow of wildflower...
  • Planting A Grass Driveway With Grow-Through Pavers
    After Gretchen and Ethan built an addition to their home in Burlington, Vermont, they knew that they would be over the town’s required lot coverage, which factors in paved driveways as coverage. The easy solution was to rip out their paved driveway and replace it with an environmentally friendly driveway built with permeable, grow-through pavers. The post Planting A Grass Driveway With Grow-Throug...
  • Digging And Storing Dahlias For Winter
    If you've ever grown dahlias, you know they can quickly become a gardener's prize flower, stealing the summer show with their huge, colorful blooms. Whether you grow dahlias to cut for endless bouquets, or to add a burst of color to the summer garden, you'll need to dig the tubers up at the end of the season if you live in all but the warmest regions of the USA. Native to Mexico, Dahlias won't sur...
  • How To Grow Saffron: Research Farm To Home Garden
    This September, American Meadows donated 1200 saffron crocus corms to researchers at the University of Vermont, who planted nearly 3,500 total in a hoop house in Northern Vermont. Although many plant saffron directly in the ground, UVM has had better success with planting the corms in milk crates. Home gardeners can also use milk crates or containers to help deter pests and to control the environm...
  • Visiting Riverbanks Botanical Gardens
    Over the River and Through the Woods to Riverbanks Botanical Garden By Arlene Maturo, garden expert and writer. Riverbanks Botanical Garden in Columbia, South Carolina is a 70-acre public garden situated within a riparian pine-hardwood forest community in the Saluda River valley. The twenty-two year young garden comprises eight theme gardens displaying the natural and cultural history of pl...
  • No Green Thumb Required: Our 10 Hardiest Wildflowers
    Whether you’re new to gardening or are looking for something to plant and forget about, wildflowers are one of my favorite go-tos. Although most wildflowers are fairly low maintenance, there are several varieties that require no green thumb at all and are hardy in most areas around the country. As Mike our resident seed man says, “You can’t kill these wildflowers!” The post No Green Thumb Required...
  • Garden Gallery: 2016 Fall Photo Contest Winners
    We never tire of getting a glimpse into your amazing gardens and thoroughly enjoyed going through all the submissions from our 2016 Fall Photo Contest. From colorful meadows to elegant perennial gardens, your photos gave us endless ideas and inspiration for our spring plantings! But as always, we had to choose winning photos and are excited about the four spectacular shots that came out on top. We...
  • Visiting Selby Gardens
    A visit to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in southwestern Florida is a great way to escape the winter and surround yourself with ocean air, tropical plants, and breathtaking beauty. Located in Sarasota, Selby is just a short drive away from some other well-known gardens - including the private homes of plant aficionados Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Mable Ringling (wife of circus founder John). An...
  • Garden Reflections: Looking Back To Plan For Next Season
    As the days are now officially getting longer but are still wintery and cold, it’s the perfect time to do some garden reflection as well as plan for next season. As soon as January hits I like to get out the garden books, open up my garden journal and scour my favorite online resources for new ideas for spring. But before I get ahead of myself, I like to take this time to look back at the last gar...
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  • Low Maintenance Landscaping With Wildflowers
    My partner and I moved into a new home in late June and with it came a delightful mix of already-established gardens. But being the garden-fanatics that we are, we still wanted some projects to call our own without disturbing the existing garden beds. For us, the best part of our wildflower planting has been seeing how much the pollinators enjoy – and need – the wildflowers we planted. Our propert...
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  • A Memorial Garden That Invites The Public To Stop And Pause
    Liz and John Shook lost their son Joe five years ago.  That summer, their son Jeremiah began a stonewall project that has since evolved into a whimsical memorial garden that they welcome the community to come in to, enjoy, and feel the spirit of their son for a moment. The post A Memorial Garden That Invites The Public To Stop And Pause appeared first on American Meadows Blog.
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  • A Lesson In Growing Wedding Flowers
    Weddings can be a stressful time for those involved, but our employee Amy decided to take this one step further and grow her own wedding flowers. She planted Dahlias, Sunflowers and Zinnia this spring for her September 24th wedding. To get an idea of what to grow for the September wedding, Amy drove around last year at this time to see what was in bloom. "I had an idea that I wanted to do Dahlia...
  • Garden Inspiration: 2016 Summer Photo Contest Winners
    If you’re looking for garden inspiration, look no further than the winners of our 2016 Summer Photo Contest. After going through hundreds of photo entries, we narrowed down our winners to four spectacular shots of customer gardens. We hope you enjoy the winning photos as much as we do. The post Garden Inspiration: 2016 Summer Photo Contest Winners appeared first on American Meadows Blog.

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