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  • Creating your own hypertuffa can be a rewarding process. The look of concrete or natural stone can be imitated using a mixture of simple ingredients that allow the material to be molded to a desired shape. The mixture can also be sculpted during the curing process. Several retail garden centers sells hypertuffa planters for use […]

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    Dead Nettle (Lamium sp.) mixed with Copperleaf (Aclypha) provide an amazing contrast in texture while the Sonic New Guinea Impatien (Impatien ‘Sonic Orange’) provides a dramatic year round flower power. During the course of the season the dead nettle will trail over the edge of the homeade planter. The container itself is a painted apple bushel that was lined with a semi-permeable membrane and painted by one of TBG’s youngest volunteers. The container may last for one to two years before breaking down.

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  • At Toledo Botanical Garden, the 2009 displays featured the integration of a wide range of plant material including red acre cabbage (Brassica oleracea ‘Red Acre’), pink pilea (Pilea macrophylla ‘Pink’), persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus), and coral berry (Ardisia crenata). After the success of these non-traditional plant selections, we are expanding our plant palette even more in 2010, with a wide range of plants that can be used in a multitude of ways to bring some excitement to your planters.

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  • When designing a theme garden plant material is the pinnacle of your success. Determining the right plants for your concept requires a little bit of research before you run off to the local greenhouse to select from a wide assortment of crops….

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  • Large Branch Pruning

    March 01, 2010
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    Many branches are small enough to prune with just one cut of hand pruners. But pruning much thicker tree branches is a bit more complicated to do properly, as there are several steps involved.

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