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Acer palmatum (Japanese Maple)

Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.

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Plant Combination Ideas with Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples can adapt to a wide range of cultural situations. Easy to plant, they are shallow rooted and not serious competitors with companion shrubs.

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Helleborus (Hellebores)

There are 17 Hellebore species. Most are native to the mountainous regions of Europe, especially the Balkan region of the former Yugoslavia, south along the eastern Adriatic to Greece and Turkey. Many of the species have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms.

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Underplanting Roses - Companion Plants for Roses

Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.

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Underplanting Roses with Low-Growing Spring Bulbs

Underplanting your shrub roses with a succession of flowers will reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and extend the flowering season of your mixed border.

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Great Rose Companion Plants: Alliums

Roses need friends or companion plants around them for various reasons, including pest and disease control, longer season of interest and aesthetics. Below are some basic rules to follow when pairing your favorite roses with other plants.

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Great Rose Companion Plants: Geraniums

Hardy geraniums are classic rose companions. They are great at insinuating themselves among the bare legs of roses, and help reinforce the beauty of their romantic blooms and prevent diseases.

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Great Rose Companion Plants: Nepeta, Salvia and Lavandula

​Highly placed among the favorite rose companion plants are Nepeta (Catmint), hardy Salvia (Sage) and Lavandula angustifolia (English Lavender), whose exquisite flower heads contrast beautifully with the billowing pink, red, yellow or white roses.

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Great Colorful Rose Companion Plants

There is a wide range of companion plants that will bring out the best qualities of your roses and share their space with a serene balance. Find those most frequently admired in mixed rose borders.

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Great Foliage Plants as Rose Companions

There is a wide range of foliage plants that will bring out the best qualities of your roses and share their space with a serene balance. Find those most frequently admired in mixed rose borders.

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Great Ornamental Grasses to Grow with Your Favorite Dahlias

Fabulous planting partners for dahlias, ornamental grasses help create incredibly beautiful planting combinations. In contrast with dahlias which boldly inject bright colors and broad-petalled flowers in the garden, grasses contribute their beauty in a more subtle fashion through their transparency, luminosity, texture and seasonal changes.

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Combining Roses and Clematis

Before starting combining roses and clematis, you need to learn a few things as not all clematis and roses work well together.

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Bulbs that return to the garden year after year!

Bulbs that naturalize contribute so much to the garden! Once planted, they produce more flowers every year.

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Daffodil Types

The most popular companion of the tulip, daffodils are spring flowering bulbs mostly known as yellow trumpet-shaped flowers. However, daffodils (Narcissus) offer a wider range of flower shapes and colors.

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Paeonia (Peonies)

Beloved for their abundant blooms, the beauty of their exquisite flowers, their delightful fragrance, and their bold foliage changing shades over the seasons, peony flowers add a dazzling splash of color in the landscape.

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A Few Tips Before Buying Bulbs

Bulbs are easy to grow and offer a wide and enchanting array of colors, sizes and blooming periods. But you have some 'homework' to do before you can fully enjoy them.

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Why Spring is Really Three Seasons

Consider this: spring is really three seasons - early, mid and late. You'll want to think about this when choosing what to plant each fall. Why?

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Plant Combination Ideas with Hellebores

Prized for their abundant winter or early spring blooms and attractive foliage, Hellebores are invaluable additions to the shade garden and provide gardeners with some of the greatest pleasures in winter. Ranked by some as amongst the top 10 high-performance perennials, these harbingers of spring are tough, cold-hardy, deer or rabbit resistant and easy to grow perennials.

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Favorite Hellebores for your Winter and Spring Garden

There are 17 Hellebore species. Most have been interbred, producing countless hybrid Hellebores in a rich array of colors and forms. Find the four Hellebore varieties that are the most popular and easiest to grow.

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Plant Combination Ideas with Snowdrops

While extraordinarily good-looking on their own, Snowdrops however look most charming when planted with companion plants. Well-behaved, they make perfect partners with other plants and help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden.

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When Do Snowdrops (Galanthus) Flower?

There are 20 different Snowdrop species and several hundreds of hybrids. Yes, several hundreds (!) Some Snowdrops bloom extremely early and can show up weeks before crocuses do. Others can be found in flower in late May.

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Create a Garden with Great Winter Interest

Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures, colors, fragrance and flowers. To create such a beautiful winter scene, you need to make sure you select the right plants.

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Which Birch to Choose for my Garden?

Impervious to cold and wet, low maintenance and deer resistant, birches are terrific additions to the landscape. Often grown as specimen trees, they look spectacular when planted in groups of three or more.

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Underplanting Birches

Birches are shallow rooted, therefore many herbaceous plants struggle when planted close to their roots

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