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Attracting Ladybugs to your Garden

Organic gardeners dream about attracting ladybugs to their garden, and with good reason. Ladybugs are a natural pest control enjoying aphids, mites, and scale. When planning your garden there are various things to keep in mind including the amount of sun the area gets, which plants will bring bees, and which flowers attract ladybugs.

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Create a Living Office Space

Using plants in your office space is a great way to add some much needed greenery indoors. Not only do plants help relieve stress, they also improve office morale and productivity…not to mention the improved air quality! Through their natural process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen back into the air, thus making the air fresher! Studies have shown that even just a couple indoor plants can help those suffering from asthma and allergies.

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Caring for your Garden in the Summer

Break out the lake toys and margaritas, summer is here and it is starting to feel like it! With temperatures reaching 90* our gardens are becoming vibrant and…thirsty! Every season has its challenges between the winter chill and summer heat we have to watch our watering and fertilizing schedules. Now is the time to get into a summer plant routine, marking your calendars with reminders. Here are some tips and tricks to keep your garden happy and healthy until it…

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Caring for Succulents

In cooler regions, like the Midwest, succulents become more prevalent during late spring and summer. We are often asked what the best way to care for these delicate, albeit easy to care for, desert dwellers. Our best advice when determining care for a new plant is to think about the plant’s natural habitat. Succulents occur naturally in hot, dry environments with heavy bouts of rain during monsoon season.

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So Many Ferns, So Little Time

As you wander our design campus in Bloomfield Hills you’ll notice an explosion of beautiful ferns. With varying leaves and care it can be hard to determine the best fern for your home. We are here to help! Start with this great informational guide to a few of our ferns and don’t be afraid to ask questions! We want to make sure you find the perfect fern for your home 🙂

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#TipTuesday: This Week’s Vegetable Garden

We are just over a month away from the last frost (hopefully sooner) which means our indoor seed starting should be in full swing! If you haven’t already started your seeds it’s not too late. Always consult the seed packet for exact planting information. Some seeds prefer seed starting indoors while others thrive in direct outdoor starts. Here is a list of veggies that should be started by the end of this week if you live in zone 6. Discover…

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Making a Kokedama Herb Garden (and other ideas)

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately then you have seen the abundance of spring ideas and trends, including the emerging trend of kokedama (Japanese string gardens). We absolutely love this new trend and have some hanging in the shop featuring a few varieties of peperomia. Our minds started to wander thinking of all the cool plants we could do this with, including a window herb garden! Other plants that would look great are orchids, bromeliads, string of pearls, donkey’s tail,…

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A Hellebore Story

The queen of the snow, the very first breath of Persephone; the Hellebore greets each garden with her first blooms, as early as January in most Michigan gardens, and continues to re-bloom through early spring. The clumping nature of these blooms amplifies the colour in the early, stark garden. A garden without hellebores is a garden lacking depth and breadth. The sturdy and glossy foliage is a favorite of mine throughout the growing season. The texture cannot be replicated with…

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Discover the pH of your Garden Soil

The pH of soil is often an important part of growing vivacious flora but, just as often, it is forgotten. The acidity of your soil can greatly impact the roots of plants and the availability of minerals within the soil. Since plants thrive in a neutral soil there are measures you can take to change the pH of your soil depending on if it is alkaline or acidic. To test the soil in your garden you will need white vinegar,…

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