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Nov 25 2015

The pleasure that gardens offer can cultivate a sense of gratitude

"We gardeners have a lot to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’ve been thinking about how fortunate I am in countless ways, many relating to that slightly chaotic project filled with flowers, vegetables and weeds that I call a garden. However you garden, you might be feeling the same. Do you plant a few pots on your patio every spring? Then give thanks that you get to try something new each year but needn’t invest a lot of time or money.
Nov 5 2015

Plant Spotlight: Oakleaf Hydrangea

"The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a hardy native shrub that has interest for much of the year. The branching of the oakleaf hydrangea is irregular, with branches pointing in many directions, while the peeling bark is a rich, warm reddish brown. The shape of the leaves gives the plant its common name of oakleaf. The leaves are large, 4 to 6 inches across. In the summer, the foliage is medium green; in the fall, it turns brilliant shades of yellow, burgundy, red and orange.
Oct 29 2015

Autumn Joy Sedum

"For some visual joy in autumn, plant Autumn Joy sedum. The plants’ domed flower clusters smile skyward like heads of pink broccoli. Autumn Joy is, understandably, a stalwart of the late summer and fall flower garden. The flowers adorn the plants for weeks and weeks, not frozen in time like the more common flower of autumn, mums, but constantly changing. The initially green buds first open to pink, then the blossoms shade to rose, on to salmon bronze and finally to coppery red." Read more at:
Oct 8 2015

Think twice before raking those fall leaves!

“They’re actually packed full of nutrients,” says Jeff Dickinson, executive director and farmer at Stratford Ecological Center, a nonprofit educational, organic farm and nature preserve in Delaware County. This time of year, when trees start shedding, savvy gardeners and homeowners rekindle their love for leaves by putting them to work in lawns and vegetable and flower beds. Don’t think of fallen leaves as a nuisance to be disposed of, Dickinson urged.
Oct 2 2015

Greenscapes wins Gold at the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes

Greenscapes was awarded 2 Gold awards at the 2015 Parade of Homes event. The awards were for the following categories:  -Front Entry Landscaping -Rear Garden Landscaping Greenscapes was honored to win these awards among such worthy competition.                         
Sep 30 2015

Maximilian Sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

"This perennial plant belongs to the aster family, Asteraceae (formerly Compositae).  It can grow to a height of 3 - 10'.  Multiple bright yellow flowers grow on single stalks or from leaf axils.  Course, hairy, pointed leaves get smaller as they move up the stalk and can range in length from 2 - 10".  Soil fertility and moisture will determine the height of the plant.  Maximilian sunflower requires full sun and it does well in a number of different soil conditions.  This plant needs two years to become established."  
Sep 17 2015

Smaller, more accessible Parade of Homes show arrives

"This year’s Parade of Homes might be smaller and later than usual, but with features such as birch bark walls and a secret door for groceries, it still will offer plenty of eye candy." Greenscapes is participating in this years Parade of Homes and we hope to see you there. DIRECTIONS  Northstar Community is located just 10 minutes north of the Polaris/I-71 interchange.
Sep 11 2015

Cedar Bog offers small peek into Ohio’s glaciated past

"Legendary frontiersman Simon Kenton, a running buddy of Daniel Boone and other notable pioneers, was smitten with the Mad River Valley of west-central Ohio. Following widespread peregrinations throughout the trans-Appalachian West, he settled near Springfield in 1798. What made this region unique, even in those much wilder days, was the presence of abundant white cedar trees (Thuja occidentalis).
Aug 19 2015

Groups striving to enlist 1 million to protect our precious pollinators

  "We gardeners should love bugs. After all, bugs, beetles, butterflies, hummingbirds, wasps and other pollinators love our gardens, acting as matchmakers for many plants. That’s the message of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, billed on its website as “a campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.” It’s put on by the National Pollinator Garden Network.
Aug 7 2015

Patch of prairie outperforms lawn

"Turf grass blankets 40 million acres in the United States. That’s an area three times larger than our largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska. It takes 8 billion gallons of water to irrigate all that grass — daily. That much water would fill more than 12,000 Olympic-sized pools. More than 30 million tons a year of fertilizer keep the emerald carpets lush. Mountains of pesticides ensure that pesky bugs or unwanted weeds don’t despoil the lawns.