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Garden Crossings would like to thank you for following our blog over the past few years. At this time we will no longer be posting Blog posts at this website. We have made some recent changes to our website and now have the ability to do all of our blogging at www.gardencrossings.com/blog . We hope that you will continue to follow all of our blogging full of great new plants, garden tips, what’s blooming, and Garden Crossings Events.

We look forward to seeing you at www.gardencrossings.com/blog!

We Look Forward to Gardening With You!

Rod & Heidi

 
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Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’

Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’

New Perennial Plants for 2013HeucherellaButtered Rum‘. This plant not only stood out with fabulous color during my summer trials but it also is amazing in my fall/winter garden. Heucherella give a great variation of color from spring through fall. They are a semi evergreen perennial which means they will give your garden in all season. Heucherella ‘Buttered Rum’ is a heat and humidity tolerant variety that does well in not only northern climates but also in the south. This is a stunning Heucherella to add to your part shade garden.

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Shade doesn’t have to be dark and drab, there are so many great colorful choices for your shade gardens. Color comes in a few different forms. For some, color means that the plant has to have a colorful flower. In that case my top two annual picks for shade are Impatiens and Begonias. Many shade gardeners will say ‘but I have used those plants every year’. Is that a bad thing? I would have to say ‘NO’!  My absolute favorite is Impatiens they give such a huge impact of color that lasts ALL SEASON. Why would that be a bad thing? Impatiens come in a wide range of colors from white, red, salmon, orange, and an array of pink colors.

Another option for color comes in the form of foliage. The top choice for shade gardens is the Hosta, but for many they feel that Hosta is just ‘to plain’. Hosta do come in a wide range of size, texture, and variations of blue, green, yellow and white but for many this is just not enough. So for those of you who want to take foliage color to the next step I recommend trying Heuchera.  Heuchera offer a rainbow of color in foliage with chartreuse, purple, orange, green, burgundy, and variations in between. Also many varieties of Coral Bells offer a unique bell shaped flower that stand tall above the foliage for an added splash of color.

Now if shrubs are more your style, I would recommend trying any of the Proven Winners Color Choice Euonymus. The variegated foliage comes in shades of white and green, yellow with green edging, and green with chartreuse edging. These shade loving shrubs stand about 2-3′ tall with an equal spread.

So don’t think that shade has to be boring take a look at all of the plants we recommend for your shade gardens.

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Retro Chic Birdhouses

All of our retro chic birdhouses are hand crafted and have tons of detail. The hand painted birdhouses are adorned with a  tin roof and a whimsy beaded flower or bird on top. The tin roofs are screwed in and have been insulated along with ventilation holes to provide a cool space for birds during the summer months. Cleaning is a breeze, with the easy to open clean out door on the back. Use this retro flowers bird house for indoor decoration or enjoy the beauty and practicality of it in your backyard. Birds will love the new home that you provide for them.

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2012 Is here and so is a HUGE line up of great new varieties for this new planting season.

Over the next month or so we will be featuring several new varieties that Garden Crossings is listing. Many of these new varieties we have had first hand experience with before they had a chance to hit the market. I will let you know what we liked about the products or did not care for. How they performed in our gardens and what we expect for future growth. We value your feedback on the new ( and older) varieties that we carry! Please feel free to leave your feedback on our facebook or Google + page.  We look forward to Seeing you over the next few months as you check back often to see What’s New!!!

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