Gardening Just got Easier!!!

by on July 31, 2012

This Plant’s the Ticket to Effortless Beauty

Shrub RoseWhat plant can be grown in much of the U.S., gives you a season-long show, requires no special treatment, and produces fragrant flowers?

Get ready to be surprised: It’s a rose! More specifically, a shrub rose. Plant these beauties in your garden and you’ll spend lots more time smelling the roses than caring for them. Here are some of their irresistible qualities:

Versatile
Use them as specimens, mixed-border plants, hedges, container plants, and companions with other garden favorites.

Tough
Many are hardy in much of the continent, and offer excellent resistance to black spot and other fungal diseases.

Low-maintenance
Plant the right shrub rose in the right place, and it will need no special feeding, spraying, or pruning.

Abundant flowers
Most shrubs are repeat bloomers that provide lots of color. Many are quite fragrant, too.

No Gas, No Cord, No Excuses

Ryobi MowerWhere do you stand in the cordless electric mower debate?

Proponents talk about what these machines have eliminated—noisy engines, smelly gas, annoying cords. Opponents focus on their short battery life, sometimes not even enough to cut an entire lawn.

Ryobi hopes to silence the complaints once and for all with their new 40-volt model. Lightweight and designed to start instantly, this mower runs on a high-capacity 40-volt rechargeable battery. Ryobi includes a second battery with each mower. With up to 60 minutes of run time with the two batteries, it can easily tackle an average-sized yard.

The long life of the batteries is good news, but a relatively fast two-hour charge time might be bad news for procrastinators: No more putting off ’til tomorrow the lawn mowing you could do today!

And The Winners Are …

Awards Winners
The Direct Gardening Association has announced its 2012 Green Thumb Award winners! Chosen by an independent panel of garden writers and editors, only a handful of new plants are the lucky recipients each year.

Why should you care? Time-tested and roundly approved, award-winning plants are typically a good bet for gardeners.

This year, five new varieties received the honors, including three from High Country Gardens: Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Brakelights’, Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’, and the Harvest Booster Perennial Collection.

Touted as the first “truly” red-flowered yucca, ‘Brakelights’ blooms all summer (Zones 5 to 10). ‘Fire Spinner’ (pictured) is a show-stopping ice plant (Zone 6) that features evergreen foliage topped with showy tri-colored flowers. The Harvest Booster Perennial Collection helps gardeners attract bees and other pollinators with perennials, which in turn leads to more bountiful crops (Zones 5 to 9).

Give your garden a winning upgrade!

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