Companion plants for hydrangeas

Posted on May 25th, 2018

There’s no doubt that hydrangeas can hold their own in the garden. With big colorful blooms and beautiful green foliage, summer’s favorite flower makes a bold statement in any garden. But, why not pair them with delicate foliage, bold flowers or subtle ornamental grasses for more variety? If you’re looking for ways to make your […]

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Take good care of your veggies

Posted on May 25th, 2018

Planting and caring for a veggie garden can be quite a game.  It can be challenging, relaxing, frustrating, rewarding, educational, but most importantly…delicious!  Who or what is to blame for the problems we may encounter with our veggie gardens?   Let’s blame someone or something, shall we?  Let’s blame some of the key players in […]

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Create your own Tropical Oasis

Posted on May 21st, 2018

June is right around the corner, there’s no time like the present to turn your home into a tropical oasis of your very own. As the weather starts warming up there’s nothing like sitting in your own backyard surrounded by tropical plants making memories to last a life time with your family. I always seem […]

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LET THE HUNT BEGIN

Posted on May 11th, 2018

(Why beneficial insects really are beneficial!) Release the hounds!  Not literally, but I do want you to release the Ladybugs, Lacewings, Praying Mantids, and Nematodes.  They are fantastic hunters and a huge benefit to your lawn, flower garden and veggie garden. These beneficial hunters have many things in common.  They are meat eaters.  They never […]

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Proven Winners Pollinator Kit

Posted on May 10th, 2018

All of us at Van Wilgen’s and Proven Winners know one thing for sure, a better garden starts with a better plant. Healthy plants with strong root systems are the hallmark of a PW plant,  and we know strong roots = strong plants. This week we will be showcasing Proven Winners plants in every part […]

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Living Fences make for Great Neighbors

Posted on April 30th, 2018

If you are like I am I love noticing the landscapes of houses and neighborhoods as I’m driving around town.  I like to see what people have done but not only give thought to the potential that many homes have for fresh landscape projects. This spring I see many neighbors are going to have landscape […]

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Small Space Trees

Posted on April 22nd, 2018

On any given day you can visit the garden center and overhear customers asking for ‘’dwarf” plants.  Usually when the term dwarf comes to mind we think of small shrubs and flowering plants.  Well surprisingly those aren’t the only dwarf plants we offer at the garden center.  We have a great selection of dwarf trees!  […]

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Van Wilgen’s Planting Guide

Posted on April 18th, 2018

How to plant has always been a frequently asked question at the garden center.  What do I do if my plant is in a pot…How do I plant a burlap tree?  Does the basket stay on or do I take it off.  These are all questions we will cover in this Planting Guide. Regardless of […]

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Cool Crops, Can You Dig It?

Posted on April 18th, 2018

One of the most commonly asked questions as it warms up early in the spring is, “What can I put out in my veggie garden?” The answer is not always as clear cut as you’d think! For your tomatoes and peppers, we always stick to our May 15th rule; however, there are tons of veggies we call cold crops, […]

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TO FEED OR NOT TO FEED

Posted on April 12th, 2018

Just as you need energy to get through your day, your plants do too. And of course, when it comes to family-friendly gardening, organic fertilizer is the way to go! What is Organic Fertilizer? Organic fertilizers contain only ingredients from plant, animal or mineral sources.  Examples of these kinds of ingredients are bone meal, kelp meal […]

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