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The Hoe Knows™ Garden Blog

What’s new in landscape design? What works for plant health? When should you plant? The Hoe Knows! Whether you’re a garden novice or expert, you can find gardening tips, planting advice, industry news, and more on The Hoe Knows Garden Blog. Browse through posts or use the search bar to find answers for your topic.


How To Choose The Right Gardening Tools

30 MarHow To Choose The Right Gardening Tools


LISTEN TO PODCAST Most dirt diggers love garden tools. They love looking at and trying new ones, and relish finding old,…

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Guide To Companion Planting

27 MarGuide To Companion Planting


LISTEN TO PODCAST What is companion planting, which has been around for a very long time? Companion planting centers around the…

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Corylus colurna leaf buds

07 AprCorylus Colurna Buds-a-Poppin’


Corylus colurna (Turkish filbert) leaf buds – are they ever plumping nicely! I so look forward to watching leaves unfurl all…

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Amsonia hubrichtii with a bit of early Round Up damage showing - otherwise looks great for a drought stricken July.

06 AugIt’s Been a Tough Summer


Wow. It has been a tough summer all over – too much rain, too little rain, too much heat, too much…

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Magnolia stellata - morning of bloom

20 MayMagnolia Stellata: Such a Lovely Southern Belle


Magnolia stellata. Lovely star magnolia. What would we do without your spring floral splendor? Although the zone 5 appearance was fleeting…

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Orixa japonica, leaf

12 AprOrixa japonica, Rutaceae (Citrus) Family


Such a lovely shrub, it should be more widely available. In early geological publications, the existence of Orixa japonica was found…

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Chamaecyparis obtusa 'Split Rock' with some cold frosting

11 AprPlants & Cold – What to Do?


As gardeners watch the gentle emergence of spring flowering bulbs and the unfurling new leaves of perennials, shrubs and trees with…

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Amsonia tabernaemontana flowers will fade to a pale, icy blue as they age

07 MarAmsonia Tabernaemontana: Quite a Garden Trooper


Amsonia tabernaemontana is quite a garden trooper. My respect for this plant, commonly called Blue Star Flower, has gained ground this…

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