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North Creek's weekly informative blog about the Landscape Plug™, gardening, design, native plants, and garden ecology!

THE PLUG©—Week 1524: Cue to Care

THE PLUG©—Week 1524: Cue to Care

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Nearly thirty years ago, Prof Joan Iverson Nassauer of the University of Minnesota wrote a landmark white paper, “Messy Ecosystems, Orderly Frames,” that shook up how landscape architects and designers thought of how to meet form and function in a landscape. Prof. Nassauer posits a good framework, like that of a frame to a Jackson Pollock painting, can contain and give context to a robust, effusive, ecologically healthy landscape. Although this paper may have a couple of decades under its belt, it's still as relevant today as when it was first published. Read along in this issue of The Plug©!

THE PLUG©—Week 1424: Liriope Swap

THE PLUG©—Week 1424: Liriope Swap

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Are you looking to swap out ubiquitous Liriope with native Carex species to boost diversity and support wildlife in the garden? After years of working with Carex and observing how Liriope is typically used in garden design, we have learned the trick to substituting Carex for Liriope. Complete list, just this way!

THE PLUG©—Week 1324: Emergent Wet Meadows

THE PLUG©—Week 1324: Emergent Wet Meadows

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With all this rain, we think it’s time to consider a very special habitat - the edges along wet areas - from wet meadows to the basin of rain gardens to lake and pond edges. These plants like their feet moist and can withstand periods of inundation like a champ. Learn more in this edition of The Plug©!

THE PLUG©—Week 1124: Plant Longevity as a Strategy for Lessening Maintenance

THE PLUG©—Week 1124: Plant Longevity as a Strategy for Lessening Maintenance

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In areas where minimal or reduced maintenance levels are necessitated by limited resources of time or funds, choosing plants with low maintenance requirements and robust longevity can be a tool for meeting maintenance time constraints and aesthetic standards. Read more in this week's edition of The Plug©!

THE PLUG©—Week 1024: Made for the Shade

THE PLUG©—Week 1024: Made for the Shade

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Our new cast of Shady Characters™ are reliable performers with multiple seasons of interest, perfect for customers who want more from their gardens. As an addition to your shade perennial offerings, this cast makes the shade garden a place your customers want to hang out in instead of a forgotten corner. Everything from feathery, soft foliage for effervescent groundcovers to exciting new native hybrids, we’ve got seven plants to tempt you. Do you and your clients a favor—embrace the shadier side!

THE PLUG©—Week 0924: Unsung Garden Heros

THE PLUG©—Week 0924: Unsung Garden Heros

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One of the best design tips we’ve come across recently is to include at least one filler perennial in a garden arrangement. What’s a filler, one might inquire? Well, we’re glad you asked! Read along to find out!

THE PLUG©—Week 0824: Native Plant Solutions for HOAs

THE PLUG©—Week 0824: Native Plant Solutions for HOAs

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Let’s make a step towards change, together! We’d like to encourage a step in the right direction through offering suggestions for potential native plant material that could be beautifully planted in an HOA community while meeting community exterior guidelines. Read along in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG©—Week 0724: Native Plants Healthy Planet Podcast Episode 195

THE PLUG©—Week 0724: Native Plants Healthy Planet Podcast Episode 195

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North Creek’s hype-man, Steve Castorani, sat in as special guest on the Native Plants, Healthy Planet podcast! Brought to you by our dear friends, plant enthusiasts, horticultural educators extraordinaire—Fran Chismar and Tom Knezick—of New Jersey-based Pinelands Native Plant Nursery.

THE PLUG©—Week 0624: Space Invaders: English Ivy

THE PLUG©—Week 0624: Space Invaders: English Ivy

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Originally brought to North America in the 1700s as an ornamental shade plant by European colonists, English ivy has overstayed its welcome and needs to be gone once and for all! Read up on how to remove this nuisance plant in our most recent installment of our Space Invaders series!

THE PLUG©—Week 0524: Layering Bloom Time

THE PLUG©—Week 0524: Layering Bloom Time

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Figuring out bloom time for a garden design and then subsequently layering blooms are two of the most important skills a designer can have in their toolbox.  It is an oft-asked garden design requisite, and a well-layered bloom sequence creates a long-lasting, pleasing display for clients. But where, prey tell, is the specific bloom time information on the plant tag?! Read along to find out! 

THE PLUG©—Week 0424: Sun Tolerance

THE PLUG©—Week 0424: Sun Tolerance

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When we heard of the newly updated USDA Hardiness Zone map (catch yourself up HERE), we thought it was high time to address two other challenges on a plant tag that people ask us about all the time: sun preference and bloom time. This week, we’re delving into the sunny side of plant life—buckle up and throw on those shades!

THE PLUG©—Week 0324: New USDA Hardiness Zones

THE PLUG©—Week 0324: New USDA Hardiness Zones

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Hold onto your hats, folks. This week's installment of The Plug® provides the North Creek Notes on the recently revised USDA hardiness zone map. The last update was published in 2012—needless to say, there’s been considerable and meaningful chatter about the new map designations—read along to learn the facts!

THE PLUG©—Week 0224: Garden Worthy Selections for 2024 PART II

THE PLUG©—Week 0224: Garden Worthy Selections for 2024 PART II

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Welcome back to Part II of our peek into new selections hitting availability in 2024! Read along to learn more about these beautiful additons to our product offering!

THE PLUG©—Week 5123: Garden Worthy Selections for 2024!

THE PLUG©—Week 5123: Garden Worthy Selections for 2024!

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Last week’s installment took us down the garden path of all items Landscape Plug™ worthy, as we unveiled straight species items now available from North Creek. Today, in Part I of our Garden Worthy Selections series, we’ll introduce you to standout selections that have been turning heads and making a name for themselves—over the span of several years and varied seasonal experiences in our trial gardens—the kind of name that has added NEW to their station on our product availability!

THE PLUG©—Week 5023: New Landscape Plugs™ for 2024

THE PLUG©—Week 5023: New Landscape Plugs™ for 2024

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Coming straight outta our greenhouses and jumping right into your solution-driven landscape designs—if 2024 is poised to bring the heat, North Creek’s got your back! Our crew of straight species plugs are robust & rugged with a splash of whimsy & wonder—all of which can be counted on to run the garden game, no matter your heat index. 

These items are tough, coming out swinging, and bound to go yard—tried and true straight species that are now available from North Creek! 

THE PLUG©—Week 4923: Space Invaders: Japanese Stiltgrass

THE PLUG©—Week 4923: Space Invaders: Japanese Stiltgrass

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Japanese stilt grass, or Microstegium vimineum, is a big problem in moist woodlands throughout Pennsylvania. From afar, it’s lush and green, picturesque on the forest floor. But Japanese stilt grass is no joke - it quickly chokes out all other woodland species. Learn how to properly ID and remove stiltgrass from your property & projects in this special Space Invaders segment of this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG©—Week 4823: Naughty or Nice List: Gift Guide for the Horticulturist

THE PLUG©—Week 4823: Naughty or Nice List: Gift Guide for the Horticulturist

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It's that time of year! If you're looking for something for the gardener in your life, here are items we find useful—have no fear, we don't get any kickbacks from product promotion—we simply hope to pass on the good word, share what we’ve found garden worthy, and inspire you with your holiday gift-giving!

THE PLUG©—Week 4623: The Power Behind our Perennials, Landenberg Growers

THE PLUG©—Week 4623: The Power Behind our Perennials, Landenberg Growers

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Last time we met on our series The Power Behind our Perennials, we were behind the scenes meeting our growers based in Oxford at Bluestem Farm. Now, we’re zeroing in on the growers who start our plant’s journey at our propagation nursery in Landenberg, PA at North Creek's World Headquarters. We're proud to introduce Kassie, Pancho, Isabel, Charles and Lalo!

THE PLUG©—Week 4523: The Dark Side of Nature

THE PLUG©—Week 4523: The Dark Side of Nature

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We’re deep into Scorpio season and think it’s a great time to explore unusual shade plants to set the mood all year round. Everyone knows about the typical cast of shady characters—Hosta and our fabulous fronds the ferns—but why not design with more unique colorways and textures beyond the traditional shades of green?

Join us for a peek at 11 unusual perennials for the shade garden!

THE PLUG©—Week 4423: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

THE PLUG©—Week 4423: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Better Together! As plant people, we love to go out and explore nature. While out, one can’t help but notice the beauty on display all around. Explore naturally occuring plant communities in this week's edition of The Plug©!

THE PLUG© - Week 4323: Creating a Bat-Friendly Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 4323: Creating a Bat-Friendly Garden

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October 24-31 is Bat Week!—very fitting considering their association with all things spooky. But what we find truly spooky is the notion of not having bats around.

Don't let your garden go bat-free, learn how to create a bat-friendly garden through the power of perennials!

THE PLUG© - Week 4223: Smitten with Seed

THE PLUG© - Week 4223: Smitten with Seed

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The tawny hues and subtle tones of seedheads may be more muted than the typical bold floral display, but these quieter qualities crescendo in the late summer and fall, when their melody can be most appreciated accompanying the fading landscape. Enjoy all things SEED in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 4023: The Power Behind our Perennials, Oxford Growers

THE PLUG© - Week 4023: The Power Behind our Perennials, Oxford Growers

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We direct the spotlight of this week’s edition of The Plug®: The Power Behind our Perennials, towards North Creek’s Fab 5 Oxford Growing Team: Casey Bremer, Ryan (Butch) Butcher, Olivia DiFilippo, Cindy Goss, and Joanne Gumaer—the next generation of Bluestem Growers!

THE PLUG© - Week 3923: Space Invaders: Sweet Autumn Clematis

THE PLUG© - Week 3923: Space Invaders: Sweet Autumn Clematis

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You’ve probably seen it along roadsides, spilling luxuriantly over fences, seeming to decorate trees—a vine covered with fragrant, fuzzy white flowers. This vine is evocative of fall and inarguably beautiful…but quite invasive. Read more about sweet autumn clematis, Clematis terniflora, in this weeks Space Invaders edition of The Plug!

THE PLUG© - Week 3823: A World Of Wasps

THE PLUG© - Week 3823: A World Of Wasps

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World Wasp Day is September 24th—mark your calendar!

Typically regarded as intimidating, wasps get a bad rap due to potentially unpleasant encounters with humans. However sharp the sting—those associated with such zaps are social wasps—which actually comprise very few of the world's wasp population. Discover the benefits of wasps in this edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 3723: All About Asters

THE PLUG© - Week 3723: All About Asters

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Asters are inarguably excellent plants for the landscape. These fall flowering favorites are profuse bloomers, providing ample nectar for pollinators late into the season. Today we're doing a deep dive into all things Aster by featuring North Creek’s aster offering in Landscape Plugs™.

THE PLUG© - Week 3623: Through the Haze: Autumn Magic in the Landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 3623: Through the Haze: Autumn Magic in the Landscape

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Absolute perfection. Is there anything better than masses of pink muhly grass blooming in the fall?

Autumn is when we notice the planning done by garden designers as they weave magic with perennials and grasses to evoke romance in the landscape. The winning combination of fine-textured foliage with a screening of delicate flowers creates a gentle atmosphere. Hazy plant combinations become more than a mass planting—they become a mood.

To add romance to a garden, weave groupings of hazy flowering perennials and grasses between your shrubs or bold foliage selections. The airiness of the flower heads softens the landscape, making the viewer pause and slow down. The abundance of flowers and stems countered with the delicate texture gives a screening effect to the light, especially backlit by the golden setting sun. The key is to site these plants where they receive gentle breezes for movement, especially in areas that look out on long borrowed views.

THE PLUG© - Week 3523: Create a Hummingbird Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 3523: Create a Hummingbird Garden

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If you design a garden with food, water, and shelter, your clients will enjoy hummingbirds in their gardens for years to come. We love giving our ruby-throated hummingbirds a warm welcome and could spend hours watching their antics. Just plan and plant it, and they will come! 

Hummingbirds bring so much color and are full of personality—well worth a little extra planning to make them feel welcome. You can make the hummingbird garden of your client’s dreams with great design and a little preparation.

THE PLUG© - Week 3423: Native Plant Swaps for Fall Containers

THE PLUG© - Week 3423: Native Plant Swaps for Fall Containers

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Annual mums, potted cabbage, and ornamental grasses deck patios everywhere in the fall, but we'd like to explore wonderful native plant alternatives as the season approaches. A lot of times, suggested native plant swaps lose something in translation from the original annual display plants—in timing, habit, flower form, or color.

While native plants won't be identical to their ever-accessible counterparts, part of swapping out with native plants is encouraging people to think differently about their landscapes and making native plants easy for them to try. Customers may not even know that there's a native plant alternative to garden mums, native plants that are bred to be the right scale for their home and garden containers. These substitutions won't be a compromise in beauty or function for the gardeners weaving more native plants into their designs. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3323: Scent in the Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 3323: Scent in the Garden

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Scent in the garden is a classic way to heighten enjoyment of a space and to encourage relaxation. Layering texture, scent, color, and sound deepens the sensory experience. While roses, jasmine, and honeysuckle are traditionally the first plants that spring to mind when considering scent, there also are native plants that are delightfully aromatic.

Scent is part of a plant’s strategy to entice pollinators—attracting bees, moths, butterflies, and flies. But scent doesn’t just attract pollinators, it is attractive to us, too!

A majority of the scent profiles associated with the native plants represented in this article have a deep, musky sweetness to them—most noticeable at dawn and dusk through the summer months. Weave these beautiful native plants in and around the perennial border to increase your clients’ enjoyment of their space.

THE PLUG© - Week 3223: Quick Tip: Maximizing Humidity Tolerance

THE PLUG© - Week 3223: Quick Tip: Maximizing Humidity Tolerance

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In the heat and humidity of late summer, you may notice perennial meltdowns. A summer meltdown—when generally hardy plants begin to succumb to high humidity and high daytime and nighttime temperatures—can happen to the best of gardeners.

Even the most reliable performers can get hit by a particularly bad year when consistent rains and high evening temperatures increase the prevalence of mold, mildew, and rot. As usual, we echo the mantra of right plant, right place. Choosing a plant from your locality or similar conditions is the best bet for success. However, Mother Nature is unpredictable.

In this week's Plug, we give tips on maximizing the humidity tolerance of your plants for right now, where they are planted.

THE PLUG© - Week 3123: The Power Behind our Perennials: Shipping Team

THE PLUG© - Week 3123: The Power Behind our Perennials: Shipping Team

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This year's exceptional spring shipping season brought to you by: North Creek's Shipping Team!

This team does it all! Staying on top of everything during the busy season requires attention to detail, perseverance, and teamwork, and this team has what it takes. Their impressive work is instrumental to the business we do—ensuring that our plugs arrive happy and healthy to our customers.

After an excellent shipping season, we wanted to take a deep dive into our shipping process and thank the hardworking team that makes it happen.

THE PLUG© - Week 3023: National Moth Week 2023

THE PLUG© - Week 3023: National Moth Week 2023

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Bring out your fluffiest antennae—we are beyond excited to celebrate MOTH WEEK!

It’s the 12th Annual National Moth Week, July 22-30, 2023. A worldwide celebration of moths, Moth Week is a global citizen science project—a totally volunteer-run initiative to admire, learn about, and appreciate moths. With 160,000 species of moths in the world, we’ve got a lot to celebrate!

In honor of Moth Week, we’d like to highlight 3 interesting moths—with three plant suggestions to support them. By planting native plants, you can support moths throughout their life cycle.

THE PLUG© - Week 2923: Get to Know Our Resource Guide

THE PLUG© - Week 2923: Get to Know Our Resource Guide

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Get to know our Resource Guide! In addition to our complete product listing with detailed plant descriptions, cultural information, and photos, this comprehensive publication includes plant lists for practical applications.

If you find yourself with a challenging site, it's helpful to have a place to start when selecting plants. This guide addresses a variety of common site conditions, listing plants from our product offering that serve these needs.

Perhaps you're looking for design solutions to outfit a green roof, or extend your season of interest. In addition to lists that address challenging site conditions, our Resource Guide also includes lists for inspiration for specific types of projects—we've got you covered.

Offered in Landscape Plug™ sizes LP32 or LP50, our plants are well-rooted and ready to take on your site.

THE PLUG© - Week 2823: Monarda in the Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 2823: Monarda in the Garden

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Beebalm are a beloved class of native perennials belonging to the mint family. They are high impact perennials when grown in large masses, producing many flowers. Bright, colorful tubular flowers attract bees and hummingbirds while the herbal foliage deters deer and rabbits. Blooming through the summer, Monarda is a pest-proof genus and a delightful addition to the client’s garden. Read more about Monarda, including a handy bloom chart, in this week's The Plug!

THE PLUG© - Week 2723: Buzzing with Ideas to Support Pollinators

THE PLUG© - Week 2723: Buzzing with Ideas to Support Pollinators

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In celebration of Pollinator Week (June 19-25), we inquired about how our customers and readership support pollinators, raise awareness and build support around this international celebration. As usual, you delivered! This week's edition of The Plug® features your valued feedback—from rooftops to public parks—you all are working hard and we appreciate your dedication! We hope you are enjoying the holiday week, and we also hope these earnest efforts and stories provide inspiration for your next plan of action for pollinators!

THE PLUG© - Week 2623: How to Attract (and Keep) Fireflies in Your Outdoor Spaces

THE PLUG© - Week 2623: How to Attract (and Keep) Fireflies in Your Outdoor Spaces

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World Firefly Day is the first Saturday in July every year. This year, it will be on July 1st. Join us in celebrating this whimsical insect as we continue to shine a light on our pollinators.
 
Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are beloved insects to all of us who live in the moist environments of temperate and tropical regions worldwide. Their cheery blinking bioluminescent light elicits warm feelings of nostalgia as we remember evenings in summers pastmaking the firefly is a perfect representative for the call to action to protect habitat. 
Read more about how you can attract and keep fireflies in your outdoor spaces in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 2523: Share How You Support Pollinators

THE PLUG© - Week 2523: Share How You Support Pollinators

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Happy Pollinator Week! To build awareness around this international celebration, North Creek Nurseries wants to know how you support our local pollinators!

Have you… changed land management practices? Developed an integrated pest management system? Given public lectures around the importance of habitat, pollinators, and native plants? Chosen predominantly native plants in your landscape designs? Worked on some other idea that we’ve never even heard of?

Let us know! We’d love to hear from you and share your stories in an upcoming edition of The Plug® so we can all become better advocates for our pollinators.

THE PLUG© - Week 2423: Our Top Pycs for Pollinator Month

THE PLUG© - Week 2423: Our Top Pycs for Pollinator Month

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June is Pollinator Month. Next week is Pollinator Week. We're pumped because here at North Creek, we're potting for pollinators 365 days a year!

With everyone buzzing about pollinators, it's the perfect time to feature one of our favorite pollinator powerhouses, Pycnanthemum. 

The name Pycnanthemum comes from the Greek pyknos, meaning dense, and anthos, meaning flower, so you know what that means—many flowers and insects! Plants in this genus are known for their aromatic foliage, attractiveness to insects, and ability to tolerate even the toughest of conditions.

The following three Pycnanthemum are offered in our Landscape Plug™ collection, guaranteed to come to you in (mountain) mint condition—rooted and ready to take on your next project. Here are our top Pycs for Pollinator Month!

THE PLUG© - Week 2323: Space Invaders: Poison Ivy

THE PLUG© - Week 2323: Space Invaders: Poison Ivy

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Leaces of three, let it be? Not if you're Umar Mycka.

As the owner and founder of Poison Ivy Horticulturist, Inc, Umar Mycka is the man to call if you find yourself in a potentially itchy situation. You see, Umar has made it his life’s mission to eradicate poison ivy (PI) from commercial and residential landscapes in and around southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and northern Delaware—wherever the distress calls come in from! In step with his skilled team of poison ivy technicians, Umar has masterful expertise in dealing with poison ivy infestations.

Read more about Umar and his favorite plant in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 2223: Community Connections: Meadowitos

THE PLUG© - Week 2223: Community Connections: Meadowitos

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Welcome to our newest segment of The Plug® Community Connections. In this series, we will be featuring community-based projects striving to positively impact the health of pollinators, habitats, and humans—passionate citizens of the Brandywine Valley (and surrounding areas!) that are thinking globally and acting locally.

Our first spotlight for Community Connections is the tremendous work being done just 7 miles away in Kennett Square, PA—allow us to introduce the Meadowitos Initiative!

An exciting undertaking of the Kennett Library, Meadowitos is transforming small urban spaces in Kennett Square into pollinator gardens while providing excellent ecological function for the environment and educational opportunities to borough and township residents and visitors from near and far.

THE PLUG© - Week 2123: PA Native Species Day at North Creek Nurseries

THE PLUG© - Week 2123: PA Native Species Day at North Creek Nurseries

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We were honored to host the celebration of the 2nd Annual PA Native Species Day last Thursday, May 18th. This year's press conference was held on a beautiful day in North Creek's gardens and featured speakers from agencies highlighting the importance of taking action to conserve Pennsylvania's native species and eradicate invasive species. Thank you to the PA Governor's Invasive Species Council for this opportunity! Read more and view the press conference in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 2023: Celebrate PA Native Species Day

THE PLUG© - Week 2023: Celebrate PA Native Species Day

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Today, May 18th, marks the second annual PA Native Species Day—a day founded to recognize and celebrate the critical role our native plants, trees, insects, fish, birds, and mammals afford the over 46,000 square miles within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Instituted on June 17, 2022, by the Governor’s Invasive Species Council, PA Native Species Day serves to educate and encourage citizens of the Keystone State to take action to sustain the wonders of Pennsylvania’s biodiverse ecosystems while in chorus with stressing the importance of reducing the occurrence of invasive species.

In concordance with PA Native Species Day and World Bee Day (occurring Saturday, May 20th), today’s issue of The Plug® will pay homage to three species from North Creek’s tried and true plant palette with PA provenance, pollinator appeal, and pure beauty.

THE PLUG© - Week 1923: The Longest Bloom: Perennials with Flower Power

THE PLUG© - Week 1923: The Longest Bloom: Perennials with Flower Power

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These sun-loving perennials are bred for maximum flower power!

At times, you may find yourself needing as many flowers as possible for as long as possible. Maybe the plant budget is limited. Maybe there isn’t much planting space. Either way—you need to maximize flower power in a concentrated area.

We have a short list of perennials that come in handy for just these occasions. These durable selections bloom for months, not weeks, and require little to no help to accomplish this feat.

THE PLUG© - Week 1823: Dry Shade Solutions

THE PLUG© - Week 1823: Dry Shade Solutions

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Dry shade—one of the top challenges we get contacted about regularly. If your site is blessed with a mature deciduous tree, the challenge is what to plant beneath it. While the lack of light beneath the canopy is one issue, the more pressing problem is the fierce root competition. Not every shade-loving perennial will cut it...but never fear, we have dry-shade solutions for you! Who says dry shade is no fun?

 

THE PLUG© - Week 1723: The Power Behind Our Perennials

THE PLUG© - Week 1723: The Power Behind Our Perennials

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Our Plant Trials and Gardens team has a lot on their plate—an entire living laboratory—over three acres of garden space dedicated to evaluating our catalogue offering and potential new plant introduction genetics brought in front plant breeders, industry suppliers, and native plant enthusiasts. Through these evaluations, plant material goes through a vigorous vetting process and must meet the standards of the New Plant Principles—the plant is garden worthy, does not assert aggressive or invasive tendencies, and requires minimal additional inputs once established—in order to be considered for introduction. Speaking of introductions, we'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our wonderful team! We hope you enjoy getting to know the muscle and might behind our collection of display and trial gardens. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1623: Earth Day 2023

THE PLUG© - Week 1623: Earth Day 2023

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Live every day like it's Earth Day.

Here at North Creek Nurseries, we work hard to consider how our actions affect the landscape. It’s not just about the plants we growit’s about how we grow the plants and how we interact with our greater community and environment.

Learn more in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 1523: Dormant, not dead!

THE PLUG© - Week 1523: Dormant, not dead!

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At this time of year, customers are likely to receive a combination of dormant and fresh material from North Creekdon’t fret, everything is just fine!

In winter and early spring, deliveries arriving from North Creek will contain dormant plugs, fresh plugs, or a combination of the two. Both have a mature, established root system; however, dormant plugs have little-to-no visible top growth while fresh plugs have lush green visible top growth. Newly arrived dormant material requires different care than fresh material. Learn more in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 1423: Homegrown National Park

THE PLUG© - Week 1423: Homegrown National Park

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North Creek Nurseries is proud to partner with Homegrown National Park® in their efforts to light up our communities with native plantings to support local biodiversity.

Homegrown National Park® is a grassroots call-to-action to regenerate biodiversity and ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks. It is the largest cooperative conservation project ever conceived or attempted.

Get on the Map!

THE PLUG© - Week 1323: Get Started with Rain Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 1323: Get Started with Rain Gardens

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Following up on World Water Day last week, we want to dive deeper into actions we can take to mitigate stormwater runoff. To help decrease flooding and improve stormwater storage and filtration, homeowners and businesses can install rain gardens on their property.

Not only do rain gardens help with stormwater pollution and overflow, they also can be beautiful and provide much-needed habitat for wildlife. Rain gardens are a long-lived, low-tech, and low-cost option for dealing with rain water flooding your property. Learn more about rain gardens in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 1223: World Water Day

THE PLUG© - Week 1223: World Water Day

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In honor of World Water Day, we here at North Creek want to raise awareness about this essential natural resource. We can all help improve our water systems by changing the way we use, consume, and manage water in our daily lives. The challenges our water systems face impel us to create inventive solutions to support biodiversity, navigate stormwater runoff more successfully, and ultimately increase resilience. Read more in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 1123: The Importance of Order

THE PLUG© - Week 1123: The Importance of Order

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Easy to overlook, yet integral to the long term success of your planting, the order in which plant material is installed can significantly impact the amount of time spent maintaining a new planting. This method requires forethought and planning, but is worth it when the time comes to bring shovel to earth. In this week's edition of THE PLUG, we will be examining an essential aspect of garden installation, something relevant to landscape professionals and home gardeners alike: the importance of planting order.

THE PLUG© - Week 1023: Space Invaders: Multiflora Rose

THE PLUG© - Week 1023: Space Invaders: Multiflora Rose

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Invasive species can evoke both frustration and terror in the hearts of gardeners. Noxious and obnoxious, these pernicious plants can be caught encroaching into your beloved garden beds, taking territory heedlessly as they go...but fear not, there is a period when these plants are particularly exposed and can be dealt with, and the time is now! This time of year, before most of our deciduous native trees and shrubs leaf out, is an opportune time to spot (and zap!) invasive species in the landscape. One such species we are tackling now is the destructive and despicable Rosa multiflora. This week's edition of The Plug® is brought to you by Arden Pontasch, Plant Trials Manager here at the Creek!

THE PLUG© - Week 0923: Rethinking the Lawn

THE PLUG© - Week 0923: Rethinking the Lawn

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Looking to replace turf lawn with a native plant alternative?

It can be intimidating for homeowners to make a leap of faith into the unknown - to tear out familiar lawn and replace it with "native plant alternatives." If you're trying to convince clients about the benefits of native plant lawn replacements, here are some great reasons.

For more information, read this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 0823: Tools of the Trade

THE PLUG© - Week 0823: Tools of the Trade

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Time for cutting back the garden is on the horizon! Today, we’re exploring our favorite tools for getting this big job done. We’re looking at what’s the fastest, what’s the most efficient, and what’s the most precise. Depending on what you need for your client’s space, you may need different tools for the job. Read along with this installment of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 0723: Shady Groundhuggers™

THE PLUG© - Week 0723: Shady Groundhuggers™

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Right now, trees are being planted in record numbers. Farmer's fields are converting to suburban home sites to meet growing housing needs. In cities, we’re creating more and taller buildings that often shade urban environments. As shade increases in our built-up areas, so does the demand for shade-tolerant plants to fill these understory spaces. Read along as we shed a little light on tough perennials for woodland spaces, enjoy!

THE PLUG© - Week 0623: Solution Driven Sedges

THE PLUG© - Week 0623: Solution Driven Sedges

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Carex is quickly becoming a garden favorite for designers and homeowners alike. The humble appearance of the grass-like sedges blends well with any garden scheme and provides much needed texture, wildlife food and habitat, erosion control, and winter presence. If you’ve never experimented with sedges before, let this be your sign to give it a try!

THE PLUG© - Week 0523: Native Evergreen Forbs for Winter Interest

THE PLUG© - Week 0523: Native Evergreen Forbs for Winter Interest

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Evergreen plants provide habitat cover and forage for overwintering wildlife, help control soil erosion with active roots, and prevent winter weed seed germination by covering the ground. That’s a lot of bang for your buck. Let’s give the winter landscape more attention—here is our list of 20 evergreen forbs you can plant for winter interest!

THE PLUG© - Week 0323: New Items for Growers & Gardeners

THE PLUG© - Week 0323: New Items for Growers & Gardeners

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Are you ready to dive into Part II of our New Products overview for 2023? Last week we rolled out the new Landscape Plug™ items we've added to our availability—this week we'll zero in on our new 72 & 50-plug tray liners for your upcoming growing season.

THE PLUG© - Week 0223: New Landscape Plugs™ for 2023

THE PLUG© - Week 0223: New Landscape Plugs™ for 2023

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Our 2023 growing season offers an assortment of selections perfect for blanketing your garden space with a touch of vegetative relaxation. From seed-grown North American species geared to provide garden solutions to low-maintenance marvels with a touch of coziness and comfort—you can depend on North Creek’s plant palette to solve problem areas while delivering impact. Follow along here!

THE PLUG© - Week 4222: Garden Master Class

THE PLUG© - Week 4222: Garden Master Class

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Starting November 21st, world renowned educators and plantsmen, Dr. Noel Kingsbury and University of Sheffield Professor, Nigel Dunnett, will embark on an 8-session online course focusing on the ins and outs of naturalistic planting. Click link in article to register -- with North Creek's 20% discount code! 

THE PLUG© - Week 4122: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part IV

THE PLUG© - Week 4122: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part IV

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Part III of our series entitled, Building Climate Resilience in the Landscape, covered soils, water, flora and the bigger picture. Moving into the fourth and final segment we will present some of the best plants for the job, provide a case scenario, and conclude with next steps for all of us to consider. Enjoy!

THE PLUG© - Week 3922: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part III

THE PLUG© - Week 3922: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part III

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In Part III of our blog post focused on Building Climate Resilience in the Landscape, we'll dig into soil, water, flora and the big picture. If you missed Part(s) I & II, click links below to start from the beginning of this lengthy conversation. Enjoy!

THE PLUG© - Week 3822: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part II

THE PLUG© - Week 3822: Climate Resilient Landscapes Part II

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Much of our land has undergone large changes that have degraded its natural productivity and ecosystem processes. How do we take land that has been degraded and return it to higher functioning levels? First, we must know what conditions create a functioning landscape.


In Part II of our blog post focused on Building Climate Resilience in the Landscape, we'll take a peek at the components that make up a functioning ecosystem.

THE PLUG© - Week 3722: Climate Resilient Landscapes

THE PLUG© - Week 3722: Climate Resilient Landscapes

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In the face of increasing climate irregularities, there has been a call to action for those working with the natural world to build systems that are adaptive and resilient. Only a few decades ago, it was permissible for a garden to be merely “pretty.” However, with the mounting evidence of the drastic effects of climate change resulting in unexpected droughts, fires, floods, and stronger-than-ever storms, our landscapes are challenged with doing more.

Over the next few weeks, our THE PLUG posts will cover the hot topic of gardening for climate resilient gardens and how to build them. Enjoy!

THE PLUG© - Week 3622: Stealing the Show Part II

THE PLUG© - Week 3622: Stealing the Show Part II

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Grasses are so ubiquitous that they’re assumed to be present in a landscape without conscious thought and when they’re not there, the landscape can feel like it lacks something. In Part II of Whimsical Warm Season Grasses we'll take a peek at some reliable species for pocket prairie type settings where height needs to be kept in check, and also a few species well suited for areas where room to spread out and put on a show is a must!

THE PLUG© - Week 3522: Stealing the Show

THE PLUG© - Week 3522: Stealing the Show

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Often overlooked and underappreciated, warm-season grasses are the glue that holds the landscape together. Our 2-part series entitled Whimsical Warm Season Grasses, we'll dive into some standout selections for residential applications, short-height pocket prairie environments, and selections suited for larger garden spaces.

THE PLUG© - Week 3422: Beat the Heat!

THE PLUG© - Week 3422: Beat the Heat!

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While many of us shudder at the idea of living in what sounds like an oven, people who live in hot areas acclimate to the conditions and thrive. What do desert lovers have to do with plants?

Our native plants come from different climates and environments. Depending on the environment they are from will tell you what conditions they are acclimated to and tolerate well.

Learn more about hot & humid conditions vs. hot & dry conditions in this week's The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 3322: Technically Speaking

THE PLUG© - Week 3322: Technically Speaking

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You may have noticed this latest addition on our website plant descriptions? We’ve added technical information for growers! Learn more about how to get the most out of this information from The Plug® Technically Speaking!

THE PLUG© - Week 2822: Plants of Merit

THE PLUG© - Week 2822: Plants of Merit

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These Plants of Merit are great additions to a garden design, adding much-needed late season color and pollinator support. We even have an entire section of groundcovers for sunny or shady garden locations, perfect to suppress weeds and to plant along garden edges. Read along in this week's edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 2722: New Plant Introductions for Summer 2022

THE PLUG© - Week 2722: New Plant Introductions for Summer 2022

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Cultivate is just around the corner—this week's edition of The Plug® will highlight items we'll be rolling out for the 2022 & 2023 growing seasons!
 
These selections range from new to the industry and straight species goodness to meet particular customer needs to customer requests that are new additions to our catalog and a couple of hard-to-find favorites that we are growing again! Check out what we’re growing for you, tried and tested garden-worthy plants perfect for your retail bench or new garden installation!

THE PLUG© - Week 2622: Wild Bleeding Heart

THE PLUG© - Week 2622: Wild Bleeding Heart

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Dicentra eximia is a cornerstone of our American eastern woodland garden in the spring. Learn more about this woodland beauty in this edition of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 2522: Beyond Asters

THE PLUG© - Week 2522: Beyond Asters

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Asters from North America are enjoyed the world over. This week's The Plug® explores the beauty of Asters! 

THE PLUG© - Week 2422: Pollinator Week 2022!

THE PLUG© - Week 2422: Pollinator Week 2022!

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The third week of June marks Pollinator Week -- a week-long celebration which works to educate people about the diverse world of pollinators. Read along and learn how you can help!

THE PLUG© - Week 2322: Ziegler Elementary Pollinator Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 2322: Ziegler Elementary Pollinator Garden

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Giving Back to our Community with help from American Beauties Native Plants, learn more about this new pollinator garden at Ziegler Elementary School in northeast Philadelphia!

THE PLUG© - Week 2222: Stormbustin' Honey

THE PLUG© - Week 2222: Stormbustin' Honey

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You guys know we love our native plants—it’s kind of our thing—but let me tell you, we’re not the only ones! Our bees love them too, and we love our partnership with Stormbustin' Honey!

THE PLUG© - Week 2122: Support our Pollinators Part II

THE PLUG© - Week 2122: Support our Pollinators Part II

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Part II of Support our Pollinators highlights specific plants that support very specific insects - those that are now rare and federally endangered. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2022: Support our Pollinators

THE PLUG© - Week 2022: Support our Pollinators

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In addition to planting milkweed to help the Monarchs, this installment of The Plug® sheds light on specialist pollinators out there that are facing dramatic population losses, and what you can plant to help!

THE PLUG© - Week 1822: Spotted Lanternfly Reminder

THE PLUG© - Week 1822: Spotted Lanternfly Reminder

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Friendly reminder to be on the lookout for the return of Spotted Lanternfly nymphs!

THE PLUG© - Week 1722: Dividing Warm Season Grases

THE PLUG© - Week 1722: Dividing Warm Season Grases

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Now is the time of year to divide your warm-season grasses! Learn how to with this week's issue of The Plug®!

THE PLUG© - Week 1622: Perennial Herb Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 1622: Perennial Herb Garden

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Beyond basil, dill and thyme -- consider some of these wonderful native perennials for your herb garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 1522: Praying Mantis ID—Native or Invasive

THE PLUG© - Week 1522: Praying Mantis ID—Native or Invasive

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Learn how to ID the the ootheca (egg case) of native and invasive praying mantises.

THE PLUG© - Week 1422: Meet the Mt. Cuba Collection

THE PLUG© - Week 1422: Meet the Mt. Cuba Collection

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We're proud to announce our partnership with Mt. Cuba Center in bringing their native plant selections to the gardening world! 

THE PLUG© - Week 1322: How to Order

THE PLUG© - Week 1322: How to Order

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Top 3 tips to ensure you receive your order just how you want it!

THE PLUG© - Week 1122: Grow it to Know it

THE PLUG© - Week 1122: Grow it to Know it

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Rock your garden designs with 6 tricks on how to know and use your plants to create a more dynamic garden design. Over our 30 years worth of experience, we've seen our plants in lots of different situations. We want to show you how different amounts of soil moisture, how you cut back a plant, and even whether it is from seed or from plug can change how a plant performs in your garden designs. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1022: Spring is for Sedges

THE PLUG© - Week 1022: Spring is for Sedges

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As winter comes to a close, this is a perfect time to consider sedges in your spring garden! Come learn about our favorite 7 Carex to add to your shade garden designs.

THE PLUG© - Week 0922: Dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 0922: Dormancy

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It's that time of year again! Spring is coming and plant shipments are arriving to your worksite. Learn the differences in the plant material arriving at your door - from vernalized dormant material, emerging, or fresh growth from the greenhouse and when to plant them and how to take care of them in this week's The Plug.

THE PLUG© - Week 0822: Evergreen Basal Leaves

THE PLUG© - Week 0822: Evergreen Basal Leaves

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Utilize a plant survival adaptation for your garden designs! We explore evergreen basal rosettes - why they exist, how they benefit your garden designs, and our favorite plants in this week's The Plug.

THE PLUG© - Week 0722: Winter Interest

THE PLUG© - Week 0722: Winter Interest

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People talk about winter interest all the time but what about plants that still are holding their own against Ol' Man Winter even late in the season of February or March? Here is our list of plants that are still providing interest in the garden even after the winter rains, snows, winds, and general dreariness. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0622: Grow your Native Plant Business!

THE PLUG© - Week 0622: Grow your Native Plant Business!

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Big ideas to GROW your native plant business! In this week's The Plug, we consider the obstacles that are in the average garden customer's path to growing native plants and what WE can do to make it easier for them!

THE PLUG© - Week 0522: Salt-Tolerant Plants

THE PLUG© - Week 0522: Salt-Tolerant Plants

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Salt-tolerant plants! A list of plants that are salt-tolerant for you as winter rolls on and salt piles up in the roadsides and sidewalks. By selecting tough plants for those areas, you can ensure a long-lasting planting design enjoyed for many seasons to come!

THE PLUG© - Week 0422: Soil Testing

THE PLUG© - Week 0422: Soil Testing

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The off-season is the perfect time to test your soil! For better soil health and planting design, knowing your soil is crucial. Learn the how and why as well as how to choose the best plants for your soil conditions. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0222: Evergreen Native Groundcovers

THE PLUG© - Week 0222: Evergreen Native Groundcovers

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Tired of the only speck of green in gardens are invasive groundcovers like ivy, wintercreeper, and Pachysandra? We understand people want a low-maintenance landscape that looks great all year round. Why not give our native evergreen groundcovers a try? There are so many great native alternatives to harmful invasives.

THE PLUG© - Week 0122: Mixing Sizes

THE PLUG© - Week 0122: Mixing Sizes

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Want your client's garden budget to go further? Try our planting tip - mix your container sizes! Learn how and where to apply this strategy in a client's garden installation to create instant impact AND have enough plants. 

THE PLUG© - Week 5021: Caring for your Hand Tools

THE PLUG© - Week 5021: Caring for your Hand Tools

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Now is the time for working on your winter chore list! First up? Cleaning your hand tools. We go through how, step-by-step, to help you during the winter downtime. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4921: Top 10 Native Perennials for Cut Flowers

THE PLUG© - Week 4921: Top 10 Native Perennials for Cut Flowers

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Flower farmers - looking to expand perennial crops in your cut flower fields? Wanting to add native plants to increase the diversity of offerings and attract wildlife? Read our top 10 best native plants for cut flowers (cut flower trials performed by NC State extension).

THE PLUG© - Week 4821: Top 6 Perennials for Winter Birds

THE PLUG© - Week 4821: Top 6 Perennials for Winter Birds

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Seedheads: the original bird feeders! If you're looking to attract birds to your garden in winter, here are our top 6 perennial genera that support the birds.

THE PLUG© - Week 4621: Delayed Fall Projects

THE PLUG© - Week 4621: Delayed Fall Projects

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Delayed fall planting project? Here is how to protect your plants until the site is ready for installation. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4521: Extending the Season

THE PLUG© - Week 4521: Extending the Season

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Our top 3 tips for strategies to extend the fall in the garden - a multi-pronged garden planning adaptation to changing weather in the face of climate change. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4421: Frost Heave

THE PLUG© - Week 4421: Frost Heave

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Winter chore list? Check your new plantings for frost heave. Learn more about it in this week's The Plug!

THE PLUG© - Week 4321: Spring Orders

THE PLUG© - Week 4321: Spring Orders

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Now is the time to order your plants for spring!

THE PLUG© - Week 4221: Educating Customers #leavetheleaves

THE PLUG© - Week 4221: Educating Customers #leavetheleaves

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Treating leaves as a resource in the garden instead of trash is a shift in perspective. Educating your customers about the precious resources in their own backyards can be difficult which is why it's good to have some straightforward points!

THE PLUG© - Week 4121: 5 Native Plant Swaps for Fall

THE PLUG© - Week 4121: 5 Native Plant Swaps for Fall

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Instead of garden mums and cabbage, spice up your fall display with perennial native plants that give you more bang for your buck with the ability to come back year after year and support our native pollinators!

THE PLUG© - Week 4021: Mixed boxes with fall dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 4021: Mixed boxes with fall dormancy

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Don't be alarmed! The plants aren't dead! Inside your boxes arriving in fall, there may be some flats with active growth and some going into dormancy. Learn what this means for the plants and your planting schedule in this week's The Plug!

THE PLUG© - Week 3921: Rabbit-Resistant Plants

THE PLUG© - Week 3921: Rabbit-Resistant Plants

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Have rabbits in the garden munching all of your plants? Here is a list of plants that deter rabbits from eating them in this week's The Plug©.

THE PLUG© - Week 3821: Fern Craze!

THE PLUG© - Week 3821: Fern Craze!

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We're living through another fern craze! Come see why this plant is back in fashion (tl;dr - it's low maintenance!) and our lists for all the ferns for conditions your garden designs are frequently handling. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3721: Royalties and Patents

THE PLUG© - Week 3721: Royalties and Patents

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Royalties, patents - what's the deal? If you work in the plant world, these are the nitty-gritty details that affect the pocketbook. We explain the details of these plant protections and how it affects you in this week's The Plug©.

THE PLUG© - Week 3521: Large-Scale Maintenance Management

THE PLUG© - Week 3521: Large-Scale Maintenance Management

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One of the most common questions we receive is about how to take care of large landscapes and the timing around each task. In this week's The Plug, we explore the importance of caring for large-scale landscape projects and the timing of what job should be done when. Included are three free downloads that can help you and your team schedule maintenance and care for your projects. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3321: Taxonomic Name Changes

THE PLUG© - Week 3321: Taxonomic Name Changes

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Taxonomic name changes - if we ignore them, will they go away? There's been a shakedown by taxonomists in several different plant groups and we go through and explore who has been changed and how we're responding in this week's The Plug™.

THE PLUG© - Week 3221: Time to get warm-season grasses in!

THE PLUG© - Week 3221: Time to get warm-season grasses in!

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What should you get planting now in August? Warm-season grasses, that's what! Give these plants, and several other varieties, the rooting time they require in the landscape before a fall frost. Learn more about what to plant now!

THE PLUG© - Week 3121: Meet Heliopsis!

THE PLUG© - Week 3121: Meet Heliopsis!

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Meet our smooth ox-eye collection! A great addition to the summer perennial border, this plant shines in late summer as other perennials begin to fade. Learn more about Heliopsis helianthoides and some great cultivars to use in your next project.

THE PLUG© - Week 3021: Common Drought Stress Signs

THE PLUG© - Week 3021: Common Drought Stress Signs

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Drought stress at this time of year is very common. For best success with your plantings, we help you identify drought stress signs in the field and give you ways to remedy this problem for now and for the future. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2821: Plants that Bridge the Gap

THE PLUG© - Week 2821: Plants that Bridge the Gap

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In between the spring season bursting with flower power and the summer where the heat triggers another flush of heat-loving perennials, is the "bridge" period. Typically in late May to early July, this period can be a quiet period in the garden. Bridge the gap between seasons with perennials that flower during this time period.

THE PLUG© - Week 2721: Divisions and Cuttings

THE PLUG© - Week 2721: Divisions and Cuttings

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Our final installment about our propagation series, we explore how we use divisions and cuttings as a propagating type for our plants. We interview our stock grower and find out how it's done and what are some of our greatest challenges. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2521: June Cutbacks

THE PLUG© - Week 2521: June Cutbacks

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After spring and early summer perennials are finished blooming and their foliage begins to look tired, now is the perfect time to get in a client's garden and do some summer maintenance! We go through examples of plants that do well with a trim now and tips on how to do it.

THE PLUG© - Week 2421: Scrawny Plants in a Shade Garden

THE PLUG© - Week 2421: Scrawny Plants in a Shade Garden

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The plants in this shade garden look scrawny and not like the catalog image - what's going on? In this week's The Plug©, we go through the different types of shade and why that's important to your garden design success.

THE PLUG© - Week 2321: Watering

THE PLUG© - Week 2321: Watering

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For the question we receive often  - for your newly installed Landscape Plugs™, when to water, how often, and for how long. This is a thorough exploration of this topic and we hope it gives you the answers you're seeking.

THE PLUG© - Week 2221: Tissue Culture

THE PLUG© - Week 2221: Tissue Culture

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Let's get behind the scenes and learn about our most frequently asked about propagation type - tissue culture!

THE PLUG© - Week 2121: Floating Treatment Wetlands

THE PLUG© - Week 2121: Floating Treatment Wetlands

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Learn about our Floating Treatment Wetlands, under evaluation by our Plant Trials and Gardens team, as a way of mitigating algal bloom in our stormwater system and ponds. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2021: Seed Propagation

THE PLUG© - Week 2021: Seed Propagation

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Learn about how North Creek propagates plant material using seed. We go through the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges to give a more rounded picture of growing with seed!

THE PLUG© - Week 1921: 15 Favorite Self-Sowing Perennials

THE PLUG© - Week 1921: 15 Favorite Self-Sowing Perennials

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For seasonal bloom events, we go through 15 of our favorite self-sowing perennials that can be layered into a garden design for maximum flower power. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1821: DEADLY Plants

THE PLUG© - Week 1821: DEADLY Plants

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Why reinvent the wheel? We go through a list of native plants that contain toxic alkaloids that prevent herbivory to help YOU design the deer + rabbit -proof garden of your dreams!

THE PLUG© - Week 1721: Mulch = crime against horticulture??

THE PLUG© - Week 1721: Mulch = crime against horticulture??

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Is mulch necessary in a landscape? This week, we explore the reasons why mulch is and can be used, the different kinds of mulch and their pros and cons, and how North Creek uses mulch in our landscape. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1621: Removing LPs from their trays - NO SPECIAL TOOLS REQUIRED!

THE PLUG© - Week 1621: Removing LPs from their trays - NO SPECIAL TOOLS REQUIRED!

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We frequently receive questions about what is the best way to remove our Landscape Plugs™ from their plug trays. We hear you! So, for those new to working with North Creek - here is the way we remove Landscape Plugs™ from their tray, don't search the box! No special tools are required!

THE PLUG© - Week 1521: Native Plant Retail Centers

THE PLUG© - Week 1521: Native Plant Retail Centers

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Do you have a retail garden center or small business that sells native plants?

Then we want to hear from YOU!

We're updating the Retail Sources page on our website and would love to feature North Creek customers growing native plants for retail. We frequently have homeowners who come across our social media or website when they're looking for native plant nurseries in their area. We wish to direct these native plant enthusiasts to the retail garden center selling native plants in their area—aka YOUR BUSINESS!

THE PLUG© - Week 1421: Spring Division as a Part of Maintenance

THE PLUG© - Week 1421: Spring Division as a Part of Maintenance

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It's that time of year again! Time for dividing perennials, grasses, and ferns. We explore why you should add this activity to your spring maintenance schedules, what plants to divide, when to do it, and how to do it - all in this post! Whew. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1221: Wetland Indicator Status Search Function!

THE PLUG© - Week 1221: Wetland Indicator Status Search Function!

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We've updated and IMPROVED our search function on our website! See what's new and how to utilize our search options to select plants best suited for your garden projects.

THE PLUG© - Week 1121: Cool Season Grass Cutbacks

THE PLUG© - Week 1121: Cool Season Grass Cutbacks

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Learn garden maintenance strategies for your cool-season grasses and sedges - if they need a winter cutback, how hard it should be, and when to do it - in this week's The Plug®.

THE PLUG© - Week 1021: Dormant, Emerging, Green

THE PLUG© - Week 1021: Dormant, Emerging, Green

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Plants are arriving to your projects in different stages of growth. Learn about the different stages and how to take care of them until you are able to plant the material into the ground for your projects. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0921: Spring Cutbacks

THE PLUG© - Week 0921: Spring Cutbacks

https://bit.ly/cutbackforspring

It's the season for cutbacks in the garden for spring! We go over what tools we use, how we do it, and our timing as well as overview other methods so you can pick the perfect maintenance plan for your project needs.

THE PLUG© - Week 0821: The Lost Garden of Hagley

THE PLUG© - Week 0821: The Lost Garden of Hagley

https://bit.ly/LostHagleyGarden

Come see the restoration of the Lost Garden of Hagley in Wilmington, Delaware (right in our own backyard!).

THE PLUG© - Week 0721: Heat and Humidity tolerant Plants

THE PLUG© - Week 0721: Heat and Humidity tolerant Plants

https://bit.ly/HeatandHumidity21

We're melting! Here is our list (and two garden ideas!) for our native (and some non-native) plants that are tolerant of heat and humidity, especially great for gardens in the southeast United States. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0521: SPECIAL BULLETIN on Carex flacca

THE PLUG© - Week 0521: SPECIAL BULLETIN on Carex flacca

https://bit.ly/Carexflacca

Special Bulletin: North Creek Nurseries has decided to pull Carex flacca and its cultivars from our offerings due to invasive plant concerns. Read more here about this plant and how we've come to this decision.

THE PLUG© - Week 0621: Vole Damage

THE PLUG© - Week 0621: Vole Damage

https://bit.ly/voledamage21

Do you have voles causing mayhem in your plant designs? Learn more about this garden creature and our thoughts on care for the garden in this week's The Plug.

THE PLUG© - Week 0421: Plants for Cold Climates

THE PLUG© - Week 0421: Plants for Cold Climates

https://bit.ly/PlantsforCold

Brrr! Here is our list (and two garden ideas!) for our native plants that are tolerant of cold! We look at plants in USDA Zone 2-5 and show that while it may be cold, these tough plants can more than handle it!

THE PLUG© - Week 0321: Your Top 6 FAQs

THE PLUG© - Week 0321: Your Top 6 FAQs

https://bit.ly/Top6FAQLPs

Get the scoop about working with North Creek! We answer customer's Top 6 questions about how to order plant material and how our shipping works on this week's The Plug.

THE PLUG© - Week 0221: Book now for spring and summer planting

THE PLUG© - Week 0221: Book now for spring and summer planting

https://bit.ly/OrderSoonforSpring

The increased interest in gardening, brought about by the stay-at-home orders for COVID-19, is going strong for spring 2021. We go into the state of the industry trends from 2020. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0121: Meet our new Baptisias!

THE PLUG© - Week 0121: Meet our new Baptisias!

https://bit.ly/Baptisias2021

Two new species Baptisia added for spring 2021! Lots of requests have been made for straight species Baptisia - you asked, we listened. 

THE PLUG© - Week 5120: Holiday Gift Guide

THE PLUG© - Week 5120: Holiday Gift Guide

https://bit.ly/gardenergifts2020

A holiday gift guide for gardeners with gift ideas* for under $40. (We asked around - these are gifts that gardeners ACTUALLY want). 

THE PLUG© - Week 5020: Invasive plants for Holiday Decor

THE PLUG© - Week 5020: Invasive plants for Holiday Decor

https://bit.ly/InvasiveplantsHoliday

What's the best way to get rid of invasive plants? To use 'em up! We're making holiday wreaths, boughs, floral arrangements, and baskets from foraged invasive plants in our woods. Double the seasonal cheer by creating something beautiful while cleaning up your local ecosystem!

THE PLUG© - Week 4920: Homegrown National Park

THE PLUG© - Week 4920: Homegrown National Park

https://bit.ly/HomegrownNationalPark20

Join Dr. Doug Tallamy's movement towards increasing biodiversity and reconnecting ecosystems by getting on the map for Homegrown National Park!

THE PLUG© - Week 4820: Good roots, dormant plants

THE PLUG© - Week 4820: Good roots, dormant plants

https://bit.ly/HealthyRootsFall

Let's talk about good roots! If the ground is still workable where you are, consider doing a late-season planting with Landscape Plugs going into dormancy!

THE PLUG© - Week 4720: Seed Cultivars

THE PLUG© - Week 4720: Seed Cultivars

https://bit.ly/NativeSeedCultivars

Continuing on the conversation around seed grown crops, we dive into the question of seed cultivars and genetic diversity. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4620: Fall Weeds

THE PLUG© - Week 4620: Fall Weeds

https://bit.ly/FallWeeds20

Leave the stems and spent flower heads to the insects and wildlife for habitat! Use this pleasant weather for better things - getting a headstart on those cool season weeds! Learn about the most common kinds of cool season weeds and how to get rid of them. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4420: Lawn Alternatives

THE PLUG© - Week 4420: Lawn Alternatives

https://bit.ly/LawnAlternatives20

Thinking about replacing your non-native turf with a native lawn? We give our top plants for the job and how to get rid of your old lawn to increase it's beauty and it's function, for you and the wildlife!

THE PLUG© - Week 4320: Milkweed kills Spotted Lanternfly!

THE PLUG© - Week 4320: Milkweed kills Spotted Lanternfly!

https://bit.ly/SLFKiller

We love milkweed (Asclepias sp.) for their natural beauty and because they help the endangered Monarch butterfly but is there a whole new reason to plant this native perennial in your garden?

THE PLUG© - Week 4120: Exploring Chelone

THE PLUG© - Week 4120: Exploring Chelone

http://bit.ly/Chelone20

Learn all about Chelone - from the best place to plant them to what native insects they support - on this week's The Plug. We go in-depth of all the varieties we offer so you can choose the best one for your garden. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4020: Variation in seed grown crops

THE PLUG© - Week 4020: Variation in seed grown crops

https://bit.ly/seedgrowncrops

Seed-grown plants have a wonderful dearth of genetic diversity in each little seed. Sometimes, this results in differences in flower color or form. We explore plants we sell grown from seed that regularly have color variation. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3920: How to remove a Landscape Plug

THE PLUG© - Week 3920: How to remove a Landscape Plug

https://bit.ly/LPInfo20

Step-by-step on the best way to remove our Landscape Plugs from their trays and information about LP specifications for siting!

THE PLUG© - Week 3820: Selecting a Solidago

THE PLUG© - Week 3820: Selecting a Solidago

https://bit.ly/SolidagoSeason

Choosing a goldenrod for a project? With so many Solidago species and cultivars available, we go through what we offer and their differences to help you make the best selection for your site. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3620: Why don't you grow this?

THE PLUG© - Week 3620: Why don't you grow this?

https://bit.ly/whydontyougrowthis

Why North Creek grows what it grows - a grower's perspective on why certain native plants are hard to find in the marketplace. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3520: Shipping Racks

THE PLUG© - Week 3520: Shipping Racks

https://bit.ly/ShippingRacks20

Save time and money by utilizing our shipping racks delivered directly to your job site. Don't know what you need to qualify? Read on to learn!

THE PLUG© - Week 3420: What is a nativar?

THE PLUG© - Week 3420: What is a nativar?

https://bit.ly/Nativars20

A contentious subject - what to use for a project? Native plants? Cultivars? Nativars? We explore the different takes on this topic. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3320: Fall Planting

THE PLUG© - Week 3320: Fall Planting

https://bit.ly/PlantinFall20

Is fall the best time to plant? Get the scoop on the pros and cons of installing plants in the fall. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3220: Modern Flowers

THE PLUG© - Week 3220: Modern Flowers

https://bit.ly/ModernFlowers20

Plants for modern garden design - elevate your aesthetic with modern, sculptural plant selections

THE PLUG© - Week 3120: Drought + Disease

THE PLUG© - Week 3120: Drought + Disease

https://bit.ly/droughtanddisease

Drought and disease in late summer  - what to look for in the garden and how to fix it

THE PLUG© - Week 3020: Plants for Heat + Humidity

THE PLUG© - Week 3020: Plants for Heat + Humidity

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/were-meeeelting-its-so-hot

We're in the middle of summer and boy is it hot! We have a list of plants that not only tolerate the heat and humidity but relish it!

THE PLUG© - Week 2920: Flower Power ASAP

THE PLUG© - Week 2920: Flower Power ASAP

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/flower-power-asap

What to plant for beautiful blooms in June, July, and August. Design your gardens knowing what's in flower when!

THE PLUG© - Week 2820: Improved Plant Search

THE PLUG© - Week 2820: Improved Plant Search

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/improved-plant-search-for-your-design-needs

IMPROVED plant search with new features and additional search requirements help you navigate our 400+ plants to find exactly what you need for each project. Get tips on how to utilize our plant search and what's new. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2720: Drought Stress

THE PLUG© - Week 2720: Drought Stress

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/if-you-are-thirsty-your-plants-are-too

It's hot out there! New plantings can be stressed as temperatures rise and precipation wanes. We give you the signs of drought stress and how often you should water in high summer. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2620: Panicum

THE PLUG© - Week 2620: Panicum

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-panicum

Meet our Panicum collection! Learn about the switchgrass varieties we offer, the differences between them, and what these warm-season grasses do for the environment and local wildlife. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2520: Garden Perennial Maintenance that Elevates

THE PLUG© - Week 2520: Garden Perennial Maintenance that Elevates

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/looking-for-simple-ways-to-elevate-a-clients-garden

Looking for simple ways to elevate a client's garden? A list of perennials that can use summer maintenance to take the garden from good to great. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2420: PSA on Spotted Lanternfly

THE PLUG© - Week 2420: PSA on Spotted Lanternfly

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/squash-it

They're Ba-AAACK! A PSA on Spotted Lanternfly.

THE PLUG© - Week 2220: 5 things I wish I knew before I started using LPs

THE PLUG© - Week 2220: 5 things I wish I knew before I started using LPs

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/5-things-i-wish-i-knew-before-using-landscape-plugs

After a couple of decades of experience working with Landscape Plugs, here are 5 things we wish we knew when we first started using them for installation projects. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2120: Trim Before Shipping

THE PLUG© - Week 2120: Trim Before Shipping

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/who-chopped-my-plants

Who CHOPPED my plants?! (We did.) Here are the reasons we trim your plants before we ship them. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2020: Preparing a New Planting Site

THE PLUG© - Week 2020: Preparing a New Planting Site

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/preparing-a-new-planting-site-on-the-plug

Our tips and methods to prepare a new planting site, just in time for spring installations. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1920: Surviving Early-Season Weeds

THE PLUG© - Week 1920: Surviving Early-Season Weeds

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-beat-back-early-season-weeds

Early-season weeds are a bane to every spring garden. We round up our favorite strategies to eliminate or lessen your weed labor, making it easier for you and your garden maintenance. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Working with Kind Earth Growers

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Working with Kind Earth Growers

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-looking-for-wetland-plants

We've partnered with Kind Earth Growers to bring you more wetland plants! Learn what new plants we offer and get a complete plant list of water-loving favorites for your next installation. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1720: Earth Day 2020

THE PLUG© - Week 1720: Earth Day 2020

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-you-us-earth

On the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we reflect on our mission - to provide plants to improve the connection between humans and the natural environment. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1520: Spring Ephemerals

THE PLUG© - Week 1520: Spring Ephemerals

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-virginia-bluebells-in-spring

Virginia bluebells are ready to ship! This woodland favorites are a beautiful spring ephemeral that we only carry for a short time. Find out why and what other spring plants grow great with them on this week's The Plug. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1420: Native plants in the herb garden

THE PLUG© - Week 1420: Native plants in the herb garden

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-herb-garden-with-native-plants

Want to add wildlife value to your kitchen and herb garden? Herb gardens are a wonderful way to add fresh taste and nutrition to your food but with these native plants, you can also provide more diverse offerings to pollinators while boosting your health!

THE PLUG© - Week 1320: Where to order plants online

THE PLUG© - Week 1320: Where to order plants online

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-get-your-garden-plants-online

For when you can't get to your local garden center, here is our list of reputable online plant dealers that ship directly to your door. Everything from hard-to-find plants, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, and even trees! It's all here and it ain't Amazon. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1220: Gardener's Quarantine Survival Kit

THE PLUG© - Week 1220: Gardener's Quarantine Survival Kit

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-beautiful-plant-goodness-for-when-youre-stuck-inside

Here it is. Beautiful plant goodness for when you're stuck inside. So, whether you're self-isolating or because of bad weather, we've got our favorite shows, podcasts, and books to help you get through this!

THE PLUG© - Week 1120: The Power of Ferns

THE PLUG© - Week 1120: The Power of Ferns

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-why-you-should-pre-order-your-ferns

Now is the perfect time to order ferns in time for spring and early summer planting. We'll tell you why they're available for only a short window and teach you when is the best time to plant them. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1020: Ecologically-minded Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 1020: Ecologically-minded Gardens

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-ecologically-minded-gardens

Are you transitioning a monoculture of lawn into a diverse pollinator haven? We're with you! In this post, we're giving you some of our favorite resources in how to add more wildlife value to your landscape. Together, we can create victory gardens for our pollinators!

THE PLUG© - Week 0920: New to North Creek? How to use our Availability

THE PLUG© - Week 0920: New to North Creek? How to use our Availability

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-ordering-with-north-creek

New to working with North Creek Nurseries? We've made a step-by-step tutorial on how to use our availability and order with us. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0820: Virginia Wild-Rye

THE PLUG© - Week 0820: Virginia Wild-Rye

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-elymus-virginicus-virginia-wild-rye

Virginia wild-rye (Elymus virginicus) is now only available through custom-grow. Learn why this plant, and some others, have been taken off our current availability but can still be grown for your landscape projects. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0720: 2020 Catalog + Resource Guide

THE PLUG© - Week 0720: 2020 Catalog + Resource Guide

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-2020-catalog

It's here! It's online! See our online 2020 catalog + resource guide - full of our plants and lists for everything from what's deer-resistant to what's good to plant in a green roof. Not just a catalog - so much more!

THE PLUG© - Week 0620: Talking new plants

THE PLUG© - Week 0620: Talking new plants

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-talking-new-plants

Talking new plants and new products - what they are, how we choose them, and what's the next big thing on the horizon - with Brigitte Crawford, our New Products Manager. 

THE PLUG© - Week 0520: Hit the ground running

THE PLUG© - Week 0520: Hit the ground running

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-hit-the-ground-running

Three native sedges that cover bare ground FAST after extensive ground restoration work

THE PLUG© - Week 0420: Beat the winter blues

THE PLUG© - Week 0420: Beat the winter blues

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-beat-the-winter-blues

Easy native plant ideas to bolster the ecological benefits to your tropical garden

THE PLUG© - Week 0320: Plant this, NOT that!

THE PLUG© - Week 0320: Plant this, NOT that!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-plant-this-not-that

12 easy native substitutes for common non-native plants in the garden

THE PLUG© - Week 0220: We're on the Road

THE PLUG© - Week 0220: We're on the Road

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/were-on-the-road

We've hit the road! Find out where the Creekers are heading for the 2020 season 

THE PLUG© - Week 5219: Welcome 2020 with new plants!

THE PLUG© - Week 5219: Welcome 2020 with new plants!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-welcoming-2020-with-new-plants

New North Creek plant introductions for the coming year!

THE PLUG© - Week 5019: Trial Offerings

THE PLUG© - Week 5019: Trial Offerings

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/were-trying-new-things-are-you

We've introduced trial offerings! What is it and what does this mean for you?

THE PLUG© - Week 4819: Winter Holiday Project Ideas

THE PLUG© - Week 4819: Winter Holiday Project Ideas

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-winter-holiday-project-inspiration

Need some inspiration for winter outdoor decor? Planters, containers, and a tree just for the wildlife are explored for this holiday season!

THE PLUG© - Week 4719: Continuing Education Opporunities

THE PLUG© - Week 4719: Continuing Education Opporunities

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-plant-conferences-worth-checking-out

As the season winds down, we reflect on some of our favorite conferences, symposia, and tradeshows to network, increase our knowledge, and gather inspiration. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4619: Delayed Fall Projects

THE PLUG© - Week 4619: Delayed Fall Projects

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-protecting-plants-during-project-delays

Our customer service team's best tips on how to protect your plants if your fall planting project is delayed

THE PLUG© - Week 4519: GSI Maintenance

THE PLUG© - Week 4519: GSI Maintenance

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-maintenance-for-stormwater-systems

Maintenance for green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) - ensure longevity with proper care

THE PLUG© - Week 4419: Rethinking the lawn

THE PLUG© - Week 4419: Rethinking the lawn

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/rethinking-the-lawn

Our top native plant picks to use an alternative to lawn

THE PLUG© - Week 4319: Entering Dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 4319: Entering Dormancy

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-theyre-not-dying

Are they dying?! Nope, plants shipping now are just going to sleep!

THE PLUG© - Week 4119: Plant failures in garden design

THE PLUG© - Week 4119: Plant failures in garden design

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-garden-design-plant-failures

Figuring out how and why a plant didn't perform in garden design

THE PLUG© - Week 4019: Gardening is for the birds!

THE PLUG© - Week 4019: Gardening is for the birds!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-bringing-birds-in-the-the-garden

Here's how to bring birds into the garden with the best native perennial plants to provide food + shelter. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3919: Lookout for seed!

THE PLUG© - Week 3919: Lookout for seed!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-increasing-your-garden-plants

Increase your garden plants easily - now is an excellent time to look out for ripening seed. What to look for and our lazy gardener hacks on the easiest ways to grow natives from seed!

THE PLUG© - Week 3819: Rodent Issues

THE PLUG© - Week 3819: Rodent Issues

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-rodent-problems

I got 99 problems but a chipmunk ain't one! Keeping chipmunks, rabbits, and other small animals out of your garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3719: Shade Groundcovers

THE PLUG© - Week 3719: Shade Groundcovers

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-more-than-vinca

More than vinca... beautiful colors and textures to use in low-maintenance shady spots!

THE PLUG© - Week 3619: Classic Foundation Plantings

THE PLUG© - Week 3619: Classic Foundation Plantings

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-classic-looks

Plants for a foundation planting that are low-maintenance, easy, and beautiful!

THE PLUG© - Week 3519: Deer Tolerance

THE PLUG© - Week 3519: Deer Tolerance

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-deer-in-the-garden

Everything you need to know on what to do to prevent deer pressure in the garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3419: Late-Blooming Winners

THE PLUG© - Week 3419: Late-Blooming Winners

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-late-season-knock-outs

Perennials that can take a beating and stay on top. Flower power that doesn't just WOW but helps local insects. We're taking a look at some late-season native champions for a fall show. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3319: Exploring Coreopsis

THE PLUG© - Week 3319: Exploring Coreopsis

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-coreopsis-blooms

From swamps to hillsides, there's a Coreopsis for every garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3219: Planting Windows

THE PLUG© - Week 3219: Planting Windows

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-planting-windows

When should you plant our Landscape Plugs? Here are the advantages and disadvantages to each time frame in the growing season to figure out your ideal planting window. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3019: Full-Sun Perennials around Black Walnut

THE PLUG© - Week 3019: Full-Sun Perennials around Black Walnut

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-sunny-black-walnut-tolerance

Do you have a black walnut tree removed from your garden site recently? Here are our top picks for full-sun perennials tolerant of black walnut to put in your garden, a continuation from Plug post. 

THE PLUG© - Week 3119: Visit a Public Garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 3119: Visit a Public Garden!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-visit-a-public-garden

See our Landscape Plugs in action by checking out plants in public spaces! Here are some recommendations for great public gardens to visit, state-by-state.

THE PLUG© - Week 2919: Bird Protection

THE PLUG© - Week 2919: Bird Protection

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-foul-water-fowl

How to protect your newly-installed landscape from persistent waterfowl pests

THE PLUG© - Week 2819: Deeply Rooted

THE PLUG© - Week 2819: Deeply Rooted

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-deep-roots

Why use prairie plants? Grow deeper as we explore the benefits of natives with deep roots and how they can boost your garden and its design. 

THE PLUG© - Week 2719: Summer Irrigation

THE PLUG© - Week 2719: Summer Irrigation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-summer-irrigation

How to irrigate your newly planted Landscape Plugs through the summer, the signs of drought stress and an overview of different forms of irrigation to decide what is best for you and your site.

THE PLUG© - Week 2619: Massive Flower Bloom!

THE PLUG© - Week 2619: Massive Flower Bloom!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-seasonal-color-event

A month-by-month list of our favorite perennials to create a massive seasonal bloom event in the garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 2519: Maintenance Schedules Pt 2

THE PLUG© - Week 2519: Maintenance Schedules Pt 2

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-maintenance-schedules-part-two

A deeper look into scheduling large landscape maintenance with two free downloadable documents to help you plan!

THE PLUG© - Week 2419: Beyond Asters

THE PLUG© - Week 2419: Beyond Asters

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-aster-relatives

Utilizing Aster-relatives for filling the perennial garden with durable blooms all summer long.

THE PLUG© - Week 2319: Maintenance Schedules

THE PLUG© - Week 2319: Maintenance Schedules

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-maintenance-schedules

A look into the calendar year for maintenance and care of large landscapes to plan and schedule weed controls methods

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THE PLUG© - Landscape Maintenance Schedule

THE PLUG© - Week 2119: Geranium Blooms

THE PLUG© - Week 2119: Geranium Blooms

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-geranium-bloom

A guide to the Geraniums we offer and when they bloom

THE PLUG© - Week 2019: Hands-on Landscape Plug Workshop

THE PLUG© - Week 2019: Hands-on Landscape Plug Workshop

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-hands-on-workshop

Join us, as part of the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference, in using plants to tune into the power of green infrastructure!

THE PLUG© - Week 1919: Plants for the South

THE PLUG© - Week 1919: Plants for the South

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-southern-plants

For the humid heat and acidic clay soils of The South, we give a list of 100+ native plants that can survive even the swampiest of weather!

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Using an Auger

THE PLUG© - Week 1819: Using an Auger

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-easier-landscape-installation

Installing hundreds of Landscape Plugs but short on time? We introduce you to our favorite spring planting tool, the 3" auger. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1719: Installation Date Delayed

THE PLUG© - Week 1719: Installation Date Delayed

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-installation-delays

What to do if your installation date is delayed...

THE PLUG© - Week 1619: SET IT ALL ON FIRE!

THE PLUG© - Week 1619: SET IT ALL ON FIRE!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-fire-as-a-tool

Controlled burns as a landscape management tool

THE PLUG© - Week 1519: Mertensia viriginica only available in spring

THE PLUG© - Week 1519: Mertensia viriginica only available in spring

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-mertenisa-virginica

Why are Virginia bluebells only available in spring? What about Celandine poppy?

THE PLUG© - Week 1419: What to expect with your Landscape Plugs™

THE PLUG© - Week 1419: What to expect with your Landscape Plugs™

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-new-to-north-creek

New to working with North Creek? Here is what to expect with our Landscape Plugs

THE PLUG© - Week 1319: Cool-Season Weed Control

THE PLUG© - Week 1319: Cool-Season Weed Control

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-cool-season-weed-control

Things are growing again...! But they're mostly weeds. A look at weed control timing. 

THE PLUG© - Week 1219: Evergreen Basal Rosettes

THE PLUG© - Week 1219: Evergreen Basal Rosettes

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-evergreen-basal-rosettes

Using what's there- utilizing a plant's characteristics for design + function

THE PLUG© - Week 2318: After Installation

THE PLUG© - Week 2318: After Installation

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/the-plug-is-back

Monitoring your new Landscape Plugs

THE PLUG© - Week 3018: The Value of Mulch

THE PLUG© - Week 3018: The Value of Mulch

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries.com/week-30-the-value-of-mulch

To mulch or not to mulch? The use of mulch in the landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 3118: Irrigation

THE PLUG© - Week 3118: Irrigation

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How long should I water? The importance of irrigating newly-installed plugs in your landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 3218: Sedge Swap

THE PLUG© - Week 3218: Sedge Swap

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Want to try something new? Here are 4 other plants to try beyond Pennsylvania sedge, Carex pensylvanica

THE PLUG© - Week 3518: Rain Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 3518: Rain Gardens

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What's a little rain? Checking in with our 3-year-old rain garden and learning how rain gardens help with flooding after a storm

THE PLUG© - Week 3618: Weed Management

THE PLUG© - Week 3618: Weed Management

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The first step to weed management is properly identifying common weeds. Here are some of the most common weeds found in the Mid-Atlantic with recommended strategies for their control and removal.  

THE PLUG© - Week 3718: This Instead of That

THE PLUG© - Week 3718: This Instead of That

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Here are our favorite Top 10 Native Plants to plant en masse outcompete the weeds as part of your weed management strategy

THE PLUG© - Week 3818: Warm-Season Grass Installation

THE PLUG© - Week 3818: Warm-Season Grass Installation

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Now is the time! When to have your warm-season grasses installed at your project

THE PLUG© - Week 3918: Garden Tours

THE PLUG© - Week 3918: Garden Tours

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Ever wanted to visit North Creek Nurseries? Come to our First Friday Garden Tour, the 1st Friday of every month to learn about our plants, how we do things, and maybe, a little inspiration. 

THE PLUG© - Week 4018: Aster Bloom

THE PLUG© - Week 4018: Aster Bloom

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With over a dozen different Asters available from North Creek, here is our bloom chart to make sense of the collection and to stagger your garden bloom time for massive effect!

THE PLUG© - Week 4118: Brookside Gardens

THE PLUG© - Week 4118: Brookside Gardens

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Visiting Brookside Gardens in Maryland, two years after renovating their parking lot using the Landscape Plug

THE PLUG© - Week 4218: Waiting for Flowers

THE PLUG© - Week 4218: Waiting for Flowers

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Investing in your garden: three of our favorite spring-time bloomers with flower power that is well worth the wait

THE PLUG© - Week 4318: Fall Garden Clean-up

THE PLUG© - Week 4318: Fall Garden Clean-up

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Timing your garden cutbacks: why we prefer cleaning up our garden in the spring over the fall

THE PLUG© - Week 4418: The Grave Gardeners!

THE PLUG© - Week 4418: The Grave Gardeners!

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Just in time for Halloween, we check out the beautiful work done to revitalize a local cemetery in Philadelphia with the Grave Gardeners

THE PLUG© - Week 4518: Garden Thugs

THE PLUG© - Week 4518: Garden Thugs

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Right plant, wrong place: when good plants go bad and take over your garden!

THE PLUG© - Week 4618: Attack of the jugalones!

THE PLUG© - Week 4618: Attack of the jugalones!

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There are black walnut trees everywhere! What to plant that tolerates black walnut jugalones

THE PLUG© - Week 4718: Turkey Grass for Thanksgiving

THE PLUG© - Week 4718: Turkey Grass for Thanksgiving

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The grass 'turkey feet' is actually beloved by turkeys?? A closer look at Andropogon gerardii 

THE PLUG© - Week 4818: Installation Sequence Matters!

THE PLUG© - Week 4818: Installation Sequence Matters!

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-trees-shrubs-and-plugs

What came first? The plug before the shrub? The order to install a landscape and why

THE PLUG© - Week 4918: Wetland Indicator Status

THE PLUG© - Week 4918: Wetland Indicator Status

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Wet feet or bone dry? How wetland indicator status helps identify suitable plant environments for planting design

THE PLUG© - Week 5018: Micropropagation

THE PLUG© - Week 5018: Micropropagation

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Getting tiny! A closer look at tissue culture and micropropagation of plants

THE PLUG© - Week 5118: Division + Cuttings

THE PLUG© - Week 5118: Division + Cuttings

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Divide and Conquer! A closer look at propagation through division and cuttings

THE PLUG© - Week 0119: Seed Collection

THE PLUG© - Week 0119: Seed Collection

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Seeds for the future! A closer look at seed sowing and propagating our plants by seed

THE PLUG© - Week 0319: Cutting Back Hellebore

THE PLUG© - Week 0319: Cutting Back Hellebore

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When to cut-back foliage for the Hellebore and provide polish to the Lenten Rose

THE PLUG© - Week 0419: Integrated Pest Management

THE PLUG© - Week 0419: Integrated Pest Management

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North Creek Nurseries pest management: our pledge to the Pollinators, the People, and the Planet

THE PLUG© - Week 0519: Garden Cut-backs

THE PLUG© - Week 0519: Garden Cut-backs

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So it begins... cutting back and cleaning up your garden in time for spring!

THE PLUG© - Week 0619: Winter Seedheads

THE PLUG© - Week 0619: Winter Seedheads

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The marriage of beauty + utility. Seedheads in the winter for form and food.

THE PLUG© - Week 0719: I-78 Landscape Plug™ Project

THE PLUG© - Week 0719: I-78 Landscape Plug™ Project

https://mailchi.mp/northcreeknurseries/the-plug-landscape-plugs-in-action

Landscape Plugs™ in action! Tour of a native plant planting along PA's I-78!

THE PLUG© - Week 0819: Green Mulch

THE PLUG© - Week 0819: Green Mulch

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Living mulch! Choosing evergreen groundcover plants to prevent weed germination

THE PLUG© - Week 0919: Salt-Tolerant Planting Design

THE PLUG© - Week 0919: Salt-Tolerant Planting Design

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Please! I need plants that can take all this salt! Choosing plants with salt tolerance in the landscape

THE PLUG© - Week 1019: Shipments Arriving Now

THE PLUG© - Week 1019: Shipments Arriving Now

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My plants have arrived and it's cold out! Now what? Fresh plants + cold weather = bad news

THE PLUG© - Week 1119: Breaking Dormancy

THE PLUG© - Week 1119: Breaking Dormancy

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Why do my plants look dead? Learning about vernalization and plugs breaking dormancy in spring