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Dave's Garden Articles: By Victor Carrano

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Japanese Maples for Small Gardens
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Have you always been fascinated with Japanese maples but thought you did not have the room, or that they were too difficult to grow? There are many varieties available to suit just about every garden size and style. See how you can add these graceful beauties to your landscape.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

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Quest for the Ultimate Ground Cover
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Over the past three or four years, I have been testing a number of plants to see if they can serve as an effective substitute for mulch. Some show great promise, while others have been deficient in one or more key areas.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Evergreens - Beyond Christmas Trees!
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

For those of us forced to endure long, cold winters, evergreens act as beacons of hope that Nature does indeed still have a pulse. They are as much emotional, as physical reminders, that better times and brighter days lie ahead. Evergreens deserve a place in every garden.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

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Heavenly Hellebores!
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

How about a perennial that can start blooming before your earliest spring bulbs, continue flowering until your roses are almost ready and has great looking, deer resistant foliage for the rest of the year? Welcome to the world of hellebores!

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Monday, September 5, 2011

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The Man's Garden!
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

"Gardening?!! That's for women." That is what I was told by one of my NYC childhood friends when I mentioned my new hobby some years back. Though I cannot print my initial response, it did afford me the opportunity to consider gardening and gender.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

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Viburnums - Queens of the Shrub World
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Jazz legend Duke Ellington would describe people or things that were in a league of their own as 'beyond category'. In the world of shrubs, viburnums have earned the right to be described as such. They are tough, easy to manage, sometimes spectacular plants, that I often describe as the 'Michael Jordan's of my garden.

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Thursday, July 1, 2010

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ColorChoice 2008 Introductions
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

Interested in gorgeous spreading roses that do not require spraying? What about a hydrangea that will bloom every year, starting in mid-summer, with foot - long panicles that turn from white through shades of pink? Those are just two of the 2008 introductions from the folks at ColorChoice®, the source of many of today's top flowering shrubs.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Gardener / Masochist
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

After gardening for a few years, I slowly realized that we gardeners are really just masochists who happen to have a creative urge and appreciation of nature’s beauty. If we were not gardening, we would surely be engaged in some other suffering- inducing behavior. What else can possibly explain what we do?

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Monday, February 11, 2008

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Watchdog 30 Stars - Garden Crossings
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

This is the first of a series of articles spotlighting Garden Watchdog's Watchdog 30 companies. Leading off is Garden Crossings of Zeeland, Michigan, an online nursery featuring new and unusual annuals, perennials, shrubs and clematis. Find out why this company is among the top five in the influential Dave's Garden list!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

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Bamboozling Bambi
By Victor Carrano (victorgardener)

I welcome deer to my home one night per year - just the flying kind, and only on my roof. The rest of the year is spent using myriad tricks and methods to convince the terrestrial variety to roam elsewhere. Deer can wreak havoc on your garden and wipe out an entire season of blooms in one morning. I will discuss my years long battle against them and will report which methods and products work best, and which are a waste of your time and money.

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