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Japanese boxwood

THE CLASSY JAPANESE BOXWOOD: AN ARTISTREE FAVORITE

Q: I’m searching for a small, evergreen shrub that can complement my more colorful plants. I hate to say the word “plain,” but I’m really wanting something that doesn’t flower and is just one shade of green. What do you suggest? I live in Southwest Florida. A: We recommend the…

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black magic ti plant

BLACK MAGIC TI PLANT ADDS DRAMA TO GARDENS.

Q: On my last visit to Sarasota, I remember seeing a beautiful, upright plant with leaves the color of eggplant (they were almost black). We’re moving here and I’d like to plant a few. A friend said it was a tie-something but I can’t find it anywhere on the Internet.…

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palm with twine

ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF YOUR PALMS WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED.

Q: I’m no tree expert, but I just had two palms installed, and the twine around the fronds was removed right away. Shouldn’t it be left on until the palms are established? A:  You may be confusing twine-wrapping for wood braces that are positioned against the trunks to stabilize palms. Wood braces…

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plant with frost on leaves

PLASTIC SHEETS FOR PLANTS GET A COLD RECEPTION

Q: The last time we had a frost, I covered my plants with plastic and they froze anyway. Should I have used something else? A: Yes. One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is covering their plants with plastic during a freeze. Plastic conducts cold, so unfortunately, your plants were…

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