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Monroe, NY
Non-native photinias in Monroe NY
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Garrison, NY
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I live on a very busy, DUSTY, dirt road in Putnam County NY. (zip code 10524) What is the best, fast growing evergreen that I can use for dust control and privacy? I would prefer something that requi...
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Newburgh, NY
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Last summer I planted three gorgeous hearty achillea with flat, yellow tops, about 3 feet high or more each, in my sunny garden. But after they were done flowering, I left those very pretty brown stem...
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Newburgh, NY
Plants to grow between flagstones in the Hudson River Valley of New York
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Cortlandt Manor, NY
Native alternatives for non-native, invasive bamboo in New York
I hope you can help me. This is not about wildflowers. I'm interested in planting bamboo as a screen (25'+). I know all the pros/cons and would need to have a nursery to put in barrier. I need some...
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Cortlandt Manor, NY
Trees to replace ones lost in Westchester County, NY
We lost a large number of trees in the forest adjacent to our home, and I plan to replant them. What species do you recommend to plant the area with natives and to keep it looking "natural."
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Cortlandt Manor, NY
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I'd like to start a rock garden. The area is very rocky, the soil is shallow and it's partially shaded. I'd like mostly perennials that flower from spring to fall. I hope to make some purchases fr...
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New City, NY
Suggestion for plants to replace grass in semi-shade in NY
I have an area that is in semi-shade but gets about 4-5 hours of sunlight in the summer. Instead of grass I would like to perhaps use wild flowers or even prairie type grasses. Any suggestions??
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Beacon, NY
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Mohegan Lake, NY
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Hello - can you advise me on a disease-resistant/hardy dogwood? Every nursery I've visited has discouraged me from planting dogwoods. What would you recommend? I live in Westchester County, NY
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highland lakes, NJ
About African Violets
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Saddle River, NJ
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Ossining, NY
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I am looking for bracken fern plants to plant in my garden. Where can I find them?
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Park Ridge, NJ
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Franklin Lakes, NJ
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Sussex, NJ
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River Vale, NJ
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River Vale, NJ
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Hillsdale, NJ
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Mahopac, NY
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