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Smarty Plants on vitex
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Atlanta, GA
Erosion control on partially shaded slope
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Atlanta, GA
Correct photos of Cynoglossum virginianum
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Atlanta, GA
Plants for a Narrow, Dry, Shaded Site in Georgia
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Atlanta, GA
Evergreen shrubs for hedge in a Memorial Garden
Can you recommend some drought tolerant, low maintenance, evergreen shrubs that would be suitable as a hedge for a Memorial Garden? Thank you.
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Atlanta, GA
Propagation by seed of Scutellaria ovata ssp. bracteata (heartleaf skullcap)
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Atlanta, GA
Pill bugs in potted plants in Atlanta GA
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Atlanta, GA
Is Passiflora 'Purple Haze' a host to Gulf Frittilary butterflies?
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Atlanta, GA
Ground cover for shade from Atlanta GA
I am looking for recommendations for a ground cover. I live in the Atlanta, Georgia area and have a large shady slope on which I would like to use low maintenance/water native ground cover. What wou...
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Atlanta, GA
Wild hydrangeas north of Atlanta GA
There are wild hydrangeas in my area - just north of Atlanta GA. There is a particular type, though, that I have only seen in the more mountainous counties of GA. The flower cluster is flat, with tiny...
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Atlanta, GA
Potted non-native mimosas in the U.S.
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Atlanta, GA
Watering grass, before or after cutting it
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Atlanta, GA
Tall trees for privacy screen in St. Augustine FL
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
Peak period for viewing Central Texas wildflowers
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
How to prune Opuntia ellisiana in Decatur, GA.
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Atlanta, GA
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