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Native or nativar? What’s the difference? And does Maryland have native fruits?

I’m aiming to plant 70% natives. I want to plant a fothergilla shrub, and the ‘Mt. Airy’ variety sounds perfect, but is it a nativar? Currently, for gardeners trying to increase the native plants in their gardens, it’s difficult to impossible to find a native that is not a nativar. …

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Beware the spotted lanternfly and how to protect your peaches

I’ve heard we should be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly. What is it exactly? A moth? A fly? The picture I saw looked like a moth. Name notwithstanding, spotted lanternfly is a giant plant hopper, a whopper of a new invasive insect. The photo you’ve seen is the adult …

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Those red stems on a rose bush indicate a plant sickened by rose rosette virus

My rose has some reddened stems, at the same time other stems are green. Is this just new growth? It looks weird. Rose rosette virus has infected your rose. Besides reddened leaves and stems, disease symptoms include skinny (strapped) leaves, shoots crammed closely together (known as witch’s broom or rosette), …

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Native plants are crucial for insects, birds and the rest of the food chain

My neighbor insists that I should have only native plants in my yard. I think it’s okay to include non-natives in my garden, particularly ones that bloom to support butterflies and pollinators. Is that okay? A study published last year was a wake-up call for Marylanders. Perhaps your neighbor learned …

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Nandina is highly toxic to birds and how to prepare garden beds for planting

I need to prune down my tall nandina, but don’t want to lose berries for next winter’s holiday decorating. How do I do that? Nandina requires a bit more thought these days. Nandina berries are highly toxic, and reports are surfacing of flocks of birds dying from consuming them. In …

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Cut invasive English ivy off tree trunks and protect roots from voles

I can’t decide when to cut English ivy off my trees — spring or fall. I know it’s invasive and lately I see it everywhere, but I’m not looking forward to seeing brown ivy hanging on my tree trunks. It’s not like green ivy looks good either. But it’s crucial …

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For this Pasadena family, a simple kitchen makeover became a game-changing renovation

When Michelle and Greg Webb bought their two-story, five-bedroom house in Pasadena’s Ventnor neighborhood in 2013, they knew they’d found the perfect home. It was located in a good school district, 30-minute commute from Michelle’s job at TEK Systems in Hanover, and it had a first-floor master suite to accommodate …

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Styling tips from Baltimore’s Instagram-famous plant guru

Some 300 plants star in the lush, green posts of Hilton Carter’s Instagram feed, which, with 160,000 followers, made him a social-media green interior design star, gained him residential plant styling clients and led to a book deal. The Baltimore native, whose plants are split between his “Jungle by the …

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