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Growing Herbal Shrubs

What’s evergreen, disease-resistant, drought-tolerant, sometimes edible (though not by deer), easy to propagate, pollinator-friendly, and adaptable to different uses in the landscape? If you knew to guess herbal shrubs, you’re probably already familiar with these plants’ many charms. Botanically, an herb is any plant that does not produce a woody stem. But culturally, the definition […]

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Crapemyrtles

Recently I have been focusing on crapemyrtles. I admire their profuse blooms in the middle of the hottest summer but most of all I love their smooth, exfoliating, creamy-gray trunks, which delight me throughout the winter. A correctly planted crapemyrtle is a thing of beauty—and rarely attained. There is a lovely one, a small tree, […]

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Plant a Bird-Friendly Backyard

It’s important to think about the plants you include in your garden. Remember, what you grow in your garden matters to birds and pollinators. Whether you want to create a space for happy hummingbirds or plant for more pollinators, Audubon North Carolina’s Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program is making it easier to choose […]

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Best Time to List Your Home is a Saturday in Late Spring

Homes listed in early May sell nine days faster and for 1 percent more than average listings

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