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Dreaming of spring, triggering an itch to get out of the house and into the garden. But while you are fighting a full-blown case of cabin fever, plant explorers and outdoor décor vendors are turning up a whole slew of new green goods.

From homegrown vegetables and patio-ready plants to ever-blooming shrubs and funky glazed containers.

Hip Harvests 

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Fresh from the garden vegetables and herbs are a true luxury guaranteed to make your summer recipes taste even better. From spicy basil and red-stemmed spinach to super-sized lima beans and tomatoes that look like bell peppers, breakthroughs in breeding are making vegetable gardening easy and en vogue. This season you can dazzle your dinner guests with meals created using ingredients harvested right from your own garden.

Patio Ready Plants 

Add color to patios, balconies or terraces with clematis bred to be grown in a container, and are available in bold reds, dark purples and mauve. The long-blooming patio clematis grow only 3 feet, and provide vertical columns of color from spring through fall.

Color Your Landscape with Shrubs 

Replace your boxwood with colorful, “Drops of Gold’ Japanese Holly. Ideal as a hedge or foundation plant, it offers striking foliage of bright gold when exposed to the sun. Or perhaps Photinia Pink Marbleâ„¢, a preppy reddish pink & green landscape shrub, known for its extraordinary foliage and low maintenance.

And don’t forget shrub roses! Ever blooming and disease resistance Knock Out® rose from Star® Roses bloom almost continuously, available in three colors, are easy to grow with little to no maintenance needed.

Give Your Plants a Boost 

Great gardens begin underground with nutrient-rich soil. Products like LazyManâ„¢ Liquid Soil Aerator and LazyManâ„¢ Organic Soil Conditioner and Miracel Grow make it easy to enhance soil quality for naturally healthy lawns and gardens.

Turn up your plant’s own growth and defense systems with  Eden Bioscience. This revolutionary new plant care product is like a vaccination for your plants, increasing plant vigor while protecting its health. Environmentally safe, this breakthrough product enhances disease resistance. Spray it on throughout the growing season, and Messenger® will improve the overall performance of plants both indoors and outdoors.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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