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Hornbaker Highlights

The latest news and articles from Hornbaker Gardens

2023 Top 5 Popular Perennials

Here are the top-five perennials that we sold in 2023! Leading the pack is Imperata 'Red Baron', followed by Hakonoechola 'All Gold'. Other popular perennials include Allium 'Millenium', Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush', and Asclepias tuberosa. 1. Imperata ‘Red Baron’...

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Top Trees and Sensational Shrubs of 2023

The shrubs were sensational this year, and we had some top trees as well! Keep reading to find out more about some of our favorite varieties that were available in 2023. 1. Rose Petite Knock Out®- This is the first ever dwarf Knock Out®! It sports rich red flowers...

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Top Hostas of 2023

Our large selection of hostas continues to attract many customers. So what were the top hosta varieties this year? Here is our list of the top 5 varieties of hostas that were sold in 2023. 'Silly String' is at the top, followed by 'Praying Hands', 'Island Breeze',...

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Japanese Beetle Treatment

The Japanese beetles have descended upon us in full force. While most damage is just cosmetic, it is still disappointing to watch your favorite flowers get chewed alive by these metallic insects. There are countless methods that are claimed to be the answer for...

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Watering Your Plants

It's always difficult to tell people how often to water because it depends on if the plants are mulched, as well as on heat, rain, and how much you give each plant when you do water. Naturally, a good rain will help reduce the need to water. Keep in mind that a...

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Growing Hostas in the Streams

We’ve been experimenting the last two or three years with growing hostas right in the streams that run into our ponds. We don’t generally think of hostas as aquatic plants, and one might think that hostas planted in a running stream would be getting too much water....

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New Perennials for 2023

New Perennials for 2023

Spring is arriving, and we’re excited about the many new perennials that will be arriving along with it.  Our collection of new plants can be viewed on our online catalog, but we will highlight some of our favorites for you here. Lots of big and bold color for the...

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New Trees and Shrubs for 2023

New Trees and Shrubs for 2023

Here at the Gardens, we are always attracted to fastigiate trees. (“Fastigiate” is a fancy word for slender, skinny, or columnar.) They make wonderful vertical accents, interesting groupings of three or more, and can be planted close to the neighbor’s lot line without...

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New Hostas for 2023

New Hostas for 2023

We have several new hostas for this spring, with more new varieties to make an appearance later in the summer. ‘Hope Springs Eternal’ is a new addition to the Proven Winners collection. This large-sized hosta is a beauty that grows 22” tall and 48” wide with lavender...

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2023 Perennial of the Year

2023 Perennial of the Year

The Perennial Plant Association has named Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’ as the 2023 Perennial of the Year. Golden-yellow flowers with black centers stand about two feet tall and completely cover the dome-like habit of green foliage. This Black-Eyed Susan is a far...

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