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Exciting Plants for the Fall Season

Article written for www.patch.com    This month I want to talk about two very exciting plants. One I have been monitoring at our garden center since April and the other is a fantastic plant year round… especially in the autumn. Magnolia ‘March til Frost’ has been performing...

AN UNFORGETTABLE BREAKFAST

Published August 8, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Believe it or not I have been touring nurseries in the Garden State and purchasing plant material for Spring 2012. To ensure quality, voice issues that may have arisen this past year, learn new plants and simply...

“I’m Telling You for the Last Time”

Article written for www.patch.com  When I was thinking about what to write for this month, Endless Summer Hydrangea just came to me. There has been a marketing craze, with this plant, that has been going on for several years now. Perhaps the hottest new plant to...

HOLY HEUCHERA

Published July 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist The longer I spend time in the green industry the more I realize that a well-balanced landscape really does consist of a mixture of plant types. Great design, I believe, has a balance of deciduous ornamentals, conifers,...

“Junk sets the price, quality sells!”

Article written for www.patch.com Junk sets the price, quality sells! If that doesn’t get your attention I don’t know what will. These are not my words, but rather those from a grower in the Pacific Northwest. Bob Heitzman, an industry leader and friend from the Michell’s...

GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES

Published June 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Could it be…. Spring is finally here? After one of the longest, coldest, snowiest winters I can remember in a long while, the buds on maple trees are opened, daffodils have welcomed us and the cheerful faces...

Man-Made, Bigeneric Plants

Article written for www.patch.com Gardening in the “Garden State” can be trying at times. When you think about it, we can have a 100-degree fluctuation in temperature in the course of a year. As I write this today, New Jersey is expecting to top out near...

Planting Basics 101

article written for www.patch.com Far too often plant material is set into the ground either too high or below grade. Compound this problem with burying your plants in mulch, in some cases, of 8-10 inches. Now that the weather is breaking, I thought it would be...

A TRIFECTA FOR MAY

Published May 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist Years ago, when I first started to learn horticultural vocabulary; I had two bosses who gave me a new plant to learn everyday. Starting out in this business over twenty years ago, I worked a summer job...

“CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’”

Published April 10, 2011 | By Robert LaHoff, Halls Garden Center & Florist I never thought I would be so excited to just see green grass. After the brutal winter we have all just endured that is exactly what helped sooth my soul as I touched down in California on...