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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

A Fall Beauty ? Witchhazel

Witchhazel has long been used as a soothing rub for aching muscles, itchy bug bites and scrapes.  This wonder compound is derived from the Witchhazel plant and can still be found in your local drugstore. 

Witchhazel is also a beautiful and useful landscape plant.  The north American native, Common witchhazel, adds a splash of color to the fall and winter garden. The large green leaves turn yellow.  And as they drop they reveal the beautiful fragrant yellow flowers that can persist for several weeks.  This large shrub is hardy in zones 3 to 9 and tolerates full sun and shade and somewhat dry soil.

Vernal witchhazel is the late winter or early spring bloomer.  Yellow, orange, or red flowers appear sometime between January and March and last for several weeks. Native to Missouri, Louisiana and Oklahoma, this durable plant is hardy in zones 4 to 8 and provides fall color and winter blooms. 

A bit more information: Chinese witchhazel is the most fragrant of these.  Grow it as a large shrub or small tree and place it where you can enjoy its beauty and fragrant flower in February or March. 

For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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