SHADE LOVING CORYDALIS

I have grown many varieties of Corydalis in my shade gardens – some I like more than others. Corydalis lutea is probably the most commonly available. It has ferny blue-green or green leaves that are covered by yellow flowers in spring. Flowering will continue into summer (but not as heavily as the spring flush). It…

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CONEFLOWERS REMAIN TOP SELLERS

Coneflowers (Echinacea) continue to rise in popularity. There are 9 species native to North America. The demand for the ‘next best coneflower’ has resulted in a surge of new introductions annually. But are these “debutantes” all they are marketed to be? Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden dedicated to native plants and located in Hockessis,…

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Divide and Conquer Perennials

If some of your perennials are starting to overstep their bounds and invade the space of neighboring plants, then it’s time to put your foot down (on a garden spade) to divide and conquer! Your intervention will not only restore order and create more plants, it will also rejuvenate the perennial that has been divided.…

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SMALL GARDENS WITH BIG ATTITUDES

Small is the new BIG for many gardeners. Millennials and Baby Boomers are the two largest age segments in the United States. And the majority of individuals in these groups live in smaller living spaces. Research shows that more than 50% of Millennials are choosing to live in cities, while many Baby Boomers are downsizing…

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Roses Damaged by Rose Sawfly

In recent years I have been waging war against rose sawfly. And it appears I am not alone, based on the number of garden center customers that ask me what is happening to their roses! Rose sawfly lays its eggs on the underside of the leaves in early spring. The larvae – that look like…

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Save water, money and time with Dramm products

Dramm is a premier company known for its outstanding watering products – ranging from garden and soaker hoses, sprinklers, water wands and other handheld watering tools, and more.  I have MANY of their terrific tools in my garden shed.  I thought I was pretty savvy about water sprinklers but I discovered invaluable tips from their…

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A CASCADING HYDRANGEA

Holy Moly!  A cascading Hydrangea?  Yup.  ‘Fairytrail Bride’ is a new Hydrangea hybrid with a horizontal growth habit and trialing stems that are adorned with white lacy flowers through the summer.  It would make a spectacular display in a container or cascading over a retaining wall – or frankly ANYWHERE! ‘Fairytrial Bride’ gets 4’ tall…

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Weigela ‘Golden Jackpot’

Grab your sunglasses – you will need them when you look at this new Weigela cultivar. Perhaps the brightest Weigela yet, its dazzling golden leaves hold their color all season long, undaunted by summer sun. If that isn’t enough excitement, velvety red buds open to deep pink blooms for almost four weeks starting in mid-spring.…

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Stop Deer in Their Tracks!

Spring is a joyful time for gardeners as we begin a new season in our flower and vegetable gardens.   Each day brings new delights as we watch tender new growth emerge from winter dormant plants or from seed.  Then the nightmare begins.  We are devastated to see plants chewed or sheared to the ground.  We…

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Hellebores That Go the Extra Mile

As many of you know, I’m always looking for striking plants that provide month after month of color – not just from lovely flowers, but also as a result of captivating leaves, seed heads, bark, or form. Spring blooming Hellebores have risen to incredible popularity due to their lovely flowers, deer and rabbit resistance, and…

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