Helianthus ‘Suncredible Yellow’.  Oh my! That is what I kept saying as I watched ‘Suncredilbe Yellow’ bloom nonstop with NO DEADHEADING from June through September. I was trialing it in a container. It’s a rockstar! I was so impressed by its beautiful branching habit with 4”, pollinator-friendly flowers appearing all over the plant, not just…

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Cotinus coggygria ‘Winecraft Black.  I fell in love with this purple-leaved smokebush the minute I saw it. Even though I find the frothy pinkish flowers appealing, it was the eye-catching purple foliage on this compact shrub that landed it in my shopping cart. ‘Winecraft Black’ is now a striking focal point in my front garden.…

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Salix candida ‘Iceberg Alley’ This striking native shrub, commonly called Sageleaf Willow, has powdery, silver leaves that make it a wonderful companion plant. Silver partners so well with many colors! Can’t you just picture this ‘silver fox’ alongside threadleaf Sambucus ‘Black Lace’, or underplanted with Heuchera ‘Black Pearl’ or Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon p. ‘Nigrescens’)?…

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As our nation continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, spending time outdoors, especially in the garden, promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The ongoing temporary closure of nonessential businesses is also impacting many garden centers. On March 21, Estabrook’s Garden Center (a large, multi-site nursery where I work), made the difficult decision to close to…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

While live gardening lectures and workshops have been cancelled due to the urgent need for social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, online gardening webinars offer the safe and smart alternative to learn and prepare for the 2020 gardening season. I just added a new gardening webinar bundle to my Webinar Shop…

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I saw visions of ‘spring blooming bulbs’ dancing in my head when I checked out The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days 2020 listing! Begun in 1995, Open Days is The Garden Conservancy’s national garden-visiting program—their best-known and most popular program. In 2020, they’re celebrating 25 years of Open Days: 25 years of opening more than 4,000…

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It is always interesting and eye-opening to read predicted horticultural trends for the New Year. These ‘forecasts’ are compiled by the Garden Media Group that studies global consumer trends to see what’s happening in gardening, landscape design and green living. As stated on their web page “In our first report in 2001, we predicted outdoor…

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The American Gardener is one of the very best gardening magazines I have ever subscribed to, and I subscribe to a lot! This exceptional bi-monthly publication is produced by the American Horticultural Society, and is a benefit to Society members. To give you an idea of how amazing the articles are, some of the engaging…

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I have been asked repeatedly about the status of this year’s Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. Unfortunately, due to a number of complicated reasons, I am not able to host the symposium this year. BUT, I am fully intending to hold the 16th symposium in 2021. The date and details will be in a future…

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A recent gardening article reminded me of two enchanting reseeding annuals that I’ve admired in friend’s gardens and INTENDED to add to mine. I was fascinated when I first saw Snow-on-the-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata, Pictured above. Photo compliments of Select Seeds) at my friend, Gail’s garden in Albany, NY. The soft green leaves surrounded by wide…

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