Perennially Yours Blog

Hydrangea Tuff Stuff is a WINNER

Aug 7, 2021

If I had a penny for every time someone comes into the garden center where I work (Estabrook’s) and asks me why their big-leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), such as ‘Endless Summer’, isn’t blooming, I would be a wealthy lady. But let me clarify – this common frustration is primarily isolated to hardiness Zones 5 and…

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Garden Makeovers: Before and After

Aug 2, 2021

I love designing gardens for clients. Below are three existing gardens in Kennebunk/Kennebunkport that had radical makeovers. All of these gardens were designed in fall and planted this spring. Two are shade gardens, one is full sun. ‘After’ photos were taken shortly after each installation. I also love to do Virtual Garden Design Consultations for…

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Classy White Gardens

Jul 28, 2021

White gardens, also called moon gardens, are actually not all white as foliage contributes additional colors. Silver along with variegated green and white foliage are especially valued in white gardens. Another design factor to consider is that most white flowers are not pure white – they have very subtle shades of yellow, pink, green, or…

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Watering Containers Made EASY

Jul 24, 2021

Growing annuals, edibles, perennials, shrubs or trees in containers typically requires day after day of tediously lugging a watering can or hose to provide the moisture needed to grow healthy, thriving plants. It is time to STOP THE MADNESS! Proven Winners WaterWise Container Watering kits offer the key to freedom from this monotony! And not…

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Jul 20, 2021

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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Jul 16, 2021

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

Apr 26, 2021

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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Apr 23, 2021

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

Apr 20, 2021

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

Apr 17, 2021

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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