Perennially Yours Blog


Apr 14, 2021

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’

Apr 12, 2021

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!

Apr 11, 2021

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

Apr 8, 2021

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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Award-Winning Annuals

Apr 3, 2021

My winter newsletter featured some award-winning perennials in the All-America Selections collection. Now let’s take a peek at some rockstar annuals with the coveted AAS National title. One of the 2021 winners is Zinnia Profusions Red Yellow BiColor. I’ve always been a fan of the Profusion series for non-stop blooms, tidy habit, and resistance to…

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Feb 28, 2021

I was immediately taken with this unique mailbox garden planter featuring matching coir-lined baskets from Plastec. I first discovered this multi-use product while decorating it with holiday trimming at Estabrook’s Design Center (where I work). Here is a photo of the finished project. I can only imagine how cool it will look with no-fuss, heat…

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Overwintering Containers with Perennials and Shrubs

Feb 26, 2021

Some folks head south for the winter; my woody plant containers head into an unheated garage. Granted the setting isn’t as glamourous but they’re dormant and don’t know the difference. When they ‘wake up’ in early spring, they will be outside again in fresh air. I overwinter many deciduous shrubs and dwarf trees this way,…

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Floral Note Cards are a Hit!

Feb 22, 2021

I am so pleased with the response to our new notecard packets featuring many photos of my gardens as well as my sister Jane’s watercolors (pictured is one of her cards). Thank you! There are three different packets of assorted notecards (blank inside) to select from. Packets of 5 cards with envelopes are $11.50 including…

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Ornamental Grasses That Glow

Feb 19, 2021

Like many gardeners, I am attracted to ornamental grasses and sedges for their graceful stature and movement in the garden, ease of care, and distaste to munching critters. I am particularly enamored with those with shimmering yellow or golden blades. They light up the garden! Below are a few of my favorites that have aced…

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The American Horticultural Society

Feb 18, 2021

The American Horticultural Society (AHS), founded in 1922, is dedicated to sharing with all Americans the critical role of plants, gardens, and green spaces in creating healthy, livable communities and a sustainable planet. AHS, one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country, has long been a trusted source of high quality gardening and…

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