Perennially Yours Blog

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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YEAR-ROUND DECORATIVE MAILBOX PLANTERS

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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Featured Plants Perennial Sunflower and Hydrangea

Feb 15, 2021

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Burning Hearts’ My heart went THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! when I saw this beauty for sale in 2019 at the garden center where I work. I quickly purchased one for my little condo garden. It was stunning the first year but before raving about it, I wanted to see how it would…

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2021 Gardening Trends

Feb 8, 2021

Every year the Garden Media Group produces a report predicting horticultural trends for the New Year. These ‘forecasts’ are compiled by studying global consumer trends to see what’s happening in gardening, landscape design and green living. The pandemic has dramatically changed the way that many of us shop, whether for groceries or plants. A majority…

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Award-Winning Perennials, Annuals and Edibles

Feb 3, 2021

I am always on the prowl for exceptional perennials. All-America Selections are remarkable plants (perennials, vegetables, annuals) that have been rigorously trialed and received glowing reports from expert judges. All-America Selections, founded in 1932, is the oldest, independent testing organization of flowers and edibles in North America. There are two award categories: national and regional.…

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Zoom Garden Lectures for Groups

Nov 27, 2020

As announced in my July newsletter, I now offer online lectures – via Zoom Video Webinars – to garden clubs, Master Gardeners, and other groups. Everything is the same as my in-person presentations (picturesque PowerPoints, detailed lectures notes, and question and answer time) EXCEPT: 1) Folks enjoy the lecture from the comfort and safety of…

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