Perennially Yours Blog

COMING SOON – 15th GREAT GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING SYMPOSIUM

Mar 16, 2019

The 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, scheduled for April 12 & 13, is less than six weeks away!  This promises to be another unforgettable event at the historic, four-star Woodstock Inn and Resort. Plans are in place for topnotch speakers, exceptional food and accommodations, substantial handouts and door prizes, plus the popular Gardeners Marketplace featuring fun and unique vendors…

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SPRING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER – AND SO ARE DEER AND RABBITS!

Mar 16, 2019

This is the point in winter when many of us count down the days until spring is officially here. We scan the landscape for the first signs of fresh, green growth emerging from warming ground. Sadly we aren’t the only ones on the lookout! Deer and rabbits are ‘smackin’ their lips’, ready to swoop down…

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Sensational Spring Flowering Spirea

Mar 13, 2019

Summer flowering Spirea are known as invincible workhorses for hot, sunny, dry, hellstrip, deer-riddled locations where few other plants will perform as gallantly. Of course, Spirea also look fantastic in plant-friendly settings. Not only do they have lovely, pollinator-friendly flowers, the foliage turns brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange and/or purple in fall (depending on…

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CRAZY FOR CLEMATIS

Mar 11, 2019

Clematis are a popular choice for adding vertical interest to a landscape. There are so many stunning flower colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.  You can find varieties that bloom in early spring, while others don’t start flowering until August. The majority of Clematis have green leaves but there are also knockouts with gold…

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Garden Design Class for Small Spaces

Mar 11, 2019

I am excited to be teaching a new, 2-hour class on how to create a spectacular garden in smaller spaces.  I will be sharing easy to apply design and accessory tips, as well as featuring perennials, flowering shrubs, evergreens, annuals and other smaller scale plants that make BIG impressions.Many of the recommended plants and recommendations…

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Rave reviews for Hydrangea Webinar

Feb 23, 2019

“I just wanted to thank you for your amazing webinar, Not Your Grandma’s Hydrangeas. After being overwhelmed by the all the species and cultivar options but wanting gorgeous hydrangeas for YEARS, I am planning to plant several this spring. Your webinar has given me the clarity I need to choose which to plant. Well, mostly,…

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2019 Perennial of the Year

Feb 21, 2019

Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects one perennial to be the gold medalist. This is based on the input of green industry professionals nationwide. Winners must meet a number of criteria including: *Suitable for a wide range of climatic conditions *Low maintenance *Pest and disease resistant *Readily available in the year of release *Multiple…

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2019 Gardening Trends

Feb 18, 2019

There are some exciting gardening trends predicted for 2019. Each year Garden Media, a company that researches global consumer trends, releases some eye-opening findings related to gardening, landscape design and green living. (photo right, Andrea Ruggs) This year’s report covers a wide range of themes. Not surprisingly, low maintenance landscapes continue to be a priority.…

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Calling All Gardeners and Healthy Food Lovers

Feb 16, 2019

Gardeners and ‘foodies’ alike will want to participate in the hugely popular Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. When googling garden symposium, this premier event appears at the top of the search among over 20,000,000 listings. The 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium takes place at the luxurious Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock, VT on…

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Happy Valentine’s Day Garden Bouquet

Feb 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day! This is the day when some fortunate recipients are blessed with bouquets of lovely flowers or other cherished gifts. Frankly, since this can be a hit or miss occasion, I like to make my own dazzling arrangement harvested from my gardens. One personal favorite is vibrant red-stemmed dogwood paired with rosy-pink pussy…

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