Perennially Yours Blog


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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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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