Perennially Yours Blog

Annuals that shine in shady spots

Jul 6, 2020

Finding striking, no-fuss annuals for shady gardens and containers can be challenging, especially if you are seeking something other than common impatiens (Impatiens walleriana). Since most of my gardens are in part shade or shade, I’m always on the lookout for striking annuals to extend the floral display through fall. A few of my favorite…

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Bluestone Perennials has EXCEPTIONAL plants

Jul 2, 2020

I have been a long-time fan (and customer) of Bluestone Perennials, owned by Bill and Sarah Boonstra. This family-owned business (started by Bill’s father in 1972) is a premier mail-order company featuring exceptional perennials, shrubs and bulbs. Bluestone Perennials has been rated by garden consumers for many years among the top 30 gardening mail-order companies…

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Apr 18, 2020

After a long cold winter, gardeners are starved for color in the garden. Spring blooming Phlox is one of the first perennials to greet us with colorful flowers. When I mention spring blooming Phlox, most people think of Phlox subulata, commonly called Creeping Phlox. But there are other fantastic Phlox that are just as effective…

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Superior watering products for your garden and lawn

Apr 16, 2020

Good watering practices are essential for growing lush healthy gardens and containers. If you don’t have the right equipment, it can be a nightmare! Dramm is a leading manufacturer of premier quality watering tools including hoses, water wands, sprinklers, hose nozzles and accessories. Dramm has long been my choice for superior watering devices. I especially…

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Effective Deer Repellent

Apr 14, 2020

Protect your plants from devastating damage from deer, rabbit and other chewing critters this spring with Plantskydd, an organic repellent that also fertilizes (it contains nitrogen). This #1 rated repellent lasts up to 3 – 4 months during the growing season (note: new growth must be sprayed to maintain effectiveness). Check out this brochure for…

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Fertilizing Acid-Loving Shrubs

Apr 12, 2020

Now is the time to boost the floral and fruit production from your rhododendron, azalea, holly, blueberries, blue-flowering Hydrangea, dogwood and other acid loving plants with an application of organic, slow-release Holly-tone. Espoma offers many other outstanding organic fertilizers for non-acidic plants such as roses, perennials, trees, tomatoes and other flowering shrubs. I love their…

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Apr 9, 2020

There is a tried and true saying in the gardening world: Don’t put a $5 plant in a $1 hole; put a $1 plant in a $5 hole. Actually, this sentence doesn’t tell the whole story. The reality is you will save a lot more money on plant purchases over a much greater period if…

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A Destination Garden Center

Apr 7, 2020

I have to be one of the biggest fans of Broken Arrow Nursery, although I’m sure many of you are saying the same thing. This premier, family-owned, destination nursery is located in Hamden, CT. This candy store of unusual perennials, shrubs, conifers and trees will have you captivated – be sure to allow plenty of…

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Nonstop Blooming Sunflower

Apr 5, 2020

Helianthus ‘Suncredible Yellow’.  Oh my! That is what I kept saying as I watched ‘Suncredilbe Yellow’ bloom nonstop with NO DEADHEADING from June through September. I was trialing it in a container. It’s a rockstar! I was so impressed by its beautiful branching habit with 4”, pollinator-friendly flowers appearing all over the plant, not just…

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Smokebush ‘Winecraft Black’

Apr 2, 2020

Cotinus coggygria ‘Winecraft Black.  I fell in love with this purple-leaved smokebush the minute I saw it. Even though I find the frothy pinkish flowers appealing, it was the eye-catching purple foliage on this compact shrub that landed it in my shopping cart. ‘Winecraft Black’ is now a striking focal point in my front garden.…

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