Perennially Yours Blog

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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Nov 26, 2020

Rather than consider fall a farewell to another growing season, we should celebrate its unparalleled brilliance from foliage, berries, bark and stems. Certain native flowering shrubs not only offer a pollinator friendly flowers, they can also provide dazzling leaves for an outstanding last hurrah. Below are a few nice choices hardy in Zones 5 or…

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Amazing Garden Plants Brunnera, Heptacodium and Helianthus

Nov 23, 2020

Brunnera ‘Queen of Hearts’ and ‘Jack of Diamonds’ Brunnera, commonly called Siberian Bugloss, is a spectacular perennial for shade gardens. ‘Jack Frost’ is probably the best known, thanks to its being awarded the 2012 Perennial of the Year. I have trialed many cultivars over the years but the most recent ‘trialees’ left me gasping! ‘Queen…

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Gardening with a Pry Bar

Nov 20, 2020

I’ve added a new tool to my gardening arsenal – a pry bar. This tool comes in handy when planting gardens in ledges and rocky soil. Just the other day I was adding some perennials to my sister Kim’s ledge garden when I hit a stubborn rock. Kim raced to the barn and came out…

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Rising Concern over Green Oasis Floral Foam

Nov 19, 2020

My friend and garden design client, Elaine DiGiovanni, recently shared a video that she and two other floral designers posted on YouTube. Elaine, is a nationally accredited master flower show judge with National Garden Clubs, Inc., and has won many top awards in horticulture and floral design, including being named flower arranger of the year…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

How-To Flower Gardening Videos

Nov 18, 2020

Please check out my 12 info-packed, colorful gardening lectures that cover a wide range of gardening themes from garden design, plant selection, and sustainable practices. All presentations come with extensive lecture notes. You can puchase these videos individually or save 20% or more with Special Bundle Offers. All videos can be watched as often as…

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Virtual Garden Design Consultations

Nov 13, 2020

As a result of this awful pandemic, I am now offering a limited number of online design and landscape consultations for homeowners in hardiness Zones 6 or colder. Clients provide photos, measurements for new pla nting beds (or those that need updating), and answer a series of questions related to sunlight, soil type, color/plant preferences,…

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