Perennially Yours Blog

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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Salix candida ‘Iceberg Alley’

Mar 30, 2020

Salix candida ‘Iceberg Alley’ This striking native shrub, commonly called Sageleaf Willow, has powdery, silver leaves that make it a wonderful companion plant. Silver partners so well with many colors! Can’t you just picture this ‘silver fox’ alongside threadleaf Sambucus ‘Black Lace’, or underplanted with Heuchera ‘Black Pearl’ or Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon p. ‘Nigrescens’)?…

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Mar 29, 2020

As our nation continues to battle the coronavirus outbreak, spending time outdoors, especially in the garden, promotes physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The ongoing temporary closure of nonessential businesses is also impacting many garden centers. On March 21, Estabrook’s Garden Center (a large, multi-site nursery where I work), made the difficult decision to close to…

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2019 & 2020 video bundle

New Flower Gardening Webinar Bundle

Mar 28, 2020

While live gardening lectures and workshops have been cancelled due to the urgent need for social distancing to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, online gardening webinars offer the safe and smart alternative to learn and prepare for the 2020 gardening season. I just added a new gardening webinar bundle to my Webinar Shop…

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Feb 28, 2020

I saw visions of ‘spring blooming bulbs’ dancing in my head when I checked out The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days 2020 listing! Begun in 1995, Open Days is The Garden Conservancy’s national garden-visiting program—their best-known and most popular program. In 2020, they’re celebrating 25 years of Open Days: 25 years of opening more than 4,000…

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