Like most gardeners, you’re likely disappointed in a few plants and maybe even lost some along the way. Now is an excellent time to plant and fill in those gaps in your garden beds.
Hydrangeas are the most googled flowering shrub on the internet. Unfortunately, that leads to a lot of misinformation. This month's blog debunks some of those myths and sets the record straight.
Gardening in small spaces poses a challenge when it comes to plant selection. This month's blog provides an array of easy to care for, dwarf shrub options.
Fragrant flowers can take you on a scented journey, especially when they flank walkways and entry areas. This month's blog lists the best scented flowers and where they grow best in your gardens.
Raised garden beds are gaining in popularity. This month's blog talks about the advantages to growing plants in a raised bed and why you may want to convert your garden into one.
Its seed starting time! This month's blog provides insight on just how to get started, the products you'll need and helpful tips to get the most seed sowing success.
its time to take stock of your gardening year, what worked and what didn't, and to consider plans for next year, what to change, what to do more of, and how to become a better gardener.
Holiday plants like Christmas cactus, amaryllis, and poinsettias are beautiful, but how can you make them last longer? In this blog, learn how to take care of Holiday Plants.
Fallen leaves are a fall bounty which I treasure. To say they are useful is an understatement. In smaller pieces, leaves break down quickly to dispense their trace minerals to feed beneficial microbes and earthworms in the soil. You can use a garden blower that converts to a shredder and shred as many leaves as […]
By now, many gardeners are well along on their seasonal activity of saving seeds. If you haven’t started yet, you have a few weeks left to get on the bandwagon. It’s a rewarding and cost saving practice that’s been around for ages. Heirloom varieties we enjoy today are the result of someone taking the time […]
Although you can’t tell it by our temperatures, fall is just around the corner. September is a little early to dive into the typical fall chores of pruning and tool maintenance, but it’s just the right time to do some “fallscaping.” The veggie gardeners can be planting their “second season” gardens and getting ready to […]
Anecdotal information from another gardener, maybe a snippet overheard when strolling in a garden, kernels of wisdom that have somehow become truths in your gardening world. I hear a lot of these so I thought I’d share some with you and give you the straight scoop. MYTH 1: When it comes to fertilizer, pesticides […]
From late June and beyond, it’s high time for hydrangeas! By then, your plants – in a normal year – should be flowering. Are yours showing their traditional big blue flowers this year like the one in this photo? Maybe yes, maybe no? Why is that? There are two main reasons big leaf hydrangeas (macrophyllas) […]
We’re not too far from the hottest days of summer so you still have time to get your garden ready to look its best and survive those dog days. But exactly how do you do that? Add color with some perennials that can take the heat and laugh at those hot dry conditions. If deer […]
WHAT COLOR IS YOUR TOMATO? It used to be easy to figure out what color tomato to plant. No, they are not just red anymore. Now you have a choice: red, yellow, striped, green, orange, even black. And those colors in many cases taste differently to most palates. Let’s start with the easiest first. […]
Are you looking at a winter damaged landscape wondering where to start? Be heartened – the healing capacity of nature is nothing short of astounding. A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought so much vegetation could have recovered from such a cruel March. Now as I survey the landscape, I see shrubs that have […]
From my kitchen window last week, I got an unexpected glimpse of coppery-orange. It took me a few seconds to realize it was the spidery, threadlike flowers of my Jelena Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’) . This is the earliest this plant has ever bloomed, surely owing to the recent warm temperatures and abundant […]
Seed racks are beginning to pop up and their siren songs call me. It’s time to start culling the lists I have been making from those catalogs that are still pouring in. But how can one do that? Here’s some input for you as you ponder your own lists and catalogs. Maybe some will strike […]
“Did you ever meet a gardener, who, however fair his ground, was absolutely content and pleased? Is there not always a tree to be felled or a bed to be turned? Is there not ever some grand mistake to be remedied next summer?” This quote from Samuel Reynolds Hole in A Book About Roses in […]
Right about now, you might be looking for ideas for gifts for your favorite gardener. You might not think you have a gardener on your list but go back and consider anyone who even grows a houseplant or two or maybe even three these days. It’s one of the hottest trends around and getting hotter […]