Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Tomato Planting Tricks for Cool Weather

tomato seedlings

If you’re experiencing a slow spring or temperatures have warmed but aren’t quite to be trusted to remain that way, try this trick before planting heat-loving starter plants like tomatoes and peppers out in the garden.

Guinevere Dwarf Crabapple Fits Small Gardens

guinevere dwarf crabapple

Virtues:  The dwarf crabapple tree named Guinevere is the solution for gardeners who have limited growing space but want the year-round presence of a woody plant and an ornamental tree’s special effects in certain seasons. This tiny crabapple provides gorgeous …

Buttonbush: The Shrub That Has It All


Virtues:  Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), is a United States–native shrub with so much to offer. This four-season shrub adapts easily to various soil types and provides essential food to bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects. Its year-round interest, low maintenance requirements …

Seedlings: To Pinch or Not To Pinch

tomato seedling

Growing plants from seed, whether with an early start indoors or directly in the garden, can be the simplest way to acquire uncommon flower and vegetable varieties not typically offered as transplants from a garden center. What’s not always so …

When To Move Tender Plants Back Outside

If you store any potted perennials or shrubs that aren’t hardy in your region in a cold but sheltered place for the winter, you may wonder when exactly it is safe to move them back outdoors in spring.

Victory Hosta Wins Hosta of the Year

victory hosta

Virtues: Staying true to its name, ‘Victory’ hosta has been named Hosta of the Year for 2015 by the Hosta Growers Association. We love ‘Victory’ hosta for its large size, tall flowering stalks and variegated leaves.

Plan Ahead for Fall-planted Bulbs

tulips and flowers

Spring seems like an odd time to think about planting tulips, crocuses, daffodils and the like, since these spring-blooming beauties can’t be put in the ground until the fall. But spring is truly the time to see where your garden …