Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

The Best Flower Bulbs to Pair With Perennials

species tulip tulipa clusiana

Mixing spring-flowering bulbs among perennial plants is a good garden design strategy because the bulbs (especially early-flowering types) will provide color and interest before and while the perennials emerge and develop. Then, the perennials will distract from the bulbs’ foliage …

Staghorn Sumac is a Tough-As-Nails Native Shrub

fall foliage staghorn sumac

Virtues: Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) tolerates dry conditions, poor soil and air pollution. Native to the eastern United States, it provides year-round interest in a garden while supporting wild birds with its berries.

The Advantages of Fall-planted Peonies

hesperus peony flower

Peonies can be planted in fall or spring, but there are a few reasons why fall is the better choice—so when you’re purchasing bulbs to plant this fall, pick up a few bare-root peonies, too.

What to Plant in Place of Summer Annuals

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Warm-season annuals play a number of vital roles in gardens. They offer consistent color and interest in the garden while perennials and shrubs go in and out of bloom. They provide a continuous food supply for bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and …

Did You Wear Out Your Gardening Shoes?

planted boot

Garden boots and clogs take a lot of abuse, and even a high-quality pair will eventually develop worn spots, holes or a loss in support. Faithful footwear can find new life as a whimsical garden planter.