Fall is optimum tree- and shrub-planting time. Planting instructions usually end with the advice to water the new tree or shrub well and then apply an even layer of mulch to conserve soil moisture and regulate soil temperatures. This is … Read Article
Virtues: We love Sugar Shcak buttonbush for its curious round summer flowers, ornamental red fruit and bright fall foliage. Its bare stems and branches are attractive in winter. This adaptable US-native shrub is the perfect size for today’s small yards … Read Article
If you’ve noticed what looks like a hairless bee hovering in midair over the flowers in your garden, you were probably spotting a hover, or syrphid, fly. These insects resemble bees, though they are flies. They are helpful to garden … Read Article
Virtues: We love doublefile viburnumn, or Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’, for its showy spring flowers and its red to purple fall foliage. This beautiful garden shrub also has a very nice branch structure.
An easy way to increase the number of plants in your garden is to divide its mature perennials. Plant division entails digging up a sizable plant and splitting it into two or more smaller individuals, each complete with roots, stems … Read Article
Virtues: We love plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium) for its bright orange flowers and the fact that it blooms in late summer. This azalea is a native species that feeds hummingbirds.
When choosing containers for storing seeds you collect from your garden’s plants, go for ones that will keep the seeds dry. Dryness is the key to successful seed storage. You should also be able to easily mark the containers with … Read Article
Virtues: We love culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum) for its tall spikes of white or purple flowers that begin in early or midsummer and can continue until autumn. Veronicastrum is a USA-native perennial good at attracting butterflies and bees.
A nursery bed is a small area of a yard or garden that’s used simply for growing certain selected plants without regard to design.
Virtues: We love ‘Gallery Pablo’ dahlia for its small plant size and its big, bold flowers that bring changeable color to the mid- and late summer garden. This dahlia is appropriate for small gardens, the front of a garden bed … Read Article
Echinacea coneflowers continue to command popularity, with fanciful new varieties appearing every year. One complaint, though, is that they don’t always seem to do well in subsequent seasons.