Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Stunning Silver Plants for Dry Times

lambs ears

Olympic athletes may be disappointed to settle for silver, but it’s a most desirable color in the garden. Silver-leaved plants are a sophisticated design choice, and, even better, they tend to be drought tolerant. 

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

buttonbush

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.