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December 5, 2019

 

Vintage photo of two small children next to an enormous smooth hydrangea.

Smooth Hydrangeas

Most of us are familiar with the old-fashioned, white mop-head blossoms of the popular hydrangea variety ‘Annabelle.’

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November 28, 2019

 

Hydrangea shrub with both pink and blue flowers.

Changing Color

Sometimes soil can be just slightly acid or neutral with a PH of 6 or 7 and you will get a mix of both pink and blue flowers on the same plant.

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November 21, 2019

 

Climbing hydrangea.

Old Wood, New Wood

Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful as well as durable shrubs in our gardens.

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November 14, 2019

 

Copacabana promenade in Rio de Janeiro designed by Roberto Burle Marx.

Living Art

In 2019, The New York Botanical Garden mounted an exhibit honoring Brazil’s greatest landscape designer 25 years after his death: “Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx.”

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November 7, 2019

 

Hummingbirds fighting

Hummingbirds

Male hummers are extremely aggressive. They even stab each other!

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October 31, 2019

 

David Austin Roses, The view in a commercial rose-growing nursery near Albrighton, England.

David Austin (1926-2018)

David Austin was fond of saying that a rose without a fragrance is only half a rose.

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October 24, 2019

 

Iris spuria.

Iris Facts

I grow more iris than I used to because deer leave them alone, and I’ve discovered that there are many things I did not know about these flowers.

October 17, 2019

 

White flower Narcissus 'Mount Hood'.

White Flowers

I have been planting more white flowers recently because I already have so many other colored flowers that bloom in my yard across the growing seasons.

October 10, 2019

 

Native Foamflowers, Tiarella wherryi

Native Foamflowers

If you are looking for more natives to plant in your shady spots this fall, consider our native North American foamflower.

October 1, 2019

 

Awesome Allium giganteum

Awesome Alliums

As you think about what bulbs to add to your garden this fall, don’t forget about buying some alliums.

September 26, 2019

 

Azalea on a frosty morning.

Overwintering

It is important for gardeners to know their hardiness zone.

September 19, 2019

 

Monarda (bee balm) in a garden bed.

Many Happy Returns

Perennials are plants that, hopefully, return in our gardens each spring after being dormant during the winter.

September 12, 2019

 

Orange and yellow nasturtiums in a flower bed.

Nasturtium Nostalgia

Nasturtiums can make pretty cut flowers.

September 5, 2019

 

Close up of the painting “Mercie Cutting Flowers” by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1912.

Grow Your Own

Even just one flower stuck in a bottle makes me feel happy!

August 29, 2019

 

compost is gold

Compost Is Gold

Plants benefit from growing in good soil, and the addition of compost is an effective way to condition it.

August 22, 2019

 

Nomenclature

Nomenclature

Common names of plants vary greatly, but officially, each plant has two Latin names.

August 15, 2019

 

Larkspur.

Happy With Blues

Blue is such a calming shade and happily combines with any other color.

August 8, 2019

 

Angelonia angustifolia.

Prolonged Color

Thanks to many years of dedicated plant hybridizing, it is now possible to have four seasons of color in our gardens.

August 1, 2019

 

Gunnera manicata.

Waterside Wonders

Water features are commonplace in formal gardens.

July 25, 2019

 

Yucca filamentosa, leaves with filaments.

Architectual Form

Evergreens that carry a garden through ice and snow are not the only candidates to create architectural form in our plantings.

July 11, 2019

 

Ninebark, a.k.a. Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'.

Foliage Effects

When I began gardening, my aim was to have as many flowers as possible, but the longer I garden the more I appreciate the impact of colorful foliage.

July 4, 2019

 

Two yards before and after naturalizing

Naturalizing

Experienced gardeners know that benign neglect results in an unkempt garden.

June 27, 2019

 

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Scent

Some people love specific plants just because of their scent.

June 20, 2019

 

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Waves In The Shade

I love plant names that rhyme!

June 13, 2019

 

Lambs Ears, Variegated Hostas, and Dark Red and Pink Coral Bells

Lovely Leaves

Foliage colors are especially good for creating interesting beds and borders.

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