Category Archives: Garden Tips

March Gardening Tips

March is often characterized by its unpredictable weather and this year is certainly no different. We started the month with a few warm 60 degree days that had us ready to spring (and flowers!), but since then we are digging ourselves out of nor’easter number FOUR. With spring so close, it’s easy to get ahead […]

It’s beginning to bloom! Beautyberry Bush!

It might be August, but there’s still some pretty additions that you can make to your garden.   Callicarpa, or Beautyberry Bush, is one of the best landscaping plants that most gardeners do not even know about.    It’s just beginning to bloom and soon it will brighten your yard with it’s amazing purple pearls.  […]

Giant Perennial Hibiscus Flowers

Perennial Hibiscus are showing their wonderful dinner plate size blooms now.   These guys come back year after year!   Everyone needs at least one in their perennial garden!  Hurry and get your first choice in some of the amazing color choices!  I just walked around the fields today and found all these beautiful flavors […]

Kong Coleus – Save Me!

So your garden needs some help?  Kong Coleus to the rescue!   His massive leaves of color turn any drab area to a mass of giant color.    When Victorian gardeners developed a passion for the shade-loving coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides, Solenostemon scutellarioides) plant, they had no idea their efforts would eventually unleash monsters. Well more […]

Lavender Growing Tips + Cocktail Bonus

Lavender is one of those plants that has a timeless charm. It’s been in gardens worldwide for centuries. For gardeners interested in a plant that doesn’t need constant watering, attracts beneficial insects and butterflies and smells wonderful, Lavender can be the lady of the landscape. All it needs is good drainage, sun and room to […]

Alternatives to Garden Impatiens

Via the Floriculture Specialists of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Since garden impatiens, Impatiens walleriana, have been severely impacted by a new downy mildew disease (and will likely continue to be impacted in future years), growers, landscapers, and homeowners are seeking alternatives to this ubiquitous garden plant. Impatiens have been a reliable garden plant for many […]