Plant of the Month: Polystichum species

November 15, 2019

This group of evergreen ferns includes our native Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum), Japanese Tassel Fern (Polystichum polyblepharum), Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides), and the Hard Shield (Polystichum aculeatum) and Soft Shield Fern (Polystichum setiferum) along with quite a few others. They look best if the fronds are cut back in late winter to reveal the intricate… Read more >

Deer Resistant Gardens (Interview + Book Giveaway!)

October 25, 2019

If you’ve ever had a garden, whether ornamental or edible, you’ve probably seen a deer or 2 or 5 come through your garden and chomp away at plants. This can be incredibly frustrating especially knowing how expensive plants are and how much work you put into helping your garden grow and thrive. We talked with… Read more >

Plant of the Month: Fothergilla

October 18, 2019

If you’re looking for a multi-season stunner that packs a colorful punch in fall, Fothergilla is a great option for you. Fothergilla is a deciduous, compact, mounding shrub that works well as hedges or in shrub borders. In spring, it has fragrant white bottlebrush-like flowers that cover the entire shrub. The blooms are followed by… Read more >

Creepy Plants for Halloween

October 2, 2019

While there’s plenty of pumpkins and scarecrows to decorate with, the right plants can also add a spooky touch to your Halloween decorations. Take a look at these interesting plants. Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’)- This evergreen ornamental grass has purple/black grass-like foliage which clumps and spreads slowly. Small purple flowers emerge in spring… Read more >

Understory Plants

August 27, 2019

Planting underneath trees can get tricky and depends on how much shade the tree provides along with how moist the soil is. If you’ve ever looked under a well-established oak or maple, you might have noticed that the ground is bare of any plant material. Most lawn usually can’t survive under a tree because of… Read more >