Native Plant Spotlight

Sunflowers – More than a Symbol of Summer

A quintessential symbol of summer and carefree days, when gardeners think about sunflowers many quickly picture our annual sunflowers, those tall denizens that stand statuesquely over a fence and are ubiquitous in all kinds of artwork.  These do a great job of feeding birds by providing large, edible, sunflower seeds and certainly garner one’s admiration. …

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Native Oak

If you can plant only one tree, what should it be?

Planting a tree is one of the most impactful actions a gardener can take. Trees can provide innumerable benefits to the landscape, ecosystem, and home. Places where trees stretch across the landscape provide not only beauty, but a sense of calm, security, and timelessness as trees serve several generations of families. Since suburban New Jersey …

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winterberry

Winterberry

Most gardeners are familiar with evergreen hollies, a traditional plant used for holiday decorations with its glossy green leaves and stunning red berries. There are various species of hollies native to different areas of the world but the evergreen holly native to the eastern part of the US is American holly, or Ilex opaca. It …

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Oakleaf hydrangea

Oakleaf Hydrangea: three seasons of beauty!

Imagine a large shrub beautifying the landscape for three seasons while requiring little maintenance and covering a large area, keeping it weed-free. Hydrangeas are popular garden shrubs beloved by gardeners. Unfortunately, the one most often grown—the mophead or French hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)—often causes gardeners heartaches when it fails to bloom because its buds succumb to …

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Anise hyssop

Native Spotlight: The sweet scent of anise hyssop

Anise hyssop Long-blooming, fragrant, and beneficial to bees and birds, anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) is an awesome perennial for the garden. It has lovely lavender-colored flower spikes and begins blooming at the end of June, often continuing until the beginning of September. It grows in full sun and is adaptable to different soils, from average …

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