Native Plant Spotlight

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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American lady butterfly

What’s the Big Deal About Native Plants? Why Should Gardeners Grow Them?

Echinacea blooming in a meadow What’s all the buzz about native plants, and why are they a big deal? After all, what makes a coneflower better than a carnation? Well, native plants have many attributes that include being easy to grow, and environmentally-friendly, requiring less maintenance, and saving money. The coneflower will be visited by …

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