Perennials

Learn how to grow common houseplants indoors as a way to clean your air. Listen to podcast: I recently heard a story about NASA sending basil and turnip seeds to the moon in grow chambers to see how they will germinate in that gravity-less, high radiation environment. It prompted me to remember the now famous research NASA also did on house plants. When looking at long term stays on the space station, one of the challenges was to produce clean air for astronauts to breathe. We all know plants are […]

Learn about allergy free gardens, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: It’s garden and allergy season. 50 years ago, less than 5 percent of the population had allergies to plant pollen. Now that number hovers closer to 40 percent. What happened? Plant breeders started selecting male trees and shrubs (which are loaded with pollen) over females (which have little pollen) to reduce that amount of “litter” that falls to the ground from female plants. The unintended consequence is that we have more street, park, and landscape […]

Learn about asters, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Asters Aster spp and hybrids   Other Name Michaelmas daisy   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer to fall in colors such as blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   This native wildflower is a sure sign of late summer and early fall in New England. […]

Astilbe spp and hybrids   Other Name false spirea   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring into summer in colors such as cream, white, pink, lilac, and red   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 2 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Astilbe is a part shade-loving perennial with airy white, pink, red, or lilac flowers. I grow it to provide color to darker areas of the garden and soften the look of sunnier […]

Learn about attracting bees to your garden, including the best plants to grow. Listen to podcast: You can design flower gardens to attract, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats, but what about the bees? Honey bees, bumblebees and native bees are essential to our food supply. It’s estimated 1/3rd of every bite of food we take can be attributed to bees. But bees have been having a rough time of late with mites and diseases destroying their hives. So let’s help bees out by growing some plants just for them. In […]

Learn about the best ways to attract butterflies, bees, birds and other pollinators to your garden. Listen to podcast: Pollinator gardens are hot! Maybe it’s the press the two poster children of pollinators, Monarch butterflies and honey bees, are getting. Or it could be just a higher awareness of the role pollinators play in our food system and ecosystem. But it seems everyone is talking about helping pollinators. You can join in. It’s not too late to grow a pollinator garden for this summer. It all starts with growing the […]

Learn all about growing this spring blooming, nitrogen fixing perennial in your garden. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How To Grow: Baptisia Baptisia australis   Other Name blue wild indigo   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to summer in colors of blue, white, red and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 4 feet x 3 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This native perennial has a shrub-like appearance even though it […]

Learn how to plant and grow bee balm in your garden. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Bee Balm Monarda didyma   Other Name Bergamont   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid summer to late summer in colors such as red, pink, and white   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 4 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, edible, native, deer resistant   Bee balm is a native, spreading perennial that is a delight […]

Campanula spp   Other Name garden bluebell   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to early fall in colors such as blue, white, red and pink   Mature Height x Spread 6 inches to 6 feet x 6 inches to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   This diverse group of perennial flowers range from creepers to tall garden flowers. The one thing they all have in common is their bell or saucer-shaped flowers. Bellflowers are a classic cottage […]

Learn how to grow Rudbeckia or Black Eyed Susans including new varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Rudbeckia spp   Other Name Brown eyed Susan   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color mid summer to fall in colors such as yellow, red, green and bronze   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 2 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, drought tolerant, deer resistant   A standard late summer flower in gardens and wildflower meadows, black-eyed Susans […]

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