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 […]

Watch this video on how to create a pollinator garden in your yard with information on plant varieties, habitat, water and shelter. 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. […]

Watch this video on blueberry care in your garden including fertilizing, watering and pruning. Learn about growing blueberries including the best varieties to grow for your location. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Blueberries I don’t know why more people don’t grow blueberries (Vaccinium). They’re one of the easiest and most beautiful fruiting shrubs to grow in our climate. They have few pests and diseases, can withstand our cold winters, and can produce healthful fruits for 30 years. What else could you ask for in a berry bush? […]

Buxus spp   Other Name common box   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms in spring are not significant. Mostly grown for its evergreen foliage   Mature Height x Spread 4 to 15 feet x 4 to 15 feet   Added Benefits deer resistant   Boxwood is a standard evergreen shrub that is often used in formal gardens throughout England and Europe. We certainly can grow boxwoods in New England, too. It’s best grown in a formal hedge to define a space or […]

Learn about butterfly bushes, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Butterfly Bushes Buddleia davidii   Other Name Summer lilac   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors of purple, white, pink, red, yellow, and lavender   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 8 feet x 4 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, deer resistant   The butterfly bush as aptly named. It is a magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds […]

There’s nothing like the taste of home grown citrus. Unfortunately, only gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 8 and warmer usually get this experience. But even gardeners in colder climates can enjoy some citrus in containers grown as houseplants in winter and moved outdoors in summer. In warm climates citrus can grow into medium-sized trees (20 to 30 feet). But grown in a container they stay manageable and dwarf. How to Use in Foodscaping Outdoors grow citrus trees in the yard as a specimen plant or grow dwarf varieties in a […]

Lonicera sempervirens   Other Name trumpet honeysuckle   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Early to mid summer in colors such as red, orange and yellow   Mature Height x Spread 10 to 20 feet x 3 to 6 feet   Added Benefits attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, native, deer resistant   This climbing version of the widely grown, native honeysuckle has the beauty and toughness of the bush honeysuckles, with a climbing habit that makes it a great plant for pergolas, arbors […]

Learn how to grow climbing roses including information on varieties and pruning. Listen to podcast: My mom loves roses, so I recently took her to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford. This is one of the first municipal rose gardens in the country. Started in 1904, it features 15,000 rose bushes and 800 varieties. And it’s in full bloom now. One of the features of the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden is the climbing roses on the arches around the gazebo. When in full bloom, it’s stunning. No wonder brides want their […]

Cotoneaster spp   Other Name rockspray cotoneaster   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Pink flowers appear in spring followed by red berries and colorful fall foliage   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 3 feet x 5 to 8 feet   Added Benefits drought tolerant, fall color, deer resistant   Cotoneaster is a low growing, colorful shrub with attractive small flowers, berries and fall foliage color. The long spreading branches look particularly attractive when grown to cascade down a wall or bank.  It […]

Daphne burkwoodii   Other Name Burkwood daphne   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Pale pink, fragrant flowers in spring that may rebloom in early fall   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 3 feet x 3 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This spring blooming shrub has small, pale pink flowers that grow in clusters on the stem ends. While the flowers are attractive, what you will really notice is the intense is the […]

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