How to deter Groundhogs from Spending Quality Time in your Garden

It’s that exciting time of year again when our flowers are blooming, and our gardens are starting to produce vegetables that are almost ripe and ready for picking.  But then we start to notice beautiful flower heads going missing, and same with that almost ripe tomato or head of lettuce has been picked right off too. Who is the culprit of all this? Probably groundhogs unfortunately, and most … [Read more...]

The Boxwood Species and its Large Family

The Boxwood Species, (Buxus Sempervirens) happens to be one of the most popular shrub types in most landscape projects today. With almost 200 varieties of Boxwood out there, it is an evergreen shrub that is native in many different regions. A good majority of the Boxwood family grows slow and short and is often used for borders or edging around houses and in landscape designs, while some others … [Read more...]

When and Where should I be Mulching?

When asking yourself if you should be mulching or not, the answer is always yes! The next questions is then how much and how often to mulch? Mulching too much, not enough or not with the right kind can be detrimental to your plants, so lets find out more! SOME OF THE MAIN REASONS TO MULCH: Retain water in the root area. Cooling of the root area. Nutritional break-down. Insect, … [Read more...]

What We All Want: Deer Resistant Plants!

One of the most common questions people ask us at the nursery is “what can I plant that is Deer Resistant?” Living in the Hudson Valley we all know the deer are everywhere, so finding the perfect plant that won’t get destroyed is important when planning your garden. Unfortunately, the answer is not as simple as we would all like it to be. Below is a list of several recommendations by our expert … [Read more...]

Popular Plants That Are Invasive, and What to Plant Instead!

Planting season is in full swing and so is our garden center.  With so many flowers, shrubs, trees, and bushes to choose from for when deciding what to plant next, our knowledgeable nursery staff would like to remind you which species are not good for the environment or your garden.  Some of these may surprise you, but don’t worry, we will give you several alternatives to choose … [Read more...]

Quick Tips to Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

Autumn is here, and that means winter is next! We know, we're sad to see the growing season end too. But that just means it's time to help your garden get a head start on next spring! So here are our quick tips on getting your trees, shrubs, and perennials winter-ready before the fall ends. Planting This is the last window for planting before the frost! Fall is the best time to plant, especially … [Read more...]

Soil, Mulch, Compost, Stone: What Is Bulk Material?

Bulk material is our catchall term for the soil, mulch, compost, and stone we sell in those bins you might have noticed at the back of the nursery. If you’re a local contractor, you already know these materials are the foundation for almost every project. But these aren’t just for our fellow industry professionals! With a little education, everyone can utilize these materials in their own DIY … [Read more...]

Drought-Tolerant Plants for Hudson Valley Gardens

As July fades to August and the sun continues to bake your backyard, you might be feeling a little lackluster about your garden. But don’t despair! We've put together a shortlist of some our favorite full-sun, drought-tolerant shrubs and perennials. Adding a couple of these low-maintenance summer gem will ensure your garden stays colorful all year long. Perennials CoreopsisBright … [Read more...]

Coneflower – Plant Profile

Echinacea "Coneflower" in classic purple and ornamental red. Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 - 9Common Varieties: Purpurea ("Purple Coneflower" - not always purple!), tennesseensis ("Tennessee Coneflower"), Colors: Mostly light, warm purple, but also hot pink, red, orange, yellow, white, and even green and dark purple, or multicolored. Echinacea is the genus name for a whole gaggle of flowers … [Read more...]

Astilbe – Plant Profile

A pink variety of Astilbe, a shade tolerant blooming perennial hardy to New York state. Other Names: False Goat's Beard, False SpireaCommon Varieties: Astilbe 'Fanal' (dark red flowers); 'Visions' (red pink), 'Bridal Veil' (white).Hardiness Zones: Typically zones 4-8, but some varieties are hardy in zones 3-9. If you've ever researched shade gardens, you've probably come across astilbe! … [Read more...]