Hardy Hibiscus – Plant Profile

What does the word Hibiscus bring to mind for you? Waves, sand, surf? You probably think of somewhere warm and tropical, like Hawaii. Fun fact: you can bring some of those tropical vibes into your own yard, because here in New York, we have Hardy Hibiscus.Hardy Hibiscus grow on upright stems that can reach up to 6' in height. In late July and August, they bloom massive flowers that are … [Read more...]

Saucer Magnolia – Plant Profile

  Saucer Magnolia Or Magnolia x soulangeanaDescription: The Saucer Magnolia plant (or Magnolia x soulangeana) grows as a multi-stemmed large shrub or small flowering tree. The flowers bloom on the tree in early spring and then the leaves expand shortly afterward. The flowers are white flushed with purple and start to bloom around March. Saucer Magnolia blooms through the summer months … [Read more...]

Stone Crop – Plant Profile

Other Names: Succulents, Sedum"Stone Crop" refers to a family of perennial, flowering plants in the succulent family. You might have also heard them called sedum. Both of these are broad terms for plants that come in literally all shapes, colors, and sizes. What all these plants have in common, however, is their hardiness.While they're popular as potted plants, stone crop is actually a … [Read more...]

Arborvitae: Why We Love Them

You’ll find Arborvitae virtually everywhere in the U.S. Also known as Cedar or Thuja, this evergreen can be spotted in hedges in front yards, store fronts, parks and more. Why is it so popular? Well, here are a few of our favorite things about Arborvitae.Sound Cancelling: Live near 87 or another busy road? Have a noisy neighbor? Arborvitae can help. Arborvitae has thick, dense foliage, so … [Read more...]

Yarrow – Plant Profile

Achillea MillefoliumCommon Names: Yarrow, MilefoilCommon Varieties: “Paprika” (red), “Appleblossom” (pink), “Coronation Gold” (golden yellow), “Gypsy White” (white), “Peachy Peach Sensation” (peach).Description: Yarrow is a flowering perennial featuring tight, flat clusters of bright flowers atop long green stems. The flowers themselves range in color from white to deep red, with … [Read more...]

Lilac – Plant Profile

Syringa vulgarisCommon Varieties: "Miss Kim", "Lincoln", "Mme. Lemoine", "Miss Canada", Dwarf Korean, Persian LilacDescription: Lilacs are a type of deciduous, flowering plant that's generally a shrub, but some varieties can become trees. They're famous for their fragrant clusters of flowers that appear in late May. Lilac is a multi-stem, woody shrub covered in broad, bright green … [Read more...]

Forsythia – Plant Profile

Forsythia suspensaOther Names: "Golden Bell"If you live in upstate New York, you’ve probably seen forsythia before. Those gorgeous yellow blooms are the first sign of spring. They’re also one of the most popular choices for hedges and foundation plantings.Description: Forsythia is a deciduous shrub that, left untouched, can grow to 8' in height. It's stems start green, but with … [Read more...]

Caryopteris – Plant Profile

Caryopteris x ClandonensisCommon Names: “Blue Beard”; “Blue Spirea”; “Blue Mist”Description:  Caryotperis is sometimes called “blue spirea”, an apt name. This woody shrub is small with a mounding tendency. Its long, pink-ish stems bear angular leaves. Its foliage is usually silver-green or silver-yellow.In the late summer and early fall, it produces tight clusters of small, … [Read more...]

Butterfly Bush – Plant Profile

Buddleia davidiiCommon Varieties: “Royal Red” – the most common variety, with purple flowers with red bases, 5’-6’ in height.  “Dwarf Blue” – lavender-blue flowers and silvery green foliage, 5’-7’ in height.  “Pink Delight” – bright pink flowers, 5’-7’ in height.Description: Butterfly bush is a deciduous, flowering shrub hardy in most of the United States. Its foliage can … [Read more...]

Salvia – Plant Profile

Common Varieties: "Meadow Sage" (the most common perennial Salvia), "May Night". Similar and Related Plants: Lavender, Nepeta "Catmint", Russian Sage.Description: Salvia is the name a a group of plants in the mint family, including sage. Since it refers to a group and not a specific plant, Salvia plants come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. The most common varieties found … [Read more...]