Beneficial Insects in the Garden

It’s that time of year again: aphids, sawfly larvae, scale insects, and other bugs are appearing all over your garden.  But along with these pests come beneficial garden insects that help to control - and sometimes take care of entirely - the populations of garden pests. So hold off on the neem oil or other insecticidal soaps until you know what you're looking at!LadybugsAdult … [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...]

The Year in the Garden: 2017

Between opening our new building and expanding our inventory, 2017 was a whirlwind for us at the nursery. With all the unusual weather, it was a whirlwind for the garden too! Wondering why your garden stayed green til October? Lamenting the short, late foliage season? Here's a breakdown of what happened and why. Winter January and early February were cold and snowy. Snow fall can be a pain, but … [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...]

Removing Japanese Beetles from Your Landscape

As the weather warms up at the end of May, you might notice some new visitors to your landscape. Japanese Beetles are those iridescent green and orange bugs you see on trees and flowers, usually in stacked pairs. They tend to hang around in big groups, usually on tree trunks or stems. Whether you’re a veteran gardener or new DIY-er, you probably know what a pest these guys can be.Japanese … [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...]

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...]

Ornamental Grasses: Why We Love Them

Ornamental grasses may seem the Plain Jane of the perennial world – but that’s not really the case. Sure, they are low-maintenance and fast-growing, but that doesn’t mean they're boring. Need convincing? Here is our short list of reasons perennial grasses can be one of the best plant investments for your landscape.Did we mention they’re low maintenance? Once installed, ornamental grasses … [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...]