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Northeast Gardening 90 Stories

Maybe you got some pruners or a fabulous gardening book as a holiday gift and are anxious to start reading, making notes and planning to try new plants. Take some time this month to...
Maybe you got some pruners or a fabulous gardening book as a holiday gift and are anxious to start reading, making notes and planning to try new plants. Take some time this month to...
Great Design Plant: Tradescantia Ohiensis Adds Shades of Blue
Blue is a hard color to come by when designing or planting perennial gardens. Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), an eastern U.S. native, helps solve this color deficit by providing clusters of blue flowers in early spring. Use this finely...
Great Design Plant: Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’
The winter garden can be a lonely place, as the frills and thrills of summer annuals and flowering perennials have disappeared from the solemn landscape. It’s at this time of year when garden structure, along with plant texture and shape, become more...
Great Design Plant: Mitella Diphylla Provides Snowflakes in Spring
The delicate flower stalks and snowflake-like flowers of this underutilized woodland native plant will rustle in the slightest breeze and provide spring interest to your shade garden. Feature bishop’s cap (Mitella diphylla)...
Great Design Plant: Woodland Garden Beauty Polystichum Acrostichoides
The woodland forest can be a study in death and decay during winter as it sleeps deeply until spring. Its floor is strewn with a tapestry of ocher and brown that creates an auditory crunch during a brisk morning walk. Every so often along the path a Christmas...
Great Design Plant: Winterberry Rouses Frosty Gardens
Most people have never heard of the deciduous holly called winterberry — evergreen hollies are much better known and more commonly found in residential landscapes. But for gardeners in cold climates, winterberry offers a lot. It's easy to love this...
6 Rockin’ Red Plants for Winter Gardens
With a little planning, it’s possible to have bold, beautiful red in the garden year-round. What a difference color makes during the colder months, when there’s little to catch the eye. If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to bring more pizzazz...
Great Design Plant: Hydrophyllum Virginianum
You may want to try Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum) if you are looking for a reliable, compact and robust shade-tolerant plant for your garden. With silver-spotted foliage and unfurling, showy clusters of...
Great Design Plant: Lobelia Siphilitica Keeps Its Cool
You’re probably quite familiar with red cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), but there’s another version you might not know that’s easier to care for and tends to have a longer perennial lifespan. Great blue lobelia (Lobelia...
Great Design Plant: Ratibida Pinnata Flutters in the Breeze
You cannot have a prairie garden without including gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata). A staple in Midwest prairies, this tall, upright perennial is a reliable and carefree plant that thrives in most locations in full sun. The...
Great Design Plant: Chamaecyparis Nootkatensis
Conifers are great additions to any garden where they will grow. They introduce elegance and structure to the landscape. When flowering perennials are done and have disappeared for the season, these stalwart workhorses mind the garden until spring. Certain...
Great Design Plant: Staphylea Trifolia Shines in the Shade
The delicate branches of American bladdernut (Staphylea trifolia) are covered with clusters of nodding white flowers in spring. This underutilized, shade-tolerant, native shrub (small tree) is ideal...
Great Design Plant: Dicentra Eximia Brightens Shady Gardens
Wild bleedingheart (Dicentra eximia) was the first plant that I put in when I began using native plants in my home landscape. Breaking soil in early April, it is one of the longest-blooming eastern North American native plants. After an...
Great Design Plant: Symphyotrichum Novae-Angliae Ushers in Fall
New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) is one of the showiest North American native plants in the fall garden. Vibrant purple petals and contrasting yellow to orange centers are visually attractive to both gardeners and pollinators. With...
Great Design Plant: Solidago Rigida Brightens Fall Gardens
Gardeners want fall blooms. Insects want fall blooms. I want fall blooms. The goldenrod genus (Solidago spp) is one that will appeal to everyone, and unlike ragweed it won’t cause hay fever (the pollen is sticky and is not windborne)....
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