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Northeast Gardening 86 Stories

It's the last month of a busy year. Most of us have stashed away gloves and tools for the season, and some can kick off their boots by a toasty fire to warm their tired limbs. While our gardens sleep under a blanket of mulch and light snow and don't need attention, there are still plenty of things to think about and do....
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)....
Great Design Plant: Lindera Benzoin Offers 3-Season Interest
The bold yellow flowers of forsythia, a shrub introduced from Asia, are a sure sign of spring in the temperate U.S. (zones 5 to 8), but that is a one-act show. Other than offering cover for some birds, forsythia has little...
Great Design Plant: Northern Maidenhair Fern Softens Shade Gardens
A successful shade garden relies more on textures and shapes than perhaps any other type of garden. In shady nooks, where a profusion of blossoms is rare and almost an unwelcome intrusion into serenity, ferns rule the roost. While some fern species have...
Great Design Plant: Sensitive Fern Shows Its Strengths
Ferns elicit primal human emotions, which is why many gardeners, including myself, are drawn to them. They mentally transport us to another place and time. Just five minutes in my fern garden can be the antidote to one of my busy and stressful days, and...
Great Design Plant: Wild Bergamot, Friend of Foragers
Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) is one of the most resilient North American native plants and is a delight for bumble bees and butterflies. It can be used in a variety of situations, including butterfly...
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