Native to the northeast, ostrich ferns fill shady spots with lush greenery through summer and fall. – and add a touch of interest to your garden through winter as well.
Time will tell if those old-fashioned and not originally from this country pink and blue hydrangeas will survive this winter, but our native hydrangeas will surely bounce back.
Need a gift idea? There’s a new book by a local author who has helped a lot of gardeners like me see how smart it is to use more native plants.
On Nov. 16, you’re invited to a lecture at Haverford College by landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, an expert in native plantings.
What do you plant in those places that get a lot of sun, where you’d also like to suppress weeds? Try a low-growing native aster.
If your big leaf hydrangeas didn’t bloom much this year, after the long winter, what you can do this fall to have more hydrangea flowers next summer is plant our native hydrangeas.
For all the fuss about the trouble with old fashioned pink and blue hydrangeas this year, there’s a stand out in the garden that’s doing just dandy after our harsh winter.
Do you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.
Native plants tend to shrug off snow and ice because they already know how to live around here so they’re not bothered by our weather extremes.
The fact that, for a few weeks now, my garden has been color-coordinated is partly coincidence, and partly the result of choosing plants that Nature decorates so nicely.
Going for a walk on a fall day is a great way to get some fresh air and see some beautiful trees and shrubs you might decide to plant in your own garden.
Blueberries are one of the best of what I call our ‘Patriotic Plants’ – with white flowers in spring, blue berries in summer and bright red foliage in the fall!
One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.
This is a good time of year to think about what I call ‘Patriotic Plants,’ those that are native to America and our area, like Oxydendrum arboreum, or Sourwood tree.
I don’t know whether talking to plants works – but it’s worked for me.