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Native Plants

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Smooth Hydrangeas Not Ruffled By The Winter

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.

06/24/2014

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Caring For Snow-covered Shrubs

Do you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.

01/27/2014

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Native Shrubs Are A Pleasure Year Round

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.

01/14/2014

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Color-Coordinated Plantings

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.

10/28/2013

(credit: Mike Startup, Haverford Arboretum)

Sunday Walking Tour At Haverford Arboretum

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.

09/09/2013

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Native Blueberry Plants Are More Than Just Tasty

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!

07/23/2013

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Monarda Is No Sweat In Summer

One of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.

07/03/2013

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Sourwood Tree Will Burst For the 4th

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.

07/02/2013

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Talking To Your Plants

I don’t know whether talking to plants works – but it’s worked for me.

01/23/2013

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Abington Township Native Plant Sale

One of the simplest things you can do to increase your property value while reducing flooding, pollution, and your electric bill (by cutting cooling costs) is to plant shade trees. Learn more about that this weekend.

10/10/2012

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Asters Over Mums

Somehow, chrysanthemums became the official flower of fall and I’m not sure why – since mums aren’t American at all, and American asters have just as much to offer!

09/03/2012

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So Many Bloomin’ Reasons To Plant A Hibiscus

Our native Hibiscus moscheutos plant is also called ‘Rose Mallow’ or ‘Swamp Mallow,’ even though it’s happy enough to grow – and bloom – in average soil.

08/15/2012

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Huge Flower Turns Heads

A plant with flowers so huge they can stop traffic – that’s our native Hibiscus moschuetos also called Rose Mallow or Swamp Mallow.

07/30/2012

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You Don’t Want Poison Ivy

Native to our area, poison ivy thrives in our yards, and birds spread it by eating its berries and depositing the seeds all around. But most people are allergic to it, which is why hiring the ‘I don’t want poison ivy’ guy might be the way to go.

06/19/2012

(credit: Greater Philadelphia Gardens)

Your Guide To Spring Plant Sales

Plant sales are where you’ll find those specimen trees and shrubs that become garden centerpieces and perennials in unusual colors and native plants. Here’s a guide to plant sales this Spring.

05/01/2012

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