A Hardy Hydrangea That Bounces BackNative <em>Hydrangea arborescens</em> bloom beautifully no matter how harsh winter was, which is a big relief!
Plant Asters For Beauty And For ButterfliesOur native asters come in beautiful colors like pink, blue and purple and they attract butterflies, something your mums won't do.
Ostrich Ferns Offer Something For Every SeasonNative 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.
Native Hydrangea Handles The ColdTime 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.
The Gift Of A Gardening BookNeed 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.
A Lesson In Native Plantings At Haverford CollegeOn Nov. 16, you’re invited to a lecture at Haverford College by landscape architect Jonathan Alderson, an expert in native plantings.
Aster Offers Carefree GroundcoverWhat 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.
A Bloomin' Hardy HydrangeaIf 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.
Smooth Hydrangeas Not Ruffled By The WinterFor 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.
Caring For Snow-covered ShrubsDo you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.
Native Shrubs Are A Pleasure Year RoundNative 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.
Color-Coordinated PlantingsThe 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.
Sunday Walking Tour At Haverford ArboretumGoing 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.
Native Blueberry Plants Are More Than Just TastyBlueberries 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!
Monarda Is No Sweat In SummerOne of our prettiest, easiest-to-grow summer flowers is Monarda, also known as Bee Balm, an American perennial, native to our area.