A study published in February 2022 examined the possibility of native plants filling in for non-native plants for honey bee forage, when the non-native plants struggle in times of drought and extreme temperature. The researchers took on this study with the understanding that extreme weather including droughts and prolonged periods of high temperatures will be […]


We will not sell you Asclepias syriacus. That’s mostly because you all will not buy it (plus keeping these to plug-size is nearly impossible. Fascinatingly many people think of this plant as a weed, aggressive, messy and not pretty, while coveting and purchasing every last bit of its more ornamental cousins: Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias tuberosa, […]

It may be hard to find some way to identify with the plight of Ukrainian people at this moment. We watch the news, see images of refugees and bombed hospitals. For those of us without the personal experience of war, we struggle with understanding and knowing what, if anything, there is we can do and […]

Many of us have large trees in our landscapes. Often people struggle with trying to maintain lawn grasses under them, with varying degrees of success. This area can be considered a blank slate for a perennial planting full of seasonal interest. There are some reasons why it is challenging to create a stunning garden beneath […]

Are you one of those people who like summer? Who enjoy the heat and humidity? Do you have your limits? Are we reaching them? Today it is supposed to be 98 degrees with a real-feel of 103. Any one out there saying they enjoy this? It is not fun inside a greenhouse, that’s for sure. […]

Sure it has been dry. Some of us cannot remember the last time we had a good soaking rain. Some of us are spending inordinate amounts of time watering. But are we in a drought? The University of Nebraska- Lincoln hosts a national drought monitor as part of their National Drought Mitigation Center. According to […]

Yes! Yes you have. The spongy moth is the new common name for Lymantria dispar the insect formerly known as the Gypsy moth. Why the name change? The Entomology Society of America recently voted to change the accepted common name of this invasive pest to Spongy Moth to acknowledge the problematic use of the term […]

Blephilia ciliata, or Downy Wood Mint is in the mint family and so related to known, and beloved, rampant spreaders and aggressive competitors such as Pycnanthemum muticum and Physostegia virginiana. Sometimes we want something that will fill in a space quickly and thoroughly, especially if it attracts pollinators and supports beneficial insects. And sometimes we […]

Think about what you order, what you plant and what you recommend for planting? We are sure you have your favorites. In fact, we know you have your favorites – we can tell by the orders. When is the last time you tried out an unfamiliar plant? Ordered some to plant around and see how […]

Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away. Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass It is the time of year when many of us are trying to stick to resolutions, honor intentions and achieve goals. Sound familiar? What are you working on? Are any of yours […]