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 […]

The use of the skull emoji is all over the place, and is typically included as figurative death – dying from laughing, dying from embarrassment etc etc but in this case we are talking about the Grateful Dead. January 8th marked the 55th Anniversary of the first fan recording of a Grateful Dead Concert. Fans […]

How do you feel about variegation? Some people love it; others despise it – rarely do you find someone who can take it or leave it. Our own James Brown doesn’t meet too many variegated plants he can’t live without- which may help explain our limited selection of variegated plants. Some of the variegated plants […]

Recently we sent an email out to our list that, in part, touted Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox) as a good green mulch. We thought we would take some time here to explain what exactly a green mulch is and how to make it work. Mulch, as is commonly used in the American ornamental landscape is […]