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What Can I Plant There? Shady, Dry, Root-Filled

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 We In A Drought?

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 […]

Have you heard of the spongy moth?

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 […]

“Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away.”

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 […]

💀 Garden

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 […]

Green is the New Mulch

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 […]

Name Changes

You may notice our plant inventory and online plant list still feature the genus Aster. You may be of a certain age to remember when Asters were Asters. Though the name changes happened in the early 2000s and are based on a 1994 genetic study of all asters, you, like us, may still be having […]

Plants with a Point

Nope, not spiky, thorny, spiny or prickly plants. These are plants with cardinal points. You probably read in a recent email update* about Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ and the fact that its flowers always point east. The same is true with sunflowers. While researchers are still not quite sure why this is the case, there […]

Considering Root Diversity

When planning projects we are often considering diversity: the diversity of the animals who will be using them, pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, mammals; the diversity of seasonal interest: flowering time, showy fruits, good fall color, winter structure; the diversity of texture, shape and size. But have you considered the diversity of the roots of plants […]

Miss Jackson if you’re nasty…

Janet Jackson’s classic “Nasty” let people know she demanded respect. Her full name in the song is Janet Privacy Control 💪. Her first name ain’t baby. But if you are nasty you can call her Miss Jackson. If you are unsure of the reference – is that possible? – here is a video: We have […]