I am often asked by customers shopping for hostas at the garden center which ones are my favorites. I love them all for many reasons: Their lush foliage adds as much color to the shady border as any flowering perennial. Their bold leaves contrast beautifully with fine-textured perennials like ferns and astilbes. Once established, they… Continue reading My Five Favorite Hostas
When we think of fall color in the landscape, we picture the vibrant foliage of trees and shrubs – the brilliantly-colored leaves of orange, red, purple and yellow glowing against clear blue skies. We can also bring the flamboyant colors of fall to the floor of our landscapes, too. Perennials are most often chosen for… Continue reading Perennials with Colorful Fall Foliage
Joe Pye weed has captured my heart. I love the whole family of Eupatorium (or at least all the members of the family I have met so far). They add color and texture to the garden when it needs it most – in summer and fall – and grow in a wide variety of locations… Continue reading Joe Pye Weed: Every garden needs some!
I was recently invited as part of the Association of Garden Communicators to the city of Buffalo to witness the impact gardens have made on the revitalization of the city. I met passionate people eager to better their beloved city and toured neighborhood gardens, urban farms and city parks. Here’s what I learned: Buffalonians may… Continue reading Buffalo: A City of Gardeners
I was so happy the rain came Monday night instead of during the day on Tuesday – my one day each week to spend in the garden. I decided to tackle a garden area yet to make it to the top of the Reclaim my Gardens, Reclaim my Life list and began weeding at one… Continue reading Cup Plants: Great for Pollinators & Summer Showers