Gardening Tips

PawPaw trees comfortable with Shore life

Asimina triloba, or our native PawPaw tree, lives comfortably on our Eastern Shore and although it only grows to be 30 feet tall, it can fit into many gardens. Like many smaller trees, it could be an understory tree, fitting in the shade of taller trees, or could be a...

Rising Sun Redbud changes with seasons

Cercis Canadensis, also known as the Rising Sun Redbud, is a native tree that lives in full sun or under the shade larger trees and grows about 8-12 feet tall and wide. As a small tree, it will fit into many landscapes and it is also a tree that provides four seasons...

Fothergilla an interesting native shrub

When choosing plants for the home landscape, search for some interesting native plants. Native plants typically require less care because they are accustomed to our climate, insects and other environmental conditions. Yes, the insects will eat some of the plants but...

Candytuft a rite of early spring on Shore

Iberis sempervirens or Candytuft burst into pure white, fragrant blooms in April, covering the dark evergreen foliage for weeks. It is a perfect perennial plant for Eastern Shore gardens that have a lot of sun and sandy soils where it will thrive for many years. The...

Lenten roses should be in full bloom

Lenten roses, Helleborus orientalis, are perennial flowering plants that thrive in shady gardens on the Eastern Shore. They prefer the light shade provided by deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) but can often tolerate a sunny garden spot. Lenten...

Early crocus offers first splash of color

February may be cold, but as soon as the temperatures begin to warm up one of the first signs of spring is the early species crocus. They will poke their green-and-white spiked foliage out of the ground first, and even thrive when there is snow on the ground. When the...

2020 All-America Selection Winners unveiled

The All-America Selections is a non-profit independent organization that tests new varieties of seeds or plants for home gardeners all over the United States. Its mission is “to promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials...

Count on holly to brighten winter months

Holly branches decked with glossy green leaves and bright red berries brighten up the winter landscape and also homes during the holidays. There are a lot of different holly from around the world that thrive in our Eastern Shore landscapes including our own Native...