Gardening Tips

Time to soak in the transitioning foliage

October is often a month with warm days and chilly nights, the perfect of conditions for the leaves on trees and shrubs to turn from summer green to autumn colors. The sun is also lower in the sky, providing less hours of sunlight to the leaves. Both the reduced...

Coreopsis features yellow-flower rewards

Coreopsis is a wonderful native herbaceous perennial that comes up out of the ground every spring, has dark green foliage and beautiful bright daisy-like yellow flowers in the summer. Like all plants, Coreopsis has a common name, Tick Seed, but it does not attract...

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...