Gardening Tips

Dogwoods yearn for afternoon shade

Cornus florida is a wonderful deciduous native dogwood that loves to live with morning sun and afternoon shade. These beautiful small trees live under the shade of larger trees, growing 15-30 feet tall and 15-25 feet wide. In a landscape without trees, the flowering...

Long live the ‘King of Hearts’

April brings spring flowers long before May warms things up, so the spring flowers are often more cold-hardy. The tiny but beautiful hybrid, Dicentra “King of Hearts” features heart shaped rose red flowers and powdery blue green fern like foliage. Each bright flower...

Moth orchid leaves a tell-tale indicator

Phalaenopsis, or the moth orchid, is one of the easiest of orchids to grow. They love to live in houses for the same reason we love to live in our homes, where there are sunny rooms and the inside temperature is between 70 to 82 degrees F. They love to live in the...

2022 All-America Selections announced

The All-America Selection of plants is the only national non-profit plant trial organization in North America. Their mission is “to promote new garden varieties with superior garden performance judged in impartial trials in North America.” They judge both flowering...

Cut flowers hold spirit of warmer weather

December can be a chilly month outdoors but it is easy to bring the warmth of a summer’s day inside by picking up some cut flowers and placing them with some greens to create an attractive arrangement. Most cut flowers arrive at the local florist and grocery stores in...

Decorative grasses brighten Shore

There are many lovely decorative grasses available to brighten up the Eastern Shore landscapes but with the rise of many invasive grasses, it is a better idea to look for and plant only native grasses. One of the most beautiful native grasses is the Gulf Muhly Grass...

Ostrich ferns seek shady, wet soils

The beautiful Ostrich fern is a native fern that thrives on the Eastern Shore if it is planted in part- to-full-shade and medium-to-wet soils. If the soil is never allowed to dry out, the plants will spread and cover the ground by underground rhizomes which are a type...

Hibiscus hybrids offer plenty of options

Hibiscus moscheutos are native perennials that thrive in full sun and moist, organically rich soils, but also grows equally well in average garden soils or sandy soils with an addition of compost. They love moist soils and are excellent in rain gardens and along the...