Gardening Tips

Threadleaf Bluestar a May icon

Amsonia hubrichtii or Threadleaf Bluestar is a wonderful native herbaceous plant that has graceful billowing branches covered with very fine soft foliage and in May it produces beautiful sky blue star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters at the tips of each branch....

Columbine short-lived, but worth it

Aquilegia Canadensis, otherwise known as Columbine, is a wonderful native herbaceous perennial that thrives on the Eastern Shore when planted in moist but well drained soils and sunny mornings with afternoon shade. A plant only has to live for three years to be listed...

Oregon Grape Holly a welcome guest

March is the beginning of spring when the sun crosses the equator and the earth begins to tilt toward the sun. The days get warmer and the earliest bulbs begin to bloom. Some plants just can’t wait that long, like our native Oregon Grape Holly, Mahonia aquifolium....

Houseplants never go out of style

The easiest houseplants to grow indoors are the old-fashioned, pass-along plants that your parents or grandparents might have grown. These plants can grow for many years with just a little basic care. They need the right amount of light and they need the right amount...

AAS announces its 2021 winners

The All American Selections are seeds and vegetative propagated plants that have been grown nationwide, and the ones that thrived throughout the nation are considered national winners of that specific year, while the ones that have thrived in certain regions such as...

Considering a live Christmas tree?

Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is often a family event that takes place at a local farm market, a tree nursery or a box store. There are always choices — a tall tree, a short tree, a thin tree or a fat tree. For some, a cut tree is the best choice because, if...

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees

Fall is an excellent time to plant trees, especially trees that have shown beautiful fall color. There are a lot of good reasons to plant trees, some give you beautiful flowers in the spring, summer and into the fall while others provide cooling shade during the heat...

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...