from the employee owners at Gardener's Supply Co.

When Blight Strikes, it’s Time for Tough Love

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How do you become a better gardener? Practice. That’s the secret. In my practice this season, I planted two tomatoes in our front-yard vegetable garden, showcasing them in shiny red pots (from our Viva line) that flank the front entrance. They looked so nice. Front yard vegetable gardens can be beautiful. But then it rained. […]

Peony Lovers: Who Was Sarah Bernhardt?

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Ever wonder how some plants get their names? The romantically fragrant, pink peony Sarah Bernhardt was named more than 100 years ago and remains a garden favorite. The beloved French actress, known as Madame Sarah (born in Paris 1844-1923), is still considered the most famous actress of the 19th century. The peony that bears her name was introduced […]

Dish it Out. Succulents Can Take the Heat

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If you’re looking for a simple, easy-care planter that can endure heat and dry spells, consider filling a pot with succulents.

Invite Mason Bees into Your Backyard

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Bees have been in the news lately because of the important role they play in pollinating crops. Even President Obama has gotten involved by launching a new strategy to help honeybees and other pollinators. Although I’d like to do more to help pollinators, I’m not ready to put a hive in my city backyard. Instead, […]

An Allium You Can Plant Anytime: Summer Beauty

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Upon seeing globe alliums for the first time, many a gardener will say, “Gotta have some of those in my garden.” And then she learns that globe alliums are bulbs — and must be planted in fall.

Succession Planting with Flowers? Sure!

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At the garden center, I noticed some beautiful large-leaf rhododendrons covered in plump buds. They were in small pots — starter shrubs for a woodland-garden-to-be.

First Harvest is Right at Our Doorstep

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The first pickings from our front-yard vegetable garden: greens, greens, greens!

Monarch Butterflies are Still in Trouble

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The counts are in, and monarch butterflies are doing a bit better this year, though there is still much to be done. Gardeners can help in many ways—primarily by planting native species of milkweed.

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