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Monthly archives for April, 2008

Trellises Take Your Garden to New Heights

Trellises Take Your Garden to New Heights

A tunnel of laburnum outside the Palace at Kew Gardens in London. There are all sorts of good reasons to consider adding an arbor, pergola, tuteur or another type of freestanding trellis to your garden this spring. Here are just a few: 1. Create instant impact. Trees and shrubs serve an important role in a […]

Dividing Vigorous Perennials

Dividing Vigorous Perennials

Beebalm (monarda) spreads to form large colonies that need frequent dividing to keep them within bounds and blooming vigorously. Customer photo from Cheryl S. of Copley, Ohio. See the full-size photo in the Dutch Gardens Photo Center. Community plant sales and swaps are a highlight of the gardening season at this time of year. These […]

Beyond Pansies

Beyond Pansies

There are a few weeks (or maybe a month) in spring when it’s too cold for annuals, but nice enough for something. Usually, that means pansies —especially up here in Vermont, where we usually have to wait until Memorial Day to feel safe about putting out annuals. However, you can make a container planting that […]

Piet Oudolf: Dutch Plantsman and Designer

Piet Oudolf: Dutch Plantsman and Designer

Perennials in Piet Oudolph’s nursery in Hummelo, Netherlands. Garden travel is one of my passions and, over the past 25 years of travel to gardens in Europe and North America, I’ve witnessed a shift in design and planting emphasis toward more naturalistic, low-maintenance landscapes. The new designs are based on sweeps of structure, texture, and […]

Miniature Daffodils

Miniature Daffodils

A Dutch breeder holds some new, unnamed miniature daffodil cultivars. For the past 20 years, I’ve been adding a few new daffodils to my home landscape every fall. Now, more than 60 varieties bloom in my borders and under trees and shrubs from late March to early June. It’s a show that my neighbors and […]

Planting Bareroot Roses

Planting Bareroot Roses

Falling in Love™ Rose is new this year, available from Dutch Gardens. “Petals are a romantic shade of warm pink with a creamy reverse. The perfume is a heady blend of traditional rose fragrance and the aroma of fruit” That’s how the catalog describes the new rose variety called Falling in Love. The dormant shrub—newly […]

How Do YOU Support Your Peas?

Pea vines on the Tall Expandable Pea Trellis

Most people — me included — find that the toughest part about growing peas is figuring out how to support them properly. In my garden I grow only one type of peas: edible pod peas (rather than shelling peas or snow peas). I eat most of my peas raw rather than cooked, and that’s not […]

Nipping Weeds in the Bud

Nipping Weeds in the Bud

Stopping weed seeds from growing makes lawn and garden care easier and less time-consuming. The snow has finally receded enough to reveal the flattened remnants of last year’s gardens. Brown daylily and hosta foliage lies pressed to the ground and phlox stems look like a tangle of pick-up-sticks. The lawn is still tawny brown, too, […]

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