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Trellises Take Your Garden to New Hei...

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 garden or landscape. They c [...]

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
This planter features rose-blotch pansies, pink hyacinths and blue muscari. 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. [...]

Piet Oudolf: Dutch Plantsman and Desi...

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 struct [...]

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 I look forward to as the snow me [...]

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 arrived on my [...]

How Do YOU Support Your Peas?

Pea vines on the Tall Expandable Pea Trellis
Pea vines on the Tall Expandable Pea Trellis Our Tall Expandable Pea Trellis has eight hinged panels with 8″ grids. Simply zig-zag the panels through your row of peas and push them into the ground (add a stake on each end in windy locations). Total length 9′-3″ by 64″ high installed. Trellises fold for easy off-season [...]

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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