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Roll Out the Un-Welcome Mat for Squirrels


Squirrels seem to be a big problem this year, based on what I hear from customers at our Burlington, VT, garden center. I can substantiate these concerns with my own experience as a dabbler in raised beds and containers. The squirrels are constantly digging up bulbs, mulch, plants and vegetables. No dirt is left unturned […]

What’s Next for Your Garden? Start Dreaming!


What better way to begin the New Year than with a planting (or at least dreaming about) a new garden? Maybe you’re ready to revamp an existing garden. Or, maybe it’s simple: Plant some new, colorful pots on a patio or balcony to enjoy with a morning cup of tea. Whether your project costs $50, […]

Peony Lovers: Who Was Sarah Bernhardt?


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


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

An Allium You Can Plant Anytime: Summer Beauty


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!


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.

One Pot, One Plant: a Simple Masterpiece


Composing a planter? Instead of trying to find the perfect combination of color and texture, choose a plant that looks fantastic all by itself. The key is to look for plants that have bold forms. Often they are non-flowering, but have striking foliage or shapes. Think sculpture instead of bouquet.

Railing Planters Hold Tight on High-Rise Balcony


Last winter I went to Gardeners to buy balcony “saddle” planters. Once there, I saw these stunning planters and crossed off the saddles. I was skeptical that the actual item would look as good as the photos but ordered them anyway. Am I ever glad I did! I’d expected thin, tin-like metal with a cheap finish that had already chipped. But these “lacquer,” heavy-duty planters arrived instead! And in perfect condition.

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