In many parts of the country, it’s been a rough spring for gardeners. Our hearts go out to the small farmers who are trying to make a go of it despite nature’s challenges. We’d like to share this inspiring post from one of our Vermont neighbors, Mara Welton of Half Pint Farm.
The Half Pint farmstand during drier times.
The fact that wild asters grow abundantly and in so many climates makes them a good choice for low-maintenance borders and butterfly gardens.
A wild aster, thriving in a New England meadow.
A reliable, low-growing aster called Woods Pink.
An old-fashioned pink aster, paired wit [...]
The Purple Sensation allium bridges the gap between spring and early summer-flowering perennials.
Deer discovered my garden a few years ago, so I’ve been growing more plants from their do-not-eat list. It turns out that deer, voles, chipmunks, and rabbits find alliums— plants in the onion family— distasteful. That’s great news because [...]
It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my mind, as I have every spring.
W.F. Leenen breeds new varieties of daffodils in his greenhouse in Holland. For more about how new flowers are created, read about Dutch flower breeders.
Daffodils bloom in drifts in my Vermont garden.
It’s April and I’ve got daffodils on my mi [...]
Root-pruning technique helps plants live within their pots.
The lacecap hydrangea, so-named for the ring of larger (sterile) flowers that encircle the center cluster of fertile flowers.
A plant that’s ready for root pruning. Roots have grown to the edge of the mass.
Slicing off pieces of the mass with [...]
Flowers appear when you least expect them, adding color and fragrance long after their spring-blooming counterparts have faded.
Sparkling white hydrangea blooms burst open like fireworks in mid- to late summer.
Shrubs that burst into bloom as the summer begins its slide into autumn breathe new life into the garden. Their flowers appe [...]
New varieties are sure to add excitement to gardens and containers.
Diamond Frost, growing alone in a pot. This variety is part of the Proven Winners lineup.
I enjoyed two new-to-me euphorbias in my containers last summer. Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ is a keeper and I’ll definitely have it again this year. The blue-gray, eucalyptus-lik [...]
Starting with the native species, perennial plant breeders are developing new cultivars with improved traits.
Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata) is a good native groundcover for sharply drained soils.
Spring Symphony foamflower (Tiarella) brightens a woodland garden.
Espresso cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) has d [...]