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January 08 2018
know your plants Black Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan

Not only does black-eyed Susan have a name you can’t forget, it also has a bright yellow, dark-centered flower you can’t mistake. These herbaceous wildflowers grow all over North America, from yards and gardens to fields, prairies and mountains. Black-eyed Susan’s scientific name is Rudbeckia hirta. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, more commonly known […]

January 08 2018
know your plants Astilbe

Astilbe

Long-lasting and low-maintenance, astilbe is one of America’s most beloved perennials. Astilbes have deep green foliage reminiscent of a tropical rainforest, with plume (feather-shaped) flowers in a wide variety of colors including pink, red, violet and white. The texture of their flowers adds a unique dimension to any home garden, and the flowers are also […]

January 08 2018
Red Twig Dogwood

Red Twig Dogwood

No shrub can hold its beauty in winter quite like red twig dogwood. Its long, coral-like branches pair perfectly with fresh white snow. Elegant flowers and small berries follow in the spring and summer months. Red twig dogwoods are deciduous flowering shrubs used for year-round appeal, and as privacy dividers. Ideally, they should be planted […]

January 01 2018
Time to Start Your Spring Wish List

Winter: The Time to Start Your Spring Wish List

There is no better way to beat the winter blues than by planning your spring landscaping. Not only do the visions of blue skies and colorful flowers warm the soul, the tasks involved in preparing for spring also pass the time. Even if the trees are barren and the grass is frozen, think of what […]

December 06 2017

Japanese Maple

Arguably fall’s most fiery foliage producer, the Japanese maple is known for its star-shaped leaves that turn from bright green in summer to even brighter red, orange and yellow in fall. If you have ever been to a Japanese garden, you have likely marveled at this tree’s stature. Japanese maple grows best in acidic soil […]

December 06 2017

October Glory Maple

October Glory maple lives up to its name with bright orange and crimson leaves in mid to late fall. But, October isn’t the only time this tree is glorious – it boasts pretty red flowers in spring and lush green leaves in summer, bringing year-round appeal. Scientifically named Acer rubrum and more commonly referred to […]

December 01 2017
High Tech Holiday Decor

Incorporating Holiday Décor into Your Landscaping

New Jerseyans know how to get festive for the holidays. Across the Garden State, families decorate their homes in dramatic fashion – first for Halloween, and then for the home stretch through the New Year. Take a drive through virtually any town and you’re bound to see at least one elaborate display, if not an […]

November 15 2017
know your plants Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums–better known simply as “mums”–are a staple of fall in New Jersey. In fact, they are arguably the most popular flowers in the world (perhaps taking second place only to roses). The name “chrysanthemum” comes from Greek “chrysos” (gold) and “anthos” (flower). However, the plant originates from China, where it was cultivated as a flowering […]

November 15 2017
know your plants Ornamental Kale

Ornamental Kale

Looking to bring some color to a stark winter landscape? Look no further than ornamental cabbage and kale, colorful cousins of two produce aisle mainstays. Ornamental kale can withstand most New Jersey winters, so long as we don’t see record snowfall and single digit temperatures for an unusually long period of time. Homeowners love ornamental […]