Know Your Plants

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

August 01 2017
Flowering Cherry

Flowering Cherry

Flowering cherry trees are so distinct that they have become synonymous with spring, particularly in Washington, D.C., where the National Cherry Blossom Festival rings in the arrival of spring each year. Cherry blossoms come from the genus, Prunus, and are usually followed by small cherries that attract birds in summer. Unfortunately and unlike the cherries […]

August 01 2017
Dogwood

Dogwood

Flashy, subtle and sentimental all at once, the flowering dogwood is one of New Jersey’s most beloved trees. Dogwoods are a popular choice among homeowners because they are deciduous and look great year-round – from bright white and pink flowers in spring, to lush leaves in summer, rustic red foliage in fall, and finally, what […]

August 01 2017
hydrangea

Hydrangea

Like a tree full of bright bouquets, hydrangea blooms brilliantly from late spring to early fall. The Hydrangea genus includes nearly 100 species that can be found all over the world, including right here in New Jersey. But make no mistake, it’s rare to find a tree so compact–hydrangeas only grow to about 8 feet, […]