Know Your Plants

March 02 2018
know your plants Daffodil

Daffodils

Beautifully bright and uniquely shaped, daffodils are often seen in some of the most refreshing spring imagery. Think open meadows, rolling foothills and backyard gardens. These flowering perennials belong to the Narcissus genus and can be referred to as narcissus themselves. Other common names include jonquil and daffadowndilly. Most daffodils have six petals that are […]

March 02 2018
know your plants Allium

Allium

There are believed to be up to 1,250 species of allium, the genus of ornamental onion found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Known for its spherical bulbs that burst to life in spring and summer, allium belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and Allioideae sub-family. Plant alliums during fall, in partial shade, for beautiful colors when the […]

February 07 2018
know your plants Winter Gem

Winter Gem Boxwood

Green and gold go beautifully together in nature, and that’s exactly the combination that Winter Gem boxwood brings in the midst of winter – although the gold might be considered more of a bronze. Winter Gem is one of the most resilient cultivars of boxwoods, which, as an entire genus, are collectively known for their […]

February 07 2018

Green Mountain Boxwood

Whether planted as an accent or focal point, Green Mountain boxwood brings dense, deep green foliage to your landscape year-round. This hybrid of Korean and evergreen boxwoods can grow up to five feet tall and three feet wide, free-form or sculpted. Green Mountain’s combination of hardiness and handsomeness makes it a favorite among homeowners from […]

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 […]