Know Your Plants

May 04 2021
know your plants Lilac

Lilac

You’ve heard of lilac, love its purple-pink flowers, and recognize its sweet scent—but have you thought about bringing this beloved shrub to your home garden? For all of their beauty and fragrant bliss, lilacs can be surprisingly easy to grow in New Jersey. Full sun and loamy soil are the main boxes to check when […]

April 01 2021
know your plants Sweetspire

Little Henry® Sweetspire

Flowers or foliage? With Little Henry Sweetspire, you can enjoy both! Trademarked in 1998 by Spring Meadow Nursery in Michigan, this deciduous shrub passes all the tests of a great gardening pick with flying colors. In summer, Little Henry boasts plentiful white blooms with a uniquely elongated shape. The flowers have a touch of lovely […]

March 01 2021
Juniperus horizontalis

Blue Rug Juniper

Looking for a tough, hardy ground cover plant that provides year-round visual appeal? Blue Rug Juniper is one of our top picks. Planting this evergreen shrub is kind of like growing a silver and blue carpet outside. Spreading up to a foot per year while staying just a few inches from the ground, Blue Rug […]

February 01 2021
pygmy barberry

Crimson Pygmy Barberry

In every landscape, there are plants that add consistent color and character without the need for a bold or flashy statement. They serve to complement, not compete, and usually have the added benefit of being easy to care for. One of the best plants for this use case is the Crimson Pygmy Japanese barberry. With […]

January 04 2021
know your plants WavePetunia

Wave Petunia

Looking for something productive and rewarding to do with your landscape in winter? Spend some DIY time planting Wave® petunias. By spring, you’ll have a bright, flowering burst of color from a plant that is completely easy to care for. Because Wave petunias are known for their spreading growth, we recommend using them in flower […]

December 01 2020
know your plants Stewartia

Stewartia

Looking to bring some flower power to your landscape? The Stewartia genus has up to 20 species of gorgeous shrubs and trees. Most of them are from Asia and common throughout North America. Perhaps the most popular is the Japanese stewartia, which has ornamental bark to complement its summer flowers. Most stewartia plants prefer acidic […]

November 02 2020
goldflame spirea

Goldflame Spirea

Anyone who loves the rustic colors of fall will appreciate the bright orange foliage of Goldflame Spirea. Not only that; the leaves on this deciduous shrub show a hint of bronze in spring before going full-on yellow with clusters of pink flowers in summer. Three seasons of unique beauty make Goldflame an eye-catching addition to […]

October 01 2020
know your plants Physocarpus

Ninebark

Through any weather and every season, ninebark not only stands strong, but also maintains visual appeal. It has never met a climate too cold, making it a popular pick for homeowners in New Jersey and the Northeast. Enjoy ninebark in your backyard by planting it in early spring, in full sun and acidic, well-drained soil. […]

September 08 2020
know your plants Leucothoe

Leucothoe

Attractive, yet low-maintenance, leucothoe plants bring both foliage and flowers to any landscape. There are more than 50 species of flowering shrubs in the Leucothoe genus, many of which are native to the U.S. For example, coastal leucothoe grows in almost all states, with the exception of just a handful. Plant a leucothoe bush in […]

August 03 2020
know your plants Magnolia

Magnolia

If you’re considering planting a flowering tree—whether, for curb appeal, privacy or shade—magnolia is an excellent and iconic choice. Though synonymous with the south, magnolia trees can be found all over the U.S.—even as far north as Maine. Out of the eight species of magnolia that are native to the U.S., six are deciduous and […]