Know Your Plants

August 06 2019
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Fat Albert Blue Spruce

One look at its short, wide stature, and you can begin to visualize how the “Fat Albert” spruce got its name. This Colorado blue spruce has the same shape as the iconic cartoon character, its pyramidal form perhaps making for the perfect Christmas tree. Fat Albert spruce goes by the scientific name, Picea pungens, and […]

August 06 2019
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Japanese Forest Grass

For many, Japanese forest grass gives the effect of a flowing stream of bright, yellow-green leaves. This low-growing perennial provides fantastic ground cover and color. Belonging to the Hakonechloa family, Japanese forest grass thrives more in shade than in sun. As it grows to a mature height of 12-24 inches, its arching leaves gracefully brush the […]

July 01 2019
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Moonbeam Coreopsis

The quintessential summer wildflower blooms all season long in Moonbeam coreopsis. Also commonly referred to as tickseed, Moonbeam is beloved by home gardeners for its plentiful yellow flowers. Plant Moonbeam in full sun and loamy soil. It will grow to about two feet tall at maturity, bearing clusters of daisy-like summer blossoms that return each […]

July 01 2019
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Red Maple

Red maple is every bit as red as you might imagine, from the leaves to the flowers and even the stems. Here’s how it works: Deep red foliage and red fruit in fall Red stems and red-tinged leaves in winter Red flowers in spring Still red in summer (if it’s a summer red maple tree) […]

May 02 2019
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Walker’s Low Catmint

Easygoing and long-blooming, Walker’s Low is one of the most commonly grown catmint varieties in home gardens. By easygoing, we mean that it can grow in just about any soil and sunlight with minimal maintenance. That said, the ideal spot for Walker’s Low is in full sun and dry surroundings. The lovely lavender flowers of […]

May 02 2019
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Daylily

Daylilies might not be true lilies, but they are certainly one of the most popular flowering perennials you’ll find. That’s likely because they come in all sorts of colors and combinations, while being ultra-reliable and easy to maintain. Better yet, some daylilies—such as the Stella D’Oro—bloom at both the beginning and end of summer. Daylilies […]

April 15 2019
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Pear Tree

When summer scorchers are hanging on into fall, who wouldn’t want a pear tree in their backyard? Pears can be harvested in New Jersey from August to December, which means you can have a delicious and nutritious snack ripe for the picking nearly half of the year. There are two types of pear trees: fruiting […]

April 15 2019
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Purple Leaf Plum

An ornamental plant is one that is grown primarily for aesthetics, which the purple leaf plum tree delivers in elegant fashion. Also known as cherry plums, purple leaf plum trees are known for their deep maroon leaves, paired with white and light pink flowers in early spring. Plant a purple leaf plum tree in full […]

March 18 2019
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Crape Myrtle

Crape myrtle, also sometimes spelled like the thin pancake, crepe, is a staple of Southern charm that can be found up the Atlantic Coast as far north as Massachusetts. This flowering tree boasts bright summer flowers and equally impressive fall foliage. You can find crape myrtle trees with flowers in varying shades of pink, purple, […]

March 18 2019
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SunPatiens

These are no ordinary impatiens. Easy to plant and easy to grow, SunPatiens allow even novice gardening enthusiasts to turn up the color with nonstop blooming. This hybrid is able to thrive in heat, humidity, sun or rain, and is also less prone to disease thanks to its thick petals and foliage. The downy mildew […]