Know Your Plants

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 […]

June 30 2020
know your plants Liriope

Liriope

Every outdoor space can use a low-maintenance ground cover. With long, green leaves and flashy, violet flowers, liriope is an excellent choice. Also known as lilyturf, liriope grows in a mound shape, roughly a foot tall and a foot wide. Those lovely little flowers bloom in mid to late summer. There are two main types […]

May 29 2020
know your plants Lavender

Lavender

This fragrant, flowering perennial needs no introduction. Known and loved around the world, lavender is a genus of nearly 50 species in the mint family—and you can grow just about any of them in your backyard! Place lavender in neutral, well-drained soil and full sunlight. Depending on how far south you live, the ideal time […]

May 01 2020
know your plants Begonia

Begonia

With more than 1,800 species, the Begonia genus brings endless variety in the form of bright-colored flowers and ornamental foliage. These small flowering plants are incredibly easy to grow in warm weather, which is why New Jersey home gardeners choose to plant them ahead of the humid Mid-Atlantic summer. Some species can also be grown […]

April 01 2020
know your plants Rhododendron

Rhododendron

It’s rare to find a flower that is beautifully intricate, colorful and fragrant all at once. With proper care, rhododendron checks every box. This shrub typically prefers cooler temperatures, which explains why rhododendron bushes are most frequently found in northern parts of the U.S. such as the Great Lakes, the Pacific Northwest, New England and […]