Know Your Plants

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 […]

March 04 2020
cedar tree

Japanese Cedar

Growing in a classic pyramid shape when young, Japanese cedars (Cryptomeria japonica) mature into tall, straight evergreens with tapered trunks and slightly drooping branches. Favored for their ornamental value, these graceful conifers are a distinctive blue-green color with soft needles that spiral toward branch tips like foxtails. In winter, the needles take on a bronze […]

February 11 2020
HoopsiBlueSpruce

Hoopsii Blue Spruce

Known for its shimmery color and long, pointy needles, the Hoopsii spruce stands out as the “truest blue” of the spruce family. While spruce trees are native to the central and southern Rocky Mountains, the Hoopsii variety originated in Germany in the 1950s. The cultivar was then introduced to the nursery industry via the Netherlands—and […]

January 23 2020
cypress tree

Cypress

From coast to coast, cypress trees are a mainstay of the American landscape. They live for hundreds of years, grow to towering heights, and produce some of the world’s finest wood. While there are 14 different species of cypress that exist, only a handful grow in the U.S. The Monterey cypress, for example, is synonymous […]

December 04 2019
sea green juniper

Sea Green Juniper

Sea green juniper is a needled evergreen that is easy to grow and maintain. Perhaps best of all, it holds its lush foliage through winter. Many people say it actually gets greener as the days grow colder. Well-drained soil and full sun will get you the best results with this compact shrub. Enjoy year-round green […]

December 04 2019
emerald gold euonymus

Emerald ‘n Gold Euonymus

Don’t fear the name, “wintercreeper”— Emerald ‘n Gold euonymus brings gorgeous ground cover to your winter landscape. It gets its nickname from its stems, which grow roots wherever they touch the ground as the plant spreads. Again, it sounds ominous, but it’s quite the opposite. Emerald ‘n Gold is one of the best plants you’ll […]

November 05 2019
know your plants Verigated

Variegated Boxwood

In botany, “variegated” usually means a mix of white and green in the leaves, which is exactly what variegated boxwood brings. The contrast is striking from afar, and fascinating up close, as dark green and cream swirl together. In addition to its year-round color, variegated boxwood also takes well to clipping; you can shape it […]

November 05 2019
gold thread cypress

Gold Thread Cypress

A bright shade of golden-green makes gold thread cypress a surprise standout in the garden. This low- and slow-growing shrub has stringy leaves and a full stature, with year-round interest and longevity. It can take 10-plus years to reach six feet tall. Gold thread cypress must be planted in full sun in order to thrive […]