Know Your Plants

May 30 2018
know your plants MontegomerySpruce

Montgomery Blue Spruce

The Montgomery blue spruce is almost identical visually to the globe blue spruce, with ‘Montgomery’ replacing ‘Globosa’ at the end of the scientific name, Picea pungens. The blue spruce’s natural habitat is in the Rocky Mountains, where it can grow to towering heights exceeding 150 feet! These trees are kept under about 60 feet in […]

May 11 2018
know your plants fringe tree

Fringe Tree

A fringe tree can be a fantastic addition to a New Jersey landscape. Native to the southeastern U.S. and able to grow just about anywhere in the country, fringe trees typically blossom in early spring with fragrant white flowers. Deep green leaves last through summer, giving way to bright yellow foliage in fall. Fringe trees […]

May 11 2018
know your plants ForestPansyRedbud

Forest Pansy Redbud

The Forest Pansy Redbud is one of the most spectacular flowering trees you’ll find. In early spring, it bursts to life with bright shades of purple and red, slowly changing to a lush green in summer. Then, in fall, the colors return, this time in the form of fiery yellow and orange hues. One of […]

April 17 2018
blue star juniper

Blue Star Juniper

Blue Star juniper is a needled evergreen shrub with a distinct blue-metallic hue. Growing primarily outward as opposed to upward, this dense plant prefers full sun and dry soil. It requires minimal care, especially when planted with ample space all around. Prune as desired. Did You Know? Blue Star juniper contrasts nicely with rocks and […]

April 17 2018
know your plants Hyacinth


Fragrant and flowery in spring, hyacinths can be found in home gardens across New Jersey. They typically bloom from March to April, depending on when winter loosens its grip. The roughly 30 varieties in the Hyacinthus genus range in color from lavender to magenta to white. If you take a close look at any hyacinth’s […]

March 02 2018
know your plants Daffodil


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


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 WinterGem

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
know your plants green planet

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 BlackEyedSusan

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 […]