Know Your Plants

November 01 2021


Everyone loves peonies! They’re as easy on the hands as they are on the eyes, meaning these colorful perennials require minimal care. To enjoy a bright summer bloom likely starting in year two, situate peonies in full sun and well-drained soil. A peony plant can bring joy for a lifetime, blooming each summer for a […]

October 04 2021
firepower heavenly bamboo

Firepower Heavenly Bamboo

With a name like firepower heavenly bamboo, this shrub has a lot to live up to—which it does, thanks to its bright red leaves in fall. The foliage can even keep showing off into winter, making firepower heavenly bamboo a top choice for cold weather color. Plant firepower heavenly bamboo in well-drained soil and full […]

September 01 2021

Shasta Viburnum

Showy clusters of white flowers combine with oblong-shaped leaves to make Shasta viburnum a one-of-a-kind spring bloomer. Not only that; this deciduous shrub has year-round appeal, from distinct berries in spring to maroon leaves in fall and stately branches in winter. Shasta viburnum typically grows to about 8 feet tall and 12 feet wide. It’s […]

August 02 2021
know your plants Hydrangea


Summer flowers simply don’t get more stunning than the large clusters of color in hydrangeas. With more than 70 species of this flowering shrub across Asia and the Americas, you’ve likely seen and heard of hydrangeas—but how do you grow them? It’s best to plant hydrangeas in fall so they can get established for their […]

July 01 2021
know your plants Spirea 1


Comprising 100-some species of flowering shrubs, the Spiraea genus has its fair share of real estate in home gardens across the U.S. Spelled slightly differently than their genus name, spirea plants are known for being easy on both the eyes and the hands. They’re very simple to maintain, especially considering their colorful clusters of flowers. […]

June 01 2021
know your plants StJohnsWort

St. John’s Wort

Have a large backyard? Give it the look and feel of an open meadow by planting St. John’s wort. This flowering plant spreads fast and far with stems both above and below ground, which is why we recommend it more for sprawling spaces than smaller gardens. Originating from Europe and now found in most of […]

May 04 2021
know your plants 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 […]