Buttercup Winterhazel – An Early Spring Fragrant tree

What blooms earlier than forsythia, has a delicate fragrance and is an easy-to-care for compact delight ? It is also hardy to USDA Zones 6-9 and native to Japan and Taiwan. Buttercup winterhazel (Corylopsis pauciflora) Toward mid April (depending where you live), the bare branches of buttercup winterhazel hang with inch-long clusters of soft yellow […]

‘Sparkler’ Carex – a great plant

What is deer resistant, grows in part to full shade, has varigated leaves, likes wet soil, has no serious pests and will naturalize and spread? Carex phyllocephala ‘Sparkler’ ‘Sparkler’ Carex or sedge thrives in moist, organically rich soils so it is perfect for rain gardens or heavy soil. It is considered to be winter hardy […]

Hip Hip Hooray for Rose Hips

Allow your roses to form hips. Did you know that, like many plants that produce fruit, the formation of rose hips is a signal to the rose to go dormant for the season? Rose hips provide wonderful color in the garden and are a good source of vitamin C for birds in the fall and […]

Cottage Garden Primer

I once worked with a lovely client ( now a dear friend!) who wanted a cottage-style flower garden. Now there are cottage gardens and then there are cottage gardens…know what I mean? In Great Britain, it seems everyone has the most magnificent flower garden, each more spectacular than the next… their lushness sets a standard […]

‘Purple Smoke’ – The best Baptisia

This year I am planting Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’. A deer resistant, native, drought tolerant, purple, long lived perennial! Wow! It is a hybrid of B. australis and B. alba and is a vigorous grower. Discovered by Rob Gardener of the North Carolina Botanical Gardens, it has charcoal-gray stems and is purple. Baptisia is a native […]