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Leafy Green Monsters

Leafy Green Monsters

On Saturday, February 22nd, over 425 guests—children and their parents—attended The Horticultural Society of New York’s 2nd annual Green Bean Bash at Temple Israel. The festive educational activities included a carnivorous plant demonstration, glitter art, worm bin exploration, botanical art projects and a Lego building station of natural wonders. The Hort’s mascot, Mr. Green Bean,...
2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

2012 Perennial Plant of the Year

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’, Siberian bugloss The Perennial Plant Association has named Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ as the 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year. The Perennial Plant of the Year program helps consumers select plants that perennial industry experts find to be outstanding and easily grown. Each year a perennial is selected that is suitable for a wide...
Botanic Notables: The Saffron Crocus

Botanic Notables: The Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus blossom with crimson stigmas It has perfumed the palaces of ancient Crete, colored the robes of Tibetan monks, and softened the baths of Alexander the Great. It’s the essence of legends, yet its own story is fairly simple: saffron is nothing more than the dried stigmas of a crocus flower. And it’s not...
Plant Picks

Plant Picks

Alternatives to Invasives Invasive plants are so successful because they often grow and mature rapidly; spread quickly; have few known diseases or insects to provide control;  thrive in many habitats; and are difficult to control. Because of these factors, non-native invasives usually have the upper hand and take over the niche that native plants inhabit. When...
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Plant Picks

Muhlenbergia capillaris, pink muhly grass photo by gardenstudiodesign.com Muhlenbergias create textural drama which, in some species, is enhanced by deeply colored flowers. Some make exceptional specimens, and all are great en masse in borders, meadows, and native gardens. Most species are native to Mexico, Asia, and the U.S. In autumn, this unique specimen creates a spectacular, billowy inflorescence...
Mosses

Mosses

Anyone who has happened upon a velveteened log in the woods or glimpsed emerald-draped statuary is likely to be seduced by moss’ color-saturated sumptuousness. But it is essential for those hoping to lay a carpet in their own backyards or coax the spread of an existing patch to understand the quirks of this ancient plant....
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Plant Picks

‘Autumn Brilliance’ serviceberry Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’ The Morton Arboretum Gardening with native plants has become a must in the urban landscape of New York City, not only because of zone hardiness, but they attract the most wildlife. When choosing native trees however, most reach a height that is overwhelming for a smaller city...
Proper little ladies

Proper little ladies

Primula Doubles (Barnhaven primrose) Whenever i see a primrose bloom winking its little eye at me, I can not help but think of my dear friend Sydney Eddison whose Connecticut garden is filled with a profusion of this harbinger of spring. Being English, this is of course one of her most treasured flowers that is...
Plants for Privacy

Plants for Privacy

The 8 Best Plants for PrivacyUse these unexpected options that can create a unique hedge or screen. Conifers or needled evergreens create large-scale, year-round boundaries. Their glowing hues of emerald green, blue, or gold brighten the landscape, especially in winter. Conifers, in addition, exhibit strong, vertical, and often pyramidal growth habit, which gives them a...
Plant Pick

Plant Pick

American cranberryVaccinium macrocarpon Zones: 2 to 7Size: 6 inches tall and indefinite spreadConditions: Full sun; moist to wet, acidic soil An evergreen shrub, American cranberry can be successful used as a ground cover in wet areas or as an elegant accent along the edge of a pond. The tiny leaves line 8 to 10 inch...
Ancient Asteraceae

Ancient Asteraceae

A rare fossil flower from the Asteraceae family, found in Argentina, proves that daises existed 47.5 million years ago during the mid-Eocene epoch, when modern mammals and birds were becoming widespread. The fossil, reported in the journal Science, is unusual in showing large flowerheads several centimeters across – unlike fossils of pollen grains, those of...
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Plant Picks

‘Glauca’ Japanese white pine Pinus parviflora ‘Glauca’ Zone: 6 to 9Size: 20 feet tall and wide This tree is a living garden sculpture. It will thrive under just about any garden condition; full sun to full shade, moist to dry soil. It will tolerate some degree of salt exposure; and can be pruned to fit...