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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...
Plant Picks

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....
Plant Picks

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...