Exciting New Plants for 2017

Exciting New Plants for 2017

  Looking to try some new plants this year? Check out these lists for some inspiration and guidance!   WHO: Van Berkum Nursery – “a family owned wholesale perennial nursery serving landscapers and garden centers in Northern New England. We specialize in propagating and growing native plants and ‘Wicked Ruggeds’.” WHAT: New 2017 Perennials List WHAT ELSE: Great website featuring plant usage lists and charts, speciality perennial lists, and a great free and downloadable educational catalog…

10 Favorite Evergreens for Mixed Screen Planting

When space permits, we like to screen views with a mixed evergreen planting, rather than a boring arborvitae hedge. Here’s a list of favorite evergreen trees in more compact sizes. All prefer full sun and grow 10’-20’ unless otherwise noted. Abies koreana – Korean Fir Chamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’ – Weeping Alaskan Falsecypress – elegant upright leader with weeping branches; tolerates some light shade Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Filicoides’ &  taller C. pisifera cultivars – unusual, thread-like foliage texture…

Bulb Lasagna: A Recipe for Lasting Spring Color

This weekend promises to be beautiful weather for some final gardening chores. Guarantee yourself weeks of spring blooms by making “bulb lasagna.” Line the bottom of a 14″ or deeper container with gravel for drainage. Then layer potting soil and bulbs in 3 layers, starting with the largest bulbs on the bottom. Choose bulbs which will flower at different times to make your planting really work.  Keep in mind that there will likely be some…

Flowers for Geeks

Ok, if you’re a plant geek like me, they’re *all* flowers for geeks, but… Bulb catalogues just started arriving, and I was struck by two new Asiatic lilies with high-tech names: Lilium ‘Dot Com‘ and L. ‘White Pixels‘. It got me wondering how many other computer-themed plant varieties there are out there. Two that came to mind immediately (and maybe I’m dating myself here) were the ‘Big Blue’s – Lilyturf and sea holly (Liriope &…

Plant List: Sensory Garden

The CSA where my family gets our veggies and dairy, Brookfield Farm, is expanding their accessible garden.  I wanted to share the starter list of plants for a sensory garden, which I compiled to spark their creativity at their first planning meeting.  Some of these plants would also be fun in a garden for children, because they appeal to senses of touch and smell, as well as having eye-catching, bright colors. Enjoy! Unless otherwise noted,…