Perennials

PerennialsPodcast

How to Grow: Ornamental Grasses

Learn about ornamental grasses, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Ornamental Grasses various species   Other Name Many different types   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer and fall in shades of brown, purple, red, and silver   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits native, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Ornamental grasses have become all the rage in landscaping circles and...

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How to Grow: Asters

Learn how to grow asters, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Asters Aster spp and hybrids Other Name Michaelmas daisy   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer to fall in colors such as blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 6 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   This native wildflower is a sure sign of late summer and early fall in New England. You can see it blooming next to goldenrod...

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How to Grow: Hardy Hibiscus

Learn how to grow hardy hibiscus, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Hardy Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos Other Name Swamp rose mallow   Sun Requirements Full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors such as white, pink, red, and bi colors.   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 5 feet x 2 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds   Yes, you can grow hardy hibiscus in New England. Often people think of the tropical houseplant when I...

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How to Grow: Peonies

Learn about peonies, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript   Go here for the All About Growing Peonies Video How To Grow: Peonies Paeonia spp   Other Name Garden peony   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to early summer in colors such as white, coral, pink, red, yellow, and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 4 feet x 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Peonies give your garden a boost in late spring with their large,...

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How to Grow: Allergy Free Gardens

Learn about allergy free gardens, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: It's garden and allergy season. 50 years ago, less than 5 percent of the population had allergies to plant pollen. Now that number hovers closer to 40 percent. What happened? Plant breeders started selecting male trees and shrubs (which are loaded with pollen) over females (which have little pollen) to reduce that amount of "litter" that falls to the ground from female plants. The unintended consequence is that we have more street, park, and...

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How to Grow: Dahlias

Learn about dahlias, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Dahlias Dahlia hybrids   Other Name garden dahlia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color late summer into fall in colors such as pink, salmon, white, cream, red, and bi-colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attract beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant   If you're looking for a big showy flower to cap off the end of the growing season and...

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How to Grow: Butterfly Bushes

Learn how to grow butterfly bushes, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Butterfly Bushes Buddleia davidii   Other Name Summer lilac   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors of purple, white, pink, red, yellow, and lavender   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 8 feet x 4 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, deer resistant   The butterfly bush as aptly named. It is a magnet for butterflies,...

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How to Grow: Attracting Bees to Your Garden

Learn about attracting bees to your garden, including the best plants to grow. Listen to podcast: You can design flower gardens to attract, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats, but what about the bees? Honey bees, bumblebees and native bees are essential to our food supply. It's estimated 1/3rd of every bite of food we take can be attributed to bees. But bees have been having a rough time of late with mites and diseases destroying their hives. So let's help bees out by growing some plants just for them. In a flower, bees are looking...

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How to Grow: Iris

Learn about iris, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Iris Iris spp and hybrids Other Name Many different types   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to early summer in colors such as black, white, blue, peach, pink, yellow, red, and purple.   Mature Height x Spread 8 to 36 inches x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits Attracts beneficials, deer resistant   Iris is a diverse group of plants that add color and splendor to spring and early summer...

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How to Grow: Dividing Perennials

Learn how to divide and care for your perennial flowers including information on which flowers to divide when and the proper way to divide common perennials such as daylilies and iris. Listen to podcast: In his book Pass Along Plants. Felder Rushing talks about passing a long or sharing special garden plants he's had for years with friends, family, and neighbors. I love this idea. It's like having a remembrance of your friend in your garden. One of the best ways to pass along a perennial flower is to divide it and, for certain perennials,...