Shrubs

Shrubs

How to Grow: Flowering Shrubs

Learn about flowering shrubs, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: While mid summer is a beautiful time in the flower garden, it's a quiet time in the flowering shrub border. Other than the hydrangeas that are loving this wet summer we've had, there aren't a lot of choices for flowering shrubs in July and August. While I love hydrangeas, I like different flowering shrubs as well. Here are three choices: Clethra or summer sweet grows 4 to 6 feet tall and wide in full or part sun. In the spring it looks like it's dead...

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How to Grow: Elderberries

Learn about elderberries, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Elderberries Sambucus spp and hybrids   Other Name Elder     Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring with white or pink flowers. It also has attractive red or black berries     Mature Height x Spread 5 to 12 feet x 5 to 10 feet     Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials   Elderberries are common shrubs often found growing wild in meadows, abandoned fields and...

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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: 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: Rose of Sharon

Learn about rose of sharon, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Rose of Sharon   Hibiscus syriacus   Other Name Shrub Althea   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid-summer to fall in colors such as white, pink, blue, lilac, red and bicolor   Mature Height x Spread 8 to 10 feet x 6 to 8 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts, hummingbirds, deer resistant   Rose of Sharon is a rare shrub because it blooms from mid to late summer...

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How to Grow: Hydrangeas

Watch this video about some new, smaller hydrangea types how to care for them in your yard. Learn about hydrangeas, including how to plant care for, and grow them. Listen to podcast: Listen To Podcast on New Hydrangeas:   podcast transcript How to Grow: Hydrangeas Hydrangea spp and varieties   Other Name hortensia   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Mid to late summer in colors such as white, pink, red, and blue,   Mature Height x Spread 3 to 15 feet x 3 to 12 feet   Added Benefits...

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How to Grow: Lilacs

Learn about lilacs, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Lilacs Syringa vulgaris and hybrids   Other Name common lilac   Sun Requirements full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in many shade of blue, purple, red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 15 feet x 6 to 12 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, drought tolerant   One of the signature shrubs of New England is the lilac. Spring in New England...

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How to Grow: Pruning Roses

Learn about pruning roses, including when and how to prune each type. Listen to podcast:   Roses can be viewed as the most desirable flower or just a pain to grow. It depends on your attitude. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." One of the challenges of roses is pruning and now is the time to do it. In spring it's easy to see any blackened, winter injured canes and live buds. Proper pruning invigorates the bush creating more flowers, but less...

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How to Grow: Pruning a Hedge

Learn how to prune and care for an evergreen hedge such as arborvitae, cedar and yews. This video has special instructions on the tools and techniques to keep the hedge healthy. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Transcript Hi I'm Charlie Nardozzi of the National Gardening Association. Today I'd like to show you how to prune an evergreen hedge. Robert Frost once said "good fences make good neighbors". Well plants make excellent fences. Deciduous, which are the plants that drop their leaves in the fall, and...

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How to Grow: Roses

Learn about ways to keep your hybrid roses growing strong and pest free. Listen to Podcast:   We have a complex relationship with roses. The French novelist Alphonse Karr once said, "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." But it's not the rose thorns that stick us, it's getting roses to flower consistently each year. Landscape roses such as the Knockout series and species roses such as the Rugosa roses are easy to grow and flower pretty consistently each year. It's the hybrid...