Hollies: Plant This or That


Autumn brings the evergreen unveiling. As leaves fall, it seems as if evergreens magically appear front and center in the landscape.  Trees and shrubs that were backgrounders during warmer months are now “bones” giving the garden structure. In our area, hollies are easy to care for evergreens offering lots in the habitat department. There are … Continue reading Hollies: Plant This or That

DayLilies: Plant This or That


Daylilies (Hemerocallis), above left, are common. Cheerful color, unflagging reliability and endless variety make for their popularity.  A number of native perennials can match most daylily colors and most have a longer bloom period. Looking for orange? What about butterfly weed (Asclepius tuberosa), above on the right? Looking for yellows like the daylily on the … Continue reading DayLilies: Plant This or That

Azaleas: Plant This or That


In the mid-Atlantic, azaleas amaze every spring. Did you know that in addition to bright fuchsias, above on the left, and the pinks and clear whites from Europe and Asia, there are a number of native azaleas like the pale orange above on the right?  The contrast can be stark.  The subtleties of the natives, … Continue reading Azaleas: Plant This or That

Wisteria: Plant This or That


Chinese and Japanese wisterias (Wisteria sinensis and floribunda) are long time mid-Atlantic favorites. While the drape of the lavender flowers is short lived, they often evoke strong spring memories. If your Asian wisteria has taken off, you also know the effort involved to contain it. Importantly, the non-native wisteria has become invasive — from time to … Continue reading Wisteria: Plant This or That

Hostas: Plant This or That


Once summer hits its stride, it is great to have a couple of “workhorse” plants in your garden. These are plants that don’t wilt if we hit a dry spell and provide much needed color and texture;  flowers are a bonus. Hostas have been planted far and wide and it’s easy to see why. They … Continue reading Hostas: Plant This or That