Ask the master gardeners Q: Can you name a few trees and shrubs that add color and interest to the winter garden? A: There are a rich variety of trees and shrubs that produce berries for winter interest and are also wonderful for attracting birds. Among the shrubs, the American… Read More →
Perennials: Be wary of plants that spread by stolons, runners or rhizomes. Although they are easy to grow, they can become pests and take over flower beds, if not the entire yard. Read the fine print and the Latin name when planting Ajuga or Buddleia. The variety can make all… Read More →
Native to the swampy woodlands of eastern North America, inkberry shrubs are surefire winners in the winter landscape. They grow in sun or shade and don’t mind wet spots in the yard. And inkberry is deer resistant and tolerant of poor salty soil near the road.
You’re probably too late for Christmas blooms, but if you get a pot of paperwhites going now you should have blooms for much of January — and maybe into February. A handful or two of these no-fuss bulbs also makes an easy, last-minute gift idea. You can usually find them… Read More →
Ask the master gardeners Q: What is hardy jasmine? A: Hardy jasmine (Jasminium officinale) is a vigorous deciduous vine with small white flowers that can be grown to in USDA Zone 7 and even 6 in a sheltered spot. It will survive in temperatures to 0 degrees unless the temperature… Read More →
Bob Hyland, garden writer and the co-owner of Loomis Creek Nursery in Hudson, N.Y., will be the fall keynote speaker in the Rocky Hills Lecture Series. His free talk, “Color Your Winter Garden,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Chappaqua Library.
Press release from the Garden Conservancy: “ROCKY HILLS LECTURE SERIES AT CHAPPAQUA LIBRARY, NOVEMBER 12TH â€” â€œColor Your Winter Gardenâ€ with Bob Hyland “The Rocky Hills Lecture Series presents â€œColor Your Winter Garden,â€ with Bob Hyland, on Wednesday, November 12 th , at 7:30 p.m. at the Chappaqua Public Library,… Read More →
Q: My garden containers and window boxes were showpieces this summer. The beautiful annuals planted in the pots added color, texture and lots of interest to the front of the house as well as the patio. What can I do to keep these containers great looking during the coming winter?… Read More →
Like a simple black dress or a comfy pair of khakis, sedum â€˜Autumn Joyâ€™ is one of those old reliables that never seem to go out of style. Trendy purists may say oh but itâ€™s trite and overused, but so what? Itâ€™s a great plant and so many good gardeners… Read More →
Remember those bulbs I potted up in December and stuck in the basement for several weeks? Here’s a link to an earlier post. Well, I’ve been bringing them back to life, a few pots at a time to spread out the bloom time. First, crocus. The same pot, in December…. Read More →
Like most ornamental grasses in the Miscanthus family, the variegated variety known as â€˜Morning Lightâ€™ looks particularly good in winter. The long-dead feathery flower stalks and blousy foliage light up the cold landscape and sway gently with the slightest of breezes.
In some winters, â€˜Winter Kingâ€™ hawthorn trees will hold onto their luscious red berries well into March. Apparently, birds donâ€™t much care for the berries and wait until late winter when other more favored food sources are long gone. Winter also highlights this treeâ€™s lovely gray and brown exfoliating bark… Read More →