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Chrysanthemums are hardy plants that come in many varieties and colors to liven up your fall garden. They are perfect in flower beds or containers. The best thing is that mums bloom for weeks as most can withstand a light frost.
Though the winter was long and cold, spring is finally here. And the spring flowers are in bloom.
It's time for pansies, mums, kale and cabbage. It's also time to plant your bulbs to augment spring growth. Replace those bulbs that didn't come back.
Astilbes are hardy perennials with fern-like flowers of pink, white, magenta or lavender. They bloom from early to late summer. Their hardiness derives from their ability to adapt to moist environments (as by a pond) and to thrive in part sun and shade.
Perennials are plants that come back each year. Some live for a few years and others, like trees and woody plants, live for many. Perennials range from ferns and grasses to trees and flowering plants like daylilies. There are perennials that thrive in full sun while others prefer the shady areas of your garden.
Last summer customer after customer came in complaining about their Impatiens. A powdery mildew had spread under the plants’ leaves and they eventually died.
It was a water mold that moved quickly in wet summer conditions. It hit Long Island and Westchester in particular.
Since the mold’s spores survive for a long time, you can’t plant impatiens again this year. The good news is that the mold is specific to Impatiens Walleriana (or regular Impatiens) so other plants are not affected. That means you can plant other varieties like New Guinea impatiens and Double impatiens.
If you want to stay away from Impatiens altogether, you can use other shade-friendly alternatives like Begonias, Coleus, Caladium, Torenia, Scaveola and some Salvia.
Mixed annuals in baskets and window boxes will brighten around your home this summer. We grow them with mixtures of our signature annuals. Give them ample sun and water with care.
Boxwoods are hardy and slow growing evergreen shrubs that come in about 90 different species. They grow in the cold and the warm weather. Preferring partial shade, they can grow in full sun and are low maintenance. Before fertilizing, test the soil. If the plant is deficient in nitrogen, the leaves will turn yellow, and that means it’s time to fertilize. However, be careful not to over fertilize or the leaves will turn brown. They are also deer resistant because of alkaloids that are poisonous to the animal.
A mainstay shrub for the home landscape is the Prunus laurocerasus “Schipkaenis,” commonly known as the Skip laurel. It’s a dense shrub that offers ample privacy from neighbors. Maturing to about 10 feet, it’s easy to maintain in either the sun or shade.