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.


The Perennial Garden

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.


So What about Impatiens This Year?

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.


Skip Laurels Are a Basic

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.

Skip laurels

Skip laurels