Category Archives: Perennials

Most Popular Gardening Topics of 2013

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It’s the year with 365 brand new days to fill! Bet you never thought of it that way before. You chose if you want the day half (or completely) full or half empty. …

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All Plants Think About Is Sex!

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Seasonal Design with Rita Calvert
Lucky me, to be able to visit Selby Boatanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida for the holidays. The real beauty of the exhibit this time of year is the night …

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Happy Belated Bloom Day!

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Since practically the dawn of blogging, garden bloggers have posted photos of whatever is blooming in their garden on the 15th of each month.  This blogging “meme” is called the Garden Blogger Bloom Day and …

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Plant of the Month: Black-Eyed Susans

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What’s not to love about Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckias), Maryland’s state flower?  Their blooms are beautiful and last for months – from late June through September.  The photo below was taken in Wheaton, MD on September …

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It’s Pollinator Week, and Gardeners can Help

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It’s happening across the U.S. and, thanks to a proclamation from Governor O’Malley, it’s Pollinator Week here in Maryland, too.  So in honor of this very special class of insects, let’s review WHY they’re …

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Barry Glick’s “Woodland Wonders from the Wild”

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A highlight of our Perennial Pandemonium this past weekend was an inspiring talk called “Woodland Wonders from the Wild” by Barry Glick, plantsman extraordinaire and owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens in West Virginia.

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Sandy McDougle Knows Heat-Loving Perennials

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Homestead’s big Perennials Pandemoniam weekend of events is almost here, and I have to admit having a favorite event or two circled on my own calendar.  The first is a show-and-tell about “Perennials that …

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Inspiration and Tips from Brookside Gardens

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In honor of National Public Garden Month – okay, it was just one day but why not make it longer? – I visited Maryland’s Brookside Gardens last week and found lots to drool over …

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More Alternatives to Impatiens

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First, if you haven’t heard about the Downy Mildew disease threatening the common Impatiens this year, click here for a brief update.  That link also includes my favorite alternative to Impatiens for color in …

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Rick Darke’s Favorite Native Plants

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Writer/garden designer Rick Darke, famous for his knowledge of native plants and advocacy for sustainable gardening, grows a mix of native and well-adapted nonnatives in his own garden.  In an earlier post I …

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A Few of Rick Darke’s Favorite Nonnative Plants

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Last weekend I attended Rick Darke’s wonderful talk about “Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden” and promised to report back from this special fund-raising event for Annapolis’s Unity Gardens.  So here are …

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My Picks for Easiest Natives and Nonnatives

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With author/native plant expert Rick Darke’s talk coming up this Saturday at Key School in Annapolis on the topic of “Balancing Natives and Exotics in the Garden”, I got to thinking.  What’s the balance …

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Fading Hostas are Bargains

Hostas in their glory at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

Sure, any shopper will want to buy hostas when they look anything like THIS in the garden center – gorgeous!  But the wise, budget-conscious shopper picks them up NOW, as they’re fading and frankly pretty …

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Fall-Blooming Asters and Agastaches are Pollinator Magnets

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Next time you’re here to shop or to attend the Fall Festival, stop by our Perennials Department and just listen to the buzz of bumblebees.  And no worries about getting stung – they’re know as …

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Fall Color Comes in Many Forms

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How to have a knock-out garden in the fall?  Let’s count the ways.
1.  Foliage colors – it’s not just trees that are strutting their stuff in the fall

2. Fading flowers can be …

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More Fig Gigs

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Seasonal Cooking with Rita Calvert~The Local Cook
If we’ve ever spent any amount of time talking, you’ll know I am fairly delirious for figs in every aspect. Last fig season …

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Masses of Daylilies at Their Peak

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Happy Independence Day!  Enjoy the parades, the cook-outs and the fireworks.  Stay cool and keep your garden watered.  But there’s one more thing – enjoy the glorious daylilies at their peak.
Why Daylilies?

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Big Event Weekend Coming up – Join Us!

June 8-10 is another great event weekend at our Davidsonville location – we love these!  Join us for seminars, talks, workshops, food, fun, and a TON of perennials.

Now here’s your illustrated guide.

Friday June …

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More Native Perennials Available than Ever

Homestead is selling more native perennials than ever – check out these new ones.  For your convenience, they’re gathered together in special designated locations within our Perennials Department.

Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginiana for the …

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More on no-mow and less-mow gardens and plants

I sure enjoyed the super-engaged audience for my talk and slide show about reducing lawns at our Spring Fling this past weekend.  How engaged?  Some have contacted us with follow-up questions – what were those …

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