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Benefits of Fall Planting

One of the most frequently asked questions is: “When is the best time to plant?” The answer to that question is tricky. While spring is great, fall has better benefits. By planting in the fall, you are able to get two cooler, damper growing periods – fall and spring. One benefit to planting in the fall is cooler temperatures. When temperatures start to cool, plants do not put as much effort into leaf and flower production, but rather more effort into root growth. Extra root growth helps to establish plants so they can withstand the winter weather. Along with cooler temperatures come shorter days and less intense sunlight, which in turn does not stress the plant once planted. …

What is it? Buddleia Wisteria

Buddleia Wisteria Lane is a unique and very popular new shrub, which will surely delight any gardener looking for that interesting new plant to show off to their friends. Wisteria Lane is a weeping butterfly bush. Perennial plant breeders took the traditional large, upright butterfly bush that we all have known for years and did…

Creating a Bird Garden

Are you looking to attract birds to your garden?  Birds are the feathered flowers that add color, movement and music to the garden.  They also provide a natural form of pest control. What could be better? Follow this simple formula to attract birds: water, shelter and food.   Water – Nothing will attract more birds…

Bedhead: Low Maintenance Native Plants

This is a wonderful time for gardening. I’m not just talking about the warm weather that seems to be finally showing up. The diversity found in native plants is useful in assisting pollinators and wildlife. That variety is key to helping insects and wildlife through all stages of their lives. People may be hesitant to…

What is it? Weigela!

Winters in New England can seem very long, so it’s hard to resist when a new flowering shrub promises late April to early May blooming. Lemon Ice, a type of early blooming Weigela, is new to Winterberry this year. It boasts light, lemony yellow flowers that would create a stunning color combination growing next to…

Holiday Planter Tips & Tricks

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us! Here at Winterberry, holiday decorating is in full swing! We are busy preparing and creating many different holiday planters and other holiday décor for our Color Program clients. We often get asked how to design a holiday planter, so I thought I would share…

Landscape Transformations- Before and After

The time has come: you’re ready to give the green light on fresh new landscaping for your home. You begin by watching your favorite home improvement TV shows, or perhaps by clipping your favorite pictures from a plant magazine. As you begin to piece all of these wonderful ideas together, you start to realize that maybe the project is a bit larger than what you initially anticipated. How am I going to remove and dispose the old shrubs and root balls?  How do I re-invigorate the old soil for new plants? How do I effectively lay out all my favorite choice plants together without them overwhelming the new space? Who is going to do ALL of this labor? These unanswered questions can quickly become overwhelming. For many, this is where their vision ends. Fortunately, Winterberry Gardens can answer all of your questions (and more).

Get your Garden Ready for Summer!

With our most recent March snowstorm, thinking about our spring and summer gardens might not be the most important project on our minds. However, snowy, cold, late winter days are perfect times to start planning for your best garden ever. You can start getting your garden ready today!

It starts with creating your garden plan. I like doing mine on graph paper so as to plan my garden to scale.

Next, it’s time to order seeds and get ready to start them indoors or make a list of the number of plants you will need per your garden plan. Once the weather breaks, it’s time to clean the garden of any debris that accumulated during winter. That’s exactly where garden pests like to hang out. As soon as the garden can be worked, start tilling the soil, while adding a generous amount of compost just before you till. All plants love and benefit from a good dose of compost every year.

Extending Your Veggie Gardening Season

If any of you attended one or more of our Veggie Gardening 101 sessions this season, you’ll remember that one of the subjects we spoke at length about was extending your vegetable gardening season. There are two ways of course to do that. One is to start planting earlier with cold-tolerant crops such as: spinach, lettuce, peas, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts, just to name a few of the many veggie you can plant.