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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…

What’s The Scoop With Your Soil?

This March has certainly been crazy with the weather patterns! The Weather Channel seems to continuously be announcing Nor’easters just as I am getting ready to look forward to starting our planting season. Though disappointing, the reality is that it’s still March, and as the old adage goes “In like a lion, out like a lamb”. Let’s hope so.

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).

Fairy Gardening For Every Season

A Fairy Garden is a miniature garden complete with structures and living plants. Fairy gardens allow individuals to explore and garden to a much smaller scale than a regular garden. This can be an indoor or outdoor activity, so if you have a green thumb you can be busy decorating all year long!

During the colder winter months, fairy gardens should stay inside, while they can be let outdoors or kept inside during the summer months. This tiny space gives gardeners a perfect place to express themselves and get creative. There is no limit to the designs and ideas your fairy garden can entail.

 

For step-by-step instruction and descriptions of how to create your own fairy garden, check out our blog post – Fairy Gardening How To’s. These “green places for small spaces” are perfect ways to garden all year. The fairy garden can be kept and decorated to depict every holiday and season as you please.…

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.

Welcome Fall Gardening!

Mums, hay bales, cornstalks, and pumpkins are starting to pop up in neighborhoods everywhere.  Most people have put their vegetable gardens to bed by now.  So when we recommend adding cabbage or peppers in fall plantings, it raises some eyebrows. Using plants that are traditionally grown as edibles to accent the landscape can be a difficult concept for many. But it’s important to note that using cabbage, kale, or even ornamental peppers can bring visual interest, little maintenance, and long lasting color into your fall annual garden or container.

Cannas, The Versatile Tropical

Looking for a unique plant to add to your container gardens this year? One of our favorites here at Winterberry is the Canna. Known for its dramatic foliage and brightly-colored flowers, this tropical is sure to add some pizazz to any planter or landscape!
One of the things we especially love about Cannas is the variety of foliage colors found on the many different types of Canna. Some have deep burgundy leaves while others have bright green and even striped leaves! In addition, if the foliage alone isn’t striking enough, Canna flowers typically last for several weeks. The boldness of the red, orange or yellow flowers presents quite the dramatic appearance against the colorful foliage.

Fall Cleanup Tips

This summer has been hot and dry. You may have had it with your lawn. It’s natural. After summer winds down, the tendency is to put lawn care on the back burner until spring blooms anew. But by taking time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards. Give your lawn a fresh start next spring by managing these fall cleanup tips.

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Preparing for the Gardening Season

Do you find yourself struggling to find the time to get all of your containers and window boxes planted before the gardening season?  Most people are busy with work  and after school and weekend activities with the children in the spring… I know I am! Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for a quick and easy planting so you can get back to your everyday life and don’t have to worry about getting this and that done in order to have your containers looking beautiful.

Low Maintenance, High Color – Fall Gardening Ideas

When I think of fall gardening, I think of a second spring. Recharged by the cool air, I’m fired up to do some planting! One of the reasons I really enjoy planting in the fall is that there is less thought to it. You just plant and go! At this time of year, plants are winding down. When you do plant, be sure to amend the soil with a good compost and mycorrhizae. Top-dress with some mulch, water the plants well, and Presto! Your plants are set! Since the plants require less watering at this time of year, you may not have to go back and water again. (It is still recommended to check the soil moisture daily, especially on warmer days.) Next spring, your plants will reemerge from dormancy, no hand-holding necessary.