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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…

Gardening With Annuals: Easy Ways To Add Color To Your Landscape

Each season, there is always that one home that stands out for their bright, colorful flowers that are planted in their landscapes or arranged in planters on their front porch.  The desire to have this same look for your home may cross your mind, but it is often dismissed because of the work that you may…

Fairy Gardening How To’s

Fairy Gardening or miniature gardening has become something that is familiar to many people of all ages.  I thought that I would share our process for creating fairy gardens, along with some other helpful tips and tricks we use here at Winterberry when designing our own miniature gardens. Just to get started, for those who…

Winterberry Grown

Here at Winterberry Gardens we are able to grow our own annuals and perennials for our garden center. Through thoughtful selection and hours of hard work, our growing department is able to provide guests with a quality product that Winterberry Gardens is proud to stand behind.

New at the Garden Center!

Spring is here! For weeks new plant material has been arriving and we are getting geared up for another great season. What better way to get into the season than to visit Winterberry Gardens? Our greenhouse is full of pansies and perennials just waiting to be planted. Pottery and statuary will be arriving shortly and our tree and shrub yard is filling up daily. With all that is going on, we are also happy to announce some new additions to the Garden Center this year.

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.

Is Irrigation Right for Your Property?

Maintaining your scrubs, plants, and turf in your yard can be expensive. An irrigation system can be thought of as an insurance policy for your landscape. Irrigation is an essential piece of your landscape and saves you countless hours of manual watering. In very rare occasions people’s properties hold the proper amount of water.

Even if your property is always wet due to a high water table or run off from elevated areas you can always install drainage, and then irrigate the property. A lawn or planting bed that never drains will cause the grass coverage to be thin, some shrubs and plants will actually drown, and the ever presence of water promotes disease and fungus in turf.

More often than not the land becomes dry, even in temperatures that we find the most comfortable. When talking about grass the best time to water is in the early morning hours of 3-6am. Not many people find themselves wanting to wake up at this time to turn on the hose and move the sprinkler every 30 minutes. Having an automatic irrigation system frees you up to get that well deserved rest or to take a vacation, even though you just had the lawn fertilized, seeded, or had plants installed.

Design and Build Your Backyard Sanctuary and More

It’s already starting to feel like spring in Connecticut! Which means that its time to start planning for summer projects, designs, and stonework at Winterberry.

There are so many services that we offer to turn your yard into a sanctuary, or brighten up the front walkway in your yard. We have a team of designers ready to help you personally make the best plan possible for your space.

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.