Larry Hurley writes about one of his favorite blue flowering perennials. There are a number of blue-flowered, spring-blooming perennials. A group you should consider are in the genus Amsonia, commonly known as Bluestar. Several are native to the United States, and one, Amsonia tabernaemontana, is native to Maryland. This species gets two to three feet tall, and blooms for several weeks in late April through early to mid-May, depending on weather conditions. It has pale blue flowers and nice yellow fall color. It grows in full sun to partial shade.
Last week I traveled to Nashville, TN, to take part in the yearly Garden Center Group Fall Event. This is a group of Independent Garden Center owners that share information and ideas with each other. One of the highlights of the trip each year is when we all.....
Here’s another perennial that I think is underappreciated. Calamint, officially Calamintha nepeta, is a low maintenance perennial for the front of the garden, staying at around 18 inches in height. It has airy masses of tiny flowers in white to…
Larry Hurley's thoughts on the perennial Vernonia ‘Iron Butterfly’ which is a selection of a short ironweed native to Arkansas and Oklahoma.
My wife and I just got back from an Alaska trip, and we started out by spending several days in Juneau, staying on the north end of town and renting a car to visit some of the parks.
Growing culinary herbs is an easy way to participate in the garden-to-table movement, but some herbs are easier to grow than others. See what's worked in our own display herb garden.
After a number of years, our display garden of low-growing groundcover plants is growing beautifully. Click through to learn about it and get inspiration for your own garden.
Gardens are always in a constant state of change. Three years after it was planted, our display rain garden is a totally different beast. Read about what has grown and what hasn't so much (yes, even we forget to water sometimes).
About a year ago, Behnke's installed a rain garden as one of seven examples at the nursery demonstrating what you can do to receive a rebate with the Prince George's County Rain Check Rebate program. Read on to learn about our garden, the plants in it and its upkeep. Included are many helpful links for more about rain gardens.
Behnke's has a number of demonstration gardens. One of the most recent additions is the Pollinator Garden, still going strong and growing robustly after one year. Click through to learn about the some of the plants in it and come by the store to see them in person.
Did you know that there are many ways you can get a rebate from your county for gardening projects? Click through to read about our example rain garden and its benefits.
Take a step back in time with a visit to Hillwood Museum, the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, now open to the public. Emily highlights her favorite part, the surrounding gardens.