Perennials

Hill becomes focal point in South Buffalo garden

July 19, 2016
garden on steep hill in South Buffalo

by Connie Oswald Stofko A steep hill that some people might see as an obstacle has become the focal point of Paul Sabato’s backyard. He shared his garden on South Buffalo Alive, a garden walk that took place Sunday, July 17. When he moved in 23 years ago, the staircase to the right was...
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Gardener brings plants from her family to husband’s fourth-generation home

July 19, 2016
gardens along fence in City of Tonawanda

by Connie Oswald Stofko Peter Kurtzworth is the fourth generation of his family to live in the home at 491 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda. When he married Judy four years ago, she brought pieces of her heritage to his homestead: plants from her former home, from her aunt’s cottage and from her mother’s...
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Phlox and oriental lilies add fragrance, color, height & drama to garden

July 12, 2016
garden on Amherst Garden Walk

by Connie Oswald Stofko “My favorite flowers are phlox and oriental lilies because they’re fragrant,” said Ed Dinki, “and I love the color. Asiatic lilies are nice, but they’re not too fragrant.” You can get tips like that and see some amazing gardens when you dare to stray from the clusters of gardens at...
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Trick to get mums to come back every year: Plant them now

July 5, 2016
Garden mum 'Antica Bronze'

by Connie Oswald Stofko Can you get garden mums to come back year after year? Yes, you can, said Ethan Waterman, manager of Waterman’s Greenhouse, 12316 Vaughn St. (Route 240), East Concord (Springville.) “Planting them now is the trick,” Waterman said. “You can’t take a mum out of the pot in October and shove...
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If you want to keep your plants healthy, water them properly now

June 28, 2016
hose slowly watering plant

by Connie Oswald Stofko It’s been a dry spring in Western New York, and now that summer is officially here, well, it’s still dry. Gardeners I’ve talked to all say the same thing. Thunderstorms that were predicted passed right by. Even when we got rain, there wasn’t enough to help our gardens. While the...
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Choose plants that appeal to pollinators, plus more great tips for June

June 14, 2016
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

When adding new plants to your garden, choose those that support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects. They love fall asters. That’s one of the tips for June contained in WNY Gardening Matters, published monthly by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Another tip: Apple trees usually set more...
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Want flowers? Think of smaller, compact shrubs

May 31, 2016
elderberry sambucus black lace

by Connie Oswald Stofko When you’re shopping for plants for your garden, don’t overlook shrubs. Many shrubs will give you lovely flowers, and there are smaller, more compact varieties of shrubs available that won’t overpower your yard, said Ray Crawley, store manager at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227 Cayuga Drive Extension, Niagara Falls. First, let...
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49-cent perennial sale starts April 22 at Mischler’s; see new offerings

April 12, 2016
Platycodon Astra Double Blue

by Connie Oswald Stofko What are you looking for in a perennial? Something that works in shade? Is deer resistant? Attracts butterflies or humming birds? Find perennials in those categories and more at the 49-cent perennial sale to be held from Friday, April 22 to Saturday, April 30 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South...
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Yellow flag iris is invasive, plus more in this new feature from Erie County Master Gardeners

March 22, 2016
yellow flag iris

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can get lots of well researched information in a new online-publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. They plan to publish several articles online every month. They’ll let me know when new articles are available, and I’ll share them with...
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Is it too early to plant liatris bulbs in Western New York?

March 15, 2016
Liatris spicata. Photo courtesy Ball Horticultural

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question I received from a reader early last week when the weather became warm and sunny: Hello. Can I plant liatris bulbs now? Or should I wait until the soil warms?  Thank you. Linda in Tonawanda In case you’re not familiar with this plant, here’s a little bit...
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