Perennials

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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Enjoy a short drive to the country to get specialty services at Waterman’s Greenhouse

March 8, 2016
Waterman's Greenhouse in Springville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko Sometimes when you’re shopping for hanging baskets or other containers of annuals, you wish you could swap out the plant combinations. The basket in front of you would be your favorite, if only it had that pretty grass that’s in the basket across the way. And this other basket is...
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Shrubs included in Great Plant Sale pre-order; deadline is April 8

March 1, 2016
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Fire Light’. Photo courtesy Proven Winners

by Connie Oswald Stofko For the first time, shrubs will be offered for pre-order in the Great Plant Sale of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. In the past, some shrubs were available on the day of the sale, but this is the first time you can pre-order them. As always, wonderful perennials,...
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‘Solution gardening’ encompasses several gardening trends

February 9, 2016
nepeta from Proven Winners

by Connie Oswald Stofko Gardeners aren’t looking for plants, they’re looking for solutions, Dr. Allan Armitage told the audience of professionals and Master Gardeners at PLANT WNY’s Education Day on Feb. 5 in Depew. Armitage, a perennial guru, wrote the books Herbaceous Perennial Plants, Armitage’s Garden Perennials and Armitage’s Native Plants for North American...
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There’s a new bug in Western New York and it might eat plants in your garden

December 8, 2015
Brown marmorated stink bug

by Dana Santasiero There’s a new bug in Western New York and there are two main things you need to know about it. First, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is called a stink bug because when you step on it, it smells. Second, it could eat the plants in your garden. The good news...
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Gladiolus: How to get it through the winter in Western New York

November 10, 2015
orange gladiolus

Here’s a question from a reader: Is it necessary  or advised to cut gladiolus  down before winter? Thank you. I enjoy reading your tips. Diane  Wacker Town of Tonawanda I was surprised by this question. It never occurred to me that you might cut off the foliage; I thought you were supposed to bring...
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