Posts Tagged ‘ 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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Coneflowers with aster yellows disease: Keep healthy plants, but pull diseased ones

May 10, 2016
aster yellows on coneflower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: Hi Connie, Last summer we were warned about aster yellows destroying coneflowers. My coneflowers were all infected but I didn’t remove the plants from my garden. Now I’m watching them sprout and I’m wondering if I should be worried. Should I take them out...
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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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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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Which was better for our gardens– this winter or last winter?

February 23, 2016
snow in Amherst garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last winter was bitterly cold, but there was a lot of snow cover to protect perennials. This winter has seen some swings in temperature, which can be bad for perennials. I thought our gardens might have liked last winter better than this winter. Not so, say my gardening experts. “Definitely...
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A garden where you can have it all: Find out how at Erie County Master Gardener event

February 16, 2016
garden courtesy Kerry Ann Mendez

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you do it right, you can have pretty flowers while helping the environment–  and save time and money, too! Kerry Ann Mendez, garden designer, writer, speaker and consultant, will show you how to do that in two talks during the Education Day to be held by the Cornell Cooperative...
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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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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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