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GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year

STACHYS ‘HUMMELO’ IS THE CHOSEN ONE. SOME GARDENERS MAY CALL IT BETONY. Many of you may not know that every year the Perennial Plant Association selects a perennial to highlight.  The chosen perennial is voted on by hundreds of growers, designers, and perennial plant geeks.  The winner is a good plant that is hardy in…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Caring for Hanging Baskets

HANGING BASKETS ARE A STAPLE WHEN DECORATING PORCHES, PATIOS, DECKS. Now that it is May, blooming and foliage hanging baskets are very popular with most all homeowners and with people living in apartment complexes.  And, for good reason:  Hanging baskets are an instant way to add color and pizzazz to your outdoor spaces. There are…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – May Gardening To-Do Tasks

Wow!! Thank you, April!!! Now on to May with needed gardening chores. Let me take a minute to re-cap April. I have been in this business for a “few” years and I do not recall ever having an April where we did not experience a frost. We went the entire month of April without any…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Butterfly Watch / Butterfly Gardening

PLANTS FOR GOOD NECTAR SOURCES. Now that we are approaching the end of April and summer will be here before we know, it’s that time of year when butterflies begin to visit our gardens to feed and help pollinate our plants. Matter of fact, I am seeing quite a few butterflies in the nursery enjoying…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Pollination Q and A

Virginia is bursting with color right now!! Here we are in mid-April and what a beautiful time to be living in Virginia with all the shrubs and trees in bloom or coming into bloom. Just to re-cap our weather: Approximately, April 20, is our average last frost date. So far in April, we have not…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Native Plants

WHAT ARE NATIVE PLANTS & WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER PLANTING THEM? There is some confusion when determining if, or how, a plant is considered “native.” In my opinion, the best definition for a “native” comes from the Virginia Native Plant Society: “Native plants are those that were growing here when the settlers first arrived and…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – April Gardening Chores

A LOT OF GARDENING ACTIVITIES AND CHORES FOR APRIL Finally, April has arrived. March ended on a high note with warming temperatures and some rain on the last day. As we begin in April, I think we need to re-cap March. March was much more traditional when it came to temperatures and rainfall, especially when…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – 15th Annual Weather in the Garden Event

GET YOUR FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE BIGGEST GARDENING EVENT IN RICHMOND WITH WEATHER IN THE GARDEN THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 233 STARTING @ 10:00. It’s hard to imagine that The Great Big Greenhouse and the NBC 12 Weather Alert Team have been co-hosting this event for 15 years. This all started in 2005. Over the…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Mulch and Preen, a Great Gardening Combination

MULCH AND PREEN TOGETHER PROVIDE A ONE-TWO PUNCH AGAINST WEEDS. Everyone knows what mulch is. But, how many of you are familiar with the product PREEN? HOW DOES PREEN WORK? PREEN is a pre-emergent weed preventer that creates a weed-prevention barrier in the top layer of soil and mulch. Preen will NOT kill weeds that…

GARDEN TIME with DOUG – Let’s Get Ready for Spring!

SPRING IS OFFICIALLY HERE IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS – Yeah!!!!! To add to all this excitement is that Daylight Saving Time starting this coming Sunday, March 10, and this time change will give us more sunlight hours in the evening to enjoy the outside when we get home from work or school. With sunshine…

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