Plant Profile: Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

by John R.

This time around we wanted to highlight a very trendy up-and-coming star in the houseplant scene- Rhaphidophora tetrasperma. You’ll find these guys sold under common trade names like “Mini Monstera” or “Monstera Minima”, although they don’t belong to that genus at all. They do grow similarly, though, Read more

Plant Profile: Monstera deliciosa

by John R.

 

Monstera deliciosa is known most commonly as the ceriman, split leaf philodendron, or swiss cheese plant. This flowering tropical native to southern Mexico can be found growing in the wild across parts of Asia, Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and even Florida. A popular indoor plant nearly everywhere else, its iconic leaves are printed on everything from clothing to dishes, jewelry, greeting cards, and all sorts of home décor. Watching new leaves of varying shapes, patterns, and sizes form is a lot of fun and makes M. deliciosa a particularly rewarding plant to grow.

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Plant Profile: Oakleaf Hydrangea

by John R.

Hydrangea quercifolia, commonly known as Oakleaf Hydrangea, is one of our all-time favorite shrubs for the landscape. This hardy, Southeastern US native boasts four seasons of interest, long bloom time, and will tolerate anything from sun to shade. Long, white, conical blooms emerge in late spring and last all summer eventually turning brown to create a dried flower-like arrangement against the deep burgundy Read more

Building a Pollinator Garden

by John R.

 

Pollinators are in decline and need our help. They are incredibly important as they are responsible for nearly 80% of the world’s flowering plants which translates into the production of fruits, nuts, and berries. Creating a pollinator garden is simple and will add long-lasting beauty to your outdoor living space. Here’s how to get started.

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Staghorn Ferns: Mounting and Care

by John R.

 

The common staghorn fern, Platycerium bifurcatum, is an epiphytic species native to New Guinea and Australia. Striking, long grayish-green “antler” fronds (fertile) give the staghorn fern it’s name. Another type of frond, the shield frond (sterile),  starts out soft and green and matures into a hard, brown shell that protects the plant’s small root system. In their natural environment you would find them growing in trees or on other plants so we best mimic this indoors by hanging them using wood plaques and baskets. Read more

Best True Bulb, Corm, and Rhizome Planting tips

Perennials
by Peter B.

 

The best spring garden you will ever have starts this fall with true bulb, corm, and rhizome planting. Garden centers and bulb houses will start selling inventory in September but wait to plant. October through early December planting in Maryland will give you the best results. This also allows for summer annuals to finish their show. Read more