Species and Varieties

Information on selecting the best varieties of plants for home gardening, including vegetables, berries, fruits, hydrangeas, cactus and succulents, bleeding heart, azalea, chrysanthemums, hostas, boxwoods and flowering houseplants.

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Christmas Tree Farm Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Master Gardener Tips for Christmas Trees - Articles Articles
How to choose the perfect Christmas tree and keep it fresh. More
Container Gardening
The Art of Container Gardening - Articles Articles
Constructing a container garden isn’t about doing everything perfectly. In fact, there is no right way to create a container garden. More
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed
Purple Loosestrife – A Noxious Weed - Articles Articles
Recently, some folks pulled into the local nursery, asking about the pretty pink flowering plants that were blooming along the fields and roadsides. More
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)
Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants - Articles Articles
Sandy Feather, extension educator in Allegheny county, has prepared this list of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials that don't just survive but will thrive in our long, hot summers. More
Sowing Annual Seeds
Sowing Annual Seeds - Articles Articles

Sowing Annual Seeds

Kathy Kelley, Ph.D.

In this guide, sowing annual seeds both indoors and outdoors is explored, as well the care and management of seeds. More
Crumbly Berry in Home Bramble Plantings
Crumbly Berry in Home Bramble Plantings - Articles Articles
Crumbly berry is the most common bramble virus in the Mid-Atlantic region. More
Edward L. Barnard, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bugwood.org
Phytophthora Root Rot in Raspberries in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Phytophthora root rot is now regarded as a major cause of declining red raspberry plantings. More
Oakleaf hydrangea in full bloom. Notice the shape of the leaves. Photo: T. Butzler, Penn State
A Guide for Selecting Shrubs for Pennsylvania Landscapes - Articles Articles
Information for over 100 shrubs, including: the selection and aesthetic qualities of shrubs, and shrubs for specific conditions. More
The fragrant yellow flowers open in early spring and standout against the backdrop of the green foliage.
The Multi-Faceted Oregon Grapeholly - Articles Articles
Looking to add some diversity and oomph to your pollinator garden? Or maybe create a landscape that you can also eat? Check out the Oregon grapeholly. More
Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
Cutting Down Perennials in the Fall - Articles Articles
Most of the perennials in the garden are finished blooming and it's time to throw in the towel for the growing season. More
Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden - News News

Creating a Cutting Garden

06/13/2017

Fresh flowers on my dining table, kitchen counter, and desk brighten my home and make me smile. Bringing profuse bouquets into the house, however, means a limited show in the garden. More
Flowering Balloon Cactus
Cactus and Succulents – Get Stuck on Them! - News News
While moving my outside cactus and succulent plants inside to protect them from freezing this fall, I wondered where these unusual plants were first found. More
Lady's Mantle, Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
The Highs and Lows of Gardening: Vines and Groundcovers - News News
Plant gorgeous vines and beautiful groundcovers to solve some common problems in your garden. More
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes - News News

Heirloom Tomatoes

05/15/2017

Heirloom tomatoes come in almost every color of the rainbow, with subtle variations in color, texture, size, shape and flavors. More
Bleeding heart by Liz West / Muffet, Flickr.com License 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
An Old Fashioned Favorite: Bleeding Heart - News News
Plants often spark memories for me. Bleeding heart has a special place in my garden and my heart. More
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