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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American chestnut. Photo credit: Ricahrd Gardner, Bugwood.org, Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License
American Chestnut: Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree - News News
Review of a book by Susan Freinkel about the demise of the American chestnut tree and attempts to restore it. More
Sea Island Red Pea grown by the Pentridge Childrens Garden-Photo From trueloveseeds.com
Planting Seeds to Build Community - Workshops Workshops

Planting Seeds to Build Community


Philadelphia, PA

Stories of Cultural and Crop Diversity in Urban Gardens in Philadelphia More
Master Gardener Spring Garden Series
Master Gardener Spring Garden Series - Workshops Workshops

Master Gardener Spring Garden Series

Multiple Options Available

Join us for two days of classes that will prepare you for the new gardening season. More
Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Selecting Tomato Cultivars - Articles Articles

Selecting Tomato Cultivars

Susan Marquesen

Many factors determine which tomatoes you should plan to plant. Learn how to select the varieties that are right for you. More
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
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
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

A Guide for Selecting Shrubs for Pennsylvania Landscapes

Jim Sellmer, Ph.D., J. Robert Nuss

Information for over 100 shrubs, including: the selection and aesthetic qualities of shrubs, and shrubs for specific conditions. More
Photo by Pamela T. Hubbard
Creating a Cutting Garden - News News

Creating a Cutting Garden


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
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
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
Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes - News News

Heirloom Tomatoes


Heirloom tomatoes come in almost every color of the rainbow, with subtle variations in color, texture, size, shape and flavors. More
A Host of Hostas
A Host of Hostas - News News

A Host of Hostas


Hostas are a go-to plant for almost any gardener dealing with shade to part-shade in the garden. More
Cool-season vs. Warm-season Vegetables
Cool-season vs. Warm-season Vegetables - News News
No matter how big or small your garden is, for successful vegetable gardening it is crucial to know the difference between cool-season and warm-season vegetables. More
Joseph Berger, Bugwood.org
Woodlouse Hunter Spider - Articles Articles
The woodlouse hunter spider preys on pill bugs or sow bugs (order Isopoda) and derives its common name from the British common name for these crustaceans. More
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