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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Conifer Identification for Home Gardeners
Conifer Identification for Home Gardeners - Workshops Workshops

Conifer Identification for Home Gardeners


Collegeville, PA

Join us to improve your ability to identify and use coniferous ornamentals in Pennsylvania landscapes. More
Wheel bug nymphs
Attracting Beneficial Insects - Articles Articles
There are numerous insects that can be considered “beneficial.” 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
Above top, firepower — the flower of Hydrangea paniculata “Bulk,” also known as Quick Fire, is one of the earliest to emerge of this species and turns an attractive pinkish-red. Bottom, hydrangea arborescens “Annabelle” is blooming now in our state.
Take a Look at Hydrangeas - Articles Articles
American consumers love to buy the latest and greatest, whether it's electronic gadgets, new cars, or the latest fashions. 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
Image: Penn State Extension
Tree Identification for Firewood - Workshops Workshops

Tree Identification for Firewood


Montoursville, PA

Learn more about identifying hardwood trees and characteristics for good firewood. 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
Leaves of a young Swamp White Oak (Quercus bicolor) may remain on the tree early into spring. Photo: Kathleen V. Salisbury
Why Do You Just Keep Me Hanging On? - Articles Articles
Have you ever noticed some trees hang on to their leaves after all the other have colored up and fallen to the ground? 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


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
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