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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Master Gardener Gretel Walker
2018 Pike County Master Gardener Plant Sale - News News
Purchase species of native plants that are not found at local stores or nurseries, and a selection of herbs locally grown by Master Gardener, Gretel Walker. Date: June 23, during the Milford Music Festival. More
Photo credit: Tim Elkner
The Dirt on Dahlias - Articles Articles

The Dirt on Dahlias

Mary Reefer

Dahlias are showy flowers that brighten the summer garden. Learn how to grow them and save the tubers for future years. More
A lotus flower form of a tree peony, 'Guardian of the Monastery', Photo credit: TJ Mrazik
The Beloved Peony - Articles Articles

The Beloved Peony

Thomas Mrazik

Peony flowers have richness unlike any others. Home gardeners can create an exquisite and long-lasting display by understanding the types of peonies available and the proper planting requirements. More
Willow Weave Fence. Photo credit: Si Griffiths CC BY-SA 3.0
Willow: 2018 Notable Native™ Herb - News News
The willow species contains many varieties useful to both humans and wildlife. More
Various cultivars of clematis. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Clematis "Queen of the Vines" - Articles Articles
Clematis are beautiful perennial vines. Find out how to care for them and the characteristics of different cultivars. More
Burnside Plantation Series: National Pollinator Week Celebration
Burnside Plantation Series: National Pollinator Week Celebration - News News
Join the Lehigh and Northampton County Master Gardeners at the Burnside Plantation Pollinator Garden for a special event celebrating National Pollinator Week on Saturday, June 23, 2018. More
American chestnut. Photo credit: Richard 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
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

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
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
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