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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A centerpiece created by Master Gardener Diane Michura
Holiday Greens Sale - News News

Holiday Greens Sale

11/06/2018

Join Clinton County Master Gardeners on December 1st for an opportunity to purchase fresh local greens and learn how to use them to make centerpieces, swags, and other holiday decorations. More
Coreopsis. Photo credit: Mark Krotulski
Great Plants for Fall Color - Articles Articles

Great Plants for Fall Color

Connie Holland

This article describes a number of flowers and foliage plants that do not typically come to mind when we think of autumn color. More
Longwood Gardens Continuing Education Program: A Milpa in Your Garden
Longwood Gardens Continuing Education Program: A Milpa in Your Garden - News News
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Longwood Gardens presented a practical, bilingual course in English and Spanish to teach participants how to make a milpa in the 21st Century. More
Photo credit: F.D. Richards CC BY-SA 2.0
Orienpet Lilies are Show-Stoppers in the Garden - Articles Articles
Orienpet, or OT, lilies combine the best characteristics of Oriental and trumpet lilies. This article discusses their care along with recommended cultivars and companions. More
Ostrich Fern, Photo credit: Louise Brewer
Gardening with Ferns - Articles Articles

Gardening with Ferns

Mary Ann Ziemba

Ferns may be the best solution for problem spots in shady gardens. Find out how different types of ferns can be used in the landscape. More
Pollinators on Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod) Photo credit: Connie Schmotzer
Best Plants for Pollinators - News News

Best Plants for Pollinators

05/21/2018

Research conducted by Penn State Master Gardeners reveals the best plants to attract and support pollinators. Find out more through this article and accompanying pollinator fact sheets. 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
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
Sea Island Red Pea grown by the Pentridge Childrens Garden-Photo From trueloveseeds.com
Planting Seeds to Build Community - Workshops Workshops
Stories of Cultural and Crop Diversity in Urban Gardens in Philadelphia More
Spring Garden Series
Spring Garden Series - Workshops Workshops
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

Master Gardener Tips for Christmas Trees

Lois Miklas, Carol Papas

This article discusses how to choose the perfect tree and keep it fresh. It also addresses unnecessary concerns about finding spotted lanternfly on fresh Christmas trees. More
Guia Para Plantar y Transplantar Verduras
Guia Para Plantar y Transplantar Verduras - Articles Articles
Versión en español de la Guía de Plantación y Trasplante de Hortalizas. More
Caleb Slemmons, National Ecological Observatory Network, Bugwood.org
Blueberry Disease - Botrytis Blight and Fruit Rot - Articles Articles
Botrytis blight and fruit rot of blueberry, caused by Botrytis cinerea, are common occurrences, especially in cool, humid weather on many crops throughout the world. 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 - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Sowing Annual Seeds

Kathy Kelley, Ph.D., Jim Sellmer, Ph.D.

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In this guide, sowing annual seeds both indoors and outdoors is explored, as well the care and management of seeds. More
Sowing Annual Seeds
Sowing Annual Seeds - Articles Articles

Sowing Annual Seeds

Kathy Kelley, Ph.D., Jim Sellmer, Ph.D.

In this guide, sowing annual seeds both indoors and outdoors is explored, as well the care and management of seeds. More
Master Gardener Program Brochure
Master Gardener Program Brochure - Articles Articles
Penn State Master Gardeners are members of the community who have an interest in gardening and a desire to help others. More
Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs
Woody Plant Identification: Deciduous Shrubs - Workshops Workshops
This six-hour course is designed to teach the identification and usage of deciduous shrubs that are hardy in Pennsylvania. More
Master Gardener Basic Training
Master Gardener Basic Training - Workshops Workshops
Are you passionate about gardening? Would you like to share your interest? Start your path to become a Penn State Master Gardener! 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
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