Archive for the "Perennials" Category

Perennials: What not to cut back in Fall

Posted on October 31st, 2018

Nothing says fall is fully here like realizing that mornings start with a frosty car and cranking the heat to get the windows clear. Unfortunately for your plants, there’s no heater to keep them warm, and right about now, your perennials are probably looking pretty sad. If you’re like many gardeners, that means it’s time […]

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ASTER ‘PURPLE DOME’

Posted on October 18th, 2018

With the end of summer’s heat comes the beginning of fall’s color.  I love asters and fall brings lots of them.  A favorite of mine is Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome.’  Nova-angliae is botanical Latin for New England where this aster is most happy. The flowers are a clear rosy-purple and the foliage is a healthy deep green. Height […]

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FANTASTIC FALL FAVORITES

Posted on August 31st, 2018

It’s always a good day for the team when we can take a minute to talk about some of our favorite plants. Fall is a fantastic time to plant, and an even better time to admire the landscape. We put pen to paper and came up with a few of our favorite Autumn plants. If you […]

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Bloom Time!

Posted on June 7th, 2018

The perennial department at Van Wilgen’s lives at an interesting crossroads. We watch as the nursery yard fills up with evergreen interest, and the Greenhouse loads up on pansies, and we poke and prod our plants, waiting for the day that they too might be in bloom. Then the evergreen gives way to the spring […]

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Top 8 Perennials to plant right now!

Posted on May 31st, 2018

Every spring our gardeners tell us they want to expand their perennial gardens to offer new colors and plants to make it fresh. For those of us that work in the Perennial department it’s no different. We are always on the lookout for something different or even ‘new to us’. Here are a few Perennials […]

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Top Eight Early Spring Perennials

Posted on April 5th, 2018

This time of  year we are all itching to get in the garden. All it takes is a few warm days, some sunshine and we are all ready to dig in the dirt.  At the garden center we get asked all the time, what can I plant now? There are many choices for early spring perennials, […]

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Top 5 Ornamental Grasses

Posted on October 12th, 2017

Lets face facts- there are way too many great ornamental grasses to hope to limit yourself to one type. Panicum, bluestems, miscathus, pennisetum- the list goes on and on. But after you’ve gone crazy and put sixteen of every type in your yard, how the heck do you tell them apart? Its actually easier than […]

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Help Pollinators survive the Winter

Posted on October 5th, 2017

October has arrived and with it comes fall flavors. Pumpkin spice pops up practically wherever you go. And there’s nothing like a freshly picked apple or glass of apple cider. Pollinators know it‘s fall too and they could use some help from your garden. This time of year is known as nectar flow, where many major […]

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Butterflying 101

Posted on May 31st, 2017

June 11, Van Wilgens will host our Kids Klub Butterfly Release event!  Ironically, we had just as many adults attending last year’s, as we did kids!  Gardeners love the world of beauty of butterflies!  Here’s an example of how you can cultivate your own. Butterflies can be pretty delicate creatures but can also be very […]

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Coreopsis ‘Lil Bang’

Posted on May 19th, 2017

It takes a lot to get our experienced group of plant nerds excited about a new plant. When you spend as much time living, breathing and handling plant material as us, you rarely get your socks knocked off. Last year, we planted Lil’ Bang Daybreak coreopsis, and man, did we fall in love. We planted […]

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