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Rose of Sharon's have been a garden staple for many years. This single lavender variety is called 'Minerva' . 'Minerva' is an introduction of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. It has lavender flowers (4-5" diameter) with dark red eye spots. This cultivar is a sterile triploid that produces very few if any seed pods. #garden #shrub #nj #hibiscus #summerbloom

Need a quick centerpiece for a deck table that gets a bit of shade? These mixed lobelia's in 8" pots are a wonderful candidate. #annual #partsun #shade #container #garden #nj #lobelia #feralflowerphotography

Need a Summer blooming Tree? Hydrangea 'Limelight' is just coming into bloom. An exciting hardy Hydrangea from Holland, 'Limelight' has unique bright chartreuse blooms in mid-summer that hold bright and refreshing color right into autumn when the blooms change color to a rich deep pink. #sun #partsun #hydrangea #provenwinner #garden #nj

A great new Rudbeckia. Little Goldstar has a dwarf habit with increased manageability. This variety has excellent branching and forms a tidy, compact clump. More flowers than Goldsturm and has a slightly glossy foliage. Flowers into October. #perennial #nj #garden flowers

Blue and Gold! Coreopsis 'Zagreb' with Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Blue Perennial Plumbago) is an awesome full sun combination. When done blooming the plumbago gets an awesome purple fall color. #perennial #garden #nj #feralflower #feralflowerphotography #williamsnursery #gardencenter #summer

This is the 1st time I've planted Gomprena 'Pink Zazzle' I love it, it handles drying out between my infrequent watering. Grows only 8-10" tall, spreads, trails. Flowers are almost 4" across. Since it loves the Summer weather, you may have missed these in early Spring, and we still have a few left. New for 2014. #garden #nj #annual #fullsun #new2014 #summer #pinkflower #cool

There are going to be so many great new flowers for 2015. This one caught me going around the corner at the trial gardens, it made me go Wow! Petunia 'Saguna Radiant Blue" #annual #sun #petunia #sanguna #2015 #spring #garden #nj #feralflowerphotography #williamsnursery

We probably spend more time in our yards in the summer than any other time of year. Almost all of the other trees have finished blooming, however the Crape Myrtles have yet to burst into bloom. Colors range from pinks, to purples, to whites, and reds. Crape Myrtles (Lagerstroemia) used to be a tree that could only be enjoyed if you lived in Cape May or further south. There have been several things that have changed that have helped to bring these wonderful trees into our gardens.

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One of the most common questions that we get this time of year is "when is the last chance of frost?"Since weathermen seem to have a hard enough time predicting yesterday's weather let alone tomorrow's this is a tricky question to answer.We've had years where we haven't had a frost after the 10th of April. We've also had years where there has been a frost towards the end of May. This is generally the exception to the rule. Generally the chances of a frost after the first of May is fairly low. The trees have also leafed out by this time, and this actually offers protection to the plants that are under them.Some plants have more tolerance to frost than others. The cool season annuals such as pansies, primrose and rannunculus can handle a f...

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I had written this article before the devastating earth quake in Japan. My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by this tragic event. When I saw the video of the greenhouses being washed away by the tsunami, I had to sit down. I have heard back from our friends in Japan, and the places that we’ve visited haven’t been directly impacted, and they are safe. I urge everyone to make a $10 donation to the redcross. No links no credit cards just use your cell phone and txt “REDCROSS” to 90999 and you’ll have made a ten dollar donation. Just a few seconds and your done, and it does make a difference. This October I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent the United States as President of Garde...

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