What is an Air Plant?

What is an Air Plant?

Air plants are known for their simple look: as the name implies, they don’t need to be planted in soil. The term ‘air plants’ is the common name for Tillandsias, a type of Bromeliad. Air plants absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves, while the the roots are used primarily to provide support for the plant. Where Can You Put an Air Plant? You can place an air plant in just about any place in your house. Typically, people place air plants, or Tillandsia, into glass terrariums or driftwood. Sometimes for aesthetics, small pebbles or glass beads are put underneath. How Do You Care for an Air Plant? They’re simple to…continue reading →
What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

What is the Difference between Pansies, Violas and Panolas?

Gardeners often confuse Pansies, Violas, and Panolas with each other. All are wonderful fall and winter, as well as early spring, plants but they have slight differences that are worth noting. Pansies vs. Violas In the fall, winter and early spring season there are few flowers that will bloom and produce lots of color despite the cold weather. Surprisingly, one of the sturdiest plants are pansies. Pansies look and act a lot like violas but they have a much larger flower, and larger leaves as well. Another difference between the two fall favorites…continue reading →
Fall Decorating with Pumpkins

Fall Decorating with Pumpkins

Do you feel it? Fall has arrived and it's time to decorate, both inside and out, for the season. Bring the warm colors of fall into your home and your porch or garden with the help of pumpkins, gourds, mums, pansies, violas, corn stalks and hay bales. At the center of your fall decorating are pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! Jump-start your fall decorating with pumpkins. These versatile beauties help you celebrate fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins come in all sizes, from smaller than a handful to about the same size as a straw bale to…continue reading →
The Best Shrubs for Fall Color

The Best Shrubs for Fall Color

Happy first day of Fall everyone! We just LOVE fall. It's the time of year when leaves start to change, perennials return to the ground, and some shrubs just plain show off with a beautiful display. Today we'd like to share our list of the best shrubs for fall color with you. Chokeberry Shrubs One of our favorite colorful fall shrubs is Aronia, or chokeberry, which has bright red foliage and has either a purple or a red berry, depending on the variety.  The berries can be used to make jam, pie, or syrup. The…continue reading →
Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Easy Steps to Fall Lawn Renovation

Did you know that fall is the best time of the year to make your old lawn look better than ever or to establish a new lawn? Early to mid-fall is a great time to take on the important job of a fall lawn renovation. The soil is still warm and yet the air is cool; the perfect combination for grass seeds to germinate and turf to take root quickly. Here are some simple tips to renovate your lawn. Seeding or Overseeding an Existing Lawn If you are planning to seed a new lawn or overseed…continue reading →
The Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall

The Best Trees and Shrubs for Fall

There are not many things that signal the arrival of fall quite like the changing of colors in the trees. There is nothing quite like a visually stunning fall garden. This blog details some of our favorites, from burning bushes to maples, azaleas to aucuba, gardenia to hydrangea and beyond. Sugar Maples With their orange, yellow, and fiery tones, sugar maples are the highlight of the fall landscape. They enjoy full sun and plenty of room to grow. Their majestic presence in the landscape signals that sweater weather is on its way.   …continue reading →
How to Dry Herbs

How to Dry Herbs

We have talked about canning vegetables in order to preserve your summer harvest for the winter. For this post, we’re going to focus on how to dry herbs so that they can be used in soups and stews or even to make balms or infusions. In general, the best time to harvest herbs is right before they flower. After flowering, the flavor of the herbs changes slightly to be a little bit bitter. Cutting Herbs for Drying Keeping this in mind, try to decide which herbs you’re going to harvest and use for…continue reading →
Plant a Tree with the Maryland Tree Program

Plant a Tree with the Maryland Tree Program

Patuxent Nursery is proud to be a participating nursery in the Maryland Tree Program. The goal of the program is to plant 150,000 new trees in Maryland. What is the Maryland Tree Program? The Maryland Tree Program is an initiative of the Department of Natural Resources. The program was launched in 2009 to encourage citizens and organizations to partner with the State to plant new trees. As Marylanders, we take pride in our State and our natural world. We understand the value of stewardship and the importance of a sustainable future, and are…continue reading →
How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter

How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter

How to Maintain Your Pond this Winter A healthy pond is an enjoyable pond.  A well-balanced pond tends to take care of itself but there is basic maintenance required throughout the year.  We all know about cleaning filters, servicing pumps and fertilizing plants in the spring and summer but pond owners often neglect their pond once the weather turns cold. Here are some basic tips for how to maintain your pond this winter. Maintaining a Healthy Pond in Winter In the fall, two things are key to the health of your pond; you must…continue reading →