Winter Interest Series: Winter Containers

Winter Interest Series: Winter Containers

Many gardeners have containers in their gardens, patios and entrance ways. There is no need to give up on them just because winter is approaching. In fact, this is the time our gardens are in most need of some color and winter interest. You can even use the containers that held your warm season plantings, as long as they are frost resistant. Creating a winter design is not difficult but plants are less cold hardy in a container than when planted in the ground because the roots are not insulated from the freezing…continue reading →
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. In the fall, two things are key to the health of your pond; you must trim back your plants and net your pond to keep debris from settling…continue reading →
Benefits of a Professional Landscape Design

Benefits of a Professional Landscape Design

There are many reasons for investing in a professional landscape design.  First and foremost, a small upfront investment in a landscape plan will save you money in the long run. A professional plan will not only have the correct plants for the different areas of your yard, but it will also address many issues that a homeowner may not even consider. A homeowner typically only thinks of plants when planning landscaping. This is actually the last thing a professional landscaper should consider. A landscape plan should address light conditions, wind direction, drainage problems…continue reading →
An Easy, Low Maintenance Clean Air Houseplant: Sansevieria

An Easy, Low Maintenance Clean Air Houseplant: Sansevieria

Also known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Snake Plant, Sansevieria is a popular choice for an easy, low maintenance clean air houseplant for some very good reasons. Sansevieria is an excellent plant for a beginner gardener because you don't have to have a green thumb to keep this plant in good health. It tolerates neglect well and it doesn't need a lot of light or water to thrive. The tall thick leaves store moisture, which means they don’t require a lot of water. Low light conditions and infrequent watering make this plant perfectly happy.…continue reading →
Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

Top 5 Trees for Fall Color

Add Fall color to your garden by planting one of these 5 trees. These trees are all in-stock and on sale now at Patuxent Nursery in Bowie, MD! 1. Maples - October Glory and Autumn Blaze are excellent examples of Fall leaf color. Reds, yellows, oranges, and greens are a highlight of these trees. 2. Gingko - Wonderful, golden yellow Fall color. Makes a great street tree or as a specimen. Only a few left! 3. Oaks - Oaks are a great shade tree, as well as a wonderful wildlife tree.. Offering maroon, burgundy, and…continue reading →
7 Reasons Why You Should Plant Your Spring Garden in the Fall

7 Reasons Why You Should Plant Your Spring Garden in the Fall

1. Its cooler out, which is great for both plants and gardeners. Gardeners can take advantage of milder temperatures and enjoy fall planting without the sweat and oppressive heat of spring or summer. Ideally your fall planting should be done by early November, about 6 weeks before hard frost. And for the plants, cooler temperatures are ideal for root development because the ground and soil is still warm which will allow roots to grow until the ground freezes. 2. Spring weather can be volatile while fall tends to be milder. With less rain…continue reading →