Links & Resources
If you have questions regarding problems with plants (particularly diseases, insects, and other pests), we recommend contacting the Home and Garden Information Center. This fantastic resource, run by the University of Maryland, has experts on hand to answer gardening and pest questions. Visit their website (www.hgic.umd.edu) or call 1-800-342-2507. Outside of Maryland, call 410-531-1757.
Ethel M. Dutky, former Director of the University of Maryland Plant Diagnostic Laboratory,
has released an article about drought stress. The article details the
physical symptoms of drought stress to landscape plants and gives suggestions for preventing
drought-related damage. The article also provides lists of landscape plants that may be
at the greatest risk during prolonged droughts and lists of landscape plants that are
more stress tolerant. Download the PDF here or
visit the Plant Clinic web
site. The best way to help your newly installed plants survive periods of dry
weather is to follow our watering instructions. Always check soil moisture before watering. If
necessary, increase watering frequency from two times per week to every other day.
For over 80 years, Bonide Products, Inc. has been supplying America's gardeners with what they refer to as their "Best Solutions." These products are designed to help hobbyists with just about any home, lawn or garden pest that may be encountered with over 300 comprehensive products represented. With all these products to choose from, it can be difficult to know what to use and when. For this reason, they have created this Bonide APP: http://www.bonide.com/best_solution/problem-solver/index.html
Once your landscape is flourishing, commission local artist Cath Howard to create a custom watercolor of your home to display. You can view samples of her work in our small conference room in the garden center. Visit her website for more information.: www.cathhoward.com/Home_Page.html
Plants for Special Conditions
Plants for birds, butterflies, hummingbirds, fragrance, deer resistance, wet conditions, and dry conditions, as well as native plants
Recommended Perennials for Color
View Sun Perennials chart (PDF)
View Shade Perennials chart (PDF)
SunSets for Shade
Sample perennial garden plans, including island and corner bed designs
Use this handy chart to choose Crapemyrtles based on size, bloom color, and other characteristics.
View chart (PDF)
These are some of our favorite plant-related web sites. If we've missed something especially helpful (or fun), drop us a line and let us know!
University of Maryland Home & Garden Information Center
Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
USDA Plants Database
US Botanic Garden
US National Arboretum
Washington Post Home & Garden Section