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This week in your Massachusetts garden & landscape

Week of May 22, 2017

Looking to relax when you come home? Choose plants that are white, lavender, soft pink, green, and blue for a calm, serene effect in your yard.

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Week of May 15, 2017

Bleeding hearts are a sometimes misunderstood perennial. Because after they bloom spectacularly in the spring, they can do dormant in the summer, just like spring -flowering bulbs. Fear not! They are still there, often one of the longest-lived plants in a perennial border.

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Week of May 8, 2017

If you spot this plant while weeding, try and leave it be. It’s milkweed, the only plant that monarch butterfly caterpillars eat. Females only lay eggs on plants in this genus, Asclepias. So leave one in your yard if you find it. You are lucky! Some people actually buy them, and you got yours for free!

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Week of May 1, 2017

Time to divide hosta and other perennials. Pot up some hostas in containers for placement on the patio near steps, etc. Variegated leaf varieties of Hosta are particularly outstanding in containers, especially when placed in shaded areas.

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Week of April 24, 2017

Dandelions can be a bright temporary distraction from a monochromatic sea of green and they feed the bees.

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Week of April 17, 2017

Hiding in the lovely farmlands of Deerfield, Amanda Gioacchini and Niels Mattison from Pioneer Gardens grow these ‘starter’ Coralbells that other growers across the state continue growing for your garden. The rich range of leaf colors can create a tapestry in your own garden. Heuchera Heaven.

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Week of April 10, 2017

Continue with pruning chores when weather permits. Also, prune out the oldest stems of multi-stemmed shrubs such as Forsythia, Weigela, Kolwitzia, Spirea, and lilac. Hold off pruning roses until the flower buds of Forsythia show some yellow color.

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Week of April 3, 2017

Water features in your garden can be a complex waterfall, a small pond or something in between. Whatever kind you choose, they provide a calming place to relax. Can’t you feel the stress melt away just looking at it? What if you could come home to this?

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Week of March 27, 2017

No room at the inn? Not in your garden! Along with providing plenty of nectar by planting something for pollinators, consider providing nesting sites, like this homemade one seen at the Boston Flower Show last week.

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Week of March 20, 2017

A fragrant viburnum is always welcome in the garden. They have a spicy sweet scent with lovely blooms that last several weeks. Many also produce colorful fruit that is very attractive to birds and close the season with stunning fall foliage.

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