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Week of February 15, 2021

Starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum, syn. Smilacina stellate) is a rhizomatous perennial perfect for planting under deciduous trees.Starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum, syn. Smilacina stellate) is a rhizomatous perennial perfect for planting under deciduous trees. Thriving in moist, shady woodlands or near ponds and streams, starry false Solomon’s seal grows only one to two feet tall. Late spring displays of white, star-shaped flowers followed by small, purple-striped, green fruit create a lush groundcover on the forest floor. The fruit is a valuable food source for a variety of wildlife. Hardy in zones 3-7.

Time to prune fruit trees, blueberry bushes and grapes.

A deer-resistant, host plant for pollinators that makes a grand show in the garden is ironweed (Vernonia spp.). Growing up to 7’ tall and displaying purple blooms during the summer months, ironweed attracts several species of bees as well as hummingbirds. It grows in full sun, in average to wet soil and is hardy in zones 3-7.

Cool colored flowers, such as blue and purple, give small areas a more expansive feel.

Warm colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, make large areas more intimate.

Lawns are most responsive to nitrogen (N) so more fertilization programs are N-based.

For extra-large transplants, sow seeds of leeks and Spanish onions now.


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