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Benefits of Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Just like people, our plants benefit from having the right partner at their side. The concept of companion planting has been around for thousands of years. The Native Americans practiced it actively. Most die-hard gardeners have heard of the concept of the “Three Sisters.” This is a common term used to describe the mutually […]

May 20th, 2018|Flowers & Gardens, Tips & Tricks|

Establishing a Native Perennial Garden

Native perennials are very popular now, as people realize that plants that originated in this climate are well-suited and likely to thrive. Gaillardia, Iris, Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Baptisia, and Helianthus…these are just some of more than four dozen native plants and shrubs we frequently recommend for our climate zone.

As with any garden, planning ahead to correctly […]

May 10th, 2018|Flowers & Gardens, Tips & Tricks|

Tips for Early Spring Pruning

How to Prune Shrubs & Trees
March through early May is a great time to get out there and prune your shrubs and trees. Without foliage, the structure of the plant is clearly visible, making it easier to plan how you would like to direct growth. The worst of winter is past, and your plants will […]

May 3rd, 2018|Flowers & Gardens, Tips & Tricks|

Gardens for Butterflies

Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Butterflies in the garden are a beautiful and whimsical sight. They flutter through with elegance and help pollinate the flowers.

Here are several perennials that attract butterflies:

Achillea (Yarrow)
Aster New England
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)
Clover
Delphinium
Gaillardia (Blanket flower)
Leucanthemum (Shasta daisy)
Monarda (Bee balm)
Phlox
Verbena bonariensis

To obtain a […]

April 22nd, 2018|Flowers & Gardens, Tips & Tricks|

Succulent Surprises Pique Curiosity

Creative Succulent Displays & Garden Inspiration

I was excited to hear that the Capital District Garden and Flower Show (March 23-25, 2018) is having a special category in the floral arrangement competition this year for succulents. I’m sure that will provide creative inspiration. I hope you get a chance to attend, as Balet Flowers and Design […]

March 20th, 2018|Flowers & Gardens|

Get Growing! 2018 Spring Classes & Events

We are excited to have a very busy event line-up for spring 2018, to get everyone ready to garden this season! Suzanne Balet Haight, flower farmer, garden designer, and the owner of Balet Flowers & Design, will be the instructor for the following sessions. Please note that several of them require pre-registration.

March 20, Herb […]

March 12th, 2018|Flowers & Gardens, Special Events|

Selecting and Ordering Seeds

This is the time of year when all those colorful seed catalogs are delivered, and gardeners pore over their pages in anticipation of the season to come! All those pictures of plants at their peak and in perfect health allow us to dream of a garden bursting with color and productivity. Is ordering seeds the […]

Flowers and Plants for Shade and Sun Gardens

If you love gardening, you may have spent those cold winter months gazing at landscape design books, dreaming of warmer days and the chance to implement all your new ideas. Maybe you have planned a vibrant, colorful bed to accent that sunny corner of your home. Or perhaps a calming green and white shade garden […]

May 11th, 2017|Flowers & Gardens|

Creating a “Potager” Garden at Home

 
What is a Potager?
Quite simply, a potager is a French kitchen garden. The traditional version of a potager garden contains symmetrical or geometrical garden beds with the vegetables planted in patterns or groups rather than in rows, often with flowers, fruit and herbs intermingled. It can be as elaborate or as simplistic as you wish.

Let it become your […]

May 11th, 2017|Flowers & Gardens, Growing Vegetables|

Garden Trends for 2017

We are often asked at the greenhouse about the current trends in gardens: color combinations, easy-to-grow perennials that reward you year after year, and nifty projects that are functional and beautiful.

Here’s our scoop on some garden trends for 2017 based on our industry knowledge as well as what we see in and around the Saratoga Springs area. All of […]

April 28th, 2017|Flowers & Gardens|