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Beyond Hostas: Shade Gardening

Designing a diverse and beautiful shade garden requires considering how to build visual interest using a combination of plants and other features (rocks, water, pathways), with different textures and -- yes -- even different colors, subtle though they may be. While a sun-soaked garden is often abundant with brilliant colors, shade gardens are more understated. [...]

2020-05-13T20:27:16+00:00May 13th, 2020|Flowers & Gardens, Tips & Tricks|

Get Gardening with our Spring Classes

Though plenty  of snowbanks were still visible on our first day of spring this year, we are excited to have a busy event line-up to get everyone ready to garden this season! Suzanne Balet Haight, flower farmer, garden designer, and the owner of Balet Flowers & Design, will teach several classes and we also urge [...]

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 [...]

2018-10-29T00:53:08+00:00May 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 [...]

2018-05-03T23:25:41+00:00May 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 [...]

2018-10-29T00:53:08+00:00May 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 [...]

2018-05-10T14:11:56+00:00April 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 [...]

2018-10-29T00:53:08+00:00March 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 [...]

2018-10-29T00:53:08+00:00March 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 [...]

2018-10-29T00:53:08+00:00May 11th, 2017|Flowers & Gardens|
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