A Visit to Cochato Nursery in Early July

Cochato Nursery is located at 373 N. Franklin St., Holbrook, MA 02343; tel. 781-767-9770; website: http://www.cochatonursery.com Cochato is one of my favorite nurseries that I visit multiple times each year to purchase plants for my shade gardens and to tour its amazing grounds. Cochato Nursery is a great source for hostas, miniature conifers, native perennials,Continue reading “A Visit to Cochato Nursery in Early July”

Garden Highlights During the Month of May 2021

May is a glorious month with many changes taking place in the garden. The month started with hellebores giving away the spotlight to blooming epimediums, unfurling hostas and various ephemerals. Flowering shrubs like rhododendrons and azaleas and trees like dogwoods were the stars in mid-May. By the end of the month, my hostas were fullyContinue reading “Garden Highlights During the Month of May 2021”

A Visit to Garden in the Woods During Trillium Week

If you are into native plants like me, Garden in the Woods in Framingham, MA is a perfect place to visit, especially in spring when many wildflowers are in bloom. Garden in the Woods is a 45-acre woodland property owned and operated by the Native Plant Trust whose goal is to showcase and promote theContinue reading “A Visit to Garden in the Woods During Trillium Week”

Using Mini Hostas in Containers

Even though hostas have been grown in the West since the end of the 18th century, interest in smaller varieties is relatively recent. In “The Book of Little Hostas”, Kathy and Michael Shadrack pinpoint the introduction of h. ‘Pandora’s Box’ in 1996 as the defining moment that kindled that interest (Shadrack and Shadrack, 2010, p.Continue reading “Using Mini Hostas in Containers”

Best Perennials in My Shade Garden

(Gardening Zone 6b, Southeastern Massachusetts) What a better way to start this blog than with an overview of some of the best perennials that I grow in my shade garden. These are all low maintenance, versatile plants with beautiful long-lasting blooms and foliage that provides multi-season interest. I plan on featuring each of these amazingContinue reading “Best Perennials in My Shade Garden”