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Specialty Pruning

By Diana Dhaliwal, Master Gardener By now most of us are very comfortable with the basic three D’s of pruning: removing Dead, Diseased and Damaged branches and opening up shrubs…

Our Top 10 Dahlias of 2021

As the dahlia season draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate those that dazzled during this uniquely cool and wet year. We ended the last growing season by lifting…

On the Meaning of a Lily: Colour is Key

While the delightful white lily is a popular choice to adorn weddings, learn the other ways to give lilies as a gift full of deep meaning. 

PERENNIAL: Monarda Punctata (Horsemint, Spotted Beebalm)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Native* to portions of the eastern United States and to NoVA (except for Loudoun County), Spotted Beebalm inhabits dry prairies and sandy areas.…

Houseplants Move Back Indoors

Linda Cornish Blank shares great tips on moving houseplants back indoors after a summer outside. Continue reading →

Word of the Week: Verticillaster

verticillaster [ vur-tuh-si-las-ter ] noun: a mixed inflorescence consisting of two opposite dichasial cymes Continue reading →

SHRUB: Callicarpa americana (American Beauty-berry)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Lavender flower clusters appear on new growth on this shrub from June to August, followed by clusters of fruit in show-stopping magenta in…

Word of the Week: Cyme

Critical to the definition of a cyme is understanding that there are multiple flowers in the cluster, but the first one to open in the center is at the end…

Between the Rows – October 2021 Edition

Welcome Veggie Gardeners!  Check out this month’s Garden Guide for tips on vegetable and herb gardening. Continue reading →

PERENNIAL: Vernonia noveboracensis (New York Ironweed)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic Fluffy deep purple blooms atop 8-foot tall sturdy stalks draw bees and butterflies from mid-summer into fall. Continue reading →

October is Urban Agriculture Month!

October is Urban Agriculture Month! October Urban Agriculture Month 2021 will be a celebration of the energy and dedication of all who volunteer or work to advance urban agriculture in Arlington!…

Making Wise Plant Choices, Part 3:  Cultivars

Climate-Conscious Gardening Join Master Gardeners in the Arlington/Alexandria unit of Virginia Cooperative Extension in a series of monthly articles in 2021 as we explore the topic of climate change and… is supported by its readers and advertisers. If you purchase through a link on this site, the site may earn a commission.