Daniel Robarts

  • helping plants rebloom
    How-To

    Helping Your Plants Rebloom

    It is important to consider the biological nature of flowering: Plants produce seeds in an attempt to secure another generation. Hormonal signals direct plants to create seed, and chemical feedback…

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    Design

    Reliably Reblooming Perennial Plants

    There are many things to consider when selecting a herbaceous perennial plant for the garden. Some slots are for sentimental plantings, like a piece of Grandma’s peony from the family…

  • Design

    Best Natives for the Northeast

    Top pick: Northern maidenhair fern is a textural wonder for the shade Name: Adiantum pedatum Zones: 3–8 Size: 1 to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Partial to full shade;…

  • Design

    Rhododendrons for Fantastic Foliage

    I think my favorite rhododendrons are those that make statements with their foliage. Most plants have a window of flowering time within a growing season, and as spectacular as that…

  • How-To

    How to Kill a Rhododendron

    Rhododendrons have a predilection for moist, acidic soils. Their roots are fine and shallow. Generally, they are pretty adaptable and long-lived, but there are a few all-too-easy ways to bump…

  • Design

    Rhododendrons for Fabulous Flowers

    While distinctive foliage can hold the whole season—providing texture, color, and persistence in the garden—it is impossible to deny the power of plants such as rhododendrons when in full bloom.…

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    Northeast Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Shrubs for Shade – Northeast

    Shade in the garden might seem like a limitation, but the seasoned gardener knows this is just an opportunity to utilize plants that would wilt in a sunny spot. As…

  • Article

    Preview: Plants for Hot and Dry

    There are so many garden lessons to be learned, and like many lessons, you generally learn best when it’s the hard way. I have killed many beautiful, rare, and expensive…