Daniel Robarts

Daniel Robarts

Daniel Robarts is a horticulturist at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine.

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    ‘Royal Blue’ European Wood Anemone Is an Early Spring Gem

    Spring! There’s no time of year I like more. After I’ve been wallowing through the doldrums of winter for months, my anticipation is palpable. Waiting with bated breath for all…

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    Northeast Regional Reports

    Spring Planting Plan for the Northeast

    In her article "Spring Planting Ideas," Michelle Gervais beautifully illustrates the magical time that is the start of spring: "Our winter-weary spirits lift as hints of green begin to appear.…

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    Northeast Regional Reports

    Plants That the Herbivores Will Avoid in the Northeast

    Fionuala Campion says in her article, Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials, "Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many…

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    Northeast Regional Reports

    Late-Winter and Early-Spring Bloomers for the Northeast

    In Jason Reeves' article Plants That Bloom in Late Winter or Early Spring, he discusses how plants that bloom during the coldest time of the year, often go underappreciated: "Some…

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    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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    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

    Why is my Rhododendron dying?

    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…

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    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.…