Ed Gregan

  • Cutting overgrown shrubs

    How to Prune Commonly Overgrown Shrubs

    For many of us, this scenario may sound familiar: You move into a new house and everything is perfect—except that huge rhodie out front that is threatening to swallow the…

  • How-To

    How to Properly Sanitize Your Pruning Tools

    Most folks agree that cleaning your pruning tools is not just a good idea, but it’s very important. Proper cleaning, for one, means your tools will last longer. And, if…

  • How-To

    How to Prune Shrub Roses

    Shrub roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9)—basically any roses exclusive of climbers, hybrid teas, and carpet roses—can get quite large if not pruned hard every three to five years.…

  • How-To

    How to Prune Ninebark

    Pruning Basics for Ninebark (Physocarpus spp. and cvs., Zones 3–9) Because it adds brilliant foliage color to the garden for months, ninebark has become a popular substitute for the invasive…

  • Article

    How to Prune Panicle Hydrangeas

    Pruning Basics for Panicle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata and cvs., Zones 3–8) You may have purchased a panicle hydrangea either as a shrub or as a plant with an elevated head,…

  • Northeast Regional Reports

    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – Northeast

    See regional picks for showy shrubs, and read the article by Paul Cappiello for even more ideas. “Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the…

  • How-To

    When Not to Prune

    An old boss of mine used to say that “the best time to prune is when the knife is sharp.” His logic was, basically, prune when you have the time.…

  • Design

    Trees That Always Please

    You'll never regret the investment you make in these standout varieties

  • Man standing next to a potted tree on a hand truck, examining the label

    How to Buy a Tree

    Trees are generally the priciest and most permanent plants gardeners will buy in their lifetime, so most of us want to ensure that the one we select at the nursery…

  • Article

    Regional Picks: Plants for Winter’s Worst – Northeast

    Northeast   Autumn Radiance® maple (Acer rubrum ‘Autumn Radiance’) USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 7 Size: Up to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…