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Burning Bush

Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus) Winged burning bush (Euonymus alatus). Photo: Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org Life cycle/information: Burning bush, also called winged euonymus or winged burning bush, is a deciduous, woody perennial shrub. It is native to Northeastern Asia...

Container Vegetable Gardens

Growing in containers allows just about everyone to experience the joy of vegetable gardening. Many "in-ground" gardeners also plant and maintain herb and vegetable plants in containers close to home for convenience and beauty. Our online fact sheet Container Vegetable Gardening: Healthy Harvests...

Drip Irrigation For Vegetable Gardens

Don’t let those plentiful April rains fool you. The Maryland growing season can get pretty dry, especially July through September when we expect to harvest those much anticipated tomatoes, peppers, and melons. Make a plan now for how you can get water to your vegetable and fruit plants when Mother...

Gardens that Attract Turtles, Snakes, Lizards, Salamanders, Frogs, and Toads

An American green frog in water Back to Wildlife Gardens that Attract Turtles, Snakes, Lizards, Salamanders, Frogs, and Toads This group of creatures are referred to as 'herps". What is a Herp you may ask? Herp is short for Herptile which is a name that collectively includes reptiles and amphibians...

Frogs and Toads in the Garden

Back to Wildlife Spring Peeper, Photo Maryland Department of Natural Resources The Spring Peeper This spring, be sure to take the time to notice, observe, and enjoy the many sights and sounds that announce that spring is here! Because of the mild winter, you may hear Spring Peepers earlier than...

Bacterial Blights of Lilac

(More diseases of trees and shrubs) The most visible symptoms of bacterial blight on lilac are the blackening of new green shoots, leaves, and flower buds during rainy, mild spring weather. Older woody stems are rarely attacked. In Maryland, spring frost damage and late fall or winter pruning seem...

Meet a Pollinator: Cellophane Bee

Colletes thoracicus. Photo by Hadel Go Cellophane Bee (Colletes thoracicus) An important pollinator of plants and not aggressive/defensive Host plant families include Apiaceae (carrots), Rosaceae (stone fruits), among others Underground cells are lined with clear “cellophane-like” material that the...

Why Are Leyland Cypress Trees Turning Brown

Warm falls followed by cold winters can take its toll on Leyland cypress trees. Leyland cypress (x Cupressocyparis leylandii ) has a lot going for it. It’s fast-growing with evergreen, feathery foliage and a pleasing, slender profile. It makes an excellent specimen tree or screening plant. A cross...

Autumn Olive

Autumn Olive (Elaeagnus umbellata) Photo: Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugoood.org About Autumn Olive: An Invasive Species in Maryland Life cycle/information: This deciduous woody plant was introduced from Asia to the United States in 1830. Autumn olive was used for ornamental gardens,...

Exotic Bush Honeysuckles

Exotic Bush Honeysuckles ( Lonicera maackii, L. morrowii, L. tatarica, L. xbella, L. fragrantissima) Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii). Photo: Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org About Exotic Bush Honeysuckles: Invasive Species in Maryland Life cycle/information: These perennial...

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