Michael Brothers Nursery provides gardening tips by identifying our native perennials and shrubs using the terms Native and Nativar.
By definition, Native plants are straight genus and species that occur naturally in a given location or region. These are labeled US or PA Native.
In 2000 Allen Armitage coined the term Nativar which is a cultivar that has a native parent. Plant breeders have selected characteristics such as greater disease resistance, improved ornamental value, preferable growth habit or interesting leaf characteristics for gardening. These are labeled Nativar.
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This gardening tip requires some detective work! If you see these chew marks and flowering slows down considerably, suspect the budworm is at work! They love plants such as petunias, callies, potato vine and creeping jenny.
For organic control, gardeners use Bt, a natural bacteria that won't allow the worm to grow. Spray one to two times per week.
For a one time application, use a systemic insecticide.
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Trimming Pots and Baskets for Blooms all summer! For more gardening videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.