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The path to this backyard is not forgotten. Plants on both sides make the path interesting and welcoming. This is the only shady area in the landscape. This landscape was on the Lancaster Garden Walk in 2017.

Gorgeous vegetable garden is focus of Lancaster landscape - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko In the past, people would hide their vegetable gardens in a back corner of the yard. That’s changing, and more and more people boldly display their veggies in garden beds among their ornamental plants. One problem is that vegetables often need even more protection from critters than ornamental plants do. Jane Bednarczyk protects her vegetable plants, and she does it in a way that’s not only attractive, it’s a focal point of the yard. Bednarczyk...

5 tips for making an impact in your garden without flowers: The first tip is to use plants with colorful foliage. This is especially important for shady gardens because the choice of flowering plants for shade is limited.

5 tips for making an impact in your landscape without flowers - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko “You don’t have to have a flower to make an impact,” said Kristin Pochopin, interim director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. You can see that lesson on display at this year’s Celebration of Coleus and Color, which is again sponsored by Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com. The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, June 18 through Sunday, July 24. This exhibit is included with regular admission to the...

Plants for shade: 'Escargot' begonia, coleus and ferns. This was on the Snyder-CleveHill Tour of Gardens in 2015.

Gardener has more than 300 varieties of plants in small Snyder yard - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko Dick Herr has a way with plants. He had a yucca plant in his garden, but dug it out 35 years ago. Last year– surprise!– it came back. Now it’s taller than ever and was in full bloom when I visited last week. You can see his gardens at 180 Hamilton Dr., Snyder, during the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. Maps can be picked up at Trillium’s Courtyard Florist,...

A natural slope combined with raised beds add interest to the Hamburg yard of Barb and Dave Whittemore. You can see their garden on the Buzz Around Hamburg Garden Walk and Open Gardens in summer 2015. Click back to the article for details.

A natural slope adds interest to colorful shade garden in Hamburg; garden walks are coming! - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko A natural slope combined with raised beds add interest to the Hamburg yard of Barb and Dave Whittemore. “There are seven steps to the top deck,” Dave pointed out. “We really have vistas with this. The elevations make a world of difference. That’s one thing I really enjoy.” A screened-in seating area is perched at the top of the garden looking down on the main part of the yard. “You can sit up there and see...

The colors in coleus ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’ are mouth watering. A center the color of cherry candy is surrounded by a chocolatey brown. A thin border of  minty green traces around the edges. It’s just one of the 50 or 60 varieties of coleus you’ll see during the Celebration of Coleus  Color exhibit from June 14 through July 27 at the Buffalo  Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. Hours are  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Coleus is a great plant for shade.

Coleus can add color & height to shady gardens; see spectacular displays at Botanical Gardens - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The colors are breathtaking,” said Jeff Thompson, director of horticulture at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, talking about the coleus ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’. “It will visually will stun you.” The colors in ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’, which you can see in the first photo, are indeed mouth watering. A center the color of cherry candy is surrounded by a chocolatey brown. A thin border of minty green traces around the edges. “The color combination…

Your impatiens might last through garden walk season in Western New York this year. Or they might die. Click back to the article to find out why and decide whether you want to try impatiens or go with a different plant for shade. Photo courtesy Margery Daughtrey

Update: Impatiens might do okay in WNY this year, or they might not - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko If this summer is like last summer in Western New York, you might be able to plant impatiens and have them perform well, perhaps into August, anyway. But there are still a lot of ifs involved, and there are certainly no guarantees. Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with Cornell University who co-wrote a fact sheet on how downy mildew affects impatiens, gives us an update on what Western New York gardeners might expect from impatiens this...

In the right light, it looks like coal dust has been sprinkled on hosta ‘Coal Miner’. Photo courtesy Olga Petryszyn

Learn the story of hosta 'Niagara Falls' from world-renowned hosta hybridizer - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The event...

Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’ has leaves that are puckered and heavily textured. They are gold in the center, bleeding out to a chartreuse and then...

Learn the story of hosta 'Niagara Falls' from world-renowned hosta hybridizer - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The event...

Hosta ‘Blue Hawaii’ is named for it bluish color. Photo courtesy Olga Petryszyn

Learn the story of hosta 'Niagara Falls' from world-renowned hosta hybridizer - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The event...

Hosta ‘Dawn’s Early Light’ comes up early in spring. Its color is a vivid, lemony yellow that is shocking and almost irridescent. Photo courtesy Olga Petryszyn

Learn the story of hosta 'Niagara Falls' from world-renowned hosta hybridizer - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The event...

Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society at 1:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. The event is free. Click back to the article to read how the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created. It's the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country.  Photo by Vanessa Chaborek, courtesy Olga Petryszyn

Learn the story of hosta 'Niagara Falls' from world-renowned hosta hybridizer - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko How the hosta ‘Niagara Falls’ was created is the fascinating story of an artist with a love for family and her country. Olga Petryszyn, the world renowned hosta hybridizer who bred ‘Niagara Falls’, will speak at the meeting of the Western New York Hosta Society on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Aurora Senior Citizens Center, 101 King St. near Oakwood, East Aurora. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 2 p.m. The event...

Begonias are a good alternative to impatiens in a shady garden.

Peaceful backyard will join 30 other yards on Hamburg garden walk - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

“My favorite time is the morning and night,” said Marg Rust as she surveyed the garden beds in her backyard at 71 Rosedale, Hamburg. “That’s when you get the filtered sun reflected off the pond. It’s so peaceful. “It’s good for the psyche and the soul to surround yourself with things that are beautiful.” She pointed out a pond plant, which you can see in the first photo. The plant at the bottom left with a spikey ball at the...

Columbine has flowers that are delicate and complicated in shape. Sometimes they are bi-colored. You can grow them in shade, so they can be an alternative to impatiens, which is being obliterated by downy mildew. Columbine blooms about mid-May in Western New York.

Impatiens are dying; choose alternative shade plants instead - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko For decades, impatiens has been the go-to flower for the shade. But now that a blight is wiping out these wonderful flowers, you’ll have to rethink your plant choices for shady gardens. Some garden centers won’t sell impatiens at all this year, while others will grow a limited supply but will sell them without guarantees. Don’t expect to find impatiens at all next year. What should you plant instead? A couple of local events can help...

Astilbe comes in a variety of colors and adds some height to your shade garden, too. This can be a good alternative to impatiens, which is being killed off by downy mildew. Photo from Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses.

Impatiens are dying; choose alternative shade plants instead - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko For decades, impatiens has been the go-to flower for the shade. But now that a blight is wiping out these wonderful flowers, you’ll have to rethink your plant choices for shady gardens. Some garden centers won’t sell impatiens at all this year, while others will grow a limited supply but will sell them without guarantees. Don’t expect to find impatiens at all next year. What should you plant instead? A couple of local events can help...

Many people struggle with shady yards, wishing they could grow the plants they see in sunnier gardens. Jeff Lokken in Buffalo, NY is different. He embraces his canopy of trees. The result is a forest-like retreat from the noise of the city.

Serenity of a forest found in City of Buffalo backyard - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko Many people struggle with shady yards, wishing they could grow the plants they see in sunnier gardens. Jeff Lokken is different. He embraces his canopy of trees. The result is a forest-like retreat from the noise of the city. We visited Lokken last year during Garden Walk Buffalo at the home he shares with Rebecca Bish at 170 Prospect Ave., Buffalo. This year Garden Walk Buffalo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday...

Lobelia is another alternative to impatiens for shade gardens. Lobelia offers beautiful flowers and great color. Photo by André Karwath via Wikimedia Commons.

Impatiens are dying; choose alternative shade plants instead - Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com

by Connie Oswald Stofko For decades, impatiens has been the go-to flower for the shade. But now that a blight is wiping out these wonderful flowers, you’ll have to rethink your plant choices for shady gardens. Some garden centers won’t sell impatiens at all this year, while others will grow a limited supply but will sell them without guarantees. Don’t expect to find impatiens at all next year. What should you plant instead? A couple of local events can help...