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Jill Drago

Jill is currently a hobby gardener and stay at home mom. Her love for gardening came from a high school job at a local garden center. Jill then earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management from the University of Rhode Island. She has spent her years post college as a plant recorder at a botanical garden, golf course horticulturist, and high end gardener. Jill specializes in coastal plantings in zone 6b.

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21 Different Butterfly Bush varieties For Your Garden

Thinking of adding some butterfly bush to your garden this season but aren't quite sure which type to plant? There are many different varieties you can choose from, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago looks at some of the most popular varieties of butterfly bush you can grow!

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Butterfly Bushes

Are you thinking of adding some butterfly bush to your garden this season? Butterfly bush is a beautiful purple blooming perennial plant, and can function well in many different hardiness zones. It's also famous for attracting plenty of butterflies! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through everything you need to know about the butterfly bush and its care.

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15 Purple Hydrangea Varieties For Majestic Garden Appeal

Thinking of adding some purple hydrangeas to your garden, but aren't sure what to plant? There are many different options, so picking the perfect plant can be a bit confusing! In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago lists out her favorite purple hydrangea varieties you can grow!

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11 Pink Azalea Varieties That Will Liven Up Your Garden

Are you thinking of planting some Pink Azaleas this season, but aren't sure which varieties will grow in your geographic location? There are plenty to choose from, which can make picking the right variety a bit confusing. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines her favorite pink azalea varieties, with names and pictures of each!

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15 Perennials You Can Plant This September

Are you looking to add some perennial flowers to your garden this September? There are plenty of perennials that can be planted in the fall, and bloom in the spring. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines 15 of her favorite perennials to add to your garden in September.

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8 Reasons Your Azaleas Are Turning Brown and Dying

Are your azaleas struggling this season? If you've noticed your azaleas starting to turn brown and die, you are not alone! Azaleas are beautiful when blooming, but can be picky when it comes to maintenance. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through the most common reasons azaleas start to die, and how to turn it around!

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15 Tips For Transplanting or Moving Your Hydrangeas

Are you thinking of moving your hydrangeas around this season? Perhaps you are thinking of taking them out of containers and relocating them to somewhere in the ground? In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her top tips for transplanting hydrangeas!

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Can You Grow Hydrangeas in Hardiness Zone 3?

Do you live in the colder climate of hardiness zone 3? If so, you may be wondering if you can successfully grow hydrangeas in this climate due to the chilly weather. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines exactly what you can expect when trying to grow hydrangeas in this hardiness zone!

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11 Green Hydrangea Varieties for your Garden

Looking for a hydrangea variety that's a little different? Maybe you just want to spruce up your yard for Saint Patrick's Day? There are many different green hydrangea varieties that you can add to your garden! In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines her favorites!

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17 Red Hydrangea Varieties With Beautiful Red Blooms

Are you looking for a red hydrangea to plant this season but can't decide which one to pick? Red can be a difficult color to plant with, since so many plants are varying shades of red. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago lists out her favorite red hydrangea varieties for your garden, with names, pictures and hardiness zones of each!

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15 Perennial Plants You Can Plant This August

Are you looking for some late season perennials you can plant? Fear not! There are actually several perennials you can put in the ground, even in the heat of the summer. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines her favorite perennials you can plant in the month of August!

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Why Are My Hydrangea Flower Blooms Turning Brown?

Are you noticing the flowers on your hydrangea starting to turn brown? There are a couple common reasons why this happens. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines why hydrangea blooms turn brown, and how you can fix it once you've noticed it's happening.

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11 Care Tips For Hydrangeas During a Heat Wave

If your hydrangeas are cooking from the heat this season, you are not alone! The good news is, there's a few actions you can take to keep them thriving. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through her top tips to help your hydrangeas stay alive and look their best during hot summer temperatures.

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14 Tips For Beautiful Blooming Rhododendrons This Season

If you are trying to keep your rhododendrons blooming as long as possible, you are in the right place! Rhodies are beautiful blooming shrubs, but there are some actions you can take to keep them blooming even longer. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago gives you her top tops to ensure your Rhodies are blooming all season long!

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How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Azaleas

Thinking of adding some Azaleas to your garden this season but aren't quite sure where to start? Azaleas are one of the most popular shrubs you can grow, behind Hydrangeas and Rhododendrons (which Azaleas are just a variety of). In this article, gardening expert and flowering shrub enthusiast Jill Drago teaches you how to plant, grow, and care for Azaleas in your garden!

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How to Grow & Shape Your Hydrangea Shrubs into Trees

If you are trying to grow your hydrangeas into a tree, but don't know where to start, you are in the right place. Growing hydrangeas as trees can be a little bit of a challenge, but it can be done with a patience and dedication. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through each step you'll need to follow for beautiful tree like hydrangeas.

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Are Hellebores Annual, Biennial, or Perennial Flowers?

Curious to find out if hellebore are perennial, biennial, or annual flowers before you start planting them this season? While it might seem like a simple answer, the answer actually is a little more complex and depends on your geographic location. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines if hellebore are annual, biennial, or perennial flowers.

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17 White Hydrangea Varieties With Stunning White Blooms

Thinking of adding some hydrangeas with white blooms to your garden this season? It can be tricky to pick the perfect variety with so many different options to choose from. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines her favorite white hydrangea varieties, with names, pictures and hardiness zones of each!