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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.

february perennials

Flowers

15 Flowering Perennials to Seed Indoors This February

When February comes, many gardeners are ordering from seed catalogs, eager to get started growing in the spring. February is a great month to start seeding your favorite perennials indoors. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares her favorite perennial plants you can start seeding in February!

Hydrangeas blooming planted outside of house on eastern side

Shrubs

What Side of Your House Should You Plant Hydrangeas?

Trying to figure out what side of the house to plant your hydrangeas this season? Depending on where you plant them, plant placement can make or break your plants. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago looks at the sides of your house that get the best type of sun exposure for hydrangeas.

Pink and Purple Hydrangeas Blooming in Garden

Shrubs

11 Hydrangea Care Myths Gardeners Shouldn’t Ignore

Are you confused by some of the gardening advice you get each season with your hydrangeas? In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago takes you through some of the most common hydrangea care myths you'll encounter while growing them in your garden.

Overwintered hydrangea blooming for the first time in the spring

Plants

11 Tips For Getting Overwintered Hydrangeas to Rebloom

Are you trying to wake up your hydrangeas after a long winter slumber? Hydraneas will naturally rebloom as a part of their life cycle, but did you know there are some actions you can take to help them reach their bloom potential a little faster? In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago provides her top tips for getting your hydrangeas to rebloom this spring!

Limelight hydrangea blooming in spring with white flowers

Shrubs

How to Plant, Grow and Care For Limelight Hydrangeas

Limelight hydrangeas can make a wonderful addition to any garden. These beautiful shrubs grow quite tall with beautiful blooms. Because they are panicles, they are also surprisingly heat and sun tolerant. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines how to successfully grow Limelight hydrangeas and provide them with proper care.

Hydrangea plants covered in snow during a cold snap

Shrubs

Can Hydrangeas Survive a Cold Winter Freeze?

Did your hydrangea go through a nasty winter freeze this season? If so, you are likely wondering what kind of damage you'll be dealing with as spring approaches. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago examines what you can expect if your hydrangeas went through a significant bout of cold weather.

rhododendron varieties

Shrubs

21 Stunning Rhododendron Varieties For Your Garden

Looking for some types of Rhododendrons to add to your garden this season, but aren't sure which to pick? 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 best rhodoendron varieties you can add to your garden, with names and pictures of each!

viburnum

Shrubs

How to Plant, Grow and Care For Viburnum Shrubs

Viburnums are a shrubby plant that can make a hardy addition to any garden space. Once established, they are fairly low-maintenance, and can grow across several hardiness zones. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares her experience with viburnums and all aspects of their care.

Pink blooming dwarf rhododendron growing in garden with green foliage at base of plant.

Shrubs

11 Dwarf Rhododendron Varieties For Compact Garden Spaces

Are you looking for a more compact rhododendron to add to your home landscape? There are many different dwarf rhododendrons that will fit this criteria, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a deeper look at her favorite dwarf rhododendrons, with names and pictures of each!

Flowers

Do Coneflowers Need Full Sun, Partial Shade, or Full Shade?

Are you unsure of what type of sunlight your coneflowers need? Understanding their sunlight requirements may help determine where you plant them. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks through how much sunlight coneflowers actually need for recurring blooms all season long.

azalea varieties

Shrubs

35 Different Types of Flowering Azalea Varieties

Are you thinking of adding some flowering azaleas to your garden this season? There are many different types of azaleas, with different growing profiles and bloom times. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a deeper look at some of the top varieties you can add to your garden this season!

Gardener Deadheading Coneflowers in Garden

Flowers

How to Deadhead Coneflowers in 5 Simple Steps

Are you trying to deadhead your coneflowers this season, but aren't quite sure where to start? Deadheading is fairly straightforward, but can take a bit of practice. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes you through five simple steps for deadheading your echinacea this season!

dwarf azaleas

Shrubs

15 Dwarf Azalea Varieties For Compact Planting Spaces

Are you thinking of planting some Azaleas this season, but aren't quite sure if you have the space? You are in luck! There are plenty of dwarf Azaleas you can grow that keep a more compact growing profile. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago takes a look at her favorite compact Azalea varieties you can add to your garden this season!

Hydrangea Anomala growing in the garden with white flowers blossoming off the vines.

Vines

How to Plant, Grow and Care For Hydrangea Anomala

Are you looking for a unique hydrangea to plant in your garden this season? The hydrangea anomala may be slightly less popular than others, but it's no less beautiful. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago examines everything you need to know about the hydrangea anomala and their care.

Purple Blooming Fertilized Hydrangeas in Garden With Green Foliage

Shrubs

How and When to Fertilize Hydrangeas For Brighter Blooms

Not sure when or how to fertilize your hydrangeas? While the fertilization process is straightforward, there is some basic information that's important to know. In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through the best times of year to fertilize your hydrangeas, and how to do it by following a few simple steps!

hydrangea serrata

Shrubs

How to Plant, Grow and Care For Hydrangea Serrata

Hydrangea serrata is also known as 'Mountain Hydrangea" and slightly less common than more well known hydrangea species. But that doesn't make their blooms any less beautiful! In this article, gardening expert and hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago walks through everything you need to know about hydrangea serrata, including planting, care, maintenance, and more!

hellebore varieties

Flowers

17 Different Types of Hellebore Varieties For Your Flowerbeds

Are you thinking of planting hellebore this season, but aren't quite sure where to start? There are many different types of hellebore, with many different colored blooms. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago looks at the the different types of hellebore you can choose from when adding these spring blooming beauties to your flowerbeds this season.