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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.

A close-up of Forsythia shows vibrant yellow flowers in full bloom clustered along slender, arching branches.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Forsythia

Springtime blossoms are always in high demand. Forsythia shrubs are the perfect way to add a splash of color to your gardens. If you love these shrubs and want to add them to your garden, this article will have everything you need to know to plant, grow, and care for forsythia.

flowering herbs. Thai basil features narrow, pointed, glossy green leaves with purple stems and distinctive clusters of small, tubular purple flowers.


27 Gorgeous Flowering Herbs for Culinary and Ornamental Use

Are you looking for ways to up the beauty of your herb garden? This takes a bit of thought, but once you have a plan in place it is simple to achieve. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago lists 27 flowering herbs that are equally beautiful and usable in your kitchen.

topiary plants. Close-up of Boxwood spiral topiary in a garden against a blurred background. The Boxwood spiral topiary is a meticulously shaped shrub featuring a distinctive spiral pattern meticulously pruned into the dense, glossy green foliage of the Boxwood plant. This versatile evergreen shrub boasts small, glossy leaves tightly clustered on dense branches, presenting a uniform and compact appearance.

Ornamental Gardens

29 Plants Perfect for Making Topiary

Would you like to try your hand at shaping topiary? There are many plants to choose from when it comes to this gardening method. It can be hard to select the perfect one! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago lists 29 plants that are perfect for making topiary in your garden.

A close-up of Scarlet Runner beans plant reveals vibrant, elongated beans bursting with green color, promising a bountiful harvest. The flowers, a striking crimson hue, adorn the plant, attracting pollinators with their intricate design. The lush leaves, broad and verdant, provide ample shade and nourishment for the thriving plant against the backdrop of a clear blue sky.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care For Scarlet Runner Beans

Would you like to grow scarlet runner beans this season? These beans serve as both edible and ornamental in our gardens. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago shares everything you need to know to plant, grow, and care for scarlet runner beans.

View of the potager kitchen garden. The garden features a wooden raised bed with growing tomatoes, carrots, onions, basil and strawberries. Behind the raised bed are vertical trellises along which a red climbing rose climbs. Dwarf fruit trees grow next to the garden bed.


How to Design a Kitchen Garden: French Potager

Is a new kitchen garden on your list of things to add to your garden this year? A French potager is a beautiful way to add edibles to your garden. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will share her tips on how to design a French potager kitchen garden.

Close-up of hyacinth bulbs too early germination. A hyacinth sprout emerges as a slender, pale green shoot from the bulb, gradually unfurling into a cluster of vibrant green leaves arranged in a basal rosette. The leaves are long, narrow, and slightly succulent, with a glossy texture and a rich green color.


What To Do When Your Bulbs Come Up Too Early

Have your bulbs begun to sprout earlier than expected and you aren’t sure why? There are a couple of reasons this could happen, and luckily, they are easy to fix! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will discuss why this is happening to your spring beauties and what you can do to remedy the issues.