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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 vibrant display of cascading flowers fills the foreground. Lush, healthy blooms in shades of purple and white tumble from overflowing hanging pots, their delicate petals contrasting against the greenery.


How to Grow Your Own Hanging Baskets from Seed

Are hanging baskets a main focal point of your summer gardens? Do you want to customize your own hanging baskets? You can easily grow your baskets from seed right from your own home. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will walk you through the simple steps of how to grow your own hanging baskets from seed.

A trio of rose of Sharon blooms unfurls their delicate lavender and pearl pink petals in soft focus, their centers ablaze with vibrant crimson. The velvety textures stand out against the muted backdrop of blurred greenery, creating a striking contrast.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Rose of Sharon

Are you thinking of planting Rose of Sharon in your gardens? This flowering shrub comes in a variety of beautiful colors that will suit almost any garden style. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago digs into everything you need to know to plant, grow, and care for a beautiful Rose of Sharon shrub.

Close-up of a flowering Hemerocallis 'Canadian Border Patrol,' one of the striking daylily varieties. Hemerocallis 'Canadian Border Patrol' is a captivating daylily cultivar known for its striking appearance. The plant forms a dense clump of arching, sword-like leaves that provide a lush green backdrop. The large, trumpet-shaped flowers steal the spotlight, showcasing a unique color combination of lavender and deep purple tones. The petals feature a delicate ruffling along the edges.


63 Beautiful Daylily Varieties for Your Garden

Are you thinking of adding daylilies to your garden or expanding your daylily collection? With a genus of over 80,000 varieties, this can feel like a daunting task! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will examine 63 beautiful daylily varieties for you to choose from.

This close-up captures the radiant beauty of daylilies in full bloom. Their delicate petals unfurl in a blaze of vibrant orange, with veins of deep crimson radiating outwards from the center. The daylilies stand amidst a lush green carpet of grass, their vivid hues contrasting beautifully against the earthy backdrop.


Are Daylilies Invasive?

Are your daylilies taking over your garden? Are you worried they could be invasive? Invasive species harm pollinators and the local ecosystem. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago discusses the invasiveness of daylilies and what you can do about it!

A stunning cluster of tall yellow foxtail lilies stands gracefully. In the backdrop, a mesmerizing blur reveals another realm of nature, where purple foxtail lilies complement the radiant yellow blooms in the foreground.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Foxtail Lilies

Are you looking to add beautiful, tall flowers to your sunny gardens? Look no further than the foxtail lily. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will tell you everything you need to know about these dramatic flowering plants.

Sunlight filters through dense foliage as hedge shears deftly trim a bush. The vibrant leaves shimmer in shades of yellow-green and deep green, catching the light. Each precise snip shapes the bush, creating a harmonious blend of nature's hues.


How to Prune Boxwood Shrubs

Do your boxwood shrubs need pruning, but you are stumped with where to start? This process does not need to be overwhelming. All you need is a few pointers and tips to start you off in the right direction. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago outlines how to prune your boxwood shrubs in a few simple steps.

Close-up of a gardener's gloved hand holding a rusty nail next to blooming blue hydrangeas in a sunny garden.


Myth or Fact: Can You Turn Hydrangeas Blue With a Rusty Nail?

Using rusty nails in your garden to get blue hydrangea flowers is a common gardening tale you may have seen floating around the internet. However, science does not necessarily back these claims. Gardening expert Jill Drago discusses whether rusty nails will help to turn your hydrangea blossoms blue.