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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 hand presses down on freshly mown green grass on a plush eco-lawn.

Ornamental Gardens

How to Plant an Eco-Lawn

Are you considering growing an eco-lawn in place of your higher-maintenance turf lawn? Many gardeners are seeking an easy-care, more drought-tolerant alternative to traditional grass. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago walks you through the steps you need to follow to grow a successful eco-lawn.

'Wando' English pea pods display ripening peas and delicate foliage.


27 Edible Plants to Climb an Arbor or Trellis

Are you thinking of taking your edible garden vertical? This is a great way to save space and keep your harvests bountiful. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago lists 27 edible plants you can train to climb up your arbor or trellis.

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15 Perennials You Can Plant This October

Thinking of putting some perennials in the ground this October? There are plenty of perennials you can plant, depending on your hardiness zone. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago looks at her favorite perennial plants to settle into your garden in the month of October.

A lush green lawn glistens under the radiant sunlight, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere. The blades of grass sway gently, promising a relaxing outdoor experience.

Ornamental Gardens

The 13 Best Grass Types for Your Lawn

Are you overwhelmed with the large selection of grass seeds when you walk into your garden center? Choosing the right type of grass for your lawn can be tricky. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will break down 13 types of grass for your lawn and help you decide which might be best for you.

The large pink and white panicle blooms of a 'Strawberry Sundae' hydrangea sit atop foliage on a sunny day.


7 Stunning Varieties of Panicle Hydrangea

Are you thinking of adding some panicle hydrangeas to your garden? These flowering shrubs love the sun! In this article, hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago will list seven stunning varieties of panicle hydrangea that you should grow in your garden!

Long, lavender blooms made up of clustered flowers hang from a wisteria vine.


How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Wisteria

Are you wooed by wisteria? This robust plant boasts enchanting flowers that are hard to resist! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago outlines everything you need to know about caring for wisteria and varieties to try in your garden!

A cluster of pale lavender pincushion flowers grow in a lush garden.

Ornamental Gardens

37 Hardy Perennials For Difficult Climates

Are you searching for plants that can handle drought, heat, or cold? Depending on your climate, you can choose from quite a few plants. In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago gives insight and ideas on 37 hardy perennials that thrive in challenging climates.

Plant Problems

7 Signs of an Underwatered Hydrangea

In the heat of the summer it is common for hydrangeas to dry out a little bit, but are you questioning if your hydrangea is severely underwatered? Balancing how much hydration your hydrangea needs can be tricky! In this article, hydrangea enthusiast Jill Drago will round up 7 signs of underwatered hydrangeas that you should be looking out for.

Multiple mophead blooms of a purple hydrangea sit atop yellowing leaves, indicating a watering problem.

Plant Problems

7 Signs of an Overwatered Hydrangea

Are you concerned your hydrangea is getting too much water? Hydrangeas can be a little tricky when it comes to water. These plants do not love drought, but they also do not love having wet feet!! In this article, gardening expert Jill Drago will go over common signs that your hydrangea is getting too much water!