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September 24, 2015




Some speedwells are low growing but most are upright with flower spires of blues, violets, pinks and whites.

September 17, 2015


September planting

September Planting

September 10, 2015


dying plant

False Economy

Late last fall I bought a lot of perennials at the end of October, and not one of them came back this past spring.

September 3, 2015


Russian sage

Plant Partners

Bright accents will make any blue/grey background plantings pop!

August 27, 2015




It's also a good idea to amend heavy clay soil by mixing in sand and vegetative matter.

August 20, 2015


curlicue sage

Durable Plants

Silver-leaved plants like Artemisia and sage are heat and drought tolerant as well as being unappetizing to deer and rabbits.

August 13, 2015


Verbena bonariensis

Tall, Skinny, Sun-Loving Verbena Bonariensis

This plant looks a bit like a stick figure with arms and a small mop of lavender blooms on top, mimicking hair.

August 6, 2015


Mexican sunflower

Mexican Sunflowers

These easy-to-grow plants are sometimes used as flowering screens or hedges for privacy in small yards.

July 30, 2015



Everlasting Flowers

Strawflowers, sometimes called “everlasting flowers,” can be used in fresh arrangements, as well as dried for winter bouquets.

July 23, 2015




A lot of the best plant combinations in my yard have occurred without my conscious intervention.

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