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September 9, 2021

 

Coreopsis

Always Cheerful Coreopsis

Our native perennial coreopsis is a stalwart in many American gardens.

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September 2, 2021

 

Amaryllis in greenhouse at botanical garden

Rebuilding Amaryllis

Amaryllis bulbs can be rebuilt so that they can bloom well the following winter indoors.

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August 26, 2021

 

Deer munching on some flowers

What's Left?

My current garden is a shadow of its former self...thanks to the urban deer population. However, a few stalwart plants persist.

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August 19, 2021

 

Globe amaranth drying

Amaranthus

Globe amaranth dries beautifully for winter bouquets.

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August 12, 2021

 

Achillea (yarrow)

The Plant Named for Achilles

Yarrow, “soldier’s woundwart,” “milfoil”—Achillea has many names and many uses.

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August 5, 2021

 

Cracked clay soil

Dry Gardens

During our hot Midwestern summers, it is good for pots to get some afternoon shade. Also, pots dry out more quickly, so it is best to plant annuals in the ground.

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July 29, 2021

 

raindrops on leaf

Surviving Heat

In very hot weather, remember to water your potted plants twice a day as the soil in pots dries out quickly.

July 21, 2021

 

Mailbox garden

A Mailbox Garden

Choose just a few plants that will need minimum attention, and plant something vigorous around the base of the post to soften it.

July 15, 2021

 

Backyard pond

Types of Gardens

If I were to start over, and knowing what I now know, I would start with a plan and a clearer idea of the type of garden I wanted.

July 8, 2021

 

White Snakeroot

White Snakeroot

It was not until the 1920s that it was recognized that cattle that grazed on white snakeroot caused humans to die if they drank the cow’s milk.

July 1, 2021

 

kalanchoe-blossfeldiana

Harmful Plants

The garden is full of plants that are poisonous. Most are not lethal, but a few are, so it is wise to err on the side of caution.

June 24, 2021

 

Purple Loosestrife

Beautiful But Noxious: Purple Loosestrife

Purple Loosestrife clogs wetlands and waterways, choking out other plants and eliminating food sources for native wildlife. The plant is classified as a federal noxious weed.

June 17, 2021

 

Hibiscus moscheutos

Native Perennials

Native plants are important to preserve native wildlife and the ecology of our landscape, but some natives will suit our particular climate and garden space better than others.

June 10, 2021

 

Plant swap

Pass-Along Plants

Some of the best plants in my garden were given to me by other gardeners or came from plant swaps held by garden clubs.

June 3, 2021

 

Calamintha Nepeta

Lesser Calamint

Dainty and durable and deer resistant—just my kind of plant!

May 27, 2021

 

Alstroemeria

Cut Flower Favorite: Alstroemeria

There are bound to be some times of the year when there are no flowers in our gardens, and that is when we just have to buy some! A good reliable flower to buy is the South American native alstroemeria.

May 20, 2021

 

Brunfelsia in bloom

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia is a long-blooming shrub from subtropical Australia, and it triggers lots of memories for me.

May 13, 2021

 

Angel's Trumpets

Angel's Trumpets

The spectacular blooms known as Angel’s Trumpets grow on plants that are vase-shaped shrubs or small trees.

May 6, 2021

 

Flowering tobacco

Flowering Tobacco

Flowering Tobacco--for minimum effort, a gardener gets maximum results!

April 29, 2021

 

Colorful pinwheel

Thinking About Color

It's is a good idea to think about color before you buy a bunch of news plants in springtime.

April 22, 2021

 

Cold-tolerant annuals

Righting Wrongs

Springtime = Transplant, delete, cut back.

April 15, 2021

 

Pieris japonica

Lily-of-the-Valley Bush

All Pieris shrubs are evergreen and are related to rhododendrons and mountain laurels.

April 8, 2021

 

Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus is a fine sweet shrub that also goes by the name of Carolina allspice.

April 1, 2021

 

Black chokeberries

Native Aronia

Our native red and black chokeberry shrubs provide four seasons of interest and are drought tolerant once they are established in gardens

March 25, 2021

 

Spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Native Spicebush

Lindera is a host plant for the promethean moth and the spicebush swallowtail butterfly.

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