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October 31, 2019


David Austin Roses, The view in a commercial rose-growing nursery near Albrighton, England.

David Austin (1926-2018)

David Austin was fond of saying that a rose without a fragrance is only half a rose.


October 24, 2019


Iris spuria.

Iris Facts

I grow more iris than I used to because deer leave them alone, and I’ve discovered that there are many things I did not know about these flowers.


October 17, 2019


White flower Narcissus 'Mount Hood'.

White Flowers

I have been planting more white flowers recently because I already have so many other colored flowers that bloom in my yard across the growing seasons.


October 10, 2019


Native Foamflowers, Tiarella wherryi

Native Foamflowers

If you are looking for more natives to plant in your shady spots this fall, consider our native North American foamflower.


October 1, 2019


Awesome Allium giganteum

Awesome Alliums

As you think about what bulbs to add to your garden this fall, don’t forget about buying some alliums.


September 26, 2019


Azalea on a frosty morning.


It is important for gardeners to know their hardiness zone.


September 19, 2019


Monarda (bee balm) in a garden bed.

Many Happy Returns

Perennials are plants that, hopefully, return in our gardens each spring after being dormant during the winter.

September 12, 2019


Orange and yellow nasturtiums in a flower bed.

Nasturtium Nostalgia

Nasturtiums can make pretty cut flowers.

September 5, 2019


Close up of the painting “Mercie Cutting Flowers” by Edmund Charles Tarbell, 1912.

Grow Your Own

Even just one flower stuck in a bottle makes me feel happy!

August 29, 2019


compost is gold

Compost Is Gold

Plants benefit from growing in good soil, and the addition of compost is an effective way to condition it.

August 22, 2019




Common names of plants vary greatly, but officially, each plant has two Latin names.

August 15, 2019



Happy With Blues

Blue is such a calming shade and happily combines with any other color.

August 8, 2019


Angelonia angustifolia.

Prolonged Color

Thanks to many years of dedicated plant hybridizing, it is now possible to have four seasons of color in our gardens.

August 1, 2019


Gunnera manicata.

Waterside Wonders

Water features are commonplace in formal gardens.

July 25, 2019


Yucca filamentosa, leaves with filaments.

Architectual Form

Evergreens that carry a garden through ice and snow are not the only candidates to create architectural form in our plantings.

July 11, 2019


Ninebark, a.k.a. Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'.

Foliage Effects

When I began gardening, my aim was to have as many flowers as possible, but the longer I garden the more I appreciate the impact of colorful foliage.

July 4, 2019


Two yards before and after naturalizing


Experienced gardeners know that benign neglect results in an unkempt garden.

June 27, 2019




Some people love specific plants just because of their scent.

June 20, 2019



Waves In The Shade

I love plant names that rhyme!

June 13, 2019


Lambs Ears, Variegated Hostas, and Dark Red and Pink Coral Bells

Lovely Leaves

Foliage colors are especially good for creating interesting beds and borders.

June 6, 2019



Coleus Enhances Everything!

I love coleus for their showy colorful leaves...

May 30, 2019



Wedding Bouquets

June is the month for weddings!

May 23, 2019




It is interesting to watch sunflowers turn their heads to follow the sun.

May 23, 2019



Sunshiny Yellow Sunflowers

It is interesting to watch sunflowers turn their heads to follow the sun.

May 13, 2019


pink hydrangeas in a row

A Color Theme

At this time of year we are tempted by all of the plants that are available, and we want to grow them all!

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