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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 18, 2019


carpeting plants Sedum

Carpeting Plants

Many garden owners do their own maintenance, and weeds are a great concern for us.

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!

May 9, 2019


a barrage of cleome flowers

All Annuals

I recently saw a lovely bed in my neighborhood devoted entirely to annuals. It was full sun and composed predominantly of pink and blue flowers. At the back were tall cleome, commonly called spider plant.

June 28, 2018


Tricyrtis formosana

Isn’t Tricyrtis A More Pleasant Name Than Toad Lily?

Toad lilies are not plants that I’ve been drawn to because the common name is so unappealing.

June 14, 2018


Agastache aurantiaca, also known as orange hummingbird mint, is native to the southern U.S. and Mexico

Hummingbird Mint

These are good plants for an informal, colorful, easy-care planting that will show up well from a distance.

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