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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.

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September 12, 2019

 

Orange and yellow nasturtiums in a flower bed.

Nasturtium Nostalgia

Nasturtiums can make pretty cut flowers.

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September 5, 2019

 

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Grow Your Own

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

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August 29, 2019

 

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Compost Is Gold

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

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August 22, 2019

 

Nomenclature

Nomenclature

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

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August 15, 2019

 

Larkspur.

Happy With Blues

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

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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 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

Naturalizing

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

June 27, 2019

 

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Scent

Some people love specific plants just because of their scent.

June 20, 2019

 

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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

 

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Coleus Enhances Everything!

I love coleus for their showy colorful leaves...

May 30, 2019

 

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Wedding Bouquets

June is the month for weddings!

May 23, 2019

 

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Honeysuckle

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

May 23, 2019

 

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Sunshiny Yellow Sunflowers

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

May 13, 2019

 

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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.

May 2, 2019

 

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Moisture-Loving Natives

Filipendula rubra produces airy rose-pink flower clusters that can be between 4-10 inches wide and rise above the plant’s deeply divided leaves presenting a regal appearance befitting its common name, Queen of the Prairie.

April 25, 2019

 

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Planting And Division

Digging up the root ball of an established plant completely and cutting it into sections actually benefits the plant.

April 18, 2019

 

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Stem Cuttings

Starting plants from existing ones is fun as well as economical.

April 11, 2019

 

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Perennial Gardens

A perennial is a flowering plant that lives for three or more years.

April 4, 2019

 

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Long-Term Residents

Perennial beds need to be well dug initially to loosen the soil and then amended with compost or other organic material.

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