Blue Flax, Linum Narbonense

Blue Flax, Linum Narbonense

Blue Flax is a piece of summer sky fallen into the garden, shimmering blue flowers reflecting clear unclouded heavens. Opening during the sunny days and dropping its petals by afternoon, only seems to add to its charm; Genus Linum narbonense. Linum narbonense is...

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Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine is a woodland plant of springtime. It blooms mid to late spring in my garden. It grows in partly shady, partly sunny openings and waves in the brisk breezes. Native to the U.S. and Eastern Canada, this columbine grows in rocky...

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Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Butterfly Weed’

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, isn't as popular as it could be. Maybe the combination of the "weed" appellation and the bright orange color, but this is really a fine garden plant. Its clear orange brings a pleasing "pop" to the garden, no less for its drawing...

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Sedum Alboroseum Mediovarigatum

Sedum Alboroseum Mediovarigatum

Now called, Hylotelephium erythrostictum ‘Mediovariegatum’. Good for dry, sunny spaces. This variegated sedum has long been one of my favorites. It began as a "passalong" plant from a friend, and as the years went by its fine qualities slowly revealed themselves....

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Winter Outlines Garden Bones

Winter Outlines Garden Bones

Winter is a stark time for most of us in a temperate climate. Doubly so when a fresh snowfall creates lines and shapes, filled in with snowy white. We then see our garden in silhouette, and all its features are outlined for us to better judge the proportions and...

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Chives, Onion’s Little Brother

Chives, Onion’s Little Brother

Chives are part of the culinary herb garden, but can be tucked in anywhere - pots, edges, odd corners of a flower bed. They are easy to grow and easy to harvest, as well as being pretty and polite. They grow from small bulbs and can be multiplied by simply digging up...

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Ten Winter Features

Ten Winter Features

Everyone has their opinion of what makes something a joy to the eye. In winter everything is finely edited by our cold weather and killing frosts and further focused when snowfall covers the landscape, but that only means we have a showcase for some plants that make...

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Contorted Hazel

Contorted Hazel

Preeminent for winter interest, the Contorted Hazel, or 'Harry Lauder's Walking Stick' all add up to the same beautifully twisted, gnarled branches standing out in the bleak wintertime views. All of these common names refer to one tree, "Corylus avellana 'Contorta' "....

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Stretch The Bloom Season With Daffodils

Stretch The Bloom Season With Daffodils

Which Flowers Do You Love? Daffodils? Do you love daffodils? Tulips? All the flowersof spring? Or do you love Chrysanthemums in the fall? Daylilies in summer? Which of these flowers makes your heart beat a little faster, just looking at them? No matter which of these...

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Trees of My Landscape -and other trees I love

Trees of My Landscape -and other trees I love

Trees are an incredibly important part of a landscape in the part of the world where I live- as they are in so many. They are one of the first things I notice when traveling to a new region. "What new types of trees are there, and which type predominate in the scenes...

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5 Choices for Living Christmas Trees

5 Choices for Living Christmas Trees

You have to plan a little early for success with living Christmas trees. Dig your planting hole before the ground freezes and be sure to keep your soil in unheated storage. Decide which tree you wish to put into your landscape plan this year.

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Autumn Clematis

Autumn Clematis

One of my favorite vines for sheer abundance of frothy bloom, 'Clematis terniflora'. When it is in full bloom starting at the end of August, the entire yard is filled with a clean soapy scent. Abuzz with little bees and adorned with butterflies the autumn clematis is...

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My Favorite Tulip Varieties

My Favorite Tulip Varieties

First of all, I love tulips, and one of my sayings is that they are "the lipstick of the garden". Tulips just brighten up the visage of the spring garden in a way that no other of the plants can do. Azaleas have that bright color,but sometimes in almost a garish way,...

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Flowering Cabbage & Kale

Flowering Cabbage & Kale

Time to think of the autumn phase of the garden already. When we picture autumn we picture the trees ablaze with color here in the Midwest, and in the Northeast of the USA, but there are other players on the stage. Perhaps theirs is a supporting role, but many bring...

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Ten Top Perennial Choices

Ten Top Perennial Choices

If reduced to ten plants around which to plan the gardening season, which would I choose? This post is based on the one I wrote for my blog, but I think I would stand by the thoughts written in 2004.This isn't based upon the criteria of "what I liked the most" in a...

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Balloon Flowers Throw A Midsummer Party

Balloon Flowers Throw A Midsummer Party

When the Platycodons bloom in a midsummer garden they sport pastel balloon buds that burst into open stars of satiny blue, pink, or white. I think I like the blue hue the best. They are slow to break growth in the spring so keep that in mind while grubbing around in...

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Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce

Alberta spruce, Picea glauca 'Conica' is a favored dwarf evergreen for foundation and landscape use. I have grown them in both my rural and city garden. Their greatest drawback is the spider mite infestations they are prone to- which I never suffered in the city...

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Asters Are September Assets

Asters Are September Assets

Asters are one of the many daisy family members. Often called "Michaelmas Daisies" [although Aster novi-belgii is also called this nickname] since their autumn blooming coincides with the September 29th date of the Church calender celebration. Also known as New...

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4 Fast Growing Trees

4 Fast Growing Trees

There are more examples than four, but four is the number of those I have grown (besides the fact that they are the most popular). These four are all deciduous trees, which means they seasonally lose their leaves. Because they are fast growing, it is tempting to...

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Viburnum Shrubs

Viburnum Shrubs

Plant for All Seasons The viburnums here are in full swing of spring bloom. Most gardens would benefit from one of these shrubs, or in my case, many of them. Here's look at some of the differences in varieties, some of the assets of growing them, and the care...

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