Echinacea Purpurea, A Healing Plant

Echinacea Purpurea, A Healing Plant

What Is Tough, Beautiful, And Healing? Echinacea purpurea Echinacea purpurea,Cone flower, is a daisy type of flower that blooms well during late summer months. I love it in combination with the Butterfly weed. The orange of the Asclepsias tuberosa, butterfly flower,...

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Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’

Picea Abies ‘Nidiformis’

  Bird's Nest Spruce Many dwarf evergreens begin as mutations of some larger tree, and that is true of this popular foundation plant. 'Nidiformis', the Nest Spruce, formed from a Norway Spruce witches' broom. Harvested from an aberration "witches broom", which...

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4 Foundation Planting Faux Pas

4 Foundation Planting Faux Pas

Don't Commit These Planting Blunders Size matters. Planting something that will outgrow its spot and crowd windows or entries is a no-no. Ho-hum fashion choices. why be like every other house on the block? You don't have to choose the same...

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Late Summer Leadwort

Late Summer Leadwort

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides One plant that I really appreciate at the end of summer is the bright blue flowering plant sometimes known as plumbago, or leadwort, whose Latin name is Ceratostigma plumbaginoides. It has slowly grown on me, a plant that works as a ground...

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5 Best Perennials For August Flowers

5 Best Perennials For August Flowers

August can be hot and dry, it also can be humid which spells the end of many of the more famous flowers of your perennial garden. With a few well chosen additions August can also be a month alive with garden color, especially if you like native prairie flowers. Here...

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12 Low Growing Spring Perennials

12 Low Growing Spring Perennials

The time to think about spring garden plans is in the fall. Fall planted bulbs such as tulips are available from August onward. And perennials are available in late August thru September.

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Alchemilla Mollis, Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla Mollis, Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla Mollis, Pleasant Partner- Experienced gardeners often rave over Alchemilla mollis. It is also a favorite among flower arrangers. Perhaps the velvety green leaves with their full moon scalloped edged shape, or maybe the fine filigree filler of the flowers...

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Adenophora confusa, Ladybells

Adenophora confusa, Ladybells

Ladybells to Grace Your Garden Adenophora is a plant I tried due to the recommendations of the White Flower Farm catalogue. Also commonly called "Ladybells", an apt appellation due to its graceful lavender blue bells on slender stems, I have enjoyed this long blooming...

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Coreopsis Verticillata

Coreopsis Verticillata

This Coreopsis used to be on every 'top perennials' list when I started out gardening some thirty years ago. It has changed alot through breeding efforts, and here is my assessment from how it has fared in my Ohio garden. The original recommended type, C. verticillata...

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Achilleas, Prairie Performers

Achilleas, Prairie Performers

Not all Achilleas are golden, but one of the more famous ones is, "Coronation Gold". I have grown several types and I think they are all useful and attractive in the garden. The one thing that Achilleas seem to need is sun, which you get in prairie conditions. Let me...

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Thérèse Bugnet Rose

Thérèse Bugnet Rose

Therese Bugnet Roses For Old Fashioned Beauty In my garden journal I wrote: A word about the Thérèse Bugnet Rose. It is a very beautiful, hardy, fragrant, full blooming rugosa rose. That is a picture of it at the top of the post. Most years it is simply covered with...

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Willow Tree, Gracefully Weeping

Willow Tree, Gracefully Weeping

Willow trees grow fast, but that is not the main reason to grow them. The main reason is their graceful presence in the landscape. I planted my first willow trees five years ago, and that one is now among the largest trees on the property. It creates a sense of...

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Oriental Poppies

Oriental Poppies

  Oriental Poppies, Sumptuous Silky Blooms Oriental poppies are cold climate plants which need a sunny spot, with well-drained, moderately fertile, soil. The kind of conditions found in most perennial garden beds. They live for a long time, and you can sometimes...

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Papaver Rhoeas, Fairy Tale Flowers

Papaver Rhoeas, Fairy Tale Flowers

These are flowers to illustrate fairy tales, and so easy that a child can grow them successfully. In fact, once you plant them, they may just grow on their own happily ever after. They are one of my favorite reseeding annuals. The petals of the Shirley poppy are...

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Fringe Trees, Fragrant and Fluttery

Fringe Trees, Fragrant and Fluttery

My first introduction to fringe trees was through the writings of Helen Van Pelt Wilson. Descriptions of their fragrance and delicate bloom exposed Wilson's obvious love for her dooryard addition of a fringe tree, as she extolled the all-season beauty of these small...

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Redbud Tree, the Understory

Redbud Tree, the Understory

The redbud grows to about 20-30 feet, although most I’ve seen are much smaller even with time. It probably depends on its growing conditions. It tends to vase to dome shaped, and most have bright pink, pea shaped flowers and persistent pods fluttering from the branches. The flowers start as tiniest little pink slippers of bud, then expand into deeper rose…just the color many old fashioned roses. They stand out brightly in the spring landscape, and look especially lovely with companions of dark evergreens and white blooming viburnums.

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Pyracantha, Friend or Foe?

Pyracantha, Friend or Foe?

The Firethorn Shrub Choice The firethorn bush, Pyracantha coccinea 'Mohave', grows clambering up my house and I love it. I wouldn't be without this prickly shrub, but it is quite wicked with long thorns all along branches that are stiff and very sharp, and shows no...

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Pruning Lavender

Pruning Lavender

One thing I didn't realize when first growing lavender was how important it is to thin out and lightly trim back the shrubs. The information that it should not be cut back into old wood was something I'd adhered to, but not the importance of creating a more open...

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Marjoram

Marjoram

Origanum majorana, sweet marjoram Marjoram is one of the herb garden residents who manage to find a place in your heart. It doesn't start out that way. The appearance is a pale olive drab and their culinary use is not in high demand as other high profile herbs. Over...

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