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Folks are always lamenting that they have few flowers both late in the growing season and early. Well, I can solve the latter with pasque flower, a clumping, slowly expanding native flower that's ahead of the game every April.
Great Design Plant: Aster
The lack of flowers blooming in the garden in the fall can be a real bummer, but as I write this in August, you've got time to plant some autumn bloomers. Asters come in a range of stunning colors, particularly pinks and purples, and there are more than...
Great Design Plant: Walker's Low Catmint
The arrival of gold, orange, and red in the garden signals that fall is upon us and that most plants are beginning to shift gears to prepare for winter dormancy. As autumn colors are, it's nice to have something to set off the fall glory....
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Imagine what characteristics you would want in the perfect shrub. How about one that blooms throughout the year, loves hot temperatures but can handle cooler ones, all while needing no pruning? Would you add one to your landscape? Well, imagine no longer,...
Great Design Plant: Lilac Vine for a Purple Profusion in Winter
There aren’t many vines that put on a show in the middle of winter, but that is exactly when lilac vine shows off a profusion of purple flowers. As pretty as the flowers are, they aren’t fragrant, but when they fade, lush green foliage stands up...
Great Design Plant: Gold Collection Hellebores Perform Like Stars
Hellebores are a mainstay of my winter garden. Tolerant of deer, drought, rabbits and shade, they meet my criteria for a low-maintenance, evergreen perennial. Yet not all hellebores are equal. Thankfully gone are the days of the coarse-leaved, somewhat...
9 Plants That Channel Pantone’s Color of 2014
If you’re on top of the latest trends in fashion and design, then you likely know that Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. Gardeners pull inspiration from a number of sources, so why...
Great Design Plant: Aromatic Aster Keeps on Blooming
I have at least a dozen species of aster in my garden, from shade lovers to sun lovers, drought tolerators and rain garden mainstays. But in my top three is aromatic aster, because it grows in even the worst soil and blooms and blooms and blooms — even...
Herb Garden Essentials: Grow Your Own Fragrant Lavender
If any plant can be said to have it all, or at least a good portion of it all, it’s lavender. This Mediterranean native is easy to grow even outside its preferred growing conditions, is mostly pest- and disease-free, is fragrant and attracts bees, birds...
Great Design Plant: Rozanne Cranesbill
For those of us looking for lower-maintenance gardens, it is easy to dismiss this hardy geranium as just another perennial that will need fussing with. To discount it so readily would be to deny yourself one of the best summer performers I have ever grown. Not...
Great Native Plant: Baptisia
You want a shrub in that dry corner, but no shrub will work. You want something that looks different. You want superlow maintenance. I've got just the right perennial for you: Baptisia is a quick-growing, uniquely blooming wildflower native to areas from...
Let Lilac Love Flower This Spring
“In the Spring," the poet Tennyson tells us, "a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." He fails to mention where a young woman's fancy turns. I can speak only for myself, but every spring of my girlhood — as far back as I can remember...
Great Native Plant: Cleveland Sage
There’s a distinct smell to native Southern California flora, and if you can get far enough out into the native landscape, you’ll discover a fragrance that exudes warmth and dryness. It’s a scent I look everywhere for and one I associate closely...
Great Design Plant: Pride of Madeira
To describe Pride of Madeira's features as anything other than stunning doesn’t do the plant justice. You’ve probably heard the list of attributes before — purple flower spikes, mounding habit, low water use, coastal tolerant, sage...
Garden Color: How to Landscape With Purple
Purple can be used to help create a desirable mood in the garden — from peaceful to romantic to inspiring. In color theory purple traditionally indicates knowledge, self-respect, spirituality, dignity and wealth. In the landscape it promotes feelings...
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