Archive for July 2016

I Add Spice to the Garden

Perennial of the Week: Dianthus – ‘Pinks’ Known to the Greeks as the divine flower, Dianthus is one of the world’s oldest cultivated flowering plants. There are currently about 30,000 known Dianthus cultivars, which include the Carnation (D. caryophyllus), Sweet William (D. barbatus), and the Pink (D. plumarius). Over time, the origin of the name…

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Conserve Water, Time, & Energy

What’s in the Garden: It has been a long stretch since summer in this region didn’t include some type of outdoor watering restrictions. Take some tips from the intrepid gardeners who know how to handle the heat and still keep their plantings vibrant and healthy throughout even the driest growing season. Begin by cutting the…

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I Have Genuine Magnetism

Perennial of the Week: Agastache ‘Anise Hyssop’ Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies simply cannot resist Agastache, also known as Anise Hyssop. Thanks to its aromatic leaves and gorgeous flowers, gardeners can’t seem to get enough of this licorice-scented plant, either. A sun lover of the first order, Agastache is also deer resistant and drought tolerant. It…

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Quench Your Thirst!

What’s in the Garden Humans are a curious lot. Most of us love to travel, and those of us who garden can’t resist taking a peek into someone else’s yard. This month, we’ll be catering to the curious gardener in you as we embark on a guided tour of Wave Hill and Untermyer Park &…

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We Can Do It!

What’s in the Garden: If we all join forces, we have a chance to accomplish something life affirming right in our own back yards. We need to ensure a future for the powerful pollinators that impact our lives every day. It’s time we made the connection between pollinators like birds, bees, bats, moths, and butterflies…

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I Do Hearts a World of Good

Perennial of the Week: Foxglove Foxglove (Digitalis) is a true garden “thriller” that lends height, drama, and color under the midsummer sun. For centuries, these plants have been known as the source of Digitalis, a medication used to control cardiac arrhythmias. William Withering is credited with discussing the benefits of Digitalis in English-language medical literature…

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