Plant of the Week

Being in a Tight Spot Never Worries Me

Perennial of the Week: Phlox subulata – ‘Mountain Pinks’ Botanist John Bartram is credited with bringing Phlox subulata (commonly known as Creeping Phlox, Mountain Pink, and Moss Phlox) from its native environment to cultivated gardens in 1745. This low-growing, spreading plant thrives in the eastern and central United States, and tends to enjoy slopes, open…

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Shady Beauties Seek New Digs

Perennial of the Week: Hellebores Known as the Lenten Rose, the Christmas Rose, and various other pseudonyms, the shade-loving members of the Hellebore family are not close relatives of the classic garden Rose at all. The flowers do resemble a single Rose, but unlike its namesake, the intrepid Hellebore blooms in winter and early spring,…

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I Was Named for an Ambassador

The Aztecs were making medicines and dyes from the species of Euphorbia now known as the Poinsettia centuries before Joel Robert Poinsett set foot in Mexico, but the interest he took in this tropical plant made it the holiday favorite it is today. Poinsett, the United States’ first ambassador to Mexico, brought the first of…

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I Am a Symbol of True Love

Holiday Plant of the Week: Cyclamen On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a Cyclamen? If you subscribe to folklore, a Cyclamen would make a perfect gift for someone you love, as this plant is considered a symbol of love and tenderness. We agree that Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) make excellent holiday…

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I Am the No-Fuss Evergreen

Holiday Plant of the Week: Hellebores Hellebores make wonderful holiday gifts. These no-fuss evergreen plants are drought tolerant and animal resistant. They enjoy the cool weather, and put on significant growth during the fall. Some say the Hellebore was the original Christmas gift. A legend associated with the Christmas Rose concerns Madelon, a girl who visits…

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We Know That Timing Is Everything

Bulb of the Week: Minor Bulbs Gardeners everywhere strive for perfect timing so there is always something blooming during the growing season. Those who are in-the-know use “minor” bulbs to extend bloom time while adding color and texture to the landscape. What is a minor bulb? These are the pint-sized, easy-care plants, including Grape Hyacinths…

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I Started a Craze that Gripped the Netherlands

Bulb of the Week: Tulips The bold, cheerful Tulip is a national symbol of the Netherlands that led to Tulipomania, a famed (and ultimately disastrous) speculative craze also known as Tulip Mania. A mosaic virus produced exotically variegated Tulips with feathered patterns of two or more colors, and the public could not get enough! The…

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I Am the Flashy Member of a Common Family

Bulb of the Week: Allium The group of plants that includes Onions, Garlic, Shallots, and other pungent species, also includes multiple ornamental Allium varieties. These showstoppers add rhythm and motion to the landscape and love to take center stage in a sunny, well drained garden bed during the spring and summer. Alliums attract butterflies and…

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I Hail from the Mountains, but Love the Suburbs

Bulb of the Week: Crocus Gardeners love Crocuses. These die-hard perennials insist on leafing out and blooming every spring, even if there is still snow on the ground. Originally from the Alps, the Pyrenees, and the Balkans, Crocuses readily make their homes in suburban garden beds, growing well in borders, rock gardens, woodland plantings, and…

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I Know How to Put on a Show

Bulb of the Week: Daffodils From the smallest to the tallest, Daffodils are an almost foolproof choice for your garden, landscape, or both! These tireless performers, some of which are delightfully fragrant, are practically synonymous with spring. They are equally at home in a garden bed that has been planned with precision, a container garden,…

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