Plant of the Week

I’m Your Go-to Plant

Perennial of the Week: Salvia/Sage Welcome to the wonderful world of Salvia! Also known as Sage, spiky, colorful Salvia is well loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, and is deer resistant and relatively pest-free. The Salvia family includes multiple types of herbaceous or woody perennials that bloom in late spring and early summer.  Several Rohsler’s Grown varieties…

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I May Cure Your Arachnophobia

Perennial of the Week: Tradescantia/Spiderwort Hardy, perennial forms of Tradescantia are commonly known as Spiderwort. Some people say this common name was derived from the plant’s sap, which looks like a strand of a spider web. Still others say the plant and its flower have spider-like qualities. Have no fear: Even beginning gardeners enjoy success with…

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Try an Easygoing Perennial with All the Frills

Perennial of the Week: Geum/Avens If you think everything that is worthwhile requires oodles of hard work, it’s time to get to know Geum – commonly known as Avens. These easygoing perennials produce neat, compact foliage and present gardeners with prolific, frilly, rose-like blooms that begin in early spring and continue through the summer. Geum…

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I Like Dark, Shady Places

Perennial of the Week: Heuchera – ‘Coral Bells’ Sure, your garden gets plenty of sun, but those darker, shadier places need some depth and color too! Meet Heuchera — also known as Coral Bells or Alumroot — a strikingly handsome perennial that brightens even the darkest garden bed. These undemanding, long-lived plants pump out beautiful…

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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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