Plant of the Week

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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I’m a Mover & Shaker

Perennial of the Week: Ornamental Grasses Ornamental grasses bring movement and texture to your garden. These aesthetically pleasing plants can be tall or small, and may love the hot summer sun or a shadier locale. Ornamental grasses provide interest throughout multiple seasons, and are relatively low-maintenance plants since they do not require fertilizer or mowing.…

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I Love to Dance

Perennial of the Week: Anemone – ‘Windflower’ Anemone is commonly called Windflower because its delicate, saucer-shaped blossoms appear to dance in the late summer and early fall breeze. Anemone hits its stride late in the season, when many other perennials have finished blooming. These plants produce single or double white, violet-hued, or light pink flowers…

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I’m at My Best When Fall Arrives

Perennial of the Week: Sedum – ‘Stonecrop’ Just when some perennials are getting ready for a long winter’s nap, many varieties of Sedum (Stonecrop) are pulling out all the stops with bright, clustered blooms in shades that range from reddish purple to neon-red, and rose pink. Bonus: These long-lasting blooms look great in a sunny…

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I Can Help Improve Your Mood

Perennial of the Week: Lavender The light, sweet smell of Lavender is more than just a pleasant perfume: Aromatherapists use Lavender to bring a sense of calm to a room. No wonder Lavender-scented products are used in babies’ bathwater! Lavender is also a pleasant way to keep moths away from clothing. Lavender sachets and pomanders have…

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Collectors Can’t Resist Me

Perennial of the Week: Echinacea – ‘Coneflower’ If there is one perennial that brings out the collector in every gardener, it would have to be Echinacea (Coneflower). Echinacea purprea, our native Coneflower, adds so much to a garden, including height, structure, texture, and color by the bushel! Other species of Echinacea including E. pallida, E.…

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I’m a Drama Queen

Perennial of the Week: Hardy Hibiscus – ‘Rose Mallow’ Tall and lovely, Hardy Hibiscus produce dramatic flowers in white, pink, red, and purple that range from 5” to 12” wide! Hardy Hibiscus can range in size from compact forms 2-3 feet tall all the way up to 8 feet tall depending on the variety. Some…

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