Category Archives: Plant portraits

Hellebores-Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Shade Loving Perennial

A well kept secret of garden enthusiasts, Hellebores should be more widely known to serious and not so serious gardeners alike; this is a plant that is worth seeking out. Continue reading

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Bee Catnip-Pollinator Superstar

If you possess at least one square foot of sunny or partially sunny garden space, you should plant Catmint, or better known in the trade as Nepeta, for longevity of bloom, ease of maintenance, and attraction to pollinators. Continue reading

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It’s a Small, Small, World-Mini Hostas

Miniature hostas like ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ are flying out of nurseries because of their versatility and ability to fit into small garden spaces. Continue reading

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Black Goes With Everything

Black flowers bring excitement and drama to the garden and can transform flower borders and containers from the expected to the extraordinary. Continue reading

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Springtime Viola Basket

Violas and pansies are budget friendly flowers that last for months in the spring and in the fall. Find out how to assemble an easy springtime arrangement using these fragrant beautiful blooms. Continue reading

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Blue Poppy Envy

The Himalayan Blue Poppy is a mythic flower and a much sought after garden gem by collectors. Longwood Gardens has a brief dazzling display of these blue stunners. Continue reading

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Bee Catnip-Mountain Mint

Top of the list is a little-known mint, called Mountain Mint for attracting pollinators of all kinds. Penn State trials have identified this plant as a bee magnet for sheer numbers of pollinators that it attracts. Continue reading

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Winter Aconites-The Bulb That Keeps Giving

Winter Aconites are easy to grow bulbs that herald the first sign of spring along with Snowdrops. Valuable as an early nectar and pollen source for honey bees and other pollinators, these sunny flowers should be in every garden. Continue reading

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Cool Flowers-Early Spring Bloomers

Now is the perfect time to plant Cool Season Annuals for a quick pick me up color show after a cold winter. Larkspur, Poppies, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, Clarkia, and Love-in-the-Mist are great choices for your spring garden. Continue reading

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Poinsettia – History and Legends

What is the best selling potted plant in the U.S. and Canada? The Poinsettia is by far the most widely purchased flowering plant with lots of shapes, colors, and uses for decorating. Continue reading

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