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Fantastic Design Plant: Sweet Alyssum

Each October or November I begin my search for transplants of sweet alyssum to grow my garden. My romance with this tiny plant began decades ago when I found its broad use in my southern winter garden. If you’re searching for a winter bloomer, nonstop flowering and delicately scented flowers, sweet alyssum is the best […]

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10 Boo-tiful Black Plants for Halloween

Halloween is around the corner, and if you are lucky, shortly droves of all candy-seeking ghouls and goblins will be in your door. Does your entryway show your holiday spirit? Otherwise, here are some terrific black-hued plants to produce a hauntingly unforgettable screen. Kim Gamel Black mondo grass makes a great addition to fall containers. […]

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Fantastic Design Plant: Blazing Star

Are you bored of perennials together with the usual round flowers and mounding habit? Looking for an accent, something that cries “wowee zowee” but doesn’t take up much property? Like butterflies to boot? Liatris, or blazing star, is one of the very unique native prairie perennials, sort of a statement plant life. Its title means […]

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Grow a Beautiful Fall Garden in a Pot

I really don’t know about you, but where I live (USDA zone 6) it’s been a very long, hot, dry summer. Together with triple-digit temperatures for most of the summer, my containers look worse for the wear. I am starting to dream of cooler temperatures, fall colors and falling leaves. I have already started considering […]

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Great Design Plant: Sea Holly

Eryngium, commonly called sea holly, might appear anything but inviting at first, but on closer inspection you’ll realize there is nothing to be fearful of. I found this spiky flower in a friend’s birthday fragrance and have been a fan ever since. Sea holly has a long history of cultivation, and recent trending in foraged […]

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