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July 2018

Plant A Patch: Indian Pink -- (Spigelia marilandica)

  Glossy green leaves and brilliant scarlet blooms with bright yellow interiors and star shaped petals on the top grace this spring blooming native perennial. Indian Pinks prefer shade and grow in clumps in moist, well-drained soil, although they will tolerate moderate drought. These easy to grow plants tend to reach 12 to 18 inches …

Rethinking Lawns -- Part 2: Variations on a Theme

After almost two years of fighting a lost cause, we are truly ready to take the plunge. Once the heat of the summer dissipates, we are going to kill off the sorry patch of existing “lawn” we have and start over with an entirely new look.     So far, I’ve had an interesting reaction …

Rethinking Lawns - Part 1:  History of Lawns in the United States

My water bill came yesterday. I know that compared to some peoples’, mine isn’t enormous, but it still is taking a bite out of my summer budget. I’d much rather spend that money on some new patio furniture or specimen plants I’ve had my eyes on all season, but paying the bill has priority. I’m …

Plant A Patch: Small Skullcap (Scutellaria parvula missouriensis)

    At home in shallow dry, rocky soil, sandy soil or clay soil, this tiny plant (3 – 9″) deserves big recognition for its ability to thrive in adverse conditions that would stress other species. It prefers full sun but also grows and blooms well in partial shade. Small skullcap sports blue blossoms from …

Plant A Patch: Copper Iris (Iris fulva)

  A perfect plant for use in a rain garden or as a water plant , the copper iris takes its name from its unique reddish-copper color blooms which appear in May and June.Small plants, they typically reach about 2 feet in height. They love full sun, but will tolerate part shade if planted in …

Plant A Patch - Barbara's Buttons (Marshallia caespitosa)

    This diminutive native perennial features fragrant pinkish white blooms, somewhat reminiscent of pincushion flowers, on leafless, upright stems in late spring. A small plant, rarely more than 6 – 8 inches, it is perfect for rock gardens or the front of beds. Barbara’s buttons are drought tolerant, prefer full sun and dry, sandy …