What’s In Bloom Today?

Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Drought tolerant plants, Fall gardens, Gaura, Late summer blooming plants, Native Plants, Native Plants for Containers, Naturalizing, Sandy Soil, Uncategorized

Whether you know it as Wandflower. Whirling Butterfly or Gaura, this native wildflower is a must for the garden.   Another low maintenance choice, this long blooming, (August through October) clumping herbaceous perennial grows best in a full sun location with sandy, well-drained soil. It tolerates heat, humidity and drought. Wiry stems, which can range …

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Plant A Patch: Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)

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  Reminiscent of the days of the tallgrass prairie, switch grass, with its upright, columnar shape can be a striking stand alone focal point, a massed anchor for a border, or a backdrop for a rain garden. Reaching up to 6 feet in height when in bloom, switch grass is easily grown in moist, sandy …

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Add A Grove: Washington Hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum)

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  Providing a striking contrast to evergreens, the Washington hawthorn is a must for the winter landscape. Attractive in all seasons, this small, rounded native tree features white blooms in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, gorgeous fall foliage ranging from orange to reddish-purple and bright red fruit called haws that appear in fall and …

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Plant A Grove: American Smoketree — (Cotinus obvatus)

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      Grown as a small tree or a large shrub, the American smoketree is known for its unique summer appearance and glorious fall color. Smoketrees, which can reach heights of 30 feet,  require full sun but will do well in any soil type, even clay, as long as the soil drains reasonably well. …

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Plant A Grove — Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

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      If you’ve taken a drive in the countryside lately, you’ve probably seen a striking shrub flaunting yellow, orange and red foliage all on the same bush. Staghorn sumac, named for the velvety appearance of its stunning young branchlets, has a strong, open, spreading growth habit, reaching 15 to 25 feet. It naturalizes …

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Plant A Patch — American Bittersweet ( Celastrus scandens)

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    American bittersweet can be counted on to give spring, summer, fall and winter beauty. This native vine, which grows well in poor to average soil, prefers full sun for maximum flower and fruit production, but it will also tolerate part shade. The greenish-white to yellow blooms appear in May and June. In late …

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Plant A Patch : Aromatic Aster — (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

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        An exceptional plant for the fall pollinator garden, the showy bluish-purple Aromatic aster blooms are beloved by birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators and they make excellent cut flowers.These asters, that typically grow in a mounded shape 24 inches tall,  thrive in full sun and tolerate dry, rocky or clay soils. …

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The Not So Secret Life of Bees

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Two years ago, when we moved into this house, I planted the beginnings of a butterfly garden. Last summer it didn’t amount to much — the perennials were small and it just didn’t have many winged visitors. There was a little more interest this summer; I’ve had several types of swallowtails, lots of cabbage whites …

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Freshen Your Yard for Fall

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This past weekend was the first time in a long time that I was able to sit with a cup of coffee and honestly critique the gardens that I have put in the backyard so far. It was truly depressing! I tried to rationalize that they were still relatively new and that the weather had …

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