Butterfly Milkweed: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   Over the past few years, butterfly milkweed has become the plant poster child in the quest to save Monarch butterflies from possible extinction. The public knows its name and understands its importance to our ecological balance. What many people don’t know however, is that it is an outstanding garden plant  —  a …

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Penstemon cobea: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson       Penstemon cobea Spectacular displays of vivid color….    An almost perfect specimen, this native penstemon deserves a place of honor in the early summer garden. At home in hot, dry and sunny glades, this penstemon does not need to be pampered. It withstands drought conditions and will grow well …

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The Best Flowers For A Hummingbird Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   While a great design is the first step to a hummin’ garden (See last week’s post for design tips), the plants that you chose can actually make it or break it. Hummingbirds, like many bees and butterflies, have some fairly specific preferences when it comes to their food sources. Keeping these characteristics …

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Great Companions

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By Sandra Nelson   My daughter FaceTimed me the other day. She wanted me to see a plant and tell her what would look good with it in her garden. I gave her a few suggestions, but the conversation really got me thinking. I don’t know how many times I have stood in a garden …

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New Jersey Tea: A Must Have For Your Garden

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(Photo Credit:  JohnOyston) By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick by Sandra Nelson,   New Jersey Tea       Picture masses of gorgeous,  pure white flowers hosting visits from dozens of brightly colored butterflies and a delicate fragrance filling the air. Even better, picture that idyllic scene on the rocky hillside in your yard where …

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Flowering Dogwood: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick is by Sandy Defoe, Artistic Director. Flowering Dogwood   You can’t beat the graceful form, gorgeous spring flowers and excellent fall color.”     Seeing their show right now, it’s easy to see why Flowering Dogwood trees are a Must Have for the garden. Flowering dogwood, Cornus …

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Celandine Poppy: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick by Sandra Nelson,  Blog Writer   Celandine Poppy   The perfect plant to brighten up a dark corner of the yard.     Anything from dappled sunlight to deep shade suits this luminescent native wildflower! The Celandine Poppy, or commonly called  wood poppy, blooms profusely from early April until the …

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Echinacea  — Sombrero Series: A Must Have For Your Landscape

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    By Sandra Nelson The seed catalogs have begun to appear in my mailbox, which always gets me dreaming about the multitudes of plants  — both new varieties and old favorites — that I want to add to my landscape. With so many to choose from though, it’s difficult to narrow down the list …

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Right Plant, Right Place

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  We went from a yard that had rich, loamy soil and the perfect amount of gentle morning sun to living on top of a defunct rock quarry that sits in deep shade for most of the day until it roasts  in the worst hours of the midwest afternoon sun. Finding plants that survive in …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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  Being totally honest, we have to admit that Staghorn sumac isn’t really blooming, but it is flaunting its colors.         Often showing yellow, orange and red foliage on the same bush, Staghorn sumac is named for the velvety appearance of its stunning young branchlets. It has a strong, open form, often reaching …

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