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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What’s In Bloom Today?

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Allium “Millenium” is currently a show stopper in the August garden.       Just when other blooms in the garden are beginning to look summer worn, this allium variety begins to shine. Unlike its spring blooming cousins, this hybrid ornamental allium stands only 12 to 18 inches tall and blooms beginning in July and …

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Plant A Patch: Star Tickseed (Coreopsis pubescens)

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    Expect mounds of bright yellow blooms on slender stems from June to September with this easy to grow native perennial. Star Tickseed prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soil although they also tolerate high humidity, drought and thin, rocky or sandy soil. Star Tickseed can be short-lived, but they do self-seed easily. Deadhead …

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Plant A Patch – Barbara’s Buttons (Marshallia caespitosa)

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    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 …

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Digging into Dirt, Part 2: What Kind Is It?

Posted by & filed under Clay Soil, Improving Soil, Loam, Microbes, Microorganisms, Sandy Soil, Silty Soil, Soil, Soil Health, Soil Tyoes

If I were a soil scientist (and that does take a huge stretch of your imagination), I would be presenting you with a list showing the taxonomy of 12 different soils, all having totally unfamiliar and unpronounceable names. Each soil group would be determined by one or two major characteristics chosen for how the soil …

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