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Posted by & filed under Bees, Butterfly Gardens, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Globe amaranth, Late summer blooming plants

  By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick by Jo Ann Prieto, horticulturist and seasonal color specialist.   Gomphrena globosa   “An interesting plant in masses, in pots it gives a nice structural interest to the pots.”     Providing a burst of blooms from summer until frost, globe amaranth is a hardy, …

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Posted by & filed under Benefits of Houseplants, Houseplant Care, Houseplants, Succulents and cacti, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson Our weekends almost always include a trip to one of the local big box stores. For some reason, no matter what task he is completing, my husband never seems to have “the right tool.” (After 45 years, I would think we would already have every tool known to man …but evidently not. …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Clay Soil, Cutting Garden, Deer Resistant Plants, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Echinacea, Native Plants, Naturalizing, PerenniaLs, Uncategorized

    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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Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Deer Resistant Plants, Drought tolerant plants, Dry gardens, Eastern red-cedar, Evergreens, Uncategorized

  By Sandra Nelson       Often disparaged as just a common roadside plant, the native Eastern Red Cedar is truly a boost to a winter garden.     Eastern red cedars, or junipers, are easy to grow, tolerating conditions that would quickly wipe out other species. They prefer full sun, shallow rocky, well-drained …

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Posted by & filed under Gifts for gardeners, Uncategorized

    Beyond the Ordinary       We’ve searched the internet and found lots of lists of gifts for gardeners. They’re great lists full of the usual suggestions — gardening gloves and tools, gift certificates and houseplants. Not quite satisfied, we put together our own list. These are the things we’d love to find …

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Posted by & filed under Birds, Maiden grass, Ornamental grasses, Uncategorized, Winter Landscaping

  Impressive 6 to 8 foot arching stems topped by feathery silver blooms makes Maiden Grass a wintertime favorite.     Easily grown in a wide range of soil types (from sandy soil to heavy clay), this ornamental grass prefers full sun and moderate moisture. It’s clump formation expands slowly by rhizomes, but it can self-seed …

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