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Posted by & filed under Buddleia, Butterfly Gardens, Deciduous shrub, Designing for Butterflies, Full sun, Uncategorized

  By  Sandra Nelson     This week’s pick is by Philip Grubb, Horticulturist   Butterfly Bush   Brilliant color, delightful fragrance and easy care  — a winning combination!   Butterfly bush, also known as summer lilac, is a perfect addition to a Midwestern summer garden. Although it absolutely requires full sun, 8 hours a …

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Posted by & filed under Blue, Blue flowers, Color, Color; Designing with Color, Designing with Color, Garden Design, Gardens, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   I’ve been feeling somewhat blue lately.  No, I’m not depressed  —  I’m debating on a color scheme for the new garden I’m adding this year. Right now I am leaning toward using shades of blue as my predominant color. The idea of adding a quiet, tranquil retreat appeals to me in …

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Posted by & filed under Butterfly Gardens, Deciduous shrub, Deer Resistant Plants, Full sun, Koreanspice Viburnum, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick is by Karl Hying, Landscape Designer     Koreanspice Viburnum   A fragrance that rivals that of the old fashioned lilacs that grew in Grandma’s garden, with the added bonus of blooming at least a month earlier!           While many species of …

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Posted by & filed under Color, Color; Designing with Color, Design, Design elements, Designing with Color, Garden Design, Gardens, Psychology of Color, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   While line, shape, form and texture tend to be the subtle elements shaping the viewer’s perception of a garden design, color is the one that jumps out and grabs you. It draws you in or pushes you away; it fires your emotions and stokes your energy level or it brings much …

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Posted by & filed under Bird Friendly Trees, Fall color, Flowering Dogwood, Native Plants, Native Trees, Naturalizing, Uncategorized

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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Posted by & filed under Design, Design elements, Garden Design, Gardens, Line, Shape and Form, Texture, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   For years, I thought that color was the most important element in garden design. I thought that if only I could learn to get the colors right, then I would finally have that show-stopping yard I had been dreaming about for years. It’s only been in the last few weeks that …

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Posted by & filed under Beneficial insects, Celandine poppy, Deer Resistant Plants, Native Plants, Naturalizing, Rain Garden Plants, Uncategorized

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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Posted by & filed under Design, design process, Designed Plant Communities, Garden Design, Gardens, Layers, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   I don’t know how you are handling stress these days, but I find myself drawn more and more to my yard. When I feel anxiety building, I stroll through the yard, stopping every few seconds to discover the changes from the day before and to soak in the calming power of …

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Posted by & filed under Borders, Container Gardening, Deer Resistant Plants, Full sun, Groundcovers, Stachys ‘Hummelo’, Uncategorized

By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Dan Nelson, Lead Designer   Stachys ‘Hummelo’   “The 2019 Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year, this is a great plant  for the perennial bed and as a ground cover. “     Largely undiscovered by today’s homeowners, Stachys ‘Hummelo’ is a true “Must Have.”  An …

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