Lantana: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson       This week’s pick by Jo Ann Prieto, horticulturist and seasonal color specialist.   Lantana   “A great, sturdy heat tolerant plant that can be used en mass in the landscape and in pots as trailers.”       Each bloom a living rainbow for the garden, lantana adds a playful zest to …

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Virginia Sweetspire: A Must Have For Your Garden

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By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Philip Grubb, Horticulturist   Virginia Sweetspire     Graceful in the spring, fragrant in the summer, striking in the fall and structural in the winter, this native deciduous shrub is truly an all-season plant. Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) is easily grown in moist, well-drained soil, making …

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Spring Clean-Up, The Environmentally Friendly Way

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 By Sandra Nelson   We had a quick taste of spring this past weekend.    It was warm and sunny and people in our neighborhood were out in full force taking advantage of the beautiful days to begin their spring yard clean-up. Leaves were raked and bagged, perennials chopped back to the ground, trees were …

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Bloomerang Lilac — A Must Have For Your Garden

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    This week’s pick is by Art Hayzlett, Irrigation Service Manager   Bloomerang Lilac       If you’re longing for the sweet scent of lilacs all summer long, then the reblooming Bloomerang Lilac could be the answer. At only 4 feet tall, this easy to grow variety is suitable for foundation plantings, hedges, …

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Oak Leaf Hydrangea — A Must Have For Your Garden

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  By Sandra Nelson   This week’s pick is by Sandy Defoe,  Artistic Director.   Oak Leaf Hydrangea    “In summer, the attractive green leaves show off other plants. The flowers last all summer long and then the dried flower heads stay on through the winter.”   Long a favorite for Midwest gardens (introduced in …

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Gomphrena globosa — A Must Have For Your Garden

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  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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Who’s Showing Off Today?

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  Let’s welcome an unfamiliar face to the fall color spectacular!     Diervilla is a native shrub that seems to have it all. This non-invasive 3 to 4 foot deciduous shrub will thrive in sunny or shady conditions, is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It sports yellow flower clusters all summer long and has superb …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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Blue Mist Spireas , or bluebeards, are stealing the show right now.         Bees, butterflies and other pollinators flock to this lightly fragrant but always showy deciduous shrub throughout its lengthy fall bloom period. Caryopteris is easy to grow in a full sun, well-drained location, but does not like wet feet!  It …

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Spring Blooming Bulbs For Pollinators

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I have always planted bulbs like daffodils and tulips strictly for the joy they give me in the early spring. There is nothing like finding that first green leaf tip poking up through the bare ground or seeing a burst of bright yellow out the kitchen window when everything else is still either brown or …

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What’s In Bloom Today?

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The often mistakenly maligned perennial, Goldenrod (Solidago ) is beginning its annual fall show.     Goldenrod is a stunning, easy to grow herbaceous perennial that is often falsely accused of causing hay fever. The truth is, wind-blown pollen from plants like ragweed (pictured below) are actually the offenders. Depending on the specific species, bright yellow blooms …

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