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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Butterfly Bush: A Must Have For Your Garden

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  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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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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Stachys “Hummelo:” A Must Have For Your Garden

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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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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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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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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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Who’s Showing Off Today?

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  With fall colors waning, structural drama is grabbing our attention now and the native deciduous shrub Buttonbush is giving an outstanding show.     An excellent rain garden plant, Buttonbush grows in moist, humas rich soil in full sun to part shade locations. It has fragrant white blooms in June and July that attract …

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