Plant A Patch: Purple Poppy Mallow (callirhoe Involucrata)

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        One of a handful of plants that doesn’t just tolerate, but absolutely loves shallow, dry and rocky soil, purple poppy mallow features a low, mounded foliage and cup-shaped bright magenta flowers on upright stems. Once established, it blooms profusely in late spring and early summer (May and June) and then intermittently …

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Water Features: An Oasis of Your Own

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”     The words of John Lubbock, an early British statesman and naturalist, hold enormous truths …

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The Quest for Color

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I have to admit that when I was a beginning gardener I ( more than once) designed my annual flower beds based on ideas I “borrowed” from one of the flower beds in front of a restaurant I frequently visited. Even though it was in the blazing hot sun by a concrete sidewalk, it was …

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Plant A Patch: Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

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Often maligned and saddled with a nefarious reputation, goldenrod, commonly called showy goldenrod, is an underused native perennial. Contrary to common belief, the pollen from goldenrod does not cause allergies. (That’s ragweed!) Easily grown in dry, clay soil, this full sun perennial has club-shaped clusters of bright yellow blooms beginning in July and continuing throughout …

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Plant A Patch: Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this clump-forming native perennial sports 8 inch spikes of striking red blooms beginning in July and continuing until frost. In the wild, Cardinal flowers are typically found in wetlands, along the edges of streams and in ravines and ditches. Cardinal flowers require a consistent moisture to thrive which makes …

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Outdoor Living – Relaxing on the Patio

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When I was growing up, having a patio at your home usually meant that there was a square (or sometimes rectangular) slab of grey concrete protruding off the house in the backyard. In our neighborhood, patios were not terribly common and I can remember the consternation when my father not only had one installed, but …

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Why Just Landscape When You Can Rainscape?

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It has been pouring here, off and on, for the last week. We seem to have a river running down the middle of the street and matching tributaries by each curb. I’m sure that the sewer system is struggling to keep up with the onslaught. Having seen the applicator trucks throughout the neighborhood the last …

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The Best of the Best: Perennial Plants for Rain Gardens

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For the last few weeks we have had almost nonstop grey, rainy days. It’s been unpleasant weather (although nothing to compare to what both coasts have experienced!), but it has also had its benefits. We definitely needed the moisture; much of the state has been just one small step away from drought conditions for a …

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Turning Dreams to Reality through the Design Process: Concept to Completion

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In my last blog, I mentioned that one of my favorite winter activities is thinking about the upcoming spring. More specifically it is dreaming about all the amazing things I will do to completely change the look of my yard. I have visions of creating a landscaping masterpiece that contains every element I have ever …

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