Plant A Grove: Black Chokeberry ( Aronia melanocarpa)

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    If you’re looking for a shrub border for your rain garden, black chokeberry could be your answer. With a mature height of 3 to 6 feet, this full sub shrub grows best in well-drained soil, but will also tolerate boggy conditions. It has showy white blooms in the spring, dark green leaves throughout …

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Plant A Patch: Foxglove Penstemon — (Penstemon digitalis)

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  If you are looking for the perfect plant for your evening garden, this native perennial fits the bill. Easy to grow, native penstemon prefers well-drained soil in the full sun or in partial shade. It’s restrained clump-like growth pattern does well in borders or works for naturalizing. White, trumpet shaped flowers on 30 inch …

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Plant A Patch: Star Tickseed (Coreopsis pubescens)

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    Expect mounds of bright yellow blooms on slender stems from June to September with this easy to grow native perennial. Star Tickseed prefers full sun and dry, well-drained soil although they also tolerate high humidity, drought and thin, rocky or sandy soil. Star Tickseed can be short-lived, but they do self-seed easily. Deadhead …

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Plant A Patch — American Bittersweet ( Celastrus scandens)

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    American bittersweet can be counted on to give spring, summer, fall and winter beauty. This native vine, which grows well in poor to average soil, prefers full sun for maximum flower and fruit production, but it will also tolerate part shade. The greenish-white to yellow blooms appear in May and June. In late …

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The Not So Secret Life of Bees — Part Two, Designing for Bees

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The more I read about bees and their relatives, wasps and flies, the more fascinated I become with these tiny powerhouses and the more I understand why people are so passionate about providing for them and protecting them.As we mentioned in last week’s blog, honeybees may be the most well-known bee, but it is certainly …

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Plant A Patch: Celandine Poppy — (Stylophorum diphyllum)

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  The celandine poppy, or wood poppy,  is a lessor known native perennial perfect for humus-rich shady rain gardens.  This low growing spring bloomer features generous clusters of bright yellow blooms standing above its blue-green foliage. It naturalizes well by self-seeding, but will go dormant in overly dry weather.    

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Plant A Patch : Aromatic Aster — (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)

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        An exceptional plant for the fall pollinator garden, the showy bluish-purple Aromatic aster blooms are beloved by birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators and they make excellent cut flowers.These asters, that typically grow in a mounded shape 24 inches tall,  thrive in full sun and tolerate dry, rocky or clay soils. …

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Plant A Patch: Wild Ginger — Asarum canadense

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    Looking for a ground cover for that consistently moist, totally shady spot where nothing else seems to grow? Wild ginger may be what you are looking for! This moisture loving native perennial is grown primarily for its stemless,heart-shaped, dark green leaves, but also features attractive ground hugging purplish -brown flowers in the spring. …

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Plant A Patch — Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium reptans)

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    For a stunning blanket of early spring (April to June) blue blooms that gently sway on drifts of ladder-like stems, plant Jacob’s Ladder in a moist, well-drained and partially shaded location. Its clumping form typically reaches about 15 inches in height and 12 inches in width. It easily self-seeds under the right conditions …

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Plant A Patch — Prickly Pair Cactus

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  Bring a taste of the desert to your Midwestern garden by planting some Prickly Pear Cactus. Prickly pear prefers dry, rocky soil in the full sun, but will tolerate other well-drained soil types. Unlike most succulents, this species is winter hardy, although it may tend to wither in the colder temperatures.  Prickly pear has …

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