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I Love Flame Thrower® Redbud aka Cercis canadensis ‘NC2016-2’

Name: Flame Thrower® Redbud aka Cercis canadensis 'NC2016-2' PP #31,260 Type of Plant: A cross between two cultivars of Cercis canadensis, 'The Rising Sun (non-weeping, gold-leaf) and NC2006-14 (weeping, purple leaf).    Why I Love this Plant:   This plant has a bit...

When You Intend A Plant To Be Destroyed

There are some perennials that we place in the garden hoping that they aren't eaten by rabbits, beetles, or caterpillars. But there are others that we plant, hoping that they will be munched, shredded or otherwise destroyed. The pearly everlasting (Anaphalis...

I Love Rockin’® Fuchsia Salvia hybrid

Name: Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia hybrid 'BBSAL00301' USPP 30,923, Can 6,296 Type of Plant: A hybrid Salvia that is great in containers or planted in mass in the ground. Why I Love this Plant: I love the color of Rockin'® Fuchsia, and the fact that the bumble bees are...
I Love Ageratum Blue Horizon

I Love Ageratum Blue Horizon

Name: Ageratum ‘Blue Horizon’ Type of Plant:  An annual, typically available in six-packs in the garden center, but also easy to grow from seed. This is the first F1 triploid Ageratum that was bred for cut flower...

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Browning Allium Foliage

Browning Allium Foliage

As perennial plant gardeners, one of the things we learn over time is how each plant behaves. There are perennials that look great before and after...

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Wild Rice Kale Cakes

Wild Rice Kale Cakes

I had two cups of leftover wild rice last week, and in using it up I created some cakes that I will be sure to make again. In fact, I realized that...

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Is This Poison Ivy

Is This Poison Ivy

We're all familiar with the saying, "Leaves of three, let it be." But the reality is that there are many plants with sets of three leaves that we...

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I Love Hydrangea Bobo

I Love Hydrangea Bobo

Name:  Hydrangea paniculata Bobo (aka Hydrangea paniculata 'Ilvobo') Type of Plant: This is a dwarf Hydrangea paniculata, a shrub we’ve all been...

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