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Crazy for Coneflowers

Beautiful and dependable, Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, is the crowning glory of the summer perennial garden. A member of the Aster family, all Echinacea species are native to North America. The genus Echinacea is derived from the Greek ‘echino’ meaning hedgehog, a reference to the spiny center disc flowers. Coneflowers are practical as well […]Read More...

Basil: King of the Herbs

It’s edible, a member of the mint family, and ornamental. Grown for over 5,000 years, it flavors foods around the world and is well-known in many household kitchens… Have you guessed yet? Of course, it’s BASIL! A flavorful ingredient of foods from Italy to India, Thailand to America, basil adds flavor and flair to any […]Read More...

Long-Blooming Perennials for Summer

By choosing long-blooming perennial plants, you can capitalize on the best of both worlds – plants that come back from growing season to growing season, and those that bloom for an extended length of time. This also means you’ll have more time to appreciate the gardens you create! Here is just a sampling of long-blooming […]Read More...

Bringing Butterflies to the Backyard

The most important step in attracting butterflies is to provide host plants and nectar flowers. Providing host plants–native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees– for caterpillars to feed on will allow you to watch the metamorphosis from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly, so don’t discourage caterpillars! Although they may snack on your plants, this is only temporary. Nectar […]Read More...

Summer Watering Tips

As the days heat up, watering can become a dreaded garden chore and too many gardeners use wasteful techniques that use plenty of water but don’t give their plants the moisture they really need. Make watering plants easier and more efficient with the proper practices and tools… Mulches not only make plantings look more attractive, […]Read More...

Summer Lavenders

Do you enjoy making herbal or floral bouquets and wands to scent the house? Maybe you’re into the lavender cooking trend or like to infuse playful summer drinks with a floral touch. Perhaps you recognize the aromatherapy or medicinal qualities of lavender. In other words, do you love lavender and are frustrated because the bloom […]Read More...

What a Knock Out!

Think you don’t have the time to take on all the upkeep, maintenance, and care beautiful roses require? We have a fabulous solution and it’s a knock out–a Knock Out® rose that is! This shrub rose is the single greatest sensation to hit the plant market in years! Knock Out® roses are valued for their […]Read More...

Vegetable Gardening Tidbits

Are you ready to make the most of your vegetable garden? Try these tips and tidbits for everything from easier weeding to stopping pests to enjoying a hearty harvest! Reducing Weeds Minimize weeds in your garden by covering the soil between planting rows with mulch. Several sheets of moistened newspaper topped with straw works very […]Read More...

Grasses With Gusto

Ornamental Grasses lend a unique dimension to any landscape with their texture, sound, motion, and architecture. By planting ornamental grasses, you can also add multi-seasonal excitement to your landscape. Whether combined with other ornamental plants or featured by themselves in “Grass Gardens,” ornamental grasses are attractive from spring until late fall, and often even through […]Read More...

Shade Gardening With Perennials

Many gardeners with shady, low-light landscapes mistakenly believe they can’t enjoy beautiful gardens and flowerbeds because of the lack of sunlight. In reality, however, many stunning perennials thrive in shady spots and can bring elegance, color, and beauty to what was formerly a drab corner of the yard. Some include stunning foliage, including variegated options and […]Read More...