Great Grasses

Ornamental grasses offer contrast in texture and form in most gardens, and are often and easy, low-maintenance way to provide multi-season interest. Read about some annual and perennial ornamental grasses in these archived articles:

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Spotted deadnettle, Lamium maculatum

Look no further than spotted deadnettle for a tough but showy groundcover. With variegated leaves that shine in shade and a long bloom time, Lamium maculatum is an eye-catching plant throughout the year. Choose from cultivars with green and white striped or silver leaves and white, purple or pink flowers. Learn more about this adaptable, low-growing perennial in this article…

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Hot Colored Flowers

Is it hot enough for you? Heat can refer to temperature, spiciness and also to color, as in the warm or hot color range which includes red, orange and yellow. The more intense or brighter the color, the hotter it is. Bright colors are good for drawing attention to areas you would like to highlight. Here’s a small but sizzling selection of plants with flowers primarily in brilliant, blazing shades. Learn more about these hot plants in these archived articles:

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Spider Flower, Cleome hassleriana

Spider flower is fast growing, self-seeding annual with delicate and airy flowers in showy, exotic looking heads of pink, white or purple. These eye-catching plants provide a splash of color from summer through frost when planted in mass or as a backdrop for shorter companions in the annual or mixed garden. Learn more about this cottage garden favorite in this article…

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Cardinal Climber, Ipomoea sloteri

Looking for a vigorous annual vine to quickly cover a trellis, fence or arbor? Cardinal climber offers attractive, ferny foliage and bright red flowers later in the season which are very attractive to hummingbirds. Learn more about this heirloom ornamental with few pests and little maintenance requirements in this article…

 

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Articles on Herbs

Get ready for flavor when you use herbs fresh from your garden or the farmer’s market. There are all kinds of herbs used for cooking, fragrance, medicinally, or in crafts. Read about some culinary herbs you might want to grow or use in these archived articles:

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Common foxglove, Digitalis purpurea

With tall, showy spikes of tubular pink or purple flowers with speckled throats, common foxglove is a common addition to informal gardens for vertical interest. This biennial from Western Europe forms a rosette of leaves the first year and blooms in the second year. Learn more about Digitalis purpurea – the original source of the heart medicine digitoxin – but also considered an invasive weed in many places

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Red, white and blue

With Independence Day in early July we’re seeing lots of red, white and blue. In keeping with that theme, here’s a horticultural selection revolving around those patriotic colors. Read about six different plants that have red, white or blue flowers in these archived articles:

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Breadseed or Opium Poppy, Papaver somniferum

Breadseed poppy is a cool season annual whose small grey or black seeds are often used in baked goods, but technically is illegal to grow in the US since the plant contains narcotic alkaloids which are the active compounds of opium. This typically is not enforced for poppies grown as ornamentals, and there are a great variety of poppies in pink, red and purple, as well as white and bicolors. Learn more about Papaver somniferum in this article…

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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

Hopefully you don’t actually have any of these wild animals in your house, but you might have a few plants that do have animals in their common name. Here’s a hodgepodge of unrelated plants that all refer to some animal – be it an arthropod, bird or mammal. Read about these different plants, including one weed and another you might consider a weed if you don’t have felines, in these archived articles:

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