Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’

Looking for a low-maintenance, fall-blooming perennial? The Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year 2016 could be just the ticket.  With pure white flowers held on wiry stems well above dark green mounds of foliage, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ makes a statement in the fall garden. To learn more about this great ornamental, read this article…

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Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2012. With light blue flowers in spring and bright, silvery, crackled-looking foliage that really shines in the shade, this plant is a great addition to most gardens. You can find out more about this special cultivar by reading this article…

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Arkansas or Thread-leaf Blue Star, Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrichtii has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2011. With blue flowers in spring and bright foliage that really shines in the fall, this plant is a great addition to both formal and informal gardens. You can find out a lot more by reading this article…

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Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2011 this plant is horseradish, a plant long used as a condiment. To learn more about this tough herb, read this article…

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Blue False Indigo, Baptisia australis

Baptisia australis is a great, under-used herbaceous plant. This tough, but beautiful, prairie native has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2010. Purple-blue flowers and foliage that remains attractive throughout the season make this a nice a specimen plant or a good addition to the perennial border. Read more…

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Dill, Anethum graveolens

Every year the International Herb Association chooses one plant that is used as an herb to highlight. For 2010 this plant is dill. There’s more to this culinary herb than just pickles! Read more…

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Sweet Bay, Laurus nobilis

Every year the Herb Society of America features one plant that is used as an herb. In 2009, they focus on Laurus nobilis, a woody plant whose leathery leaves are used as a culinary herb – bay leaf. Although it is not hardy in our area, we can still grow this as a container plant to bring indoors over the winter. If you want to learn more about this interesting herb, read this article…

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Calendula, Calendula officinalis

Did you know that “pot marigold” or calendula is considered an herb? This pretty flower is edible and can be used to color and flavor foods, as well as being used as a medicinal herb.  To learn more about this interesting plant, read this article…

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Nepeta xfaassenii ‘Walker’s Low’

Nepeta xfaassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ was chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2007. With clouds of blue flowers floating on spires above mounds of blue-grey foliage, this plant is a great addition to both formal and informal gardens. You can find out a lot more about this great perennial by reading this article…

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Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’

There are numerous cultivars of Dianthus that make great additions to the garden. Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’ has been chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as their Plant of the Year 2006. With shocking magenta flowers and blue foliage, it’s not one to disappear into the landscape! To learn more about this tough, pretty low-growing plant, read this article…

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