Baneberry, Actaea spp.

With finely cut foliage that remains attractive through the growing season and conspicuous fruit which provide ornamental interest into the fall, red baneberry and white baneberry are two similar woodland plants that can be great additions to shady gardens. These species do have poisonous fruit, so need to be used with caution. Learn more about these native perennials …

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The Colors of Fall

The colors of yellow, gold, orange and red abound this time of year. But leaves on trees aren’t the only plants that provide fall color. Some herbaceous perennials have good fall color, too. And Indian corn is a fall favorite for its variety of interesting colors. Learn more about these plants in these archived articles:

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Unusual Edibles

Broccoli, tomatoes and carrots are some of the most commonly consumed vegetables. If you want to eat or grow something a bit out of the ordinary, check out some of these “different” edible plants in these archived articles:

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Articles on Some Annual Weeds

Not all the plants in a garden are ones we intend to be there. Managing these unexpected inhabitants is greatly dependent on their life cycle. Just like our ornamental plants, weeds can be annuals, biennials and perennials. Learn about a few weeds that have an annual life cycle — they grow, flower, produce seed and die in a single year —  in these archived articles:

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More Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My

An earlier post this year focused on six unrelated plants that all refer to some animal in their common names, and this post covers six additional plants with an arthropod, two reptiles and two mammals in their common names — including three tender tropical plants grown as annuals or houseplants, and three native species, two of which are commonly grown as ornamentals. Read about these different plants in these archived articles:

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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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