I Love Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’ aka The Rising Sun Redbud

I Love Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’ aka The Rising Sun Redbud

Name:    Cercis canadensis ‘JN2’ aka The Rising Sun Redbud Type of Plant:   A small tree with heart-shaped leaves. Growing slowly to 8 to 12 feet tall and wide. Why I Love/Hate this plant: This small tree is special because the new foliage is a mix of lime green,...
I Love Allium hybrid ‘Serendipity’

I Love Allium hybrid ‘Serendipity’

Name:    Allium hybrid ‘Serendipity’ Type of Plant:   A mid-summer flowering perennial plant hardy in zones 4 – 8. Why I Love/Hate this plant:    I love this perennial for so many reasons. First, it’s attractive both before and after it flowers, which is important in...
I Love Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop’

I Love Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop’

 Name:   Weston’s Lemon Drop Azalea aka Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Lemon Drop’ Type of Plant:  A July-flowering, deciduous azalea with fragrant yellow flowers. Hardy in zones 4 to 8.  A cultivar of our native swamp azalea. Why I Love/Hate this plant:...
I Love Sweet Potato Vine, Ipomoea batatas

I Love Sweet Potato Vine, Ipomoea batatas

Name:  Ipomoea batatas, aka sweet potato vine Type of Plant:   In the northeast region this plant is an annual.  There are varieties available with lime green or purple to black leaves. Some grow long and others stay more compact and mound-like. Why I Love/Hate this...
I Love Nassella tenuissima aka Mexican feathergrass

I Love Nassella tenuissima aka Mexican feathergrass

Name: Nassella tenuissima aka Mexican feathergrass, formerly known as Stipa tenuissima. Type of Plant: This is a very soft, fine textured low grass that is perennial in a warm Zone 7 but considered an annual elsewhere. This plant grows to about 20 inches tall and...
The Summer Weeds are Back!

The Summer Weeds are Back!

At the end of June, gardeners might assume that once the vegetables and annuals are planted, they can sit back and relax. After all, you pulled those spring weeds like the bittercress and the chickweed, so the gardens should be done for the summer, right? This would...
Why Doesn’t My Blue Hydrangea Bloom ~ A GardenLady Graphic

Why Doesn’t My Blue Hydrangea Bloom ~ A GardenLady Graphic

I’ve written many a blog and social media post about why blue hydrangeas don’t flower. You can read one of them here. But I’ve always had it in mind to put this in a graphic form, and today was the day!  You can get a printable pdf of this graphic by...
I love Paeonia lactiflora, the garden peony

I love Paeonia lactiflora, the garden peony

Name: Paeonia lactiflora aka the garden peony Type of Plant: A low-maintenance, early summer flowering perennial plant that does best in zones 4 through 7, but can live in a zone 3 or the cooler parts of zone 8. Why I Love/Hate this plant: This plant has many fine...
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