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I Love Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ aka golden leaf bleeding heart

Name:  Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ aka golden leaf bleeding heart Type of Plant:  A perennial for part shade that’s hardy in zones 3-9. Why I Love/Hate this plant: The golden foliage is brilliant in the spring, and the string of hanging, heart-shaped flowers are...

I Love Maianthemum canadense aka Canada mayflower or wild lily-of-the-valley

Name: Maianthemum canadense aka Canada mayflower or wild lily-of-the-valley Type of Plant: A low-growing forest floor plant that is native to the Northeastern United States and Canada. Don’t confuse this with the plant that we in Massachusetts also call mayflower,...

I Love Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ aka Ogon spirea.

Name:  Spirea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ aka Ogon spirea. Type of Plant:  This is a shrub that has several valuable traits. It stays under 5 feet tall, flowers for several weeks in the spring, and has thin, golden to lime-green leaves all summer. Hardy in Zones 4-8 Why I...
My Personal Sign That It’s Spring

My Personal Sign That It’s Spring

Recently, on a local gardening group Facebook page, I posted a photo of a skunk cabbage flower poking up out of the soil. I said that this was how I knew it was spring. Then I asked others to comment about their...

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I Love Phlox ‘Jeana’

I Love Phlox ‘Jeana’

Name: Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’ aka phlox Jeana Type of Plant: A perennial that grows about four feet tall and has pink flowers from mid-August into...

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I Love Nicotiana

I Love Nicotiana

Name: Nicotiana hybrids and species. AKA flowering tobacco. Type of Plant: An annual plant that self-seeds when it’s happy. Tubular flowers attract...

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I Love White Thyme

I Love White Thyme

Imagine: You need a groundcover for a sunny slope or similar dry area. You want it to be very low, fast growing but not invasive. Impossible? Not at...

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