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I Love Persicaria virginiana ‘Variegata’ aka Variegated Jumpseed

Name: Persicaria virginiana 'Variegata' aka variegated jumpseed Type of Plant: A herbaceous perennial (meaning it dies to the ground over the winter) that grows to 3 feet tall and wide and is hardy in Zones 5 to 8. Why I Love This Plant:  Fresh white and green leaves...

I Love Plectranthus barbatus White Rhino

Name: Plectranthus barbatus White Rhino Type of Plant:  An annual valued for foliage color in sun or shade. This plant grows between 3 and 4 feet tall in one summer. It will be shorter in smaller containers and taller in the ground or larger pots. Why I Love This...

I Love Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’ 

Name:  Liriope muscari ‘Peedee Ingot’  aka Liriope ‘Peedee Gold Ingot,’  Peedee Gold, and golden lilyturf Type of Plant:  Perennial plant for full to part-sun. Grows 8 to 10 inches high and wide, hardy in zones 6-10 Why I Love This Plant: Every garden benefits from...
Hellebore House

Hellebore House

People who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks are so lucky. It's easy to walk past area yards and gardens, and appreciate plantings that might...

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Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox

Today is the first day of spring. In some parts of the world spring weather has come and gone. In others it is in full bloom, while in the more...

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Saving Something Small

Saving Something Small

When I saw a hummingbird in my Massachusetts garden shortly before Thanksgiving, I did what many 21st Century gardeners would do: I posted a photo...

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Tiger Eye Sumac Love

Tiger Eye Sumac Love

Imagine: “I want more color in the gardens,” she said. “No problem,” he replied. The next day when she got home there was a flock of pink flamingos...

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Planning A Cutting Garden

Planning A Cutting Garden

You want to be able to cut a few flowers and stick them in a row of bottles above your kitchen sink. Perhaps you want to snip some colorful blooms...

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I Love American Holly

I Love American Holly

Imagine: Beth and John loved the stand of American holly trees in their backyard. On summer evenings the light grey trunks were visible as they sat...

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Flowers in February

Flowers in February

If you like picking small bouquets for the house, you don't have to give up this practice just because it's the middle of winter. In many parts of...

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