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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...
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...

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Dear Garden Lady

Dear Garden Lady

Selected letters asking The Garden Lady's advice... Dear Garden Lady, I woke up with a black eye and blamed the dog, but it was actually the garden...

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I Love Star Magnolias

I Love Star Magnolias

Imagine: As you stare out your kitchen window you imagine how it would be to have a small tree centered in the yard so that you’ll see it in all...

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I Love Coleus

I Love Coleus

Imagine: You have a spot in the landscape where a large splash of color is needed. Preferably brilliant, show stopping color. It might be in the...

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I Love Bolero Carrots

I Love Bolero Carrots

Imagine: You’re in the mood for something that’s organic and garden-fresh. You want the intense flavor only found in freshly picked produce....

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