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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...
Veggie Garden Pasta

Veggie Garden Pasta

If you have a vegetable garden, you've got dinner! A group of fresh veggies, some lightly cooked and others raw, are tasty when tossed with olive...

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Zucchini Shaming

Zucchini Shaming

It’s the dark side of community gardens that people don’t talk about. We focus on how great it is to see so many different methods of growing crops....

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Broccoli Makes Tiny Heads

Broccoli Makes Tiny Heads

"My broccoli only produces small heads!" many of my radio callers say. "What's wrong?"  New gardeners also ask about their broccoli producing lots...

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Garden Rooms

Garden Rooms

Last night it was great fun to be the guest host of #gardenchat on Twitter. If you're not familiar with it, this is a world-wide conversation about...

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I Love Golden Rain Tree

I Love Golden Rain Tree

Name: Koelreuteria paniculata - aka the golden rain tree Type of Plant: A fairly fast growing shade tree, hardy in zone 6-9, that’s known for nice...

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Flower Report Mid-August

I love the Sunday night #FlowerReport that is hosted by @alyssaharad. Sometimes there are so many people posting pictures of what's in bloom in...

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Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna

In summer squash season there are many yummy ways to cook your garden produce. One way is to use summer squash instead of lasagna noodles. You...

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