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I Love Aster novi-belgii ‘Wood’s Blue’ aka Wood’s Blue aster.

Name:  Aster novi-belgii 'Wood's Blue' aka Wood’s Blue aster. Type of Plant:  A short, perennial New York aster in the “Wood’s series” that is hardy in zones 4 – 8. Why I Love This Plant: One of the best reasons to grow perennials is that you have a kaleidoscope of...

I Love Betula nigra ‘Cully’ ~ Heritage river birch

Name:  Betula nigra ‘Cully’ aka Heritage river birch Type of Plant:  A vigorous, fast growing tall tree with beautiful bark. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Why I Love This Plant: The bark! The bark! The peeling bark! I also love that this is an adaptable tree that is tall and...

I Love Bracteantha bracteatum Granvia Gold Strawflower

Name:  Bracteantha bracteatum Granvia Gold Type of Plant: An annual strawflower for full sun. Perfect in containers or in the ground. Why I Love/Hate this plant: Where to start with this cheerful annual? First of all, it’s quite vigorous. I knew this right away this...
My Panicle Hydrangeas on Sept 4th

My Panicle Hydrangeas on Sept 4th

Panicle Hydrangeas In Early September. On September 4th I took a tour of Poison Ivy Acres, photographing every panicle hydrangea that was in flower for this post. What is a panicle hydrangea? These are shrubs that are...

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I Love Caladium

I Love Caladium

Name:  Caladium Type of Plant:  A tropical plant that’s grown as an annual in northern gardens. Why I Love/Hate this plant: Heart shaped leaves, a...

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I Love Hosta ‘June’

I Love Hosta ‘June’

Name:  Hosta ‘June’ Type of Plant: A Hosta variety that offers a weed smothering shade plant, blue/lime/sage-green colors, and low-growing height....

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