A Well Mannered Violet

A Well Mannered Violet

In past posts I've made it clear that I don't want common violets (Viola odorata) on Poison Ivy Acres. I will periodically spot a flowering plant or...

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I Love Tropical Hibiscus

I Love Tropical Hibiscus

Name:  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis aka tropical hibiscus Type of Plant:  This is a shrub in warmer climates, but a tropical container plant for those of...

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Planting Bare Root Peonies

Planting Bare Root Peonies

When I spoke at the Boston Flower Show recently I stopped by the Peony's Envy booth. I'd chatted with Kathleen Gagan on The Garden Lady earlier in...

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I Love Iris Reticulata

I Love Iris Reticulata

Name:  Iris reticulata Type of Plant:  This is one of the first spring bulbs to bloom, often in flower at the same time as crocus but just before...

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Like A New Box of Crayons

Like A New Box of Crayons

Every spring as I contemplate what will be planted in Annual Alley this season, it's like getting a new box of crayons. Which colors to use? Should...

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Hearts-a-Bustin’

Hearts-a-Bustin’

There's a plant for every holiday, and for Valentine's Day I'm especially fond of Euonymus americanus. With a common name like hearts-a-bustin',...

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