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Zahara ‘Double Salmon Rose’

I tried a new Zahara Zinnia color this year—‘Double Salmon Rose’: The flowers are indeed a lovely salmon color. but I also like how they fade as they age into shades of antique pink, cream, and light pink. Sometimes the … Continue reading

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‘Merlot’ Coneflower

If you’re looking for a native coneflower with a rich-pink color, try ‘Merlot’. This Echinacea purpurea cultivar grows 2 to 3-feet tall in sun or part-shade. The plants have a long blooming season, and the flowers appear on sturdy stalks … Continue reading

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Lavender Mist Meadow Rue

‘Lavender Mist’ Meadow Rue plants (Thalictrum rochebrunianum) are easy to grow but nearly impossible to photograph because the plants are almost see-through. There are some cultivars that only grow 3 or 4 feet tall but the species plants grow about … Continue reading

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Evil Mastermind Plots Feeder Revenge

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Iris Siberica ‘Little White’

Last fall when I divided scores of my daylilies I also divided some of my older perennials including several Siberian irises. ‘Little White’ had only been sending up a smattering of blooms in the last couple of years, so it … Continue reading

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Bizarro Birdfeeding

This has been the weirdest bird migration season I can remember. I was more prepared than I’ve ever been for migrating birds to come to my backyard feeders and birdbaths, but I waited for almost two weeks and nobody came. … Continue reading

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Pretty Primrose

It isn’t even May yet, and I’ve already impulse-shopped my first plant. I had some gaps in my perennial beds after the great daylily dividing event of last fall, so last weekend I went to the Flower Factory to get … Continue reading

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Daylily Tough

On Tuesday it was supposed to be mild but rainy. Instead the sun stayed out for much of the day and the temperature climbed into the mid-60s. We hadn’t enjoyed warmth like that for months. Since there’s not a lot … Continue reading

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Sedum ‘Thunderhead’

I’ve never grown a tall sedum before—most of my sedums max out at about 18 inches—but when I saw the big, dark-rose blooms of ‘Thunderhead’ I was smitten. The breeders of this beautiful sedum also boast sturdy stems and long-lasting … Continue reading

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Coreopsis ‘Mercury Rising’

Once upon a time there was a coreopsis that thrilled gardeners with its ruby-red flowers and promise of drought-tolerance and low maintenance. It was sold in garden centers all over the United States—even in the north because it was supposed … Continue reading

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