Category Archives: Perennials

Up Close and Personal: Balloon Flowers

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A Bevy of Blooms: ‘Purple Rooster’ Bee Balm

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Easy-to-Grow Queen of the Prairie

My Queen of the Prairie (Vilenpendula rubra) plants loved our wet spring and summer. Fifteen years ago I planted several of these tall, moisture-loving native plants in the corner of my yard to help block the view of a utility … Continue reading

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A Bevy of Blooms: Coneflower ‘Ruby Giant’

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The Return of Aster ‘Peter Harrison’

I’m happy to welcome back this aster that I bought on a whim last summer. ‘Peter Harrison’ grows in a compact, bushy clump just loaded with lavender-pink flowers. This is a New York aster that grows about 15-18 inches tall … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Allium ‘Millenium’

For the third year in a row, ornamental onion Allium ‘Millenium’ (yes, it’s spelled that way) continues to be my favorite perennial to grow. The flowers are a gorgeous purple and the plants grow 15 to 20 inches tall: I … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Goldenrod ‘Golden Baby’

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PowWow Lacking Wow?

A few years ago I planted a couple of ‘PowWow Wild Berry’ echinacea (coneflower) plants because they had a reputation for lots and lots of blooms. The flowers are pretty and they don’t fade, but my plants are definitely not … Continue reading

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Mystery Coneflower

I bought this coneflower back when hybird coneflowers first became all the rage. Most of them were lucky if they survived a winter in my backyard, and I soon went back to growing just the native coneflowers. But this plant … Continue reading

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The Joes are Happy This Year

I know summer is fading fast when my Joe Pye weed plants start blooming again. My native plants as well as the hybrids I grow—‘Little Joe’ and ‘Baby Joe’—are all starting to bloom right now. Joe Pye weed plants LOVE … Continue reading

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