Category Archives: Annuals

Up Close and Personal: Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’

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‘Star of Yelta’ for Eternity

Morning Glory ‘Star of Yelta’ doesn’t take “no” for an answer.  I haven’t planted seeds for this morning glory in more than 10 years, but every year it sneaks up on me somewhere. I think the flowers are pretty. I … Continue reading

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More from My “Year of the Dianthus”

All of my dianthus plants have had a spectacular summer. I recently raved about my Jolt series favorites—‘Pink Jolt’ and ‘Cherry Jolt’—but I don’t want to leave out ‘Neon Rose Magic.’ I’ve written about this one before, but it’s such … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Salvia ‘Saga Blue’


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Zinnia Dreamland Red

For years one of my go-to annuals has been Zinnia ‘Dreamland Red’. If I couldn’t find seeds for this beauty, I would probably break into a cold sweat. These short, sturdy zinnias are one of my favorites for the front … Continue reading

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Garden Winner: Dianthus ‘Pink Jolt’

Recently I sang the praises of Dianthus ‘Cherry Jolt’ which is a long-blooming annual that I’m currently growing in my flowerbeds for the first time. Last year I tried and loved sibling ‘Pink Jolt’ which is blooming like a fool … Continue reading

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Roaming Petunias

My ‘Tidal Wave Cherry’ and ‘Easy Wave Lilac’ petunias like to meander out of their pots and through the lattice fence that surrounds our patio. Save Save

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Dianthus ‘Cherry Jolt’

Last year I grew AAS-winning Dianthus ‘Pink Jolt’ and loved it. The plants were well-behaved and such a refreshing burst of new color in mid-summer. This year I sprouted ‘Pink Jolt’ again, but I also tried its sibling, ‘Cherry Jolt’. … Continue reading

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Marigold ‘Strawberry Blonde’

I’m trying a new French marigold this year. ‘Strawberry Blonde’ adds dusky shades of pink, rose and mauve to the typical marigold palette of gold, yellow and orange. ‘Strawberry Blonde’ grows in a little mound that reaches 8 to 10 … Continue reading

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Double Dose: Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’


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