Monthly Archives: September 2017

Up Close and Personal: Aster ‘Milady Deep Blue’

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Bee and Butterfly Season

Earlier this summer I thought I might have to build an ark because it just kept raining and raining, but in September there’s barely been a drop. Many of my perennials have shriveled up and turned brown and crispy, and … Continue reading

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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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Up Close and Personal: Zinnia ‘Sun Gold’

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Marigold ‘Snowball’

This year I tried a new white mid-sized marigold called ‘Snowball’. I wanted to see if the Japanese Beetles would attack the flowers like they do the large orange or yellow marigolds. Curiously, they mostly left ‘Snowball’ alone. ‘Snowball’ is … Continue reading

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Tall Nicotianas

Even though I have cardinal flowers and tall red salvias blooming in my flowerbeds right now, the hummingbirds are going crazy for the tall nicotianas (flowering tobacco). I grow two cultivars–‘Daylight Sensation’ and ‘Whisper Mix’. Both have flowers in shades … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Daylily ‘Kong Rose’

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Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Cherry’

One of my favorite go-to zinnias is ‘Profusion Double Cherry’. This cultivar never lets me down. The plants are loaded with cherry-pink flowers all summer into fall and pests and diseases don’t bother them. Even if I forget to deadhead … Continue reading

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Orienpet Lily ‘Paraguay’

‘Paraguay’ is an impressive Orienpet lily that keeps getting better each year in my garden. ‘Paraguay” grows about 6 feet tall and the stalked are loaded with very large violet-pink flowers. I planted this cultivar with pure white Orienpet ‘Zambesi’, … Continue reading

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Up Close and Personal: Rudbeckia ‘Rustic Colors’

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