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Don’t Let Spring Creep Up On You! (Phlox subulata)

Don’t Let Spring Creep Up On You! (Phlox subulata)

Posted by John Friel on Aug 5th 2022

Known variously as creeping phlox or moss phlox, early-flowering Phlox subulata is a familiar friend, a welcome harbinger of spring. Its cheerful five-petaled blooms blanket slopes and spill over walls. We hear you: It’s hard to even imagine spring, let alone plan for it, while the dog days are still raging, hot and humid. But this really is the time to do just that.A crop of Phlox subulata planted in late summer / early fall has oceans of time to fill its containers with vigorous roots. So
Begonia T-REX™ Made for the Shade

Begonia T-REX™ Made for the Shade

Posted by John Friel on Aug 3rd 2022

We’re best known for our vast selection of hardy plants – perennials, ornamental grasses, even a few shrubs. But we have a soft spot for tender plants, too.The T-REX™ series, from the world-class breeders at Terra Nova Nurseries, is like nothing else you can pot up. They’re guaranteed to turn heads wherever their bold leaves and cool flowers are deployed. They make gorgeous containers, indoors or out, and are equally at home in full shade in the border.T-REX™ varieties provide consta
GAURA lindheimeri The Wand Flower: Garden Magic!

GAURA lindheimeri The Wand Flower: Garden Magic!

Posted by John Friel on Jul 29th 2022

This North American native genus took a long time to find its way into America’s gardens. Once it arrived, it quickly became a staple.Gaura produces prolific quantities of delicate blooms, in white, pink or bicolor. Borne on slender wandlike stems, they’re in constant motion in the slightest breeze. The small, lanceolate leaves may be rich green, variegated or red.l. Belleza™ Dark Pink Well-branched, with short flower stems loaded with dark pink blooms. Height 12 – 18”l. ‘Crimson Butt
“And the Eagle Flies with the Dove…” Steven Stills, Love The One You’re With

“And the Eagle Flies with the Dove…” Steven Stills, Love The One You’re With

Posted by John Friel on Jul 27th 2022

Flights of Fancy in the Backyard Zoo!Don’t look now, but critters have taken root in your garden. Relax, they’re friendly – and they’re animals in name only. Let’s meet one... heck, make it two – in one plant! Aquilegia: Bird of prey, or bird of peace? The genus name comes from the Latin for eagle (aquila), because the long petal spurs reminded Linnaeus of an eagle’s talons. But the common name, columbine, is from the Latin for dove (columba), because someone else thought the flower resembled d
Let’s Cover Some Ground!

Let’s Cover Some Ground!

Posted by John Friel on Jul 26th 2022

What comes to mind when someone says “groundcover?”First, you picture the two or three species you see everywhere. Next, you yawn. Right? Wake up and smell the coffee! Groundcovers don’t have to be the same old ho-hum stuff. There are fantastic choices in our perennial lineup. Let’s look at a couple. Iberis sempervirens ‘Purity’ Most of the year, this is a low-profile, semi-woody groundcover with small, leathery, dark green leaves. In early spring, when it smothers itself in clusters

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