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Flower Perfumania!

The fragrance of Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), like some Oriental and Orienpet lilies, can either cause you to swoon or gag. Some find the fragrance intoxicating – others find it overpowering. Hyacinth is one of the longest-lived spring blooming bulbs.  They come in all colors from white, cream, pink, deep purple, lavender, apricot, cobalt blue and…

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Annual of the Year

Sedum mexicanum ‘Lemon Coral’   This is one dazzling workhorse of an annual – although it is a perennial for those of you in Zone 7 or warmer. The screaming yellow foliage never stops drawing attention. It is a terrific filler or spiller for containers, although I use it more as a weed-smothering mat around perennials…

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Not Your Grandma’s Peony!

Itoh Peony, commonly called intersectional peony, is for gardeners who want large, exotic flowers on stems that don’t need staking. Oh, and the dark green, lacy foliage that forms a compact 3’ X 3’ mound is also disease and deer resistant.  Do I have your attention? This no-fuss peony is a cross between a tree…

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Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium Sells Out

Once again this highly popular annual symposium sold out prior to the event date, April 13. BUT the special three hour Pre-symposium class on Friday afternoon,April 12 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. is still open!  I will be presenting two lively lectures:  Sustainable Design and Maintenance Tips for Beautiful Flower Gardens and Kerry’s Favorite Plant…

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10 LESSONS FROM FAMOUS GARDENS

Garden Design’s recent blog titled 10 Lessons from Famous Gardens is riveting and thought provoking! It is packed with so many awesome suggestions. I already knew about some of these design enhancing ideas before BUT I still gained a fresh perspective from seeing these implemented in noteworthy gardens!  I loved the tip about using color in the garden. …

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SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP OFFER TO THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) provides a wealth of benefits, including a subscription to The American Gardener, a remarkable gardening magazine which they publish.  AHS, one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country, has long been a trusted source of high quality gardening and horticultural information.  There are so many membership perks, but a couple…

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COMING SOON – 15th GREAT GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING SYMPOSIUM

The 15th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium, scheduled for April 12 & 13, is less than six weeks away!  This promises to be another unforgettable event at the historic, four-star Woodstock Inn and Resort. Plans are in place for topnotch speakers, exceptional food and accommodations, substantial handouts and door prizes, plus the popular Gardeners Marketplace featuring fun and unique vendors…

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Sensational Spring Flowering Spirea

Summer flowering Spirea are known as invincible workhorses for hot, sunny, dry, hellstrip, deer-riddled locations where few other plants will perform as gallantly. Of course, Spirea also look fantastic in plant-friendly settings. Not only do they have lovely, pollinator-friendly flowers, the foliage turns brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange and/or purple in fall (depending on…

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CRAZY FOR CLEMATIS

Clematis are a popular choice for adding vertical interest to a landscape. There are so many stunning flower colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.  You can find varieties that bloom in early spring, while others don’t start flowering until August. The majority of Clematis have green leaves but there are also knockouts with gold…

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