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You need sunglasses to look at this perennial!

One thing for sure, Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ is not shy. It’s a bling machine! This workhorse perennial blooms from July into fall with no deadheading. I took this picture just a few weeks ago in my garden. Not only am I still enjoying it, so are the bees. ‘Golden Arrow’ is hardy in Zones 4…

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Jazz up your Winter Landscape

It’s time I faced reality and accepted the fact that wi….wint….winte…winter (I said it!) is around the corner. Winters can be very long in Maine. To help combat the winter blues, I like creating attention-grabbing winter vignettes, both in the front landscape, as well as in the sightlines of commonly used rooms, like my home…

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This Honey of a Plant will Surprise You!

Get ready to jump out of the way! Earlier this summer I helped my sister with a new garden in front of her farm house located near me in Kennebunk. This garden faces directly south. I took this picture shortly after we planted it. I was ASTOUNDED by how quickly Supertunia ‘Honey’ created a lush…

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Tough Sepcies Tulips and Miniature Daffodils

This is the time of the year when gardeners are digging lots of holes in the garden, burying precious bulbs of various sizes and shapes. Sadly, there is usually an audience watching us with grins on their furry faces. I’m talking deer, squirrels, voles and chipmunks. GRRRRRR. (Right: Daffodil ‘Kokopelli’, Brent and Becky’s Bulbs) Thankfully…

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Unique Fall-Blooming Bulbs

As leaves start to change color, many gardeners grab their trowels and start planting spring blooming bulbs. Depending on your hardiness zone, most spring blooming bulbs are best planted sometime in October. Conversely, late summer is ideal for installing fall blooming bulbs like Sternbergia, autumn blooming Crocus, Colchicum and Lycoris. These bulbs are typically harvested…

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Willowleaf Sunflower

Helianthus salicifolius This is definitely a Dr. Seus plant – very amusing looking. Helianthis salicifolius, commonly called willowleaf sunflower, is a native species of sunflower. It hails from the midwest, primarily from the Great Plains and Ozark Plateau. I first saw this unusual plant in the Bressingham Garden at the Gardens of Elm Bank in…

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Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Last month I enjoyed strolling through some amazing gardens featured on the Cape Elizabeth Garden Tour (Cape Elizabeth, ME). One especially lovely seaside garden had an unusual looking plant that I had never seen before. The willow-like leaves reminded me of Tamarix. I learned it was Sea Buckthorn (photo right from…

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Gladiolus Atom is HOT! HOT! HOT!

Gladiolus ‘Atom’ ZOWIE! This is one dazzling Gladiolus! I remember helping my grandmother cut huge bouquets of these from her garden. Yet I was never a fan of “glads”. For some reason they always reminded me of funerals. My ‘cold shoulder’ melted when I saw a photo of Gladiolus ‘Atom’ in a magazine. Last winter…

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Supertunia Lovie Dovie

Supertunia ‘Lovie Dovie’ I have found a new love. Supertunia ‘Lovie Dovie’ has exceeded my wildest dreams for non-stop, flashy color that needs little input from me. I potted it up in May, added some slow release organic fertilizer (Espoma Plant-tone) and went on with my business. Other than providing water as needed, (it is…

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Gorgeous Flowering Shrubs with No Deer Damage

I have the special honor and opportunity to evaluate plants that are either new to the retail market or will be released in the upcoming year. I was tickled pink last week when two huge boxes from Santa Clause (Proven Winners and Spring Meadow Nursery, a wholesale grower) landed on my front porch. Inside were…

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