A CASCADING HYDRANGEA

Holy Moly!  A cascading Hydrangea?  Yup.  ‘Fairytrail Bride’ is a new Hydrangea hybrid with a horizontal growth habit and trialing stems that are adorned with white lacy flowers through the summer.  It would make a spectacular display in a container or cascading over a retaining wall – or frankly ANYWHERE! ‘Fairytrial Bride’ gets 4’ tall…

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Weigela ‘Golden Jackpot’

Grab your sunglasses – you will need them when you look at this new Weigela cultivar. Perhaps the brightest Weigela yet, its dazzling golden leaves hold their color all season long, undaunted by summer sun. If that isn’t enough excitement, velvety red buds open to deep pink blooms for almost four weeks starting in mid-spring.…

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Hellebores That Go the Extra Mile

As many of you know, I’m always looking for striking plants that provide month after month of color – not just from lovely flowers, but also as a result of captivating leaves, seed heads, bark, or form. Spring blooming Hellebores have risen to incredible popularity due to their lovely flowers, deer and rabbit resistance, and…

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Award-Winning Annuals

My winter newsletter featured some award-winning perennials in the All-America Selections collection. Now let’s take a peek at some rockstar annuals with the coveted AAS National title. One of the 2021 winners is Zinnia Profusions Red Yellow BiColor. I’ve always been a fan of the Profusion series for non-stop blooms, tidy habit, and resistance to…

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Ornamental Grasses That Glow

Like many gardeners, I am attracted to ornamental grasses and sedges for their graceful stature and movement in the garden, ease of care, and distaste to munching critters. I am particularly enamored with those with shimmering yellow or golden blades. They light up the garden! Below are a few of my favorites that have aced…

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Featured Plants Perennial Sunflower and Hydrangea

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Burning Hearts’ My heart went THUMP! THUMP! THUMP! when I saw this beauty for sale in 2019 at the garden center where I work. I quickly purchased one for my little condo garden. It was stunning the first year but before raving about it, I wanted to see how it would…

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Award-Winning Perennials, Annuals and Edibles

I am always on the prowl for exceptional perennials. All-America Selections are remarkable plants (perennials, vegetables, annuals) that have been rigorously trialed and received glowing reports from expert judges. All-America Selections, founded in 1932, is the oldest, independent testing organization of flowers and edibles in North America. There are two award categories: national and regional.…

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Rather than consider fall a farewell to another growing season, we should celebrate its unparalleled brilliance from foliage, berries, bark and stems. Certain native flowering shrubs not only offer a pollinator friendly flowers, they can also provide dazzling leaves for an outstanding last hurrah. Below are a few nice choices hardy in Zones 5 or…

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Amazing Garden Plants Brunnera, Heptacodium and Helianthus

Brunnera ‘Queen of Hearts’ and ‘Jack of Diamonds’ Brunnera, commonly called Siberian Bugloss, is a spectacular perennial for shade gardens. ‘Jack Frost’ is probably the best known, thanks to its being awarded the 2012 Perennial of the Year. I have trialed many cultivars over the years but the most recent ‘trialees’ left me gasping! ‘Queen…

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CONFOUNDING CLEMATIS

Clematis, sometimes referred to as the Queen of Vines, offer astonishing color in the landscape. There are over 300 remarkable species. Flowers can be single, multi-petal or bell-shaped. And range in color from red, pink, purple, lavender, blue, white, yellow and multi-color. Most gardeners are familiar with Clematis grown as vines but there are also…

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