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Ceanothus Marie Bleu

Ceanothus ‘Marie Bleu’ (New Jersey Tea) I recently discovered this mesmerizing spring flowering shrub. Caenothus ‘Marie Bleu’ has masses of soft blue flowers that are followed by glossy red seed heads in late summer. It grows to 24” to 36” tall and prefers sun to part sun. ‘Marie Bleu’ is drought tolerant and flowers on…

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Supertunia Really Red

Supertunia ‘Really Red’ This petunia is a showboat, and I love it! The bold, REALLY red flowers are large and numerous. This is a new Supertunia from Proven Winners. I first saw it last winter from across an exhibit hall at a green industry trade. I just planted a sweep of ‘Really Red’ in front…

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New Perennial Mukgenia

Mukgenia   This perennial is awesome! I spotted it at Holdridge Garden Center (in Ledyard, CT) when I spoke there earlier this month. It is a cross between Mukdenia ‘Crimson Fans’ and Bergenia. The rich pink flowers, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, open in April and continue into early June. The jagged leathery leaves turn a…

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Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica handout Merrifield Garden Center Medinilla magnifica. I’ve seen this striking, unusual looking plant twice in the past month while on my lecture circuit. Once at Merrifield Garden Center in Fairfax, Virginia and then at Frederik Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids. I have a feeling the next time it pops up…

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Outstanding No-Fuss Annual

Isotoma axillaris ‘Beth’s Blue Procrastination will cost you with this beauty. ‘Beth’s Blue’ starflower tends to fly out of a garden center as soon as it is unloaded from the delivery truck. The mesmerizing lavender flowers dance gracefully atop lacy foliage. Beth’s Blue requires full sun and grows to 12” – 14”. No deadheading required.…

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Fernleaf Peony

Fernleaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) This perennial never fails to draw oohhs and aahhs from onlookers. It has extremely feathery leaves that beg to be touched. The flowers can be single or double. I have only seen them available in red. Like other peonies, they do not bloom long, but after the flowers gracefully bow out,…

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TAKE FIVE! Non-Stop Blooming Annuals

Fool-proof, powerhouse annuals are on my MUST HAVE list.  Here are five front-runners for high impact, low-maintenance gardens and containers: Supertunia Vista ‘Bubblegum’.  Let’s salute the 2017 Annual of the Year! This nonstop blooming annual covers two to four square feet. WHAT?!   ‘Bubblegum’ blows your characteristic view of petunias. No deadheading required, sweeping flower-covered stems,…

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Butterfly Weed and Heucherella are top perennial picks

Asclepias tuberosa Asclepias tuberosa is the 2017 Perennial of the Year. This perennial, commonly called butterfly weed or milkweed, asks so little of gardeners but gives so much in return. It is highly drought and heat tolerant, requires no fertilizer, produces shimmering orange flowers in the summer, attractive fall seed pods, is deer resistant and…

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Brent and Becky’s Bulbs Offers More than Just Bulbs!

Spring, summer and fall blooming bulbs are such an easy way to add a dash of color to the landscape. One of my FAVORITE companies for ordering bulbs is Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, a fourth generation family business based in Gloucester, VA. Brent and Becky are highly respected horticulturists in the green industry. They are…

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