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NONSTOP flowering Millionbells

Superbells DOUBLETTE ‘Love Swept’. I was swept away by how this lovely Calibrachoa kept on flowering, right into the fall, without any deadheading. And truth be told, I only fertilized it once, with Espoma Plant-tone, a slow release organic fertilizer. I paired it with another superstar Proven Winners annual, Isotoma ‘Beth’s Blue’. DOUBLETTE ‘Love Swept’…

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Proven Winners Garden Day in New Hampshire

If you live in New England, please plan to join me for the Proven Winners Garden Day at Pleasant View Gardens in Loudon, NH on Friday, August 3. I will be giving the keynote lecture Design Tips for Elevating Your Garden from Ordinary to Magnificent. This fun-packed day also includes guided tours of stunning display…

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A Bucket List Must For Gardeners!

The Proven Winners Grand Garden Show on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan is an over-the-top event on an enchanting island. I have yet to meet an attendee that hasn’t raved about this unique experience! The Grand Garden Show – Sunday, August 26 through Tuesday, August 28 – features outstanding lectures at the impressive Grand Hotel…

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Remarkable perennials, annuals, flowering vines and bulbs

Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’ This Northeast native perennial creates waves in shade gardens. It has always been one that folks ask about in my display gardens. The steely blue, lacey leaves provide an impressive backdrop to white fuzzy flowers that appear in late Spring. These flowers develop into panicles of showy white fruits (“doll’s eyes”)…

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Happy Hellebores and Heliopsis ‘Tuscan Sun’

Happy Hellebores Hellebores are like rays of glorious sunshine in early spring. They promise warmer weather ahead. There are approximately 20 different species of this deer and rabbit resistant perennial. Flowers can have single or double petals and range in color from pink, red, white, purple, green, yellow, and almost black. Green Hellebore (Helleborus viridis)…

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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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The Grand Garden Show Rocked!

This epic garden show keeps getting better! This was the fifth year the Grand Garden Show was hosted at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. Over 500 gardeners representing 32 states were in attendance. This show is a bucket list MUST (at least in my opinion). The combination of great speakers, educational…

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Proven Winners Grand Garden Show

There truly is nothing like the Grand Garden Show at The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan. Combine a remarkable, first-rate garden symposium, with escorted tours of magnificent private gardens all taking place in an idyllic island setting with no cars (only horse-drawn carriages and bicycles) and POOF…. You have a one-of-a-kind experience.…

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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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