Coneflowers (Echinacea) continue to rise in popularity. There are 9 species native to North America. The demand for the ‘next best coneflower’ has resulted in a surge of new introductions annually. But are these “debutantes” all they are marketed to be? Mt. Cuba Center, a botanical garden dedicated to native plants and located in Hockessis,…

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Gardening Books on SALE!

The Right-Size Flower Garden

Due to the pandemic, a majority of my lectures across the country were cancelled. In preparation for these lectures, I ordered a number of my gardening books to sell at book signings. Needless to say, I now have an ‘overstock’ of books. Time to clean house. All four gardening books are on sale for only…

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Superstar Perennials: Epimedium, Zizia and Thermopsis

Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Bicolor Giant’ I was giggling in delight when I purchased this drought tolerant, work horse, shade-loving perennial from Garden Vision Epimediums, one of the Gardeners Marketplace vendors at the 14th Great Gardens and Landscaping Symposium. The gorgeous flowers are large and bi-color, and the leaves are super-sized as well, making it easier to…

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