After a long cold winter, gardeners are starved for color in the garden. Spring blooming Phlox is one of the first perennials to greet us with colorful flowers. When I mention spring blooming Phlox, most people think of Phlox subulata, commonly called Creeping Phlox. But there are other fantastic Phlox that are just as effective…

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Vernonia.  Commonly called Ironweed, this genus includes about 1,000 species of perennials, shrubs and trees native to North America. The plant supposedly gets its common name from the fact that it has tough, erect stems and rusty looking seed clusters as flowers age. Most species can tolerate clay soil. In this feature I will zoom…

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Peperomia. I am learning so much about houseplants and tropicals since working at Estabrook’s Yarmouth store this winter. The garden center has a huge greenhouse filled with these treasures. One plant that quickly made its way into my home is Peperomia. This tough, no-fuss plant is native to many tropical climates and like orchids, is…

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The 2018 Webinar Video Bundle is now for sale! Enjoy a wealth of practical gardening information and gorgeous pictures featured in this series. This year’s themes were: A Striking, Sustainable Flower Garden by Design; Beauty and the Beast: Bold and Fine Foliaged Plants Make Wonderful Dance Partners (additional striking foliage plants are also featured); Exceptional…

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My theory was right – offer a great price on my four gardening books, combine this with free shipping – and bingo, holiday shopping became a lot easier for many people. The sale continues until December 20. Any book is only $18.50. As soon as an order comes in, I sign the book(s) and tuck…

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For the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work with Proven Winners, a premier plant company that is committed to offering gardeners high performing annuals, perennials and shrubs. Their plants have passed extensive trials from coast to coast in the U.S. as well as in Germany and Japan. No surprise that I use…

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Last month I announced my first national gardening Webinar – Radical Perennials: Nonstop Color! No-Fuss! Environmentally Responsible! Within weeks there were almost 100 people registered from across the country. How fun is that? The Webinar (a lecture delivered over the Internet) kicks-off on Thursday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) BUT, as long…

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The Enormous Interest in Homeowner Landscaping Eighty-four million households in the U.S. work on their lawns and gardens (EPA). For most Americans, a home is more than a shelter. It is also their most valuable asset and an important savings vehicle. Landscaping is one of the top three investments that bring the biggest return in…

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Iris cristata 'Eco Blue Bird' Sunny Border Nurseries

Dwarf Crested Iris (Iris cristata) At only 4” to 6” tall, this charming spring native never fails to entertain onlookers. Small, sword-shaped leaves spring from petite rhizomes. Flowers are blue, violet or white. Like its larger cousin, German Bearded Iris, Dwarf Crested Iris does not like to have its rhizomes buried under soil or mulch.…

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