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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Enkianthus campanulatus This lovely flowering shrub, commonly called redvein enkianthus, deserves more attention. It has charming white, creamy-yellow, whitish-pink, or pink nodding flowers in spring. A slow-growing shrub, Enkianthus can range in height from 6’ to 15’, depending on the variety. All are acid loving shrubs, similar to Rhododendrons and Azaleas. I planted a pure…

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