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Allium Christophii – A Garden Goldilocks

Showy Star of Persia (Allium christophii, aka A. albopilosum) is a garden star. It's a Goldilocks plant - not too tall, not too short, with easy-to-hide foliage, just the right-sized flowering globes - and pizzazz to spare.  

By |2020-07-14T14:39:20-04:00June 12th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on Allium Christophii – A Garden Goldilocks

Dealing With Daffodil Foliage

Ripening daffodil foliage is not a pretty picture. But knotting, braiding,bunching, wrapping with rubber bands, bending leaves or cutting them down too soon is detrimental to the health of the plant. Look for good companions to hide and support bulb foliage.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Dealing With Daffodil Foliage

It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

After such a mild winter, my 'Brandywine' strain hellebores (Helleborus x hybridus 'Brandywine' ™) are especially lovely. Time to give these  Lenten roses, aka Oriental hellebores, center stage. Even my cut-leafed stinking hellebores (Helleborus foetidus) look pretty good this spring.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:04-04:00March 31st, 2020|Categories: Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on It’s Hellebore Heaven in March

In Praise of Aggressive Native Plants – Even if They’re Pink

A garden coaching client's bed of Physostegia virginiana totally changed my perspective about this aggressive native plant. Now this stalwart perennial tops my list of plants that are beautiful, support wildlife and solve problems. Read about how this plant solved a big erosion problem with style.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00September 15th, 2019|Categories: Garden Coaching, Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on In Praise of Aggressive Native Plants – Even if They’re Pink

Which Native Plants Support the Most Life?

How do we support resilient local food webs? Entomologist Doug Tallamy notes that caterpillars transfer energy into the food web better than anything else, so we need to increase their numbers. Dr. Tallamy's research shows that some native plants are more ecologically productive too, that 5% of our native plants make 75% of the food that drives food webs.

By |2020-02-11T10:41:45-05:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Clues, Garden Coaching, Great Plants|Comments Off on Which Native Plants Support the Most Life?

I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

As a young gardener getting a whole lot of hands-on experience wrestling out rocks, poison ivy, invasive shrubs and vines, I began doubting the wisdom of traditional garden books - especially regarding double-digging. I could see that plants grew over, around and between rocks in natural areas. Why not find a better way to prepare beds on my rocky mountainside, quit pulling out stones and put plants in the right niches?

By |2020-07-01T15:51:08-04:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Great Plants, Views|Comments Off on I Surrender – To the Wisdom of Plants

Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

This time of year, my p.o. box runneth over - with a bounteous crop of specialty mail order seed catalogs that get my mouth watering. With giant chemical companies owning and controlling most of the global seed market, I urge you to seek out independent seed houses. They tell you who they are right up front.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Independent Non-GMO Seed Catalogs

Perennials That Look Good in Winter

How do we make gardens that still look like gardens in the winter? It’s worth scoping out what perennial foliage still looks good in your garden in cold weather. Gather these "foul weather friends" together for winter garden beauty.

By |2020-07-01T15:51:09-04:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Clues, Great Plants, How-To's|Comments Off on Perennials That Look Good in Winter