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4 Cosmos for Your Cutting Garden

It often happens that the best flowers are also easy to grow, and Cosmos is definitely in this category. If you’d like to start a cut flower garden, attract pollinators, or simply add color...

Plant Pick: Happy Wanderer

Who doesn’t want to be happy? Happy Wanderer, Hardenbergia violacea, brings more than cheer and free spirit to the garden. It’s an enduring, hard to kill vine with striking blooms and a fabulous habit...

Plant Pick: What You Didn’t Know About Candytuft

  If you're looking for a fabulous, drought tolerant ground cover with masses of spring flowers this is the plant for you. Candytuft, Iberis sempervirens, is as sweet as it's name implies. A dutiful show-stopper, with...

How to Store Dahlia Tubers

Dahlia growing is serious business. It’s no casual, cut flower gardening past time but something gardeners embark upon year after year as if sanity and happiness depends upon it. (If you have yet to...

Plant Pick: California Poppies

  It’s easy to see why California poppies, Eschscholzia californica, have made their way into the hearts of gardeners throughout the world. Their golden and orange hues are positively beautiful, especially when carpeting a landscape...

6 Bulbs to Plant Now for Spring

  I'll take flowers in any season, but flowers that follow winter always stop me in my tracks. Especially when materializing (as if out of nowhere) from their earthy hibernation. Perennial shrubs like red flowering currant,...

Plant Pick: Clematis

  Who doesn't love summer long blooms? If you're looking for a perennial vine that is as charming as it is resilient Clematis (Clematis spp.) could be exactly what you need and quickly become your new favorite. Be...

Plant Pick: Purple Sage

Do you have favorite routes, detours and round-about paths you take simply to glimpse a particular plant or flower? I've traveled past this planting more times than I can count and with each passing, it's as if I'm seeing...

Plant Pick: Hollyhocks

  Tough as nails, charming and a pollinator powerhouse. Hollyhocks are what's new again. If you haven't grown them before now's the time to plant. Sow them from seed or grow from starts, better yet,...

Dark Star for a Grey Day

I tried to get a decent photo of this particular shrub, Ceanothus 'Dark Star', but it proved to be a challenge.  It sits in a neighbors front yard, in a bed smashed between the...
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