Category Archives: Plant of the Month

Plant of the month: Spiraea japonica ‘Little Princess’

Few shrubs are as spectacular in bloom as established plantings of Spiraea vanhouttei (Bridal Wreath Spirea). Not all of us have room for this magnificent bloomer, but breeders have worked diligently to develop smaller spirea with three-season interest. Two of my … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: ‘Technito’® Arborvitae

Thuja occidentalis ‘Techny’ (the Techny arborvitae) is, perhaps, the most handsome of the lush, dark green arborvitaes. Unfortunately, not all of us can find the right location for a 12′-15′ (3.7-4.6 m) tall evergreen. Now, however, there is a moderate … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ is a superior breeding improvement on the classic Black-Eyed Susan. Like it’s parent, Rudbeckia hirta, ‘Indian Summer’ has hairy leaves and stems, the foliage is alternate and spread out along the main stem, there is only … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’

Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle) is probably a well-known plant to many readers here. A perennial border classic, it is celebrated for its magnificent scalloped foliage and its delicate chartreuse-yellow flowers rising on wands above the main clump of leaves. It’s … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Asiatic Hybrid Lilies

In between early summer and high summer, among the best perennials to join June-blooming roses are the Asiatic hybrid lilies. Stately and strong, they provide a welcome linear accent in the garden. The multitude of colors and patterns makes it … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’

For northern gardeners, the spring garden relies heavily on flowering shrubs, bulbs and shade perennials. So it’s a joy to find an early blooming, sun-loving perennial. Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’  (Mountain Bluet or Perennial Bachelor’s Button) begins blooming at the same … Continue reading

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Plant of the Month: Malus sargentii ‘Tina’

Tina is the shortest crabapple and also the one that’s lowest maintenance. Highly resistant to apple scab, fireblight, rust, and powdery mildew, Tina is also litter free. The deep red crabapples are just the right size for even the smallest … Continue reading

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