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Attractive Addition to Russian Sage Selections

  Proven Winners ® has introduced a new Perovskia atriplicifolia called ‘Denim ‘n’ Lace’. The plant has all the growth and hardiness characteristics of other Russian sage, but at 28”-32” (71-81 cm) tall, it is somewhat shorter than the species. … Continue reading

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Golden Vicary Privet

Here’s a fun plant to use in a mixed border or as a pair of accents by an exterior door. In full sun, the leaves are lemon yellow; in semi-shade locations, or where lower branches are shaded, the leaves are … Continue reading

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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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A Note on WordPress Ads Masquerading as Legitimate Links

It seems that WordPress is indiscriminately adding advertisements to any blog that doesn’t wish to pay a $30.00 no-ad fee. These ads are being placed to make them appear as though they are suggested links or have some relevance to the particular post.  Many WordPress blog … Continue reading

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Botanic Garden or Theme Park?

  Today’s New York Times contains an article titled “Botanical Gardens Are Turning Away from Flowers”. The reporter claims that: Among the long-term factors diminishing their traditional appeal are fewer women at home and less interest in flower-gardening among younger … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Malcolm C. Shurtleff (1922-2010)

Mal Shurtleff was my gifted plant pathology professor. He was also my friend, my mentor and my inspiration. The American Phytopathological Society (APS) wrote of him:  “Dr. Shurtleff is generally recognized as one of the preeminent plant pathologists in the world.”

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Whether you garden on sandy loam or on rigid clay, this blog is for gardening enthusiasts who want to know what works best in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 and 6. There will be posts on specific plants, garden design, insects and diseases, … Continue reading

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