Perennials

New Perennials For 2017

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New Perennials For 2017

Spring anticipation! It’s always nice to look forward to new perennial introductions … especially on beautiful spring days like today … This is a perfect time to dream of spring and check out some of the new plants available for sale … Check Out The New Perennial Selection For Zones 5 & 6 … Here […]

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Spring anticipation! It’s always nice to look forward to new perennial introductions … especially on beautiful spring days like today … This is a perfect time to dream of spring and check out some of the new plants available for sale … Check Out The New Perennial Selection For Zones 5 & 6 … Here are ten new perennials that caught my eye: ‘Mariachi Fuego’ Helenium: Party time! This full sun perennial serenades you with masses of gold and orange daisy-like flowers. It looks like they are dancing on their wiry stems with the slightest breeze. ‘Mariachi Fuego’...

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Groundcovers For Zone 5 & 6

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Groundcovers For Zone 5 & 6

Groundcovers seem to get a bad rap as boring plants or ho-hum afterthoughts. Actually they are quite useful as fillers in bare spots, and can provide color and a great backdrop for perennials, annuals and shrubs in garden beds. Groundcovers make excellent living mulch and are much more interesting than an expanse of regular mulch. […]

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Houttuynia ‘Chameleon’ Sedum ‘Cherry Tart’ Prunella ‘Freelander Blue’ Ice Plant ‘Mesa Verde’ Groundcovers seem to get a bad rap as boring plants or ho-hum afterthoughts. Actually they are quite useful as fillers in bare spots, and can provide color and a great backdrop for perennials, annuals and shrubs in garden beds. Groundcovers make excellent living mulch and are much more interesting than an expanse of regular mulch. Some groundcovers dazzle with a carpet of lovely flowers and others offer impressive foliage and a kaleidoscope of fall...

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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

It’s such a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders and their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs and vines. The plants listed below are among hummingbirds’ favorites. While reds dominate the list, there are plenty of other colors suggested (reds, pinks, oranges […]

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It’s such a treat to see hummingbirds in your garden! The best way of attracting them is to use a combination of hummingbird feeders and their favorite flowers, plants, shrubs and vines. The plants listed below are among hummingbirds’ favorites. While reds dominate the list, there are plenty of other colors suggested (reds, pinks, oranges and purple shades) to allow a varied planting. See The Colorful Hummingbird Attracting Plants Here … The most important aspect of designing a hummingbird garden is to plan for continuous bloom from spring to fall, ensuring an endless...

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Perennial Vines

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Perennial Vines

Fast-growing perennial vines have an important place in a Zone 5/6 garden setting since they are both decorative and functional. They are a great way to cover up the monotony of a large wall, hide an eyesore, frame a doorway or just add color and beauty to your garden … Vines don’t always need to […]

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Clematis Growing on Arbor Hummingbird Trumpet Vine Climbing Hydrangea Fast-growing perennial vines have an important place in a Zone 5/6 garden setting since they are both decorative and functional. They are a great way to cover up the monotony of a large wall, hide an eyesore, frame a doorway or just add color and beauty to your garden … Vines don’t always need to be grown vertically either. Some varieties can help slow erosion on a steep bank, or disguise a problem garden area …. Check Out The New Selection Of Zone 5 & 6 Perennial Vines Here … Vines are valued...

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Zone 5 & 6 Perennials

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Zone 5 & 6 Perennials

Perennials is a term that describes what many gardeners and homeowners strive for, which is a plant that comes back every spring. There are perennial plants that can meet just about every landscape need. Perennials range from low growing plants to tall growing plants, from those that produce colorful flowers to those that provide visual […]

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Monarda – Bee Balm Black-eyed Susan Baptisia False Indigo Perennials is a term that describes what many gardeners and homeowners strive for, which is a plant that comes back every spring. There are perennial plants that can meet just about every landscape need. Perennials range from low growing plants to tall growing plants, from those that produce colorful flowers to those that provide visual pleasure with glowing seed heads, such as those exhibited by some ornamental grasses. Perennials will bring joy to your garden year after year with their continuous blooms. The perennials on this...

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Flowers To Attract Butterflies

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Flowers To Attract Butterflies

Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. Creating an inviting space for them involves planning your garden to attract, retain, and encourage butterfly populations to visit. Simply grow the plants the caterpillars like to eat, and plants that adult butterflies feed on for the nectar! The Butterfly Life Cycle Support […]

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Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. Creating an inviting space for them involves planning your garden to attract, retain, and encourage butterfly populations to visit. Simply grow the plants the caterpillars like to eat, and plants that adult butterflies feed on for the nectar! The Butterfly Life Cycle Support the entire life cycle by providing the essential elements for each stage of a butterfly’s life. Adult butterflies lay their eggs on host plants, where the egg remains until the larva (or caterpillar) hatches and feeds on the plant...

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Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

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Invasive Plants: Confine or Avoid!

As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift […]

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Spearmint Creeping Charlie Lamb’s Ear English Ivy As a gardener, you don’t want invasive plants in your yard that drive you nuts and waste your precious time. Sure they may look great for a season or two…then they act like they are possessed and take over the garden and lawn … Sometimes you don’t plant these thugs – they just mysteriously drift over from a neighbors. Unfortunately, invasive plants are probably on the shelf at your favorite nursery too. Some do just fine confined to a pot (like mint), others are best avoided altogether for sanity’s...

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Create a Bird Friendly Yard

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Create a Bird Friendly Yard

Creating a bird-friendly yard is a bit of a no-brainer. Simply provide the basics — the creature comforts we all need for survival: food, water, protective cover, and a cozy shelter in which to raise a family … Remember, too, that birds are attracted to seasonal food. They will stay longer in your garden if […]

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Creating a bird-friendly yard is a bit of a no-brainer. Simply provide the basics — the creature comforts we all need for survival: food, water, protective cover, and a cozy shelter in which to raise a family … Remember, too, that birds are attracted to seasonal food. They will stay longer in your garden if it contains plants that flower or fruit at different times of the year. How Do You Turn Your Yard Into A Bird Haven? Look at it from a bird’s-eye point of view and make sure to provide the following: Water Source Provide water year-round – A simple birdbath is a great...

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Plants For Shady Areas

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Plants For Shady Areas

There are many plants that do well in the shade. Don’t despair … you can grow more than the ubiquitous impatiens and hostas … I do like both of those, but there are a lot more flowers (both annuals and perennials) and shrubs that can give a lift to the part shade to full shade […]

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There are many plants that do well in the shade. Don’t despair … you can grow more than the ubiquitous impatiens and hostas … I do like both of those, but there are a lot more flowers (both annuals and perennials) and shrubs that can give a lift to the part shade to full shade areas of your yard. First, let’s define what constitutes full shade and part shade. Full shade generally means less than 3 hours of direct sunlight each day, with perhaps filtered sunlight during the rest of the day. Full shade does not mean no sun…all plants need at least some light,...

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Fall Blooming Perennials

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Fall Blooming Perennials

FALL BLOOMING PERENNIALS – Gear Your Garden Up For Fall The following perennials bloom in the fall adding color and multiple season interest to your Zone 5 & 6 flower gardens. Just when you think things are looking a little dull, these charmers will spice up your landscape with a pop of color! Here are […]

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FALL BLOOMING PERENNIALS – Gear Your Garden Up For Fall The following perennials bloom in the fall adding color and multiple season interest to your Zone 5 & 6 flower gardens. Just when you think things are looking a little dull, these charmers will spice up your landscape with a pop of color! Here are 10 of my favorite fall color plants: 1. Aster – Woods Purple: This is a colorful purple daisy-like flower blooming August through September. Also makes an excellent container plant attracting bees, butterflies and birds. Good for a sunny or partial shaded spot. 2. Dianthus...

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