Author Archives: Meghan Shinn

Mountain Mint Is for Beauty and Beneficial Insects

short toothed mountain mint

Virtues: Short-toothed mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) is an excellent perennial for drawing butterflies, moths, bees and helpful wasps to the garden. A compact, fragrant and elegantly colored plant, it’s an easy grower in sun or shade.

‘Diana Remembered’ Hosta Is a Standout Selection

diana remembered hosta

Virtues: The ‘Diana Remembered’ hosta, named in honor of the late Princess Diana, is a beautiful variety with thick, broad, substantial green leaves edged in silvery white. The late-summer flowers are exceptionally large and fragrant.

New Garden Plants Made Easy and Cheap

Some gardeners see self-seeding plants as a nuisance, creating seedlings that need to be pulled and disrupting the intended design of the garden. However, self-seeders can be very helpful to gardeners on a small budget, or those interested in keeping …

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Upright Shade Plants for the Shade Garden

If your shade garden includes a lot of hostas, heucheras, azaleas, Siberian bugloss, lungwort and astrantia, as many shade gardens do, you may notice that it has an overload of mounded shapes. Adding several upright shade plants among your mounding …

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