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Purple Potato Vine Flora Mia Nero

purple potato vine flora mia nero

Virtues: ‘Flora Mia Nero’ is a purple-leaved potato vine perfect for adding depth and drama to your container plantings. This variety is also a strong bloomer and it was touted in the Kansas State University Prairie Star Flowers Trials as …

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Spring Allergies: Tips for Gardeners

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Don’t let seasonal allergies hamper your enthusiasm for gardening. Trees, grasses and weeds are the most common culprits in producing allergic reactions, because they rely on wind to disperse their lightweight pollen. (Happily, many favorite garden plants rely on bees …

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Groundcover Junipers New for 2017

jazzy jewel groundcover juniper

Even as spring-blooming bulbs, perennials and flowering shrubs build toward their peak of glory in the spring garden, we can’t help but praise a couple of groundcover junipers that are new from Monrovia this year. Get them onto your spring …

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Caradonna Salvia Is a Perennial Favorite

caradonna salvia

Virtues: Caradonna salvia is a popular variety thanks to its long bloom time and its bright purple flowers that stand out against their dark purple stems. It feeds bees and butterflies but resists deer and rabbits.

Adding Compost to Established Garden Beds

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You’ve likely read that the way to get a new garden off to the best start is by adding compost to the soil before planting anything. Can compost be used to improve the soil in existing gardens, too?

Easy Clematis to Grow in the Garden

easy clematis viticella

If you love the beauty of climbing, vining clematis but pruning them makes you anxious, you need to try the Clematis viticella group. They are simple to tend and disease resistant, too. In fact they’re so easy the Pennsylvania Horticultural …

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Evergreen Shrub for the Shade: Gulftide Tea Olive

evergreen shrub gulftide tea olive

Virtues: Add an evergreen presence to the shade garden with the award-winning ‘Gulftide’ tea olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Gulftide’). Not only does it tolerate shade, but it’s also no favorite of deer! The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society named this evergreen shrub to …

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Natchez Crapemyrtle Stands Apart for Color, Form and Hardiness

natchez crapemyrtle

Virtues: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is honoring Natchez crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’) as a Gold Medal Plant this year. Its resistance to powdery mildew, its clean white, heavy flowers and its exfoliating bark set it apart from other crapemyrtles.

Tropical Plants on Sale? Yes, Please

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As winter draws toward a close, many greenhouses put their tropical houseplants on discount to make space for fresh spring garden offerings, such as annual flowers, hanging baskets and the like.