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Caradonna Salvia Is a Perennial Favorite

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Candle Fire Okra Will Win You Over

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Virtues: Whether you love okra or loathe it, you’ll want to grow ‘Candle Fire’ in your garden. This variety boasts tasty, textural pods for all your okra dishes, but it’s also a beautiful, colorful plant that holds its own as …

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