Plant Profiles

Witch’s Brew: Be Careful Out There!

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In a scene from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a witch’s brew is concocted to conjure the souls of the dead. Along with magical animal parts and cursed objects thrown into the cauldron, the witches include plant ingredients: poison hemlock and yew.

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Mountain Mint Is for Beauty and Beneficial Insects

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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.

Plants We Love Dianthus Jolt Series

  Dianthus ‘Jolt’ is an interspecific dianthus. Jolt is the most heat-tolerant dianthus available to gardeners today. It is very durable with few diseases. And to add to its beauty, it continues to flower throughout the season without setting seeds. …

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A Plant to Love: Pink Pig Crepemyrtle

This mid-size crapemyrtle has a lovely pink bloom that is set off by its luscious green foliage. Bred to be disease and mildew resistant, this new introduction by famed plant breeder Dr. Michael Dirr is delighting gardeners. Its smaller stature …

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