Plant Profiles

6 MORE Deer-Resistant Herbs

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You told us you wanted more deer-resistant herbs and we heard you. Lemon balm Melissa officinalis Herbaceous member of the mint family White to pale pink flowers bloom June-August Attracts honey bees Edible, lemon-scented leaves are used in soup, pasta …

African, French and Signet Marigolds

Signet Marigold

Marigolds are available in three varieties: African, French and Signet. From grand and flamboyant to diminutive, marigolds add an unparalleled burst of color to the sun garden and attract pollinators.

Identifying Hosta Diseases and Pests

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Hostas are remarkably resilient plants that have become a mainstay of the shade garden. When the basic needs of the plant are met: protection from direct sun (most varieties), ample watering, regular fertilization and division of mature stands, hostas are, …

Plants to Attract Monarchs

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Many gardeners are focused on attracting monarchs to the garden. Some years the gardens succeed in attracting the butterflies, and other years they do not. A reader shares her experience in attracting the, at times, elusive monarch. Read about her …

Keep Your Baptisia Standing Tall

Baptisia blue false indigo

Baptisia australis, common name blue false indigo, is prized for its gorgeous blue flowers as well as its attractive seedpods that turn into tiny musical instruments as they cure. Unfortunately, this unique feature is often missed because the weight of …

String of Beads: a Gem of a Plant

string of beads plant senecio rowelyanus

Virtues: We love string of beads for their cascades of vine-like stems full of bead-shaped, vibrant green leaves.  Small, whimsical white flowers bloom in mid-fall through winter, releasing bursts of cinnamon-like fragrance.