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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.

Rhododendrons: Spring Planting and Care Tips

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Rhododendrons are never more noticeable than in spring, when they cover themselves with blooms. It’s enough to inspire you to plant more rhodies in your garden. Here are tips for siting and planting these shade-tolerant favorites, plus spring care tips …

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 …

Pruning Crapemyrtle: How, When and Why

pruning crapemyrtles

Pruning crapemyrtles can confound gardeners because there are plenty of bad examples lining the streets of the South (and beyond, with the introduction of hardier crape myrtle varieties). Here are the best strategies for pruning crapemyrtles to encourage better bloom, …

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.