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Short or tall, Zinnias dazzle in the garden and the vase


I can’t think of an easier flower to grow than zinnia. When I was a kid we always had the old fashioned tall growing types. I think my mom still has some pictures of my sister and I standing next … Continue reading

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Nasturtiums are colorful flowers with many uses


Nasturtium is an annual plant with attractive flowers and unique looking lily pad-like leaves. It’s easy to grow and totally safe around children. Leaves and flowers are both edible. Nasturtiums thrive in sunny locations on infertile soil. Strangely enough, high … Continue reading

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Fortune Tea Olive has unmatched fall fragrance


Sometimes spotting the fragrant plant is easy. Magnolias and gardenias have very conspicuous flowers. Nobody could miss them. Fortune tea olive is different. Clusters of tiny white flowers are tucked among the foliage. They’re easy for our eyes to miss. … Continue reading

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Eastern Redbud is a native spring bloomer that really stands out


From central Canada to Florida and Texas, this pea and bean relative is hard to miss. Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) packs copious amounts of hot pink to lavender flowers. Sometimes stands of these small trees are so dense that it … Continue reading

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Pineapple guava makes a showy edible hedge


I’m always on the lookout for unusual adaptable landscape material. Recently a couple showed me their yard and on one edge was a beautiful hedge of pineapple guava. Even after our recent severe cold the foliage looked healthy. This excited … Continue reading

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It’s usually important to watch your spelling – Don’t lose a letter


Sometimes one letter can make a world of difference. Take the Yucca plant (Yucca filamentosa) for example. It is a common landscape plant for dry areas. You see it a lot in old cemeteries.  Some confuse it with the yuca, … Continue reading

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For Wisteria, Timing is Everything


A while ago I wrote about mayapples. In almost every stage of growth the plant is completely poisonous. Only the ripe fruit is edible. A similar example of that phenomenon is Wisteria, which is blooms in the spring. Wisteria is … Continue reading

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