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Plant to know: Lady’s mantle

lady's mantle

This is the start of regular feature I’ve been planning to start for about two years now. Plants to Know a quick growing guide for plants that you should, well, know about (clever, right?). In each Plants to Know feature, I’ll share a plant with you, a bit about growing it and the basic facts, […]

3 PLANTS I’LL GROW THIS YEAR

I keep lists of plants I’m on the hunt for in various places—on sheets of paper in my purse, in an app on my phone, at the back of my garden notebook. This way I remember to grab them if I find them at a local nursery. Each year there are a handful of plants […]

PLANTS OF THE YEAR

It has become very popular for different organizations to features “plants of the year.” These usually involve a marketing push as well, so retailers tend to stock up on featured plants and the odds are much better that you’ll be able to pick them up without a lot of hunting. Here are a few of […]

Expert garden bloggers share their favorite shrubs

When I first started creating the garden at our house, my first garden as before I just had a balcony to put containers on, I ran out and got every perennial I thought looked interesting. Of course I’ve learned so much since then and the beautiful thing about gardening is that you can correct your […]

A great performer: Korean feather reed grass

It was a beautiful weekend here in Wisconsin and I did not spend a single moment of it in the garden. That’s not a good thing. I should be taking advantage of good weather when I can to start sprucing up for fall. Usually my fall gardening chores consist of weeding (the more weeding I […]

OK, that’s just gross

Don’t read this post while you’re eating. Unless you are dieting and want a reason to stop eating. I have sad news to report on the health of the Family Jewels plant. The aphids love it. I have never actually seen a plant so covered in aphids before in my life. From a distance I […]

Taking care of the family jewels

 I’m a big proponent of gardening being fun. That’s why I feel that gardening “rules” should be thought of more as guidelines. My gardening rule is: Do what makes you happy. As part of embracing that philosophy, this spring I bought a plant for no reason other than that I thought it was funny. I […]