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Not only is a season full of blooms beautiful and exciting, it’s great for supporting pollinators. It’s important to sustain these critters as long as possible with late-blooming perennials like Turtlehead (Chelone). This New England native bears hooded flowers on tall stems in late summer. The appearance of these blooms Continue Reading...
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The summer solstice is upon us, and the perennial yard is brimming with attractive late spring and summer-blooming succulents! These plants can become an excellent addition to the front of a border or a rock garden. All of them are deer-resistant and have very few diseases, making them an easy Continue Reading...
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Dicentra is an extremely popular herbaceous perennial, perfect for brightening up a shady spot in early spring.  It is in the papaver family (Papaveracea).  Most Dicentra is native to eastern Asia and is hardy in Zones 2-8.  Dicentra eximia and cucullaria is native to the Appalachian Mountains.  Dicentra likes rich, Continue Reading...
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When you have customers who get really excited about plants, it’s fun to go the extra mile and offer something special. Red-veined Enkianthus, which is also known as Furin-Tsutsuji (E. campanulatus) is one that comes to mind. Delicate clusters of bell-shaped flowers are its main spring attraction, along with red, Continue Reading...
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Zelkova makes a great tree regardless of the season. It’s a beautiful choice for the home landscape, as a street tree or at commercial sites. Just because it starts with Z it shouldn’t be at the bottom of your list for great trees. Take a look: -Medium size tree growing Continue Reading...
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Looking for a unique tree for a fall landscape? Persian Ironwood (Parrotia persica) might fit the bill with its colorful autumn mosaics. Take a look: -A medium size tree growing 20-40′ high x 15-30′ wide -Small reddish ‘flower’ clusters appear before the leaves in spring -It has beautiful shimmering green Continue Reading...
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As we begin to wind down the summer and look forward to the sights of the beautiful fall foliage, here are some of our favorite shrubs that have awesome fall interest: Fothergilla gardenii– (Witchalder/Dwarf Fothergilla) A compact shrub whose dark green foliage in the spring turns to shades of yellow, Continue Reading...
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Our Purple Rain Salvia (Salvia verticillata) deserve a place in the spotlight right now. The plants are full in their 1 gallon containers and ready for making an instant impact for your summer borders and patio containers. Upright flower stalks rise above its wide velvety gray-green foliage that is more Continue Reading...
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Even though it’s not a true fern we like this plant for several reasons: It has sweet aromatic foliage that makes it hard to walk by without crushing the nicely textured leaves and taking a good whiff. Feel free to trim it to control height until late July, it will branch Continue Reading...
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