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Wild about Glads: Stalking the Wild Gladiolus
I've included images of a few on the left so you can see what I mean.One last surprise awaited me as I concluded my expedition.I actually discovered several wild glads right here in the U.S.!I found one species in Alabama and several in Florida.The catch...
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Glad About Glads
If large corms have two, the corm can be cut in two so that each section has a bud.Wait a day or two before planting these divisions to give them a chance to dry and "heal" for several days.glads will not do well in is in soil that drains poorly.(If puddles...
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Gladiolus: Summer\'s Magnificent Showcase
Some gardeners believe it's just easier to buy new ones every season, but I have favorites that I cherish, so up they come.are bulb-like structures, shaped somewhat like a chocolate kiss; the tender part is protected by several layers of papery, fibrous...
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Peaceful Plants: Yarrow
For the time being, The pink yarrow is content to live at the base of a few other trees and in the sunny patches out front; however, the maturing trees continually compete for sunshine with my perennials.I have found that digging and moving yarrow with...
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Bulb Lovers Unite: A Year of Bloom
Be sure the neck of the bulb is above the soil-line. Colors of the rainbow describe this beautiful winter addition to our homes. Throughout Europe, they became the ultimate status symbol, and for three years, fortunes were made and lost over this mania.
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Not Quite Dead: Regrowing from the Root Up
Did you forget to water a newly purchased plant on a hot day? Once new growth starts, give the plant a boost with a little more sun and a little quarter-strength fertilizer.Clematis plants are especially notable for coming back from their roots.
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Perennial Plant Association selects Baptisia australis as the 2010 Perennial of the Year
Gardeners take note: If you're not keeping up with the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial of the Year winners, you're missing out on a tremendous resource that lets you know the best plants to have in your garden.
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More Plants for Less Money 2: Dividing Your Perennials
Nicolaus, (critterologist). Here's my refreshed Ox-eye daisy, with room to spread. Here's a novice gardener's basic step-by-step guide to dividing a perennial plant. They won't thrive and should be discarded.The daisies I divided here are the same as...
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Mexican Oregano - A Dependable Perennial
Each flower has five petals and forms a funnel-shaped tube about one and one-half inches long. Pruning back to the base each winter can force more herbaceous growth. A member of the Lamiaceae or mint family, Mexican oregano has grown in my Zone 8b garden...
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Gotta Have Gaura in the Garden
In strong winds the wiry stems to bend and wave but the foliage that hugs the ground suffers no damage.Few insects or diseases damage gaura. Gaura has long been a favorite perennial for gardeners in USDA Zones 5-10.
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Fireworks in the Garden
With all these selections nobody need go without fireworks for the Fourth of July or any other day of the year. Many sparklers, firecrackers, and other aptly named plants are available to add sizzle, pop, snap, and crackle to your garden.
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Purple Coneflowers? or Red, Yellow, -- or Tangerine?
Much has happened in recent years to the lowly purple coneflower. Purple coneflower is the 2014 "Perennial Plant of the Year" chosen by the National Garden Bureau. Simply sprinkle the seed onto prepared ground and pat lightly to ensure contact with the...
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Gopher Apple
Few choices are better as a stabilizer for poor, dry, sandy soils found along roadsides in the Deep South or in sandy soils near the Gulf Coast or other bodies of salt water.As with many tough native plants, almost no care is needed for gopher apple once...
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Daylilies: A Plant With Many Options
Unless you have a large piece of property or a steep bank that needs stabilizing, the ‘ditch lily' forms might not work well for you. They're tough and forgiving, which makes them a good choice of beginners.
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Divide Your Daylilies - (Then Share Them With Me)
Look for an opening to reduce the amount of cutting damage, place a shovel edge against the root mass, and stomp down. Push the handles apart. The daylilies survived just fine, as I knew they would.
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The Story of Iris Part 6 - Why Grow Iris?
This really is a miracle plant for the home gardener.This is one of those plants that may not perform at its best but it will keep going on neglect. There are no problem areas for the iris family.
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Hot New Heucheras will Sizzle in your Garden!
With the onset of cooler temperatures in fall the foliage takes on richer hues of deep red.The following selections from Charles Oliver (The Primrose Path) have been available for several years, however they warrant inclusion in this article especially...
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Hardy Hibiscus--Hardier Than You Think
Believe me when I say, they can, and do!! No special care required. They are surprisingly fast growers once they start. No worries though, since they are covered in buds, with open flowers daily from the end of July right up until frost.So please, all...
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Ligularia - Big, Bold and Beautiful!
Dentata 'Desdemona' and L. Few garden perennials offer such decorative foliage and striking flower displays. Palmatiloba, P. Dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford'I would like to thank doss, hczone6, kell and mrporl for the use of their lovely pictures which...
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Have a Party in your Garden with Balloon Flowers!
There are two important factors to keep in mind when growing balloon flowers. In fact, there are well over 40 cultivars of balloon flowers. Among the taller double-flowered cultivars are ‘Hakone Blue' and ‘Hakone White'.
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A Phlox for Every Garden
Plants are usually started from seeds.Cultivars include: ‘Fordhook Finest Mix' (a strain that includes white, lavender-blue, pink, buff-yellow, and bicolors), ‘Brilliant' (bright, dark-eyed rose-colored flowers),'Chanal' (pink double that looks a...
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Japanese Sedge -- An Easy-Care Groundcover
Behind it are various ferns and shade-loving perennials. One-quart container. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I always say. Anyway, I reason to myself that if a new plant does well, it will spread and I can divide it.
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Lungworts and Bellflowers from the Genus Mertensia
There are about 50 species found throughout the north temperate regions of the world (18 from North America). Your comments are welcome, but please be aware that authors of previously published articles may not be able to promptly respond to new questions...
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Agapanthus, the Beautiful African Lily
New plants can also be startedfrom seed which should be sowed when seeds are fresh in well drained seedling mix, placed in semi-shade, and kept damp. Even dried flower heads are attractive and can be used in dried arrangements.The thing is to not let...
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Speedwells for the Border
Popular cultivars of V. Spicata are 'Foxy Lady', 'Royal Candles', 'Red Fox' and 'White Icicles'Often considered as hybrids are the cultivars 'Sunny Border Blue', 'Pink Damask' and 'Eveline'
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The Story of Iris Part 8 - Pearls of Wisdom
I wonder how do they do it. Start slow and do what you can afford to do. After reading a crazy man online, I placed newspaper right on Bermuda grass, piled it high with dirt, and planted away.I thought I really had cheated the system.
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How to Grow Perennial Seedlings
In addition, keep in mind some perennials only bloom for only couple weeks per year, while others bloom for a few months.Planting your perennials in a suitable location helps them live longer and thrive.
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Ever Run Through a Field of Wild Daisies? Here\'s the best hybrid, Shasta!
There have now been over 100 named varieties introduced since 1901. Tall, flowering in June through September. I have read that the word ‘Daisy' came from ‘Dad's Eye' and morphed into ‘Day's Eye' for the similarity of a daisy to the yellow sun with...
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Meadow Cranesbill - Standing the Test of Time
Imagine a purple-leaved 'Black Beauty' with white or pink-edged leavesa the stuff of dreams!I would like to thank the following people for the use of their pictures: Meadow cranesbill are among the oldest flowers in cultivation in the western...
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