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Today’s Perennial – Echinacea After Midnight

This lovely variety of the popular coneflower has large pink-to-purple daisy flowers and is a favorite in all wildflower meadows, as well as perennial borders. This pretty plant is called Echinacea After Midnight. Photo Credit:  American Meadows Check out this post on growing echinacea and how to collect seed and propagate it here Purple coneflowers …

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Fan Gardens that make a big Impact

There is nothing quite like relaxing in a garden on your own property that gives you a feeling of serenity.   Pride, relaxation and so many other feelings go along with this type of garden. These Lovely Gardens are photos that some of my readers have submitted to share their outdoor living spaces. Lovely Gardens from readers …

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Japanese Silver Grass – Graceful Perennial with Winter Appeal

Japanese Silver Grass – Miscanthus sinensis – is a perennial plant that has variegated green and white striped leaves and huge plumes in the fall that stall well above the top of the plant. The plant can be used to hide neighboring views or fence lines and has lots of winter interest. Be sure to give …

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Today’s Garden Tour – Stott Garden – Goshen, Indiana

A fan of my Gardening Cook Page on Facebook recently shared with me some photos she took on a recent Garden tour of Stott Garden in Goshen, Indiana. Stroll down the paths of Stott Garden with Janie Newton Teel. Janie said “the garden is a private huge garden but they give tours to the public.   …

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Hydrangea Flowers are Great in Arrangments

A few weeks ago, we had an outdoor party to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from college.  I cut some flowers from my hydrangea bushes to decorate the tables and then brought them indoors as cut flowers. These hydrangea flowers lasted about 11 days and looked gorgeous. Hydrangea flowers last well indoors. Most of them were …

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Growing Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William) and Other Garden Pinks

Sweet Williams have pretty fringed flowers that grow in a cluster on top of a long stalk. Dianthus Barbatus is a lovely variety of the dianthus species. These growing tips will help you to get it going in your garden. Fragrance Carnations and pinks have a strong fragrance with a spicy scent. Sweet William, however, bears …

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Test Garden – Experimenting with a Variety of Plants and Flowers

I have long dreamed of having a test garden.  I’ve loved to garden ever since I was a young girl.  My first apartment was just full of house plants, and when I moved to Australia with my husband in the 1970s, I had a business devoted to the sale of indoor plants. Welcome to my …

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Growing Tulips in Warmer Climates

Growing tulips in warm climates is a challenge for sure. This is one bulb that really likes cook temperatures. Tulips are showy flowers that are classified as perennial bulbs, but they can be somewhat tricky to grow in warmer climates.  Keep reading to learn how to help them cope with the heat. Tips for Growing …

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