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Miss Violet Buddleia Butterfly Bush
July 1, 2024

August in the Garden

August is awesome in the flower garden which is exploding in color with 19 different kinds of zinnias, feathery and “brain-type” celosias, sunflowers (including a helianthus sunfinity double, an intro for 2025), cleome, cosmos, statice, marigolds, and a butterfly favorite, tithonia. My granddaughter Priya helped create 30 containers, each one displaying a new introduction for […]
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Zagreb Coreopsis
July 1, 2024

Coreopsis Verticillata Zagreb

A real workhorse in the perennial border, ‘Zagreb’ will bloom from late June to late August, adding color to the garden during the hottest part of the summer. Bright yellow daisy flowers with a darker yellow disk are tightly grouped above its needle-like green foliage. A compact plant that is more upright and less rounded […]
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June 26, 2024

Stella d’Oro Daylily

Finding a plant that changes the game in gardening is rare, but ‘Stella d’Oro’ is one of those gems that has transformed our view of daylilies. With its lightly fragrant, bright yellow, star-shaped flowers blooming from May to July and its compact, carefree nature, it’s no wonder this daylily is the most popular one around. […]
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June 25, 2024

Dutchess County Fair Amateur Cut Flower Competition

The Amateur Cut Flower Competition at the Dutchess County Fair is Back! Why not show off your beautiful flowers at the Dutchess County Fair?!? Entering is easy and competing with other flower enthusiasts fun! There are two competitions, one on Tuesday and the other on Friday. Here are tips from my daughter Becky (who started […]
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June 18, 2024

Patriot Hosta

A great compact hosta with more heat tolerance than other popular varieties. It features glossy, bold, dark green foliage with bright white edges. Great for brightening a full or dappled shade border. An herbaceous perennial. Remove old foliage in early spring before new leaves emerge. Propagate in early spring or late summer by division. Read […]
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Caradonna Meadow Sage
June 11, 2024

Caradonna Meadow Sage

A strong bloomer, ‘Caradonna’ features spikes of violet-blue flowers on purple-black stems that rise above the contrasting gray-green leaves. These flowers are on spikes held above fragrant foliage made even more attractive by the purple color of the spikes and stems themselves lending a color intensity that makes this plant even more of an attention […]
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June 4, 2024

Pointers for Prolific Pepper Plants

Sunlight Chose a sunny location that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day. Soil Peppers like well-draining, rich soil that’s slightly acidic (pH 6.O-6.8). Amend the soil with compost. Peppers can be planted in the ground or in containers. Make sure your container is big enough and has drainage holes. How […]
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May 20, 2024

Hennie Graafland Astilbe

Hennie Graafland Astilbe refuses to be unnoticed in the garden. It all starts with foliage that may be the best of any Astilbe featuring a delicate, deeply cut look that begs to be touched. Along with this texture comes tremendous foliage color, the deepest of deep green, that is even showier due to its shine […]
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May 13, 2024

Japanese Catmint

Nepeta Subsessilis ‘Blue Prelude’, known as Japanese Catmint, will flower for months in the spring and summer. Attracts pollinators with its fragrant leaves. It is first-year-flowering, a robust plant in the landscape with large flowers and medium controlled habit. Optimal Growing Conditions Hardiness Zone Zones 4a-9a Water Needs Medium Sun Needs Full Sun Appearance and […]
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