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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Sage (Salvia)

The holidays would not be the same without sage. Many people use the herb sage, Salvia officinalis as a seasoning for poultry, a common dish on holiday tables. But there is a lot more to sage than the culinary herb. The name sage encompasses a large group of ornamental and medicinal plants in t...

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Indian Corn

With Thanksgiving week upon us, somewhere along the line we are bound to see what we commonly call "Indian Corn" used as a symbol of the harvest. What makes Indian corn special? Does it even have anything to do with Native Americans? Ask people to describe Indian corn, and most w...

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What is a Proven Winner?

The annuals I learned to plant as a young girl came in familiar plastic four or six packs, and each year the selection was pretty much the same. Today, more and more of the plants we purchase for our gardens are "branded". But what's in a name? Often these branded plants carry with them a higher price tag. Is paying a premium price for an annual plant that will only last one growing season wort...

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American Bittersweet

A plant to consider for a colorful fall display is American Bittersweet. But like a lot of plants, there are pluses and minuses to its use in the landscape. American Bittersweet, Celastrus scandens , is native to North America. It is a vigorously growing woody vine that may reach a height and...

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Late Blooming Clematis

One of my ongoing "gardening goals" is to use more plants that begin to bloom in late summer and autumn. Like many other gardens, mine starts to look tired late in the season. Late bloomers give gardeners something to look forward to besides fall color. It's not surprising that many of our gardens lo...

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Euonymus

My husband was definitely lacking a green thumb when we met. His thumb has gradually taken on deeper and deeper shades of green, especially since we purchased our home. He works very hard to learn the names of plants in our yard, sometimes even learning the Latin as well as the common name. One of t...

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