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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Golden Hakone Grass

Every gardener I know, at one time or another, has inadvertently planted a thug in the garden. By thug I mean a plant that takes over the garden, bullying its way over every other plant that's already there. Some ornamental grasses are incredible bullies in the garden. Grasses will tend to grow in two ways-- as clumps that get thicker and wider, or as a spreading mass which sends out rh...

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Master Gardeners Help Others Learn to Grow

The idea for the Master Gardener program began in 1971 with two overwhelmed horticulture educators from Washington State University Extension, David Gibby and Bill Scheer. Their jobs were to bring urban and commercial horticulture programming to the major metropolitan areas surrounding Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. They soon discovered that with the rapid growth of both the population...

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Asters

When you say fall flowers, most people immediately think of chrysanthemums. An equally beautiful choice for the fall garden, but one which is often overlooked is the aster. The name aster comes from the ancient Greek word astron , meaning "star", referring to the shape of the plant's flowers. Originally, botanists classified almost 600 species of plants in Europe, Asia, and Nort...

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Chrysanthemums

One of the most common questions I'm asked this time of year is "What kind of mum should I plant that will definitely survive the winter?" I wish it was a simple answer.   I used to think of chrysanthemums as a hardy perennial planted in the fall. My mom used to have a mum that was in our garden as long as I could remember. It was so reliably hardy, I grew up thinking all mums must...

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