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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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Plant of the Week: Love in a Mist

This week's Plant of the Week is Love in a Mist ( Nigella damascena), a great blue flowered addition to the landscape. As gardeners know, blue is not a common color in flowers, so this flowering annual is a great choice. Love in a mist can be easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. This annual flower is best started fro...

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Plant of the Week: Strawflower

This week's plant of the week is one of my favorite flowers, the Strawflower ( Xerochrysum bracteata ). As a florist, I've come to appreciate flowers that hold up really well as a cut flower, as well as a dried flower, and strawflower is great in both categories. It lasts very well in a vase and looks almost exactly the same in color and shape once dried....

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Growing Potatoes in Containers

Limited on space or don't want the hassle of having to dig potatoes to harvest? Try growing potatoes in containers. I've done that the past few years in my garden with great success. Any sized container will work, but obviously the bigger it is, the more potatoes you can get. Whatever the size, the container should have adequate drainage. The container I used was a 14...

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White Mold as a Result of Cool, Wet Conditions

Posted by Candice Hart - Diseases

I've noticed several cases of White Mold (Sclerotinia sp.) over the past few days. While at a field day last week, I noted several different annual flowering plants dying as a result of this fungus. And another email today concerning green beans looked like a similar problem. This fungus infects more than 370 species of plants, including many common landscape annuals and perenn...

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