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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Fall Pansies

Fall Pansies Pansies are one of my favorite annual flowers. Their bright smiling faces peering up in early spring offer some assurance of better weather to come. Only in recent years have I planted pansies in the fall, against well-meaning advice of friends and family. Many of them considered it wasteful to buy new ann...

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Sedum Honestly, I never really gave the plant genus Sedum much thought. My mom has had the 'Autumn Joy' Sedum ( Sedum x 'Autumn Joy' ) growing in her garden as long as I can remember. F...

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Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass Many of us forget that foliage can be as interesting as flowers if chosen wisely. There are surprisingly diverse plant colors available, one of the most dramatic being purple. With the increasing popularity of using ornamental grasses in gardens, most of us have seen purple fountain grass ( Pennisetum setaceum 'Rub...

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