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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’

Ginkgo biloba 'Autumn Gold' I've recently faced some tough, but pleasant decisions. Given a yard with absolutely nothing in it, what trees should I plant? I made a list of all my favorites, and selected those that best fit my yard of sandy clay soil, blazing sun, and wind. Gingko biloba made the final cut, and a fine specimen of the 'Autumn Gold' cultivar is...

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Wave™ Petunias

Wave™ Petunias Wave™ petunias have been around since 1995, when Purple Wave™ was introduced as an All-America Selections winner. I remember being very curious about them until I saw the price. They were, and still are substantially more expensive than the average petunia. But are they worth the premium price? I debated year in, year out, but didn't finally buy some until about...

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Profusion® Zinnias

Profusion® Zinnias One of the first flowers I remember planting from seed are zinnias. Showy and long-lasting, they were great both in the garden and as cut flowers on our kitchen table when I was growing up. Having just purchased a house with absolutely no landscaping or lawn, zinnias came to mind as one way to get some vibrant color this summer without spending much money. I...

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Gaillardia 'Fanfare'

Gaillardia 'Fanfare' Just when I thought I had seen every Gaillardia there is, I spied 'Fanfare' in a woman's cart at a local garden center. I had seen 'Fanfare' in a couple of presentations last winter, but the pictures were the glossy marketing pictures common to the introduction of a new cultivar. Sometimes a flower will look a lot different than...

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