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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Knock Outâ„¢ Roses

Unless you've had some strange reason to purposefully avoid all garden centers and plant catalogs in the last few years, you've probably heard of Knock Out™ roses, and may even have at least one in your yard. These hugely popular shrub roses currently are available in the originally released cherry color, a double blossom in cherry, and a single flower in a blush pink. I have been asked,...

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Wild Columbine-- Aquilegia canadensis

I credit columbine with being one of the flowers that fueled my interest in gardening years ago. Granted, I grew up in a family that gardened, but much of my involvement was limited to chores like weeding in the family vegetable garden or around the yard. As I got older I was clamoring for a garden of my own. Having no source of income as a youngster, my first attempts at my own garden were in...

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Growing up I thought that all irises were purple with yellow fuzzy "beards". I also knew that my mom hated them. I spent a lot of time alongside my mom as a girl helping her dig up the persistent rhizomes. When she and my dad bought their house, the flower bed on the south side of the house plus a few oddball places around the yard were overflowing with the exceedingly tall purple bea...

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Usually you'll hear me say that common names can make figuring out the true identity of a plant a real challenge. But phlox is a different story. Phlox is technically the genus to which the plant belongs to, but there are at least 67 species in this genus. So to say you're growing phlox is only the beginning of describing your plant. If you get to know some of the phlox species and cul...

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