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Tales from a Plant Addict

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

Oriental Poppies

In search of orange-flowered perennials for my orange and blue Illini garden, Oriental Poppies ( Papaver orientale ) were a natural choice. The plants I used in my Illini garden were divided off a large clump that I planted years ago at my parents' home. I don't know the name of the cultivar, but their glowing orange petals are striking this time of year. As the name suggests, O...

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I was shopping for plants with some friends recently, and as I nabbed some annuals I had been looking high and low for, one friend turned to me and said jokingly, "friends don't let friends buy annuals!" I challenged her to try and stop me! My friend was joking, but now and then I run into people who tell me they "only plant perennials" as if it is some mark of adva...

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Coral Bells-- Heuchera

With some plants in my garden, I am content to have one or two cultivars. But for some plants, I have to fight the urge to collect every different cultivar I can find. This only seems to happen with plants that are small enough that I can fit several into my landscape without attracting too much attention from my husband, who likes to moan, "More plants?? Why?" I discovered c...

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Deer and Rabbit Damage in the Landscape

I grew up as a kid that loved all the wildlife that wandered into our yard. As an adult homeowner with a relatively new landscape in a new subdivision, I feel like this year I've declared war on the local wildlife while trying to defend my tender young plants. I've been in my home for two years and apparently that's how long it's taken the local critters to find my yard and unleash their destru...

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