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Tales from a Plant Addict

Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.
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A plant that has grown on me due to its outstanding performance in my garden is Calibrachoa , also called Million Bells, or sold under the brand name Superbells®. Up until a few years ago, I didn't really use this plant in my annual beds and containers. But the more I use it, the more I love it. Calibrachoa , like Petunia, is a genus in the Solanaceae...

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Growing up I thought that all iris 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 bearded iris. W...

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Each summer we look forward to seeing hummingbirds buzzing around our backyard. Hummingbirds are uniquely "American"; they are found only in the Western Hemisphere, in North and South America. There are between 325 and 340 species of hummingbirds in the world, depending on how the birds are classified. Most of these nearly 340 species live in the tropics. Seventeen species regularly nes...

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Calla Lilies

Most of us are familiar with calla lilies as cut flowers, but did you know they are a great summer bulb to plant in your garden or even in a container? What is a summer bulb? Summer bulbs are summer-blooming plants that have some type of underground storage structure. Though called 'bulbs', they may or may not be a true bulb. In central Illinois, most summer bulbs are not cold hardy and...

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