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Hort in the Home Landscape

A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.
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Plant of the Week: Perennial Hibiscus

I don't know about you, but I've been noticing that perennial hibiscus plants are looking awesome in the landscape these past few weeks! So, this week I'm featuring the  Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus ( Hibiscus mosheutos ). Many gardeners are familiar with the tropical hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ) that we grow as houseplants in the winter and set outsi...

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Plant of the Week: Roses and Rose Rosette

After a recent trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon and sitting in on a recent program on Rose Rosette virus, my mind is currently on roses. So,  Roses it is for this week's Plant of the Week! The fragrance, the beauty, the vase life, th...

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Plant of the Week: Naranjilla

This week's  Plant of the Week immediately drew my attention while visiting the  Sarah P. Duke Gardens in North Carolina last week. The interesting spines caught my eye right away! It's called  Naranjilla ( Solanum quitoense ) and it's a member of the nightshade family, Solanaceae, which includes tomatoes, peppe...

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Plant of the Week: Butterfly Weed

This week's Plant of the Week is special because it is the 2017  Perennial Plant of the Year ! Each year the Perennial Plant Association selects an outstanding perennial to promote and 2017's perennial is Butterfly Weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ). And it sure is well deserving!...

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Plant of the Week: Asiatic Lilies

As a floral designer, this week's  Plant of the Week is a favorite of mine:  Asiatic Lilies ( Lilium sp). While visiting the gardens on the Macon County Master Gardener Garden Walk this past weekend, I noticed several gardens with Asiatic lilies blooming in full glory. One of the earliest and easiest to grow of all the lilies, Asiati...

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Using Cut Flowers to Bring the Garden Indoors

As gardeners, many of us like to relax in the backyard, taking time to enjoy our beautiful flowers, but why not bring those beautiful bloomers indoors to enjoy? Many showy flowers, grasses, and foliage are available to interplant into your existing garden beds, allowing you to harvest throughout the seasons. The most important thing to consider when choosing a plant for a cut flower gar...

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Plant of the Week- Penstemon

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This week's Plant of the Week has always been a favorite of mine. Beardtongue ( Penstemon digitalis ) is a native perennial you'll find growing in prairies, fields, wood margins, open woods and along railroad tracks throughout the state. At a local garden center, you'll also find a variety of great cultivars available. This...

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