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Arum italicum – Italian Arum

July 27, 2022 Uncategorized

Those of you who garden in shade need to know about Arum italicum. This unusual woodland perennial, native to Italy and the Mediterranean and hardy in zones 6 to 9, is a wonder. It has beautiful leaves, an unusual flower,…

Campanula punctata – Spotted Bellflower

And the drought continues. Last year, it seemed to rain every other day but not this year. This is the driest summer I can remember in quite a while. As I mentioned last time, what we need this year are…

Is It Time for a Xeriscape?

July 1, 2022 Uncategorized

Last year and this spring, it seemed that it would never stop raining. Now, we are in an extended drought. Even with irrigation, my front lawn is browning out. Happily, many of the plants in my gardens are drought tolerant.…

Clematis Is Happiness

June 10, 2022 Gardening, Landscape Design, Vines

If you are a Clematis junkie like I am, June is the month when many of them engulf my garden. I may complain about bindweed twining its way around everything but I’ll never complain about being engulfed in Clematis. I’ve…

CALAMINTHA NEPETA SUBSP. NEPETA

May 18, 2022 Uncategorized

                                                 Calamint, Lesser Calamint   Calamintha 'Montrose White' with Coreopsis 'Star Cluster', Cleome short white, and Heliotrope…

Do You Know Your Hibiscus?

Hibiscus is both the common and botanical name for three different species of this genus. Many people think first of tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) when they hear the word while gardeners will think of either Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) or…

Spring is Coming

Eranthis among ornamental grass foliage Galanthus poking through fallen leaves Crocus tommasinianus - love those bright orange stamens; this one that the squirrels supposedly ignore. Signs of Spring are plentiful. In between bouts of snow, we are seeing more sunny…