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PPA in Chicago

For those who don’t know, PPA is the Perennial Plant Association to which I have belonged since 1984. Having attended almost all of the national conferences, I delight each year in the “family” reunion during which we talk plants morning,…

Astilbe Update

[caption id="attachment_6916" align="aligncenter" width="459"] Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila', an old but valued standby[/caption] Astilbe are a mainstay of the shady garden but they will also thrive in full sun if sufficient water is supplied. Although many of them have already bloomed,…

In the Garden – Here and Elsewhere

July 6, 2019 Uncategorized

From one extreme to the other: Cool and rainy to hot and dry with a few thunderstorms interspersed. What a difference it has made in the garden. My banana, that I brought up from the basement in mid-May had been…

Weeds, Flowers, and Weather

The erratic nature of the weather is driving all of us gardeners to distraction. What do we do first? Plant what isn’t in the ground yet or pull weeds that are growing at a manic pace due to all the…

Asclepias incarnata – Swamp Milkweed

[caption id="attachment_6877" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Asclepias incarnata with pods, Daucus (Qeueen anne's Lace) in a meadow[/caption] Most of the discussion over the past few years about planting milkweed to help migrating Monarch butterflies has centered on Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) but…

Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

[caption id="attachment_6863" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Closeup of Stachys monieri 'Hummelo' in my garden last summer[/caption] You’ve probably never heard of this perennial but I am here to tell you that you need to become acquainted with it. The Perennial Plant Association…

The Fitting Room: Designing with Large Plants in Containers

How often do we see people stuffing their bodies into clothes that are too small? It’s not a pretty sight and the clothes are sure to split at the seams within a short period of time. Although the effect is…