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    Helenium (Sneezeweed)  

[caption id="attachment_7304" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Monarchs on Buddleia 'African Queen'[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7305" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Monarchs on Liatris ligulistylis-hanshansen[/caption] Before I start telling you about Helenium, I have to share with you what a delight the past few days have been. A…

Eryngium – Sea Holly

  [caption id="attachment_7287" align="aligncenter" width="460"] A xeric garden at the Lurie Gardens in Chicago's Millenium Park includes Echinacea purpurea, Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta, and Eryngium yuccifolium.[/caption] When searching for a perennial that will survive in a hot, dry, sunny site,…

Making Adjustments

[caption id="attachment_7268" align="aligncenter" width="460"] "The Iris Garden at Giverny" by Monet is Monet’s encapsulation of the garden at the moment when he painted it.-wikiart[/caption] Gardens are living art. Unlike many of our clients, those of us who garden know that…

Calamagrostis arundinacea ‘Brachytricha’ –   Korean Feather Reed Grass

[caption id="attachment_7250" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster', Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Berberis 'Rose Glow'[/caption] Start talking about ornamental grasses. As soon as the genus Calamagrostis is mentioned, what everyone immediately sees in their mind’s eye, is the cultivar ‘Karl Foerster’…

Monarda (Beebalm)

[caption id="attachment_7236" align="aligncenter" width="463"] Monarda in part shade garden with Persicaria amplexicalulis.[/caption] Monarda, a North American native, is one of the workhorses of the perennial garden as well as the herb garden. Its leaves are aromatic and somewhat citrusy and…

Random Thoughts

June 22, 2020 Gardening, Landscape Design

[caption id="attachment_7214" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Rosa 'John Cabot', Fallopia, Allium christophii, Nepeta 'Dropmore Hybrid', Iris siberica 'Welcome Returns', Allium christophii, Hosta 'Red October'[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7215" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Unknown rose (label lot many years ago) on kitchen wall[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7217" align="aligncenter" width="461"] Spiraea 'Glow…

Clematis  – The Lesser Known Ones

June 4, 2020 Gardening

[caption id="attachment_7197" align="aligncenter" width="460"] Clematis 'Niobe' with Rosa 'William Baffin' and Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'[/caption] Most gardeners and landscape designers know and love the large-flowered, vining Clematis that we train to grow on trellises and fences as well as up and…