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Peony Lovers: Who Was Sarah Bernhardt?

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Ever wonder how some plants get their names? The romantically fragrant, pink peony Sarah Bernhardt was named more than 100 years ago and remains a garden favorite. The beloved French actress, known as Madame Sarah (born in Paris 1844-1923), is still considered the most famous actress of the 19th century. The peony that bears her name was introduced […]

Dish it Out. Succulents Can Take the Heat

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If you’re looking for a simple, easy-care planter that can endure heat and dry spells, consider filling a pot with succulents.

Invite Mason Bees into Your Backyard

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Bees have been in the news lately because of the important role they play in pollinating crops. Even President Obama has gotten involved by launching a new strategy to help honeybees and other pollinators. Although I’d like to do more to help pollinators, I’m not ready to put a hive in my city backyard. Instead, […]

An Allium You Can Plant Anytime: Summer Beauty

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Upon seeing globe alliums for the first time, many a gardener will say, “Gotta have some of those in my garden.” And then she learns that globe alliums are bulbs — and must be planted in fall.

Succession Planting with Flowers? Sure!

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At the garden center, I noticed some beautiful large-leaf rhododendrons covered in plump buds. They were in small pots — starter shrubs for a woodland-garden-to-be.

First Harvest is Right at Our Doorstep

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The first pickings from our front-yard vegetable garden: greens, greens, greens!

Monarch Butterflies are Still in Trouble

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The counts are in, and monarch butterflies are doing a bit better this year, though there is still much to be done. Gardeners can help in many ways—primarily by planting native species of milkweed.

One Pot, One Plant: a Simple Masterpiece

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Composing a planter? Instead of trying to find the perfect combination of color and texture, choose a plant that looks fantastic all by itself. The key is to look for plants that have bold forms. Often they are non-flowering, but have striking foliage or shapes. Think sculpture instead of bouquet.

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