Quiz: Can You Identify These Landscape Evergreens?

Everyone close your books and take out a sheet of paper. It’s quiz time. Remember when teachers told us exams and quizzes were for our own good because they helped us learn? Well, it didn’t always feel like it at the time, as I recall. Sometimes it felt more like teachers were having a bad…
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Russian Sage In The Perennial Garden

Has the gardening world improved, or has it declined over the past century? I do a lot of thinking while I’m planting, pruning and weeding, and I’ve considered how fortunate we are to be gardening in our present time. Take, for example, the number of perennial types that were unheard of when I was a…
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Is Your Christmas Cactus Fibbing To You?

The holidays are right around the corner, and Christmas cacti are in bud or bloom. But are you sure you’re not a victim of deception? It’s possible your Christmas cactus is masquerading under false identity. Or maybe it’s in the witness protection program. A very large percentage of what are called “Christmas cacti” aren’t really…
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New Hosta Disease Becoming A Serious Epidemic

When we say “new” in the world of plants, it’s often something that originated within the past 20 years, but has only recently come to the forefront. For example, a “new” plant variety might have been bred 20 years ago and took decades to test and reach the retail market. A very serious “new” disease…
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No Need To Move To A Warmer Gardening Climate – It’s Coming To You

Remember the old saying “If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain?” The past gardeners’ version of that was if you wanted to garden in a more mild climate, then pack up your wheelbarrow and move South. Well, not any more. The mountain is coming to Muhammad, in…
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