Garden Phlox A Reliable Perennial Favorite

  It’s refreshing when a perennial doesn’t need pampering, coddling and coaxing to thrive. Many old-time perennials are low-maintenance and long-lived, as pioneer homesteaders had little free time to sweet-talk flowers into survival. Phlox paniculata is an old-fashioned perennial that’s enjoying fresh popularity. Phlox paniculata’s common names are simply garden phlox or tall phlox. (As…
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The Perennial Flower That Has Gas

All plants are unique, but some are very unique. Take, for example, the perennial flower that has gas. The flower stalks emit a flammable oil with vapors that can be ignited with a match, resulting in an ascending poof of flame. And that’s where it gets its common name – gas plant. But gas plant…
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How Often Should Peonies Be Divided?

Peonies probably hold the record for the perennial with the longest life span. Stories are common of peonies still thriving that were originally planted on pioneer homesteads in the late 1800’s. To keep a peony healthy and thriving, is it necessary to dig and divide the massive clump of roots and stems, and if so,…
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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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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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