why your hardy mums die

Why Your Hardy Mums Die

If you’ve ever planted a hardy mum in the fall and hoped for its return the following spring, only to be left with an empty spot in your garden, you’re not alone.  Yes, hardy does imply that your mum will survive the winter.  It also implies a shrug and a well, maybe from the garden center staff.  Here’s why hardy doesn’t necessarily mean that your mum will survive the winter.

 

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Plant Profile: Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’

The first customer I sent ‘Hummelo’ home with, left the garden center with serious skepticism written all over her face.  The plant looked nice and was super healthy.  But despite the clean, bright green foliage, it was somewhat lacking from a retail standpoint.  Needless to say, she took it home and was calling me the following spring to order more.  So what seemingly underwhelming plant became her favorite and also became the Perennial Plant Association’s 2019 Perennial Plant of the Year®?

 

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Unique plants for your landscape.

5 New & Seldom Used Plants for Your Landscape

April is upon us, my gardening friends!  No more staring out the window snuggled up in a blanket.  It’s time to get your hands dirty and do some serious gardening!  Find something new for your garden this year and check out these new and seldom used plants!
What are elderberry?

The Beautiful World of Elderberry

Plant Profile:  Sambucus

There are times when you need the perfect and unique plant in your garden.  A plant that displays a spectacular trifecta of sheer wonderfulness:  *Delicate yet sturdy flowers that turn into lovely and, in many cases, edible fruit.  *Color that shines without ostentation.  *A soft texture that belies its true strength.

Oh, you may think that this perfect plant doesn’t exist, but it does my gardening friends, and it goes by the name Sambucus.  And did I mention they are deer resistant?

Perennials for fall.

5 Must-Have Perennials for Fall Color

Creating a perennial garden that has color through-out the entire season can be a daunting task.  At a time of year when many gardeners are just plain tired from working out in the heat of summer and fall plant selections that revolve around the leaf color of trees and shrubs, autumn often becomes a forgotten season in many perennial gardens.  But with so many low maintenance perennials on the market, you simply have no reason to not extend your color into fall!
It’s time to create a fantastic fall perennial garden with these 5 must-have, super reliable perennials!

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