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Featured Plants - Rhubarb

Rheum acuminatum Tuck this perennial “fruit” into a flower or vegetable bed. Rhubarb can pass for a big-leaved hosta and also be handy for harvesting its delicious sour stems. Rhubarb wants full sun to light shade--not too hot. Given average moisture, established plants tolerate drought, but ‘wet...

Featured Plants - Plantain-leaved Pussytoes

Plantain-leaved Pussytoes - Photo by Marian Hengemihle
Antennaria plantaginifolia When faced with difficult dry poor soils, consider pussytoes. There are several species of this native perennial ground cover, whose fuzzy white flower heads resemble the pads on a cat’s paw. It is primarily grown for its semi-evergreen gray-green foliage rather than its...

Featured Plants - Blue False Indigo

Blue False Indigo - Photo by Debbie Ricigliano
Baptisia australis Baptisa australis was 2010 Perennial of the Year, a well-deserved distinction for a native plant that provides interest for multiple seasons throughout the year. This deer-resistant beauty is drought tolerant, adaptable to soil conditions, and low maintenance once established. It...

Featured Plants - Chives

Chives - Photo by Marian Hengemihle
Allium schoenoprasum No herb or vegetable garden should be without chives. A perennial member of the onion family, this culinary herb lends a flavor more delicate than onion to salads, soups, sauces, herbal butters, and vinegars. The bright green hollow leaves can be used fresh or frozen and the...

Weed of the Week - Broadleaf Dock

Warm weather has certainly settled upon us this week. I observed a landscape management crew out working in the beds preparing them for the war on weeds and was pleased to see that the mulch had been pulled back and that the pre-emergent herbicide was being applied below the mulch. This will...

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