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Clematis: Queen of the Vines

Clematis: Queen of the Vines

Flowering clematis always reminds me of cascading waterfalls - their stunningly gorgeous blooms seem to tumble from the vine. Reigning over all others in the garden, perhaps it is the reason clematis are known as ‘Queen of the Vines.’ Several hundred species exist with diverse blooms in rich hues – from dainty nodding bells to [...]
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Canada Celebrates 150!

Red and White Perennials Enjoying your garden with family and friends is a wonderful way to spend Canada Day. Make it a summer to remember and plant a few perennials that will flourish for years of enjoyment. Florissa recommends these beautiful bold red and sparkling white combinations. Astilbe Astilbe enhance our shady spaces and woodland [...]
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Summer 2017: Small Fruit in the Border

“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” W.E. Johns Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and currants are crossing over from the veggie patch and establishing their rightful place in the mixed border. If you have room for a perennial garden, you can combine fruiting plants with decorative ones to create [...]
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Flowering Spring Bulbs: Aftercare

Spring flowering bulbs awaken us to a new season of gardening, but as the tulips and narcissus begin to fade – gardeners wonder what to do with the bulbs. Leave them in the ground? Dig them up? Here’s what you need to know to give your bulbs the little TLC they need to bloom and [...]
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Hostas: Sun Tolerant and Slug Resistant

Hostas entice gardeners with their beautiful sumptuous foliage in wide ranging color patterns, leaf textures, as well as varied shapes and sizes.  Oh, there are so many hostas and too little time to explore them all, but check out these top performers that enjoy the sun and resist the slugs. Are there truly sun tolerant [...]
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New Perennials 2017

"What’s a perennial? Why should I grow them?" Beginning gardeners often ask these questions. Starting out, I grew annuals in containers on my apartment balcony. They bloomed all summer, went to seed in the fall and died before the onset of winter. I replaced them each spring and it was easy. Then I moved to [...]
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A Summer of Lilies

Everything a gardener desires can be found in a lily. They’re easy to plant, grow, and maintain; thriving in full sun and well-draining soils and they are hardy. Their exotic blooms are alluring, graceful and elegant, sometimes beautifully fragrant. Lilies even flower in sequence throughout the summer. So, go on - gift yourself with a [...]
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Summer Cut Flowers: Gladiolus

Gladiolus are one of the most dramatic yet sophisticated summer cut flowers. They take center stage when placed in a large vase, engaging an entire room with orchid-like blooms opening along sword-like stems. They’re available in many gorgeous colors, some also have fringed or ruffled edges. You can buy stems from grocery stores as a [...]
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New & Favorite Roses for 2017

Shopping for a new rose to plant in your garden? Consider one of these stunning, fragrant beauties. You won’t be able to walk by them without stopping to admire their blooms. All My LovingTM, Weeks Roses Just like the song by The Beatles, this beautiful and flawless deep cerise pink rose will become a number [...]
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Container Gardens: Summer Flowering Bulbs

The tropical flair plus vibrant colours of summer flowering bulbs equals spectacular container gardens. Easy to plant, once they start growing - and blooming - they just won’t quit. They’ll enjoy the extra warmth of being in a container which enables them to put on a dazzling show. Best of all, they’ll perform through late [...]
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