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Tricyrtis ‘Sinonome’ or Toad Lily…Eye Catching, Popular, and So Easy to Grow
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Tricyrtis ‘Sinonome’ or Toad Lily…Eye Catching, Popular, and So Easy to Grow

Tricyrtis ‘Sinonome’ or toad lily has reached such wide popularity because of its drought tolerance, deep green shiny foliage that stays clean through fall, and its gorgeous upright facing white flowers with ruby speckling that appears in quantity held above […]

How To Make Japanese Skimmia Thrive In Your Shade Garden
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How To Make Japanese Skimmia Thrive In Your Shade Garden

Skimmia japonica, or more commonly called Japanese skimmia, is prized because it can be grown in shady locations; produces gorgeous evergreen leaves, has mildly fragrant white flowers in spring, and bears beautiful red fruits on female plants in the fall. […]

How to Grow Toadshade
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How to Grow Toadshade

You will hear Trillium sessile referred to as toadshade, red trillium, red wake-robin, sessile trillium, and sessile wake-robin; I will refer to it as just toadshade. This easy to grow trillium emerges in early spring from the soil with leaves […]

Barren Strawberry: A Great ground cover choice for your shade garden
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Barren Strawberry: A Great ground cover choice for your shade garden

Waldsteinia ternate, barren strawberry, or sometimes you will hear it called dry strawberry forms a dense mat of shiny leaves that somewhat resemble those of a strawberry. This is an excellent low-maintenance groundcover, studded by little yellow flowers in the […]

Hosta ‘Red October’
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Hosta ‘Red October’

Hosta ‘Red October’ is very distinguishable from other hostas by its showy red leaf petioles. This is a small to medium hosta that typically grows in an arching mound reaching a height of 10 to 12 inches that will spread […]

Dwarf Purple Leaf Japanese Barberry…Perfect For a Smaller Space
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Dwarf Purple Leaf Japanese Barberry…Perfect For a Smaller Space

Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea ‘Concorde’ or dwarf purple leaf Japanese barberry is selected for its compact size and dense growth. In spring deep red-burgundy foliage emerges as small clusters of bright yellow flowers open and dangle from short spiky stems. […]

The Garden Answer for Deep Shade Could Be Prosartes smithii, or Largeflower Fairybells
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The Garden Answer for Deep Shade Could Be Prosartes smithii, or Largeflower Fairybells

Prosartes smithii, or largeflower fairybells is a clump forming perennial with beautiful bright green foliage and interesting cream flowers that bloom in spring, followed by orange berries. The alternate, ovate with pointed tip and rounded base leaves will reach a […]

Why Aren’t You Considering Iris Tenax, Or Tough-Leaf Iris for Your Garden
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Why Aren’t You Considering Iris Tenax, Or Tough-Leaf Iris for Your Garden

Iris tenax, or tough-leaf iris, is both beautiful and resilient; it is a great choice for your garden. In May these low mounding, evergreen perennials produce a profusion of blooms ranging from pale lavender, rich purple to pale violet-blue. Once […]

Kisoana Primrose…Grown for Its Gorgeous Rose-Mauve Flowers
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Kisoana Primrose…Grown for Its Gorgeous Rose-Mauve Flowers

Primula Kisoana, Kisoana Primrose, or most commonly you will hear it called hardy primrose.  This is a lovely spreading Japanese primrose with fuzzy leaves that thrives in open or partial shade. The flowers rise above the foliage and the typical […]

Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’…A Tough Shrub with Fragrant Lavender-Pink Flowers
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Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’…A Tough Shrub with Fragrant Lavender-Pink Flowers

Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’ or glossy abelia is a semi-evergreen shrub noted for its glossy deep green foliage and long bloom time. The tubular, one-inch-long, soft pink flowers have a light and refreshing fragrance, and are almost always in flower from […]