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Karen Atkins

Karen Atkins owns Proper Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich. She designed the Pioneer Entrance Garden for the Botanic Garden of Pittsburgh and the Victorian Garden for the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton. Find her knot garden design in ,Superstar Food Gardens: Plans From My Favorite Gardeners by Niki Jabbour (Storey Publishing, January 2014).

 

 

The Beauty of Lavender
by Karen Atkins - posted 07/30/14

I have to confess something. I almost gave up on lavender. I would repeatedly bring home plants, only to watch them gradually wither, sicken and die—or worse—thrive until they were shapeless woody shrubs with hardly any leaves or flowers. Is this you? It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally figured it out. Lavender (Lavandula spp.) is the princess of herbs. Like any other perfumed lady, she has her demands ...   >> read article
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‘Kingswood Torch’ Coleus
Piectranthus scutellarioides ‘Kingswood Torch’
by Susan Martin - posted 07/25/14

There are several types of Coleus (Piectranthus scutellarioides) to choose from at garden centers, so here are a few quick tips. Seed-grown varieties are sold in 4- or 6-packs, and those grown from cuttings are sold in larger, usually individual pots. Seed-grown cultivars are less expensive, but are higher maintenance because they typically bloom quickly ...   >> read article
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Create the Look of an English Garden In Your Midwest Landscape
by Susan Martin - posted 07/23/14

Clusters of fragrant double roses clambering over white picket fences, fields of wildflowers and cottage gardens filled with lupines and delphiniums — this is what I expected to find when I traveled to London last spring for the first time ...   >> read article
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Mailbox Gardens
by Patsy Bell Hobson - posted 07/21/14

Mail boxes that stand at the end of the driveway are a “good morning sendoff” and the first “welcome home” we receive at the end of the day ...   >> read article
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Midnight Marvel Rose Mallow
by Susan Martin - posted 07/18/14

f you’re looking for something to liven up your tired landscape in the dog days of summer when many other plants are past their peak, try the new Midnight Marvel rose mallow(Hibiscus hybrid). This breathtaking beauty will be the highlight of your garden with its dramatic wine-purple foliage and huge 8-9-inch round, deep scarlet red blossoms, which burst open from shiny, near-black buds ..   >> read article
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