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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).

 

 

ZZ Plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia
by Chris Baker - posted 02/28/14

The genus Zamioculcas has but one species, Zamioculcas zamiifolia. Say that 10 times quickly! To make things easy, everyone else just calls it ZZ plant. And there couldn’t be an easier plant to grow, either ...   >> read article
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Dwarf Mondo Grass
Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’
by Ann McCulloh - posted 02/21/14

Dwarf mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘Nana’) is not really grass! It’s a miniature member of the lily family, sometimes used as a turf substitute in the Southern states. In Ohio, it serves best as a dense, evergreen, sun- and shade-tolerant ground cover. It is a classic element in traditional Japanese gardens and looks wonderful in formal or modern landscapes as well ...   >> read article
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‘Biokovo’ Geranium
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’
by Charlotte Kidd - posted 02/07/14

Do you enjoy gardening among refreshing scents? Fascinating spring flowers? Plants with round, lobed, semi-evergreen leaves that turn orange-red-copper in autumn? Do you want an easy care, four-season perennial that spreads by rhizomes? ...   >> read article
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American Persimmon
Diospyros virginiana
by Ann McCulloh - posted 12/20/13

American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is a native fruit tree that grows in clearings and open woods from Connecticut to Florida with naturally occurring populations in the southern half of Ohio. A slow-growing, ornamental tree with attractive foliage, fall color and bark, it is adaptable to a range of soils and has few pest or disease problems ...   >> read article
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‘Ogon’ Spirea
Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’
by June Hutson - posted 11/29/13

Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ is a dense, twiggy, upright, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with wiry, outward-arching branching. It typically grows 3 to 5 feet tall and as wide, often becoming somewhat open and leggy over time. ‘Ogon’ is a golden-leaved variety ...   >> read article
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