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Keeping Up With Coreopsis

Paw Paw Trees

Adding Art to the Garden

Carolina Lupine


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From Drab to Fab: Half-Hardy Salvias for Summer Fun

Perennial Favorites for the Midwest

Like Water under the Bridge

Get Your Mower Runnin’

Herbal Harvest

Zen Gardens

Persian Ironwood

White Fringe Tree




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Keeping Up With Coreopsis
by Caleb Melchior - July 2014

Back in the 1990s, when pants’ waists were higher and jean jackets more heavily bedazzled, gardeners went wild over ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis. Its 12-inch mounds of thready foliage were covered, all summer long, with pale yellow stars. Gardeners planted them in rows, in drifts, in straggly clumps, and in sad little individual mounds. As long as the weather stayed warm, they never stopped flowering.

Gardeners today still love ‘Moonbeam’ coreopsis. But while gardeners have been stuck on ‘Moonbeam’, breeders from across the world have been exploring the wider possibilities of color and form found in the genus Coreopsis. These new varieties are bigger, taller, and bolder than any coreopsis most gardeners have grown ...   >> read article

Adding Art to the Garden
by Debbie Clark - July 2014

Have you ever visited a garden, and as you walked around, you suddenly came upon a piece of garden art that just jumped out at you? It was a beautiful piece of art that was sitting in an ideal location of blooming shrubs, trees and flowers. You stopped, admired the scene, and perhaps took a picture of this beautiful setting and wished it was in your garden. When you got home, did you walk around your garden and wonder, “How do I place a piece of art in my garden?” Adding art to the garden does not need to be complicated. Here are a few suggestions on how to select, purchase and place art in your garden and how to create focal points.

When you are selecting pieces of art for your garden, always start with a budget. Garden art can be purchased in all different price ranges. Garden art can be statuary, birdbaths, fountains, benches, creative recycled items or beautiful ornate containers. The possibilities are endless. Some pieces of art can be made by an artist, are one of a kind and can be very expensive. While other pieces of garden art are mass produced making it more reasonably priced for those on a budget ...   >> read article

Paw Paw Trees
by Lori Pelkowski - July 2014

This native fruit looks exotic, tastes like a cross between bananas and mangoes and has few pests and diseases. What’s not to love about the pawpaw?

Who remembers the old pawpaw song about finding ripe pawpaws on the ground? “Where, oh where, oh where is Susie? Picking up pawpaws, putting ‘em in a basket. Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.” No? Me neither. The pawpaw is not well known by recent generations, but was quite popular for the pre-Baby Boomers ...   >> read article

Carolina Lupine
by Barrett Wilson - July 2014

Our native Carolina lupine (Thermopsis villosa) thrives in dry forests and clearings of the Piedmont, southern Appalachians and coastal plain (USDA Zones 3-9). A clumping perennial with green to blue-green clover-like foliage, it reaches to 3-4 feet tall with a similar spread. Flowering time is typically May to June in Pennsylvania, when the 4-12 inch vertical racemes of vibrant yellow flowers appear for about three weeks. Just like in its natural habitat, Carolina lupine tolerates heat and prefers well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.

After the flowers fade, they transition to seed pods which extend ornamental interest into late spring and early summer. However, the plants should be cut back later in summer when the foliage begins to wane. Overall, Carolina lupine is very easy to grow and doesn’t require a lot of input from gardeners. It can be used in masses for a more dramatic effect or as a component of the early season perennial border. Carolina lupine is also suited to naturalizing along woodland edges where sun is plentiful. It even makes for an outstanding cut flower.   >> read article

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