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Ellen Zachos

Ellen Zachos is the author of seven books including Down and Dirty: 43 Fun and Funky First-Time Projects and Activities to Get You Gardening. Her most recent book, The Wildcrafted Cocktail, was published in May 2017.

 

 

Cypress ‘Blue Ice’
by Alice Longfellow - posted 11/22/13

An evergreen that offers a unique color and texture for the winter landscape is the ‘Blue Ice’ cypress, or Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Ice’. The lacey texture of the silver-blue scaly needles is one of the main features of this small evergreen tree. Because of its unique color, ‘Blue Ice’ cypress can be used as a focal point. Other plants with rich shades of green will blend nicely with this icy blue tree ...   >> read article
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Ficus benjamina as a Bonsai Plant
Ficus benjamina
by Lynda Heavrin - posted 11/08/13

Bonsai (pronounced BONE-sigh) plants are one of the fastest selling items in our Botanical Conservatory’s Gift Shop. The plants make great gifts and are small enough that they will fit into any brightly lit space. The bonsai are created by members of the local Bonsai Club who volunteer at our greenhouse. Ficus benjamina is the plant they use for most of their bonsai and recommend for first-timers. Creating a bonsai is considered an art, and the plants require more care than the average houseplant, but with minimal input you will be successful ...   >> read article
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ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper Coleus
by Alice Longfellow - posted 10/11/13

The perfect annual for fall gardens, ColorBlaze Keystone Kopper coleus has unique coloring that blends well with many different plant combinations. It looks great with orange, gold, bronze and salmon, yet the purple highlights on the new growth tips contrast nicely with the copper-colored foliage. Use in fall container combinations or as an accent plant in flowerbeds and borders ...   >> read article
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Blue Sedge
Carex glauca ‘Blue Zinger’
by June Hutson - posted 10/04/13

This carex is easily grown in medium to wet soils. Ideal light is shade to part shade. Many members of the genus share the common name of rush or sedge. The cultivar ‘Blue Zinger’ refers to the bright blue color of the leaves, which endures winter in all but the coldest temperatures ...   >> read article
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Korean Chrysanthemum
Dendranthema zawadskii
by Ann McCulloh - posted 09/27/13

The warm, soft tints of Korean chrysanthemum (Dendranthema zawadsii) flowers create a color counterpoint to fall foliage in the October garden. Korean chrysanthemums are later-booming and have a softer form than typical garden mums. The foliage of Korean mums forms an attractive mounding shape all season long ...   >> read article

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