Muhly grass
Muhlenbergia capillaris
by Allen Owings

One of the native ornamental grasses that has received a considerable amount of attention the past few years is muhly grass. Not likely to be noticed in the spring and summer, it puts on quite a show in the landscape during the fall.   >> read article
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Viburnum ‘Cardinal Candy’
by Alice Longfellow

One of the showiest viburnums for the landscape is ‘Cardinal Candy’. Its bright-red fruit creates quite a show in the fall, not to be outdone by the cream-colored flowers in spring, as well as the dark-green lustrous leaves that turn maroon and linger until November.   >> read article
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The Rudiments Of Roses
Don’t Shy Away From Growing Roses!
by Lea Brit

Truly there are varieties available for even the most timid or inexperienced gardeners. All roses require some attention, but numerous types are more self sufficient, thriving for years with minimal care.   >> read article
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Deadheading Details

by Nina Koziol

If only all our perennials performed like blanket flower (Gaillardia). It’s one plant that’s flush with flowers, burgeoning buds and attractive globe-shaped seed heads from early summer until frost.   >> read article
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Wildlife-Friendly Gardening
Helping Little Creatures So They Can Return the Favor
by Theresa Schrum

Ask any gardener what their definition is of a garden and you will get a different answer each time. For most of us, it’s a place of beauty, a place of serenity, somewhere to let out our frustrations, get some exercise or all of the above.   >> read article
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Joe-Pye Weed
by Daniel Keeley

Joe-Pye weed is one of my favorite perennials, even if the name is somewhat unfortunate and confusing! First of all, Joe-Pye weed is not a weed at all but rather a North American native perennial.   >> read article
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Stiff Bluestar
Amsonia rigida
by Barrett Wilson

Stiff bluestar is an easy-to-grow, but underused, addition to the Pennsylvania garden. Native to open woodlands of the Gulf Coast region, stiff bluestar is much hardier (Zones 5 to 9) than its natural range suggests.   >> read article
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Double Barrel Drought Busters
by Gloria Day

Re-purpose a bedraggled bed to become a rainwater harvesting area with two linked rain barrels. Just be sure to pick the right site (out of sight, preferably) and properly link them together.
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