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Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

Lisa Eldred Steinkopf studied horticulture at Ferris State University and has worked in the nursery industry for 13 years. She is a Michigan Certified Nurseryman, a Certified Green Industry Professional and a houseplant expert.

 

 

Henderson’s Daphne
Daphne x hendersonii
by Joseph Tychonievich - posted 02/07/14

See Daphne x hendersonii in the garden and first, you fall in love with the dense, gorgeous, glossy, dark, evergreen foliage. Already in love with the leaves, you’ll faint when spring comes and the shrub covers itself with lush clusters of rich pink flowers. Bend down for a closer look and catch a whiff of that incredible fragrance and you’re a goner. Even better? Come late summer it blooms again, just as profusely and fragrantly ...   >> 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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Wild for Wisteria
Wisteria macrostachya ‘Betty Mathews’
by Kathleen Hennessy - posted 01/31/14

Imagine spending a lazy afternoon under a beautiful, fragrant canopy. Creating that beautiful space is now easier for gardeners in the North, thanks to new varieties of cold-hardy wisteria ...   >> read article
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Limelight Panicle Hydrangea
Hydrangea paniculata Limelight
by Susan Martin - posted 01/24/14

Of all the shrubs in my diverse landscape, the one my neighbors ask me about every year is Limelight Hydrangea paniculata. It dutifully screens my view of the neighbor’s house until it bursts into bloom, becoming the showpiece of my garden in mid to late summer. Elegant, plump panicles of creamy white to soft green flowers appear at the tips of arched stems lined with green foliage. In early fall, the flowers take on beautiful rose-pink tones.   >> 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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