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Rebecca Stoner Kirts

Rebecca Stoner Kirts, Basil Becky, is a master gardener, whose interests include garden photography, traveling, and sharing these experiences through writing and speaking.

 

 

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

Morgan Oriental Arborvitae
Thuja orientalis ’Morgan’
by Bob Hill - posted 09/20/13

The very rare, “nearly perfect” plant in the landscape, the compact Morgan Oriental arborvitae (Thuja orientalis ‘Morgan’) is slow-growing to 3 to 4 feet and offers shimmering lime-green foliage in the summer. Foliage turns to an attractive burgundy-orange color in the fall — beginning in September and October in northern areas ...   >> read article

Beautyberry
Callicarpa spp.
by Lynda Heavrin - posted 09/13/13

No plant has given me so much pleasure spring through fall as beautyberry (Callicarpa spp.), with its tiny pink flowers in early summer, the arching branches that protect my pink sweet woodruff through the summer and the glowing purple berries in the fall that persist into early winter ...   >> read article

Narrow-Leaf Ironweed
Vernonia lettermannii
by Barrett Wilson - posted 09/06/13

With its profusion of small purple flowers and tolerance of heat and drought, narrow-leaf ironweed (Vernonia lettermannii) is a standout in the late-season perennial border in USDA Zones 4 to 9. Native to dry, rocky flood plains in Arkansas and Oklahoma, narrow-leaf ironweed thrives in almost all soil types, except soggy, heavy soils. In fact, supplemental fertilizers and excessive watering are discouraged in the garden setting ...   >> read article

Scented Geranium
Pelargonium spp.
by Lynda Heavrin - posted 08/09/13

It is summer and we reach for the bug spray, citronella oil or a candle to burn to keep the mosquitos at bay while we enjoy the beautiful evening. As you may know, citronella oil is obtained from citronella-scented geranium (Pelargonium citrosum). However, did you know that there are approximately 150 varieties of scented geranium that are not only beautiful garden plants, but can be used for potpourri and as flavoring in cooking ...   >> read article

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