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Rita Randolph

Rita Randolph is a container garden artist and plant collector who owns Randolph’s Greenhouses in Jackson TN. She was the author of Fine Gardening’s Container Gardening Issue for 2009, which features many of these combinations. For comments or info, contact from her web site randolphsgreenhouses.com.

 

 

Hairy Wood Mint
Blephilia hirsuta
by Thomas G. Barnes - posted 07/05/13

Hairy wood mint (Blephilia hirsuta) is a wonderful native plant that can be grown in a rock garden or in light dappled shade at the edge of the woodland garden. Like most mints, it is fragrant, and the small, tubular flowers are dotted with purple at the edge of the lip. It has unusually hairy stems, opposite leaves and whorls of small flowers ...   >> read article
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Japanese Stewartia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
by Mike Klahr, Ph.D. - posted 06/28/13

Are you looking for a pest-free, small- to medium-sized landscape tree with multi-season beauty? Would you like to have a variety that does not show up on every list of The 25 Most Common Trees? Does the idea of showy summer flowers on a tree appeal to you? If so, you may want to consider planting a Japanese stewartia (Stewartia pseudocamellia) ...   >> read article
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Japanese apricot ‘Peggy Clarke’
Prunus mume
by Alan Pulley - posted 03/02/12

There’s not much out in the garden that can beat the winter blues like Prunus mume ’Peggy Clarke’, also known as the Japanese flowering apricot tree. When it’s too cold for much else to bloom, this small tree bravely sends out its blossoms on bare limbs in mid to late winter, providing the kind of showy display that most plants set aside for spring. It’s an amazing sight in the dead of winter.   >> read article
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Whitewater Red Bud
Cercis canadensis
by Clara A. Curtis - posted 02/17/12

Cercis canadensis ‘Whitewater’ is a “hot plant” out of North Carolina and a North American native tree too! This small, deciduous tree with beautifully variegated white and green leaves was developed by Dr. Dennis Werner at North Carolina State University. It’s a good choice to incorporate into your garden where contrasting foliage color is desired. Traditional magenta-pink flowers of the redbud emerge in the early spring on bare branches ...   >> read article
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‘Green Giant’  Arborvitae
Thuja standishii x plicata
by Kristopher Stone - posted 01/27/12

Do you need a fast-growing evergreen screen that is resistant to deer and bagworms? Or perhaps you are looking for a great focal point evergreen as a specimen or in a grouping? If so, look no further than ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae (Thuja standishii x plicata ‘Green Giant’).   >> read article
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