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Roy Diblik

Plantsman, lecturer and landscape consultant Roy Diblik is co-owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington, Wis., and author of Roy Diblik’s Small Perennial Gardens, the Know Maintenance Approach. Watch for his new book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, published by Timber Press, in early 2014.

 

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Wild Quinine
by Roy Diblik - posted 08/15/14

This underused plant has everything going for it: flowers through most of the summer; an upright, beautiful habit; and tremendous fall and winter interest. Wild quinine grows 36-40 inches tall with a spread of 18-24 inches. This architectural plant mixes well with grasses. In summer, the white, flat, mounded clusters of flowers look like summer clouds floating through the garden ...   >> read article
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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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