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Spring Blues

Larry Hurley writes about one of his favorite blue flowering perennials. There are a number of blue-flowered, spring-blooming perennials. A group you should consider are in the genus Amsonia, commonly known as Bluestar. Several are native to the United States, and one, Amsonia tabernaemontana, is native to Maryland. This species gets two to three feet tall, and blooms for several weeks in late April through early to mid-May, depending on weather conditions. It has pale blue flowers and nice yellow fall color. It grows in full sun to partial shade.

My Grandfather’s Rose Garden

Albert Behnke loved many plants, but roses always held a special place in his heart. He grew up on his father’s nursery growing roses and brought that knowledge to America. My entire life has been about plants and flowers.

How The Heck Is Helmut Doing?

Great news! Helmut Jaehnigen is doing great and is back walking around after a bad fall last May.

Next Year, More Caladiums!

Larry Hurley explains why he is planning on using more Caladiums in his garden next year.

My Roots

While visiting my hometown, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, this summer, I was struck by its beauty. Yes, you read that right. All you cynics who remember when the Cuyahoga River was on fire and imagine Cleveland like this: Cuyahoga River Burning…

DC Area Garden Dialogues this June

What are the secrets to great gardens?  Find out on June 27-28 by attending The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s Garden Dialogues in the Washington, DC, Metro Area. The settings are intimate—generally no more than 24-30 people; relaxed—most run 90 minutes, providing…

Open Garden Day Chez Moi

Last Saturday it suddenly occurred to me that after weeks of moving plants around and the construction of a privacy screen, my garden was finally looking good. And it would stay that way through July 4, when a slew of old…

Contrasting Front Yards: Turf-only v. Pollinator Heaven

I love this video by Beltsville wildlife gardener Marcia Van Horn.  (Viewable on desk and laptops, but not on mobile devices.)  I met Marcia through the video she created off Greenbelt’s Less Lawn Garden Tour.  Next, she volunteered to help me…

Fabulous Tour to Benefit Brookside Gardens – May 17 (2014)

Fans of Brookside Gardens may have heard that it's undergoing renovations and that parking is super-limited this year, which has led to the cancellation of big events there this season.  But I'm here to report that even on a gorgeous…

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