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On Gardening: New amaranths should make this butterfly magnet a staple

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The Rio Grande globe amaranth should be coming to a garden center near you, thanks to a new series called Qis Gomphrena. It is tough-as-nails, beautiful and attracts butterflies and pollinators.

You would think that a common name like Rio Grande globe amaranth and even flashy named varieties like Strawberry Fields would make it a staple at ...Read more

From garden to menu

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Once upon a time, it was unusual to have chefs who shopped at farmers markets, who established relationships with growers and whose menus often read more like pages from the Seed Savers catalog than what's for dinner. Now having a "market-driven" menu is common, even expected, especially in Los Angeles, where there are neighborhood farmers ...Read more

On Gardening: Campfire coleus offers rare rusty-orange hue

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The search for the perfect rusty orange coleus may have ended with a hot new selection called Campfire. It is rare when a plant debuts at the Spring Plant Trials in California and then becomes the hot commodity at the garden center the same season, but such is the case with Campfire.

Campfire certainly has an appropriate name as it takes on ...Read more

On Gardening: Frog fruit has a silly name but makes a serious groundcover

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As I looked at the small groundcover from a distance, it appeared to be alive. In reality it was being hit upon by more small butterflies than I had ever seen at one time. I was looking at a large patch of native frog fruit.

I know what you are thinking. Frog fruit sounds like something Kermit might have for a snack or perhaps gracing the top...Read more

On Gardening: Fennel puts on quite a show in the ground or in food

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If there was ever a trap crop for the garden, it has to be fennel. If you are not familiar with the term "trap crop," it is normally one that catches or entices insects, diverting them from the one crop that is making the money. Calling fennel a trap crop however is a little tongue-in-cheek.

On the other hand, I challenge you to grow it and see...Read more

On Gardening: Golden thryallis a must for the long, hot summer ahead

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You would think a shrub or summer annual that blooms all summer and is drought-tolerant and deer-resistant would be award-winning across the country. At least golden thryallis is a Texas Superstar winner and one you will want to grow too.

It certainly needs to go far beyond Texas to any area of the country that gets stifling hot over the long, ...Read more

L.A./N.Y. couple feels at home with new house and garden

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PITTSBURGH: How do you grow a neighborhood with few vacant lots? Gardens and new residents are a good start.

"New Growth" is the theme of a recent local home tour., and most of the seven houses open for the tour have changed hands within the last several years. Among the newcomers are Geoffrey and Erin Smith, who bought their century-old ...Read more

On Gardening: Empress of China dogwood performs like a native Southerner

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There is nothing quite like the mid-June bloom of the dogwoods in the Deep South. As strange as that sounds, consider dogwoods partnered with hydrangeas, and dogwoods blooming in sequence with mimosas and crape myrtles. Thanks to the incredible Empress of China dogwood, it is all possible.

Empress of China is known botanically as Cornus ...Read more

On Gardening: Hail, the hibiscus! Queen of tropical flowers

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The first time I traveled to the Caribbean I was stunned at all of the beauty. It wasn't just the crystal clear water but that it seemed hibiscuses were blooming everywhere. Now when I go to a garden center and see one for sale, or perhaps see some innovative gardener using them in the landscape or containers, I have visual memories of the ...Read more

On Gardening: Tree frogs performing a symphony near you

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I saw the beautiful frog and muttered to myself "safe in the arms of mother duck." I then chuckled, thinking how that might sound, as ducks are known to eat frogs. In this case, however, all was well because this bright green tree frog was in Mother Duck, one of the most striking daylilies in our garden.

I love green tree frogs, but to be ...Read more

On Gardening: Agastache is an underexposed winner for many gardeners

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The agastache comes with a lot of common names like anise hyssop, giant hyssop and hummingbird mint, but, I assure you, "outstanding," will be one of your adjectives if you grow it. About a year ago I wrote about Black Adder which was and still is dazzling in our garden. It became the perfect backdrop in our daylily garden, helping show off ...Read more

On Gardening: Elephant ears leave a large footprint in tropical landscape

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No matter where you go this summer the tropical look will be hot, and one of the key ingredients for this Caribbean style garden is the elephant ear, the drama queen of the landscape. With leaves that defy logic for their size and proportion vs. other plants it's not hard to see why this plant is so loved by Southern gardeners. It is not ...Read more

On Gardening: Spicy Jatropha prized for its non-stop blooming until winter

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Spicy Jatropha Offers Blooms Birds and Butterflies

Blooms, birds, and butterflies are the attributes everyone experiences when growing the award-winning spicy jatropha. Spicy jatropha also commonly known as peregrina and firecracker jatropha is really a must have plant for the long hot season ahead. No amount of heat will deter it from ...Read more

Spring visit to Keukenhof's gardens exceeds all expectations

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LISSE, Netherlands -- As we're driving toward Keukenhof, the sweet scent of hyacinths drifts through our bus of 26 travelers. Our tour guide thought we might like to see the growing fields filled with blooming bulbs. She was right.

No one could believe the seemingly endless rows of flowers, the sights and smells. Think of driving through field ...Read more

On Gardening: An easy-as-pie perennial with an unfortunate name

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Sitting at your local garden center right now just waiting for adoption is one of the most easily grown perennials, the lanceleaf coreopsis known botanically as Coreopsis lanceolata. You might be thinking, "Just how easy is it to grow?" Would you believe it is so easy it is native to all but 7 of the lower 48 states? This means you can grow it...Read more

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