Amanda Thomsen

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    Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade – Midwest

    Sweet Cicely Name: Myrrhis odorata USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7 Size: Up to 5 feet tall and 6 feet wide Conditions: Partial shade; moist, fertile, well-drained soil I’m always…

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    Biennials That Are Worth Your Time

    You may already think that you know what a biennial is. Maybe you’ve said, “Why bother?” to yourself all these years. You’re not interested in something that just grows a…

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    Regional Picks: Overlooked Plants – Midwest

    Midwest   Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: Up to 2 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; well-drained soil I never see red valerian…

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    Perennial Self-Sowers

    There are two kinds of gardeners when it comes to self-sowing perennials: Lady Plant Hoarder, who says “Bring it on!,” and Mr. Garden Curmudgeon, who simply doesn’t understand why anyone…