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    Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southern Plains

    1. Blue Puffball™ Chaste Tree   Name: Vitex angus-castus ‘PIIVAC-I’ Zones:6-9 Size: 3 to 4 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; average to dry soil Finally, a chaste tree…

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    Flowers That You Can Eat

    For years we’ve seen flowers used as garnishes. Peppery nasturtium flowers (Tropaeolum spp. and cvs., annual) add a nice bite to salads, and violets (Viola spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness…

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    The Best Ornamental Grasses for the Garden

    I think grasses suffer from lumping. I’m guilty of it myself, many times ending a list of companion perennials with the phrase “and some ornamental grasses.” This gives the impression…

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    Regional Picks: Plant This, Not That – Midwest

    Overused: 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass (Calamagrostis × acutifolia ‘Karl Foerster’) 1.‘Heavy Metal’ Switchgrass Name: Panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 4 to 5 feet…

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    Regional Picks: Plant This With That – Northeast

    PLANT THIS:   Golden Spirit™ smoke bush Name: Cotinus coggygria ‘Ancot’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 Size: 8 to 15 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to light…

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    Uncommon Grasses

    A couple of old-school gardeners I admire believe that ornamental grasses belong in meadows or along the shore, not in the garden. I reluctantly agree that grasses can dress the…

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    Healthy Soil Is Just a Cover Crop Away

    Healthy soil provides a building block for healthy plants, so wouldn’t it be great if plants could give something back? In some cases, they do. That’s the purpose of cover…