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    Gardening at Ocean Beach Park in Connecticut

    My name is Diane Smith, and I am a member of the 20-person Beautification Committee in New London, Connecticut. This is a city-appointed board, and we are all volunteers with…

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    Seed-Starting Glossary

    What does that mean? Lots of terms, classifications, and techniques are tossed around in casual conversation about seed starting. Some you may already know, but others may puzzle you. Here…

  • Design

    A Delectable New Discovery From a Common Plant

    I finally found a new dianthus—aka pinks—that’s a real zinger. And, ironically, it’s white. ‘Key Lime Pie’ sports a larger flower than many dianthus, and it’s super floriferous. Sturdy stems…

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    Most-Wanted Perennials at McCrory Gardens

    Do you have a plant in your landscape that everyone asks about? What is it? Where can they get it? That is certainly the case for us at McCrory Gardens…

  • Design

    Luana’s Favorites From the Past Year

    Today we’re taking a trip to see Luana Carpenter’s garden in Massillon, Ohio. We’ve been there before (A Garden of Roses, and Lessons Learned in a Gardening Life) and it…

  • Design

    Bluestar: A Native Plant for the Masses

    In the 1990s there was an electrifying buzz around Arkansas bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) that rocketed it from a collector’s plant to a phenomenon in the gardening world. Its alluring blue…

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    Creating High-Drama Container Designs

    Today’s photos come from Laurel Prothro. The project started with accumulating volunteer hours for my Master Gardener certificate, I started and completed the wonderful course early this year with the…

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    Elephant’s Ears

    For a look you can’t ignore, broaden your foliage palette with these big bold leaves

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    Perennial Daisies

    Cheerful, versatile perennials brighten the garden for weeks on end

  • Design

    Design Basics: Don’t Plan, Just Plant

    This gardener offers a no-nonsense approach to designing a perennial border