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    The Best of the Bee Balms

    Every gardener has experienced love at first sight with at least one plant, but many of us have had more of a love-hate relationship with bee balm (Monarda spp. and…

  • Design

    Why Aren’t You Growing More Baptisias?

    Years ago, I decided to plant a baptisia in my small garden. I was willing to give up precious space to such a large plant in expectation of the vibrant…

  • Dwarf formosa lily
    Design

    Heavenly Scents—Fragrant Plants and Flowers

    A few years ago, I was walking with a friend through a wonderful rose garden and pointed out one of my favorite varieties: the old-fashioned rose ‘Madame Ernest Calvat’, which…

  • Varied border of trees, shrubs and perennials along a property line
    Design

    Plants for Property Lines

    We have all seen it: the line of arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 2–7) marching down the property line, stiff as can be, their heads lopped off…