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Best Perennial Dianthus (Review)

Posted by Darlene Caviness

Best Perennial Dianthus (Review)

Do you remember the pinks and Sweet Williams that grew in your grandmother’s garden?  Have you ever given or received a bouquet with carnations, perhaps at prom or for a birthday or just to add color to a room?  All these are different kinds of Dianthus. 

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Tags: Plants, Perennials

Echinacea - Sombrero Series (Review/Ratings)

Posted by Paul VanOteghem

Echinacea New SombreroSeries

Echinacea x. purpurea

Echinacea has a long history of medicinal uses some of which are purported to be: an antidote for venomous bites; headache remedy; mumps treatment; cold remedy; arthritis treatment; pain reliever; indigestion; tumors; malaria; and last but not least, a hemorrhoid treatment. While most of these old uses of Echinacea are no longer commonplace, Echinacea has once again become popular for the treatment of a variety of medical conditions including several skin diseases and boosting one's immune system. While all of these health benefits are important (particularly the control of that "painful burning itch"), that is not the purpose of this blog. I want to talk to you about three new perennial varieties to Home Nursery and their place in your garden.

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Tags: Plants, Perennials

Where Do I Plant My (stonecrop) or Sedum Groundcover?

Posted by Mark Luchtefeld

Where Do I Plant My (stonecrop) or Sedum Groundcover?

     Which one of the many Sedums are we talking about?  My first introduction to Sedums in the landscape came 10 years back my wife and I down sized (last child gone) to a smaller, older home. Growing around a small maple tree in front was Sedum kamschaticum.  It looked good and my wife thought it was cool. Come spring the plant was covered with star shaped golden flowers. Looking around what to my wondering eyes did I see but clumps of golden yellow flowers all around the neighborhood. Somebody really likes this plant and since it is easy to grow spread it around! Here is my two cents on a couple sedums I have been watching.

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Tags: Plants, Perennials

What are the Best Ornamental Grasses in the Midwest? (Reviews)

Posted by Ann Tosovsky

What are the Best Ornamental Grasses in the Midwest? 

Ornamental grasses have been around for a long time, but only over the last several years have they become such a prominent feature in the landscape.  Landscape/Horticulture professionals have come to recognize not only the hardiness and easy care of ornamental grasses but also the versatility and amazing beauty they provide.  We’ve talked to our customers who told us what their favorite grasses are and why. Let’s take a closer look at three of the best-selling ornamental grasses in the Midwest.

Best Selling Grasses in the Midwest

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Tags: Plants, Local, Perennials

Top 3 Fall Blooming Perennials For The Midwest

Posted by Keith Dintelmann

   Fall blooming Perennials are a favorite landscape plant among gardeners.  After a hot and dry summer, fall bloomers are a welcome sight announcing the coming of the fall season with brilliant colors that can brighten any planting bed.  There are many genera to chose from and regardless of what you chose, planting early in the fall will insure that the plants have time to become established as well as give you the maximum amount of time to enjoy their color before cold weather sets in.

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Tags: Plants, Perennials, Fall