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April 3, 2017
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Pulmonaria

Every five or ten years the horticultural world goes through a vogue for patterned leaves.  Everything old is new again as gardeners snap up some of the flashier hostas, variegated weigelas, Japanese painted ferns and all manner of plants with … Continue reading

March 20, 2017
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Fernleaf Lavender

Surfacing at the end of winter like a horticultural life raft, the week-long Philadelphia Flower Show is salvation for gardeners grown weary of cold weather.  The Philadelphia Convention Center, a cavernous place, is filled with flowers and plants, from tulips … Continue reading

November 21, 2016
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Lavish Lavender

Life has had its ups and downs this past growing season, but in my yard, lavender—Lavendula—has experienced one long “up”.  The fragrant herb grows throughout the mixed borders, but is planted en masse in the bed by the driveway that … Continue reading

November 8, 2016
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Saffron Crocus

My front strip—that hard-to-cultivate patch between street and sidewalk—never supported much grass.  I gave up on it years ago and substituted plants tough enough to take the sometimes fatal combination of abysmal soil and perpetual exposure.  Hostas hold forth under … Continue reading