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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

February 20, 2017
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Hummingbird Attraction

On the garden magic scale, butterflies rank pretty high, but I think hummingbirds stand even higher.  On a normal spring or summer day—provided that your chosen habitat is not a glass office tower—you will probably catch a glimpse of a … Continue reading

September 10, 2012
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Ornamental Oregano

ORNAMENTAL OREGANO             I am always looking for non-fussy ground covers that stomp weeds and look good doing it.  On a garden center run a few years ago I happened upon ornamental oregano, something I had read about but never … Continue reading

August 26, 2012
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Perilla Camouflage

I used to think there was no earthly use for perilla (Perilla frutescens).  No garden since the beginning of time has ever had just one plant.  True to its mint family heritage, perilla spreads and spreads and spreads. Of course, … Continue reading