Choose plants that light up the garden during prime-time.

If you head to the nursery in May, clouds of white and pink flowers bedecking cherry, crabapple and Bradford pear trees dominate the scene.  Rhododendrons clad in purple and raspberry flowers will vie for your attention, making a perfect palette for a pretty spring garden. That’s fine, but think about when you are actually IN

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Stalwart perennial for dry shade

Geranium. The word brings to mind the ubiquitous red flowers growing in clay pots with the requisite “spike” and vinca vine for a classic summer display. The common name “geranium” is given to the genus of plants that are actually Pelargonium species. A true perennial, geraniums are a very large genus of plants comprising both fussy little rock

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Captivating color combination

If you’ve never visited Chanticleer- a public garden in Wayne PA (just outside of Philadelphia)- you are missing a treat. The container combinations alone are worth the visit. Rather than displaying specimen after specimen of neatly labelled plants without any context for how to make them look awesome in your home garden, Chanticleer’s horticulturalists combine

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Simply Spring

The components of this arrangement are simple and seasonal. Emerging leaves of Hosta ‘Sagae’ are slipped into a very narrow, contemporary vase. A couple branches cut from a terrific quince- Chaenomeles x superba ‘Cameo’, plus a few flowers of the small-cupped daffodil ‘Verona’ create a pretty arrangement.

Shady Plants

Having a perennial garden allows you to cut flowers that are not available at the local florist. Pulmonaria saccharata “Sissinghurst White” (lungwort) is an early spring bloomer that has pure white flowers and deep green mottled lives. Today is a raw, cold spring day that doesn’t encourage spending time outside. Bringing a few cuttings indoors is

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