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Country Almanac’s 2017 edition of Perennial Garden Ideas is packed with solid how-to information and features plants that with a little time and effort, every home gardener can grow.  Much of this issue focuses on the pairing of plants for maximum impact in the garden.   Included in their “Bulb Buddies” piece, the editors explain […]

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In Miranda Silva’s “Pushing the Limits” article in Better Homes & Gardens magazine, we learn that Portland homeowner and garden designer Linda Hannan favors a free-form style in her small garden.  The author explains that Linda  “packs her planting beds with tall, dramatic plants that create corridors of foliage.”  To maximize the sun, Linda tore […]

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Andrew Bunting’s new comprehensive new book from Timber Press, “The Plant Lover’s Guide to Magnolias” includes a multitude of tips and suggestions, and also includes a list of “146 Magnolias for the Garden”. This book is part of a series from Timber Press with each guide focusing on a particular plant.  Author Andrew Bunting is […]

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Northwest horticultural expert Marianne Binetti has been writing and talking about roses for many years – in her newspaper columns, her blog, for Lowes and as part of her Dig In Seattle program.  In a recent Marianne Binetti, On Gardening column in The Olympian, she wrote that “Every garden needs at last one rose plant.” […]

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In a recent issue of Duane Campbell’s “Green Space” column, he talks about “repotting plants that are not eager to be unpotted.”   Festival is one of those plants and here’s what he has to say about it:  Every big box store in spring has pots of red spikes.  That’s common cordyline. Festival is an improvement, […]

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Tropicanna is indeed a star on About.com’s popular website, The Spruce. In her article Growing Canna Lilies in Containers, container gardening expert Kerry Michaels tells The Spruce readers: My favorite varieties of cannas are ‘Tropicana’, ‘Tropicana Black’ and ‘Tropicana Gold.’ Each is spectacular and will grow from 4-6 feet tall. They are good humored plants, […]

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