Category Archives: Plants I Love

A Perfect Year for Roses

In southeastern Ohio this season we have enjoyed perfect growing conditions for roses and the displays have been divine. We had a cooler than normal spring with perfectly timed rains allowing our roses to hold their blooms for a long … Continue reading

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End of Summer Favorite

I started this blog to write about growing my favorite plants and flowers, but I would be hard pressed to decide whether I enjoy them more for their beauty, or for the sheer joy and gratitude I get from harvesting … Continue reading

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A Little Review of Our Blooms This Season at Mission Oaks Gardens

I am lucky enough to get to spend some of my time working and volunteering at Mission Oaks Gardens in my home town of Zanesville, Ohio. This 5 acre botanical garden is a local treasure and open to the public … Continue reading

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Doug Beilstein of Hostaworks will be speaking at the Muskingum Valley Park District This Week

Mission Oaks Gardens and the Muskingum Valley Master Gardeners invite the public to come this Saturday March 28th to listen to horticulturalist and hosta grower and hybridizer Doug Beilstein from 2:00-3:00 at the Park District Volunteer Building in Zanesville on … Continue reading

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I Need Some Help Figuring Out What to Plant, Part 2

In my last post I began a multi-part discussion of low maintenance and hardy but not necessarily run-of-the-mill plants for friends and clients who need help with their landscapes. Most of my time as a garden professional has been devoted … Continue reading

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“I need some help figuring out what to plant at my house, but I don’t want to do any maintenance. Do you have any suggestions?”

This is the sort of question I get asked the most as a garden landscape professional. It is not my favorite question because it feels limiting in scope for me as a designer. The “I don’t want to do any … Continue reading

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Great Perennials for Late Season Color

August and September are challenging months for gardeners. Summer is almost over and some gardens are getting pretty tired. It’s hot and dry for many of us and we are just waiting out the late summer doldrums until the first … Continue reading

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Ablaze in Color

I am infatuated with the color and beauty of Tulip ‘Akebono’. I dream of a Georgia O’Keefe commission of this flower on my wall. I did find that these were a bit floppy. I may not have planted them deep … Continue reading

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Flush in Euphorbia

This has been one of my favorite plants for a long time. I first encountered Mediterranean Spurge in a garden on Nantucket and I have searched for it in nurseries ever since. It is not a rare plant but it … Continue reading

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Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian- Gentiana andrewsiisports74.ru Bottle Gentian or Closed Bottle Gentian has so many great attributes it is hard to know where to begin. For starters it is native to a large part of the Midwest. I am a big proponent … Continue reading

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