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Agastaches, Asters, and Mums – Oh My!

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Dianthus 'Princess Scarlet'

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Dianthus 'Princess Scarlet'

All of you who apologize for getting in your Design Workshop contributions right at the end of the month can feel a little smug now, because here I’m doing the same thing to Fran. Sorry Fran!

First, a few comments on her GGW Plant Pick of the Month for September: Agastache. Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) was one of the first perennials I grew successfully from seed, and I was very fond of it for a few years, grateful for its speedy growth, its abundant flowers, and its root beer-scented foliage. It taught me an important lesson in perennial propagation, however: If a plant is easy for even a novice gardener to grow from seed, there’s a good probability that it will just as easily grow itself from seed. Enthusiastically. Everywhere. Continue Reading →

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The Pushiness of Chrysanthemums-Part 2

After all of the discussion about my post on chrysanthemums, I told the bloggers on InTheGardenOnline.com that I would take photographs of places with chrysanthemums and then let all of you decide which photos you like and dislike. I am also going to give you descriptions of the people who live in these homes and you decide which home goes with which family (there are 3 of them) along with a photo of chrysanthemums in a park, for your pleasure.

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The Pushiness of Chrysanthemums

I tend to be a bit peevish about certain plants in the garden. But I’ve got to tell you that the sight of chrysanthemums dotting the front yards of a lot of homes in my area to be distasteful: a bit like eating too many lollipops or cotton candy at an amusement park and ending up with a bad stomachache.

fs-906-asterdahlia-heliopsis-nasturtium-resized.JPG First, the way that most suburban folk use them is hardly artistic: at least 3 or 4 colors mixed in with each other in front borders, around mail boxes or any other place they can plant them. The jewel tones of rust, yellow and purple thrown together disorient my eyes.banana-plant-light-in-the-garden-resized.jpg Continue Reading →

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