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GGW Plant Pick of The Month: Sporobolus heterolepis

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Oudolf Garden- Hummelo, Netherlands (09/06/2009).

I just returned home from my first trip to Europe. I was drawn to Grass Days at Kwekerij Oudolf, the home and nursery of influential Dutch garden designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf and his wife Anja. I won’t elaborate on the Oudolf’s SPECTACULAR private garden in this post. I’ll save that for a later date. Oudolf’s work inspired September’s GGW Plant Pick of The Month, Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis). Continue Reading →

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GGW Plant Pick of The Month- Pennisetum


Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’

In search of inspiration I ventured to the Missouri Botanical Garden last week. In the back corner of the Trial Gardens at the Kemper Center I stumbled across a stunning new ornamental millet, Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’.  This upright, mounded variety with chartreuse leaves and dark maroon, pollen-less seedheads reaches 36-48″H x 18-24″W. It is a must have annual for 2010!

I’ve selected the genus Pennisetum (specifically, varieties I have grown or intend to grow) to highlight as August’s GGW Plant Pick of The Month. Continue Reading →

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GGW Plant Pick of The Month- Zinnia

Zinnia elegans 'Uproar Rose'

Zinnia elegans 'Uproar Rose'

Twenty-five years ago, as an adolescent, I developed an unexpected friendship with an elderly woman who lived down the street. Mabel Hart Crooks had an elaborate yard, filled with beautiful blooming plants. She was in her mid 90′s and needed some help with maintenance- mowing, weeding, pruning and occasionally planting. I was 13 and wanted the money! I credit her with sparking my interest in plants and gardening.

I recall my first experience sowing annuals from seed was under Mrs. Crooks’ supervision. They were zinnias, April’s GGW Plant Pick of the Month. Continue Reading →

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GGW Plant Pick of The Month: Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) is one of my favorite plants. It is a staple in my design work.

Perovskia, Echinacea- Chicago Botanic Garden Continue Reading →

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GGW Plant Pick of The Month for November: Roses

The GGW Plant Pick of The Month for November is roses. I know, I know. Roses can be so boring: the same old, same old. Over the past 10 years, so many exuberant, hardy and easy to care for vines, perennials and bushes have come on to the marketplace. So why bother with roses, specimens that are known to be fussy, disease prone and often difficult to maintain?

This is how I see it. It’s kind of like that old family recipe that gets handed down from generation to generation. For me, it’s my grandmother’s deep dish apple pie. When I was younger, I thoroughly enjoyed spending any amount of time it took to make this delectable dish. But over the years, as I got busier and simple pie recipes and luscious already made apple pies were at my disposal, with great ease (and maybe a bit of relief), I walked away from this old time, deep dish, sour cream apple pie recipe. But now, especially now, somehow this recipe has more meaning to me than ever before. Yes, it still takes time and patience to make. And often it doesn’t turn out the way I had envisioned it would. But no other apple pie can take its place, much like no other flower can take the place of a rose. [galle Continue Reading →

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