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GGW Plant Pick of The Month- Plants with Variegated Foliage

Dramatic variegated foliage of Canna ‘Striata’ pops in this seasonal display bed with Zinnia elegans ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’ and Z. elegans ‘Uproar Rose’, Rudeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’, Persicaria polymorpha, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Cleome ‘Spirit Frost’ and Cleome ‘Spirit Merlot’, Lythrum virgatum ‘Morden’s Gleam’ and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ companions.

Dramatic gold and green variegated foliage of Canna 'Striata' pops in this display bed with Zinnia elegans ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’ and Z. elegans ‘Uproar Rose’, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’, Persicaria polymorpha, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Cleome ‘Spirit Frost’ and Cleome ‘Spirit Merlot’ and Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ companions.

Traditionally, GGW Plant Pick of The Month highlights a specific genus or cultivar. I’m going to try something different for October and feature plants with variegated foliage. They function as important accents in my seasonal displays. Note, photos will include companion plant names as well. Continue Reading →

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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

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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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