Garden Blog – Category: Garden Perennials

Bobo Hydrangea

Our Best Landscape Combinations for Sun and Shade

It’s easy to pick out the plants you love, but learning which ones will thrive together in the landscape and look fabulous doing so takes some practice. We’ve gathered ten of our best landscape combinations here to inspire you as your plan out your garden for the season, whether you are adding a whole new

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Long Perennial Border Garden

How to Plan a Garden So Something Is Always in Bloom

Photo Courtesy of Susan Martin Growing a beautiful garden where something is always in bloom takes some time to master but is incredibly rewarding in the long run. Here are 10 valuable tips here that will help you along in the process. These are things we’ve learned from our own experience developing our gardens over

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SUPERTUNIA VISTA® Jazzberry™ Petunia - Annual

Heidi and Rod’s Top 10 New Plants for 2022

With so many fun new plants to try each year, how do you choose? Start by taking a look at Heidi and Rod’s list of top ten favorites. They know a good plant when they see one and since they have the advantage of growing many of the new varieties before they are introduced, you’ll

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8 Plants Pollinators Are Loving Right Now

It’s late August in Michigan and as I am sitting here looking out my window into my garden, I’m seeing an incredible number of bees whizzing by while a beautiful yellow Eastern swallowtail butterfly hangs upside down to feed on my six-foot tall ‘Uchida’ lilies. I am blessed to welcome so many pollinators into my

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ASCLEPIAS CINDERELLA MILKWEED

10 Durable Native Plants for Landscapes

If a durable, lower maintenance landscape is what you’re seeking, you’ll find this list of reliable native shrubs and perennials helpful. We offer many cultivars of native plants (sometimes referred to as “nativars”) here at Garden Crossings, but we’ve selected these ten for their unique beauty and ease of growth. Find details about where they’ll

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10 New Perennials for Your Sunny Landscape

Spring Bling™ Hybrid Creeping Phlox Ring in the spring season with these early blooming groundcover phlox! If you’ve ever grown creeping phlox, then you know how much joy they bring to the landscape after a long winter. They form a carpet of vibrant blooms that welcome back pollinating bees and butterflies into the garden. This

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SAMBUCUS BLACK LACE ELDERBERRY

10 Fantastic Foliage Plants for Sun and Shade

As someone who gardens primarily in shade, I’ve learned over the years to appreciate the value of plants with interesting foliage even more than those with pretty blossoms. Flowers are temporary in shade, but fantastic foliage lasts all season. I’ve chosen ten plants here that are grown more for their leaves than their flowers, even

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How to Grow Dinner Plate Hibiscus

Don’t let those huge blooms fool you! It is easy to grow hibiscus with dinner plate-sized flowers if you follow a few simple tips. Yours will be the envy of the neighborhood every summer if you treat them right! Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Evening Rose’ The tropical flair that perennial hibiscus exudes may fool you into thinking

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BAPTISIA DECADENCE CHERRIES JUBILEE FALSE INDIGO

Cool and Collectable Perennials, Vines, and Shrubs

Here are a few of my favorite things… #1 – Decadence® ‘Cherries Jubilee’ False Indigo (Baptisia) There are so many cool things to tell you about this plant—where do I begin? Let’s start with its historical roots. Baptisia is an ancient perennial that was once used to make dyes and was the first-ever subsidized agricultural

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HIBISCUS SUMMERIFIC CRANBERRY CRUSH ROSE MALLOW

Red, White and Blue Plants for Your Summer Landscape

Red, white and blue is a popular color theme for gardens at summer cottages where patio containers overflow with red geraniums, white alyssum and blue lobelia. If you select your perennials and shrubs with the patriotic theme in mind, you can also have a landscape filled with red, white and blue flowers that are blooming

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Which Espoma Organic Product is Right for You

Beautiful plants thrive with a steady supply of nutrients and microbe-rich soil, and when pest or disease issues pop up it’s comforting to know there are effective organic solutions available. Whether you consider yourself an environmentally conscious gardener or are looking for child and pet-safe products, you can count on Espoma Organic products to help

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BAPTISIA DECADENCE SPARKLING SAPPHIRES FALSE INDIGO

The Story Behind the Plant: Decadence® Baptisia

If you’ve ever wondered where new plants come from, you’ll enjoy this story behind the Decadence® Baptisia series, developed by renowned plant hybridizer Hans Hansen. Baptisia, commonly known as false indigo, is quite literally an ancient plant that dates back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. It’s also a prolific native prairie plant here

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