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Feb 5 2016

Plant Spotlight: Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium)

"You will find this North American prairie grass used quite often in landscapes and large commercial designs due to its great drought-resistance, ease of maintenance and excellent foliage color.  It is being used in mass plantings along roads and highways, as well as in home landscapes.  Little bluestem has a clump-growth habit and grows to around 1 - 2' in height and about as wide.  The flowers appear in August and September and develop well above the foliage, giving it an airy appearance. "      
Jan 29 2016

OSU trials show which plants thrive in central Ohio summers

"Strike up the band, because here come TBDPITL — the best damn plants in the land. They’re chosen during the summertime trials of annual plants at Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens on the Ohio State University campus."   "Of the 530 varieties that were tested, here are a few more overachievers: • Angelonia: Alonia Pink Romance, a sun lover that, once established, tolerates drought. Angelonias, also known as summer snapdragons, boast striking flower spikes all summer.
Jan 15 2016

Take a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory!

Does the January weather got you feeling blue? Well take a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory to see some green!   Visit http://fpconservatory.org/ to view upcoming events!                                  
Jan 5 2016

Hollies can brighten landscape year-round

"For generations, Americans have decked the halls with boughs of holly because of its beloved shiny leaves and bright red berries. Thanks to a holly breeding program started in the 1940s, homeowners today have a wide variety of hollies to grow in the landscape for holiday cuttings and year-round beauty. “Look for yellow-fruited varieties, dwarf forms like Maryland Dwarf, male selections such as Uncle Sam, and extremely cold-hardy ones like Dan Fenton,” said Sue Hunter, president of the Holly Society of America.
Dec 22 2015

To show birds a berry good time, try adding these native shrubs

"Nothing lifts a gardener’s spirits during winter like the sight of a bird devouring berries in a backyard shrub. The experience thrills the bird, too, because food can be scarce this time of year. By choosing the right woody plants, gardeners not only feed birds and other creatures but also beautify yards and landscapes. Not surprisingly, wildlife experts often recommend native plants, though not exclusively.
Dec 18 2015

Landscape can be used for decking the halls

"Plants that were “just there” through the year suddenly become important in December. That’s when we look to our landscape for ways to make the house appear festive. You might be surprised at how much is out there that is useful and beautiful. Examples include evergreens with leaves that are broad and shiny or light and feathery; berries that are yellow, orange or red; and crazy-looking seedpods and woodsy pine cones. The well-stocked garden should provide some of these things to use for winter decorations indoors.
Dec 11 2015

Plant Spotlight: Calathea

"Talk about a lovely new plant: The Fusion White calathea (Calathea‘Fusion White’) is a dwarf variety with strikingly variegated leaves. The leaves are a nice medium green with almost pure white variegation spread across each one. The underside, in contrast, is a beautiful burgundy; leaves that are folded or wrong side up will show off this coloring." Calathea "White Fusion" can reach a height of 15 inches and roughly 12 inches wide. It is hardy to zone 8.  
Nov 25 2015

The pleasure that gardens offer can cultivate a sense of gratitude

"We gardeners have a lot to be thankful for. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I’ve been thinking about how fortunate I am in countless ways, many relating to that slightly chaotic project filled with flowers, vegetables and weeds that I call a garden. However you garden, you might be feeling the same. Do you plant a few pots on your patio every spring? Then give thanks that you get to try something new each year but needn’t invest a lot of time or money.
Nov 5 2015

Plant Spotlight: Oakleaf Hydrangea

"The oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) is a hardy native shrub that has interest for much of the year. The branching of the oakleaf hydrangea is irregular, with branches pointing in many directions, while the peeling bark is a rich, warm reddish brown. The shape of the leaves gives the plant its common name of oakleaf. The leaves are large, 4 to 6 inches across. In the summer, the foliage is medium green; in the fall, it turns brilliant shades of yellow, burgundy, red and orange.
Oct 29 2015

Autumn Joy Sedum

"For some visual joy in autumn, plant Autumn Joy sedum. The plants’ domed flower clusters smile skyward like heads of pink broccoli. Autumn Joy is, understandably, a stalwart of the late summer and fall flower garden. The flowers adorn the plants for weeks and weeks, not frozen in time like the more common flower of autumn, mums, but constantly changing. The initially green buds first open to pink, then the blossoms shade to rose, on to salmon bronze and finally to coppery red." Read more at: