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Lilyturf – Variegated Liriope ~ A Perennial a Week

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It’s the month of September, and this attractive grass-like perennial is fully in its showy flowering stage. This variegated liriope, called Lilyturf, has flower spikes that look a bit like those of the grape hyacinth. The flower spikes, tucked in among the leaves, are a lavender shade, contrasting beautifully against its green and cream leaves. […]

Burlap Trends in Home Decor Just Keep Getting More Stylish

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Recently, we made a run to the fabric store for some fabric for our Etsy shop, and while perusing the fabric aisles, we came upon the home decor burlap fabric.   Burlap! – in the most stylish prints, and colorful solids. It’s been a while since either of us looked at burlap fabric, so we […]

‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill – Hardy Geranium ~ A Perennial a Week

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This week’s perennial is a low growing hardy geranium. It’s nice to find smaller perennials, like the ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill, because they are perfect for borders, containers, woodland and rock gardens, and for the front plant in a layering design. The ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill has been a staple in English garden designs.   The botanical name of […]

Mini Apple-Cranberry Turnovers

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Fall seems to be a time of year when we look for a new recipe or two to try out, whether it’s for comfort food, or for some upcoming gathering. Since it is tailgating season, we wanted to come up with a sweet dessert that would be easy to serve at a tailgate party. Easy […]

Sweet Autumn Clematis – Late Summer Flowering Perennial ~ A Perennial a Week

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It’s nice to know that there is one clematis that comes into full bloom in late summer. Spring or early summer are when you see most clematis in flower, so to have one blooming now is pretty sweet!     Which brings us to this week’s perennial which is the Sweet Autumn Clematis. Its name […]

The Great Wall of …Inspiration

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Not to get all architect-y, but being landscape architects, we like obsessing over the details in some older designs – beauty is in the details – really! It’s those details that added so much to a person’s everyday surroundings in the past, and are missing so often from life today.   If you can remember […]

Horseradish, Green Onion & Cream Cheese Spread

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Now is that time of year when we all start looking for tasty food recipes for fall tailgating and the long upcoming holiday season. This cheese spread would be great for either. It gives a little something extra to a deli-type sub or sandwich, and, it’s a perfect cheese spread for crackers and little breads […]

‘Wild Thing’ Salvia ~ A Perennial a Week

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When you can find a long blooming full sun perennial that blooms from early summer to October, you just might want to find a spot for it in the garden. The ‘Wild Thing’ Salvia brings a pinkish-red and a hot pink (all on the same bloom) flower, and aromatic foliage to those sunny spots in […]

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