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‘Butterfly Blue’ Pincushion – A Perennial A Week

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The ‘Butterfly Blue’ pincushion takes center stage this week. I have two ‘Butterfly Blue’ pincushion perennials in my yard, and I love seeing their delicate lavender-blue flowers. This perennial is a long blooming one, and its flower stems reach about 15” in length.   I use the word ‘length’ instead of ‘height’ because sometimes the […]

‘Happy Returns’ Daylily – A Perennial A Week

greengate farms

We think this week’s perennial would definitely make a bright and cheery impression in any landscape or garden, with its lemon yellow trumpet-shaped flowers nestled in the tips of its slender grass-like green foliage.   Sounds pretty, doesn’t it? The ‘Happy Returns’ daylily is all that! It’s a compact plant growing to 15” – 18” […]

Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ – A Garden Perennial A Week

Missouri Botanical Garden

We’re starting the ‘A Perennial a Week’ series (a series featuring types and varieties of garden perennials) off  with a perennial that I saw in a few yards last summer, and I don’t recall ever seeing it before, so it was new for me. It is tall, about 3 feet (but there are shorter varieties), […]

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