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Chabaud Giant Picotee Fantasy Carnation Mix ~ A Perennial a Week

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One of my favorite flowers in a fresh flower bouquet is a carnation. I love their texture, the density of their flower petals, and their uniquely fresh aroma. I came upon this beautiful carnation mix, called Chabaud Giant Picotee Fantasy, and I especially love the variations of pinks in the mix. The carnations included in […]

‘Bowl of Beauty’ Peony ~ A Perennial a Week

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It’s hard to imagine a summer without peonies blooming in the yard. They’re just so exquisite, and its an added bonus that there are so many types of peonies from which to choose. A recent peony discovery for this ‘A Perennial a Week’ series is the ‘Bowl of Beauty’. The flower of this peony is […]

‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura ~ A Perennial a Week

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I love the fact that this showy perennial is another plant that has a long blooming season. ‘Karalee Petite Pink’ Gaura starts to flower in late spring, and continues displaying its pretty flowers into the fall.   Tiny coral pink (about 1”), 4-petal flowers form at the end of each thin stem, which many growers […]

Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia ~ A Perennial a Week

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When you need a perennial that is small in stature with striking color, the Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia may be a good option to consider. Because of its smaller size, this perennial would be a perfect front row plant in a layered garden planting.   Arizona Red Shades is made for a garden that gets […]

‘Empress’ Clematis ~ A Perennial a Week

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I have a clematis planted near my white post mailbox which it uses for support as it grows in the spring . It is so pretty when it is in bloom that I wish it would bloom all spring and all summer long. Throughout the summer it may get a few more blooms here and […]

‘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 […]

‘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 […]

‘Party Dress’ Anemone ~ A Perennial a Week

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The very first perennial in our ‘A Perennial a Week’ series was a Japanese anemone in white, and it is such a favorite, that this week we are featuring another anemone in pink. The green-eye-yellow-fringe-centered, frilly pink petal ‘Party Dress’ Anemone certainly deserves its fancy name, and it looks so festive in the garden swaying […]

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