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Doubled-Flowered ‘Meringue’ Coneflower – A Perennial a Week

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  Weeks ago I posted about a beautiful coneflower that I discovered this summer, and, while searching for information on it I discovered a whole world of coneflowers from the Cone-fections (trademarked) series, introduced by AB Cultivars of the Netherlands.   These double-flowered coneflowers are so pretty with their abundance of petals covering the entire […]

Are You Ready For Spring?

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Is that a silly question, or what? About this time of the winter season, we all can get a bit of cabin fever, and begin to feel that spring just can’t get here soon enough!   So to hold us over until spring actually arrives on March 20 this year (2014), a little reminder of […]

Christmas Fern ~ A Perennial a Week

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I was very excited to discover this evergreen perennial. And surprising to me, it is a fern! The Christmas fern keeps its leaves all winter, even if it’s under the snow.   Perhaps, it’s serendipity that the Christmas fern takes center stage for the ‘A Perennial a Week’ series, this time of year.  I just […]

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 […]

‘Julia’ Coneflower ~ A Perennial a Week

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It may be difficult to find attractive orange summer flowering perennials for the summertime garden, but the ‘Julia’ Coneflower answers the call with a gorgeous rich orange flower. It is a long-blooming plant from early to late summer.   This is a compact plant for a sunny garden growing around 15” – 18” in height, […]

‘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 […]

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