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Perovskia Russian Sage

  Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Little Spire'  Perhaps one of the most prolific autumn blooming perennial families is the Perovskia or Russian Sage. Along with being an extremely reliant late summer and fall bloomer, this plant is remarkably tolerant to less than ideal growing conditions. The only really important cultural requirement is that the…

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Showy Mountain Ash

I was sitting on the deck just today, overlooking my rear gardens and particularly enjoying the wildlife that frequents my urban sanctuary. Living in the heart of a Canadian city, within only a block of a heavily traveled route and an area supporting one of the highest population densities, one…

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Echinacea Sombrero™ ‘Lemon Yellow Improved’

Echinacea Sombrero™ ‘Lemon Yellow Improved’ has been developed to outperform many of it’s relatives. The improved components of this spectacular addition are none the least winter hardiness. Echinacea in general have a great cold tolerance, but this introduction pushes the limits somewhat further, good news for gardeners in zones below…

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Weeping Lace Leafed Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum Var. dissectum ‘Inaba Shidare’ The wonderful world of Japanese Maple never ceases to amaze me. Although I garden in a colder Canadian hardiness zone than most, my landscape is not considered complete without at least one specimen. Japanese Maples are not the least hardy in zone 3 but…

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Clematis Vancouver™ ‘Cotton Candy’

Any garden will benefit from plants that afford height and depth to the overall vista of the landscape. Often height is the last component that is considered and sadly, forgotten in many cases. Plants with height will draw the eye of the viewer naturally along the line of growth encouraging…

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Peony-Palooza!

Patio Paeonia lactiflora 'Kiev' Not your Grandma’s Peony for sure! I was so pleased to see a series of peony that will perform well in containers, ideal for those of us who feel that we have no more room in our gardens. Peonies can offer a veritable ‘peony-palooza’ extravaganza in…

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Cercis Canadensis Eastern Redbud

This Canadian native tree is a must in the early spring garden. Native plants are generally a very good option for any garden and for any manner of gardener. Think about the fact that Canadian native plants have been surviving on their own for eons, adapting to varying climate conditions,…

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Hamamelis mollis Chinese Witch Hazel

One of the earliest heralds of spring in your landscape is the Chinese Witch Hazel, Hamamelis mollis. This shrub, as the common name implies, is native to the forests in southeastern China and performs very well in most temperate Canadian gardens. A classic shrub for the very early spring or…

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Cornus alba ‘Aurea’

As with a great many plants the common names vary from province to province and in some cases city to city. This beautiful specimen has names that include but are not limited to: Golden Dogwood, Golden Prairie Fire Dogwood, Tatarian Dogwood. Whatever name that you chose, this shrub is a…

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