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More Glorious Grasses

Strangely, this rosy grass is actually called Little Bluestem,”The Blues.”  The stems of this cultivar are bluish during the growing season but now have turned shades of rose and pink that glow on a sunny day like today. One of … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice

If you’re looking for two shrubs with highly contrasting foliage and blooms, it would seem they don’t get much more opposite than a Smokebush (cotinus coggygria) and a hydrangea. (This one is Twist ‘n’ Shout.) Yet a closer look reveals … Continue reading

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The Mature Garden

Anything added to a mature garden has to serve more than one purpose because there just isn’t enough space left for features or plants that can’t do double duty. This year, for example, I added this large Tuscan pot that I’m currently using as a water feature. It … Continue reading

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Got It!

In this pairing of a white coneflower and a scented daylily, I do get the color right. Not matchy-matchy, but rather each bloom enriching the other so that the whole is greater than the parts. Not that I felt the … Continue reading

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Pitch Perfect

I have an unfortunate talent.  I call it perfect color pitch, and it’s a curse. I’m not kidding. Just look at these lilies and the sunflowers below if you don’t believe me. I wanted lilies that would “go with” the … Continue reading

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Critical Mass

I mentioned that a gardener needs patience in my last post. These day lilies are an example of that. I planted these day lilies (Chicago Apache) about four years ago.  They’re tall, perhaps 48 inches, and when young, their scrawny, … Continue reading

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Throw In a Curve.

Here’s an update on one of the ongoing projects at Casa Renfield.  In a previous post, I explained why I wanted to reconfigure this bed in the front garden to get a better balance between open space and plant mass. Now … Continue reading

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