In the Garden: Tips for June

In the Garden: Tips for June

June is the start of summer vacation, when America’s kids come to the garden to play, to romp, to enjoy life! June can be a very rewarding month for all of us, with strawberries ripening and cherries red, ripe, and plump. It can also stress us gardeners out, as it is the “last” good month […]

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Plant of the Week: Dianthus Firewitch

Plant of the Week: Dianthus Firewitch

Dianthus Firewitch is our first Plant of the Week for May. This low-growing, perennial groundcover is perfect for borders and rock gardens. It spreads slowly across the ground, filling in cracks and spaces between other plants and rocks. It has blue-green, glaucous, needle-like leaves that add a fine texture to any garden. The whole plant […]

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Perennials for Butterfly Habitats

Perennials for Butterfly Habitats

Perennials can be the backbone of anyone’s garden – they certainly are for mine. I choose perennials that bloom in succession, support native insect populations, are pretty, and attract lots of butterflies! Despite living in Zone 5 in Northeast Kansas, where the weather is constantly changing, I have a very diverse garden. So what are […]

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Growing Lavender

Growing Lavender

Growing lavender in the Great Plains can be rewarding for gardeners. This aromatic plant can be used for a variety of different things, from soaps to jelly. I have grown lavender for years in my own gardens with great success. Where does lavender grow best? It is a Mediterranean plant and likes well-drained soils Lavender […]

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Coming Soon – Plant of the Week

Coming Soon – Plant of the Week

Starting in March, we will be showcasing a different plant of the week, each week until mid-November. Our team has picked from their favorite annuals, perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees. We have also decided to showcase some of our best sellers and some award winners as well. I tried to format each week’s plant pick […]

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Allium ‘Millenium’ the 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Allium ‘Millenium’ the 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Each year the Perennial Plant Association chooses a perennial of the year, based on its landscape value, popularity, floral characteristics, and pollinator friendliness. The 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year was chosen to be Allium ‘Millenium’. There are beginning to be a plethora of new alliums on the market, and some are closely related to […]

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Kansas Gardener’s Garden August-Septemer

Kansas Gardener’s Garden August-Septemer

Part 3 of my gardens. The saga continues….   This is the Monarch Waystation in late summer, full of rudbeckias and garden phlox and grasses. The double-flowered rudbeckia variety is ‘Hortensia’ from my grandmother’s garden in Cloud County, KS. The tallest grass in the middle is switchgrass ‘Dallas Blues’, one of the first things I […]

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Best Border Plants for Your Garden

Best Border Plants for Your Garden

Now that fall is here and plants are on sale across the nursery, remember Grimm’s Pink Flag Sale, we can talk about how to put in borders along your garden beds. Over the years, I have experimented with many different plants for borders, from groundcovers to squatty perennials to annuals. I like to use the […]

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