50 Natives

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center garden by Rochelle Greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by rochelle greayer |

Skipping around this morning, I came across this quote from Lady Bird Johnson and I fell in love with her, again.  Every time I read...

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oakleaf hydrangea gatsby pink byt rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com
Posted by Rochelle |

As we clean up the garden this weekend, I found myself repeatedly coming back to visit the Gatsby Pink Oak leaf Hydrangea that I planted earlier this...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Aniston, and Sandra Bullock. I started naming random actors whose names relay beauty and attraction. If you were...

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cercis merlot www.pithandvigor.com
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"I am not drinking (expletive) Merlot!" - Miles from the movie Sideways This past weekend, a group of friends and I were running in a...

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Of all the plants that I would recommend most everyone include in their garden, mountain mint or Pycnanthemum muticum would be near the top of...

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sporobolus Prairie dropseed at the highline garden
Posted by rodney eason |

Walking through New York city brings to mind a unique combination of good and bad smells. Cooking onions and sausages from street food vendors, fresh...

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Gillenia trifoliata
Posted by rodney eason |

I think this Summer has been absolutely fantastic here in Maine. So far, there has been plenty of sunshine and enough warmth to make everything...

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Bloodroot
Posted by rodney eason |

It is late May here in Maine and we are in the midst of a long, cool spring. The temperatures have only risen above 70...

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I am deep in the throes of a design maelstrom. New planting designs are flying at me from every direction like the tornado in the...

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Today, as I was walking through the gardens, one of our gardeners told me that there was a flurry of snow in her garden. Not...

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Posted by rodney eason |

This week I am down in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania for the International Plant Trials Conference at Longwood Gardens. I came down to learn about how...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Last week I taught a course on garden and planting design at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It was good for me to go back and...

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Posted by rodney eason |

Have you ever grown the traditional ironweed? The first time that I met this plant was in 1998. I was amazed that Vernonia noveboracensis could grow...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

This is it!....the 50th native in the 50 natives series.  I can't believe we made it.  I might need to have a glass of wine...

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image by ZarahMaria Tarragon is one of my most favorite herbs.  I had never tasted it before I went to college, but I soon discovered...

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image by solitude48 Indian legend has it that many, many suns ago when the native american indians lived in great numbers in the western US,...

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I first fell in love with witch hazel when I was in design school.  Constantly walking the paths of Kew Gardens trying to take images...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

Spending a big chunk of my youth in the West and desert southwest, the Yucca brings back memories of riding my banana seat bike, warm...

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liatris spicata
Posted by rochelle greayer |

1. Blazing Star, 2. Liatris spicata, 3. liatris, 4. Liatris pychostachya PRAIRIE BLAZING STAR Though I have been unlucky growing this in my own garden...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

I could be tempted to use this plant just for the fun of saying it's name --- Arctostaphylos uva-ursi (ark-toh-STAF-i-los u-VA er-SI) or one of...

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Posted by rochelle greayer |

image from prairiemoon I am so interested in varieties of grass that I can plant broadcast style that will hopefully choke out a bit of...

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