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kirengeshoma palmata shrub foliage- yellow wax bells

I’ve never forgotten my first Kirengeshoma palmata or Yellow Wax bells sighting in an actual garden. It was back when I was a garden design student making regular trips to Kew Gardens near London to learn about garden plants.  That day, I rounded a corner in a shady woodland garden area and was utterly confronted with the most luscious plant I’d ever […]

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eremurus - foxtail lily with purple plants in a dry garden. Lavender wall

Hopefully, the title of this post has piqued your interest. What exactly do these three things have to do with one another, you ask? Today, we started planting 23,000 bulbs at Coastal Maine for a wonderful spring display.  This is the biggest number of bulbs that we have ever planted in the fall. At the end […]

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deinanthe caerulea

Summer is the time for vacations, warm temperatures, and flowering hydrangeas. Among the things that New Englanders come to count on in summertime include ice cream and hydrangeas in flower. Just in our small town of Boothbay, never have I seen so many hydrangeas planted. Due to our mild summers, hydrangea blossoms here along the […]

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Chinese May Apple by James Gaither (Podophyllum pleianthum)

As I was walking through the gardens last week, I noticed a large, glossy-leaved plant with big, yellow-green fruit hanging from underneath the leaves. There were probably 20-30 of these egg-shaped fruits hanging in clusters under the leaves. It really was a cool sight to see. As I got closer, I realized this was the […]

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Syneilesis aconitifolia in NYBG

In the list of “top plants that have been around for too long not to be popular,” Syneilesis aconitifolia or “shredded umbrella plant”  (common name) should be near the top. I first came across Syneilesis in 1998, growing extremely well in Raleigh, North Carolina. I saw it again in 2000 in Pennsylvania, growing like gang-busters. Now that […]

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variegated daphne

I bet if you were to make a list of the Latin plant names that were easy to remember, Daphne would be up near the top of the list. Daphne is a name you just don’t forget. Whether it was Fred’s “friend” from Scooby Doo or Marty Crane’s nurse on Frasier, Daphne is commonly associated with being attractive and […]

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