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Rocapulco white Double impatiens by proven winners - plant pairing by rochelle greayer www.pithandvigor.com

My local Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s appear to have recently split a shipment of beautiful potted gardenias, and they both had them for sale a couple of weeks ago.  Drunk with the intoxicating scent, I impulsively bought one. In hindsight, I wouldn’t exactly have called it a great idea  – but it was only $8.99 so I […]

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A stone staircase bordered by a stone wall leads down to a brick path lined with blooming trees and potted plants, reminiscent of the Boston Garden Center, creating a serene, lush garden scene. Flower petals are scattered along the stairs, adding to the peaceful atmosphere.

A visit to a real, local Boston garden center (not a box store) should give a healthy taste of the local terroir. As true regional experts in what the land can and should support and how to cultivate it, I believe that the best garden centers lean into their place and history and the seasonal […]

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Close-up of clusters of vibrant purple Callicarpa americana, or Beautyberry, on thin, intertwined branches. The background is filled with soft-focus yellow and green foliage, creating a contrasting and colorful autumn scene reminiscent of Mississippi's picturesque landscapes.

After growing one Callicarpa americana shrub at the top of my driveway for many years, last year I encouraged it to create a few babies (I used a laying technique). Beautyberry is the plant that everyone asks about – even the non-gardeners who visit my house. So, I figured it would be even better to […]

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Close-up view of a dense cluster of light purple Liatris Spicata, also known as Prairie Gay Feather, with thin elongated petals on a green stem, against the blurred backdrop of Wisconsin's lush green foliage.

Though I have been unlucky growing Liatris in my own garden (apparently, young plants are a rare delicacy, voraciously enjoyed by New England woodchucks), I have successfully placed Liatris spicata in many of my client’s gardens.  It is my go-to plant for a planting plan that needs a little excitement and something to draw the eye up. […]

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White flowers on a tree branch.

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 Wizard of Oz. Our theme this summer at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is about pollinators and pollinator plants. I am on the docket to teach a course on butterfly garden […]

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laurel Skye Garden Buddha

Over to the west we go with Genevieve Schmidt, author of North Coast Gardening– master of fine gardening and always a generous sharer of her endless knowledge. Here’s Gen….”I’ve always been a ridiculous reader and I’m honestly a bit surprised to have found myself working outdoors and in design, rather than owning a children’s bookstore […]

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