PLANT OF THE WEEK

This week we’ve chosen the Regal Empress Clematis. Every mailbox, every fence post, every porch rail deserves a splash of color and drama. This prolific, compact climber offers large, double flowers in shades of pink over a long season. It’s important to add beautiful vertical interest to any garden fence or trellis. A great choice for a container or left to ramble through shrub beds. This clematis variety enjoys life in full or partial sunlight. It enjoys a nice drink at least once a week, but if it’s super hot you might want to give it a little more refreshment. This climber can reach heights of 4 to 6 feet and can span 2 to 3 feet, but it will need some support. It has an especially long bloom season and blooms in both spring and fall. If you love the style of cottage gardening, then this vine is the perfect choice for you.

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Plant of the Week

Since this is our FIRST “Plant of the Week” post, I selected an early spring bloomer to get you into gardening mode. The Show Off Forsythia is a new compact selection that gives a stunning display compared to some of the older forsythia varieties. Its early spring blooms fill its branches with bright yellow color in early spring. It has lovely dark green foliage that provides visual interest all season long. Planted as a short hedge or in mixed borders or even as a foundation plant, it produces blooms that work well as a cut flower.  

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What’s New In 2018?

One of the my favorite things every year is finding out what new varieties of plants will be showing up at my favorite nurseries. Of course, I have those favorites that I return to again and again, but being the first in the neighborhood to display a new annual or perennial always brings me a bit of joy. I’ve already discovered a few new plants this year that will certainly find a spot in my garden.

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What is the special meaning behind rose colors?

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, but before you splurge for a dozen or more roses wouldn’t you like to know the meaning behind the color of the roses you’re thinking about choosing? While many people think roses are cliché, knowing the meaning behind them will certainly give a little oomph to that bouquet. Roses come in a variety of colors and shades, so choose carefully and let someone know that you actually did put some thought into your selection. Red roses are the standard. They are the symbol for love, and reflect beauty and perfection. Give those red roses to the perfect someone in your life, and let them know why you went with tradition. Pink roses represent feelings of admiration, grace, joy, sweetness and gentleness. They’re a great choice for a daughter or for a younger Valentine since they also communicate happiness.

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