PLANT OF THE DAY – MOJAVE JEWELS RUBY SEDUM

Dense clusters of blood-red flowers contrast dramatically against deep-purple, almost black foliage, to make a big statement in the garden. Unlike many sedum, this one is a bit shorter and much sturdier. It’s perfect for an a water wise area, rock garden, or container. Succulent foliage will die back to the ground in areas experiencing a colder winter, but will re-emerge again in the spring.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – WINTER JEWELS BLACK DIAMOND HELLEBORE

This is easily one of my favorite late winter to early spring bloomers. The color is so unique and it always reminds me that warm weather is just moments away. The dark purple to near black single blossoms are a perfect addition to shaded beds and borders. Call them hellebores or Lenten Roses, but their captivating charm is the same.                

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – ROZANNE GERANIUM

If a long-blooming perennial is something you’re searching for, then Rozanne Geranium needs to be on your list. It’s an award winner that will bring your garden masses of gorgeous, blueish purple blooms from early in the spring until the end of the summer. It’s a spreading geranium that allows it’s evergreen foliage to continue in climates that experience mild winters.

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PLANT OF THE WEEK – VANILLA STRAWBERRY HYDRANGEA

If you love hydrangeas and love pink, then this is the plant for you. Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea produces full blooms show up first in a creamy white color and as they mature become a rich strawberry pink color. Add the color of red stems to the mix, and you’ve brought a whole new level of color to your landscape.

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VIRGINIA HAS A BOUNTY OF BEAUTIFUL GARDENS TO VISIT

Yes, we know. It’s only February,  and it’s not exactly bloom season yet. But that doesn’t mean you need to stop dreaming of beautiful gardens and the inspiration you can gain from them. And it’s certainly not too early to start planning a spring or summer gardening trip, especially one that focuses on some of the beautiful gardens that can be found in Virginia.

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