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Yucca glauca

Yucca glauca, by Robert Pavlis

Yucca glauca, by Robert Pavlis

Yucca glauca, an agave, is the hardiest yucca growing from Alberta, Canada all the way to Texas. You will either love or hate this plant depending on your appetite for desert-like plants. I love them for their spiky leaves and fantastic flowers. They are extremely drought tolerant and easy to grow.

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Water Lilies: Hardy and Tropical Water Lilies for Ponds

Water lilies (Nymphaea species) are extremely valuable to the pond. They not only look great and flower well, but the floating leaves provide shade, eliminating the light needed by algae. They also provide a hiding place for fish and other water creatures. Water lilies should cover half of the open water space to help maintain a balanced ecosystem. They do best in quiet water, so keep them away from fountains and waterfalls.

Water lily pond at Longwood Gardens, by Robert Pavlis

Water lily pond at Longwood Gardens, by Robert Pavlis

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Iris Identification – Which Type of Iris Do I Have?

Iris are very common in the garden and often people ask for help to plant, grow, move or divide them. The answer to such questions starts with iris identification. There are many different species iris and they do not all grow the same way. Some have tubers and need to be divided regularly. Others are bulbs and hardly ever need to be divided.

Learning how to grow your iris starts with identifying the type of iris. I am not talking about finding out the actual cultivar name, but you do need to know which type of iris you are dealing with.

In this blog I will help you to identify the type of iris you have. In a future blog I will provide cultural advice for each type of iris.

An easy way to identify the type of iris you have, iris identification

An easy way to identify the type of iris you have, source GardenMyths.com

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Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bicolor’

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Aconitum × cammarum Bicolor, by Robert Pavlis

Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bicolor’ is a special summer blooming monkshood. In zone 5, it blooms mid to late August at a time when other plants are slowing down. It can grow in full sun or heavy shade making it ideal for almost any garden.

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Plants You Should Never Grow

I love plants and will grow just about anything, but over the years I have learned that there are some plants you should never grow. I call them the ‘Nasty Plants’ – you probably call them invasive plants. Here is a list of some of them.

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