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PARTNERING WITH PLANTS

Partnering with Plants with Sensible Gardening

Every now and then you visit or see a garden that just seems to exude perfection. It has most likely been well planned, both in plant material used and hardscape features. As in many other things, often some plants just look better with other plants. Often it’s because of colour, but other times it has as much to do with structure…

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Garden Reflections for 2013

What are annuals with Sensible Gardening

At the end of every gardening year it’s a good idea to take stalk of what happened and how you feel about your gardening season. Taking loads of pictures throughout the season is a a really good way to help jog your memory in the winter. When I reflect on my garden experience this year a few things jump out at…

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Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)

lamb's ears with Sensible Gardening

Some plants we grow because they have beautiful flowers, others smell great or taste even better. Then there are the plants that just plain feel good. One of those is lamb’s ears. I often imagine what a bed of lambs ears would feel like. Obviously smaller creatures than I know the answer. All About Lamb’s Ears Lambs ears forms a…

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Snow-in-Summer

snow in summer with Sensible Gardening

Snow in summer, no not really, but when Ceerastium tomentosum is blooming it almost looks like that. It definitely lives up to its name. From late spring to early summer this plant is covered with pretty, white flowers and makes for a beautiful ground cover. Snow in Summer How to grow Snow in Summer Snow-in summer only gets about 6…

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Nepeta faassenii ‘Dropmore Blue’

Nepeta faassenii with Sensible Gardening

Nepeta is a genus of many species of mostly perennials.  Ornamental Nepeta is often called catmint but should not be confused with the catmint that cats adore. The drug of choice for cats is Nepeta cataria (catnip). Looking similar but it is larger and more loosely formed with white flowers that have purple spots. The one you want to grow…

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Dwarf German Iris

Dwarf iris with Sensible Gardening. Sourcing them out and how to grow.

The first iris to open are always the dwarf iris varieties. Low to the ground they are excellent for rock gardens, scree beds and borders. Such undemanding plants, cold hardy, drought tolerant and deer resistant. Perfect for my conditions. Dwarf Iris If you like to collect plants you can certainly have a fun time with iris. There are so many…

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Double Flowering Plum

Double flowering plum with Sensible Gardening

This spring shrub is absolutely gorgeous for about 2 weeks in spring. Double Flowering Plum ( Prunus triloba ‘Mutiplex’) literally explodes with double pink blooms. An averaged sized shrub growing to about 8 feet tall and wide and requiring very little pruning as it keeps it’s shape well. It starts to bloom on leafless branches and by the time the…

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Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower)

Pasque flower with Sensible Gardening

One of my favourite spring flowers is the pasque flower, sometimes called Prairie Crocus by northern gardeners. I love everything about this plant, the open faced blooms, soft fuzzy fern-like foliage and silky seed heads. Pasque Flower Pulsatilla is easy to grow in average soil with good drainage, it even grows in my sandy soil. It is drought tolerant and…

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