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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 plants just look better with some plants more than other plants. Often it’s because of colour, but other times it has as much to…

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Garden Reflections for 2013

Petunia at Sensible Gardening and Living

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 endeavors. 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)

Lambs Ears at Sensible Gardening and Living

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. Lamb’s ears is one of those. I often imagine what a bed of lambs ears would feel like. Obviously smaller creatures than I know the answer. Lambs ears forms a low carpeting mat of…

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Snow-in-Summer

Snow in Summer growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

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 only gets about 6 inches tall creating mounds of soft, woolly, silver foliage. It will also…

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Nepeta faassenii ‘Dropmore Blue’

Nepeta growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

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 Nepeta I like to grow…

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Dwarf German Iris

Dwarf Iris are Short and Stunning with Sensible Gardening.

The first iris to open are always the dwarf 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. If you like to collect plants you can certainly have a fun time with iris. There are so many different cultivars to…

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Double Flowering Plum

Double Flowering Plum at Sensible Gardening and Living

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 prunning 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)

Bee in Pulsatilla at Sensible Gardening and Living

One of my favorite 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. You can also view this post as a VIDEO: Sensible Gardening You Tube Channel Pulsatilla is easy to grow in average soil with good drainage, it even…

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