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Perfecting the Perennial Border

Perfecting the Perennial Border at Sensible Gardening and Living

Perennial gardening is an art form, and when done properly creates a long lasting, long blooming, easy care, beautiful garden. There is much more to it than just plunking down a bunch of different perennial plants in the ground. There needs to be a plan, soil should be conditioned and plant material should be studied and well chosen for your site.…

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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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Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

Candy Tuft growing at Sensible Gardening and Living

GARDEN BLOGGERS BLOOM DAY Probably one of the most popular low growing perennials. Clear, bright white flowers completely cover the narrow leaves in the spring. The evergreen foliage stays looking good all season after the flowers have finished. It forms low clumps about 6 inches high and makes an excellent edger. When in full bloom it is really spectacular and…

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Donkey Tail Spurge (Euphorbia Myrsinites)

Donkey Tail Spurge at Sensible Gardening and Living

Donkey Tail Spurge is also sometimes called Myrtle Spurge. This is really an interesting and fun plant.  Belonging to the very large group of plants called Euphorbias, donkey tail is an evergreen perennial with spiral, rounded succulent blue gray waxy leaves. In spring it bears bright chartreuse yellow – green flowering bracts which literally glow in the sun. This spurge…

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