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Perfecting the Perennial Border

Perennial border with Sensible Gardening

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 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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Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)

candytuft with Sensible Gardening

Candytuft is 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. Garden Bloggers Bloom Day When in full bloom it is really…

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Donkey Tail Spurge (Euphorbia Myrsinites)

Donkey tail spurge with Sensible Gardening

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

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