Perennials

Consider Native Turtlehead

July 2, 2017 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The colors of the late summer garden are mostly brilliant purples, reds, oranges and yellows.  Turtlehead is an easy-to-grow perennial plant native to our area whose late summer flowers provide a serene contrast to all that intensity with creamy white blooms. The Latin name for turtlehead is Chelone glabra.  “Chelone” is the Greek word for […]

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Butterfly Weed is 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year

March 19, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year.  You might wonder at the choice of a plant with “weed” in its name, but this beautiful plant is anything buy weedy.  It is a versatile plant that is at home in both formal landscapes and more […]

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Edelweiss Can Be Grown in Wisconsin

February 5, 2017 lawanda Magazine Columns

Edelweiss, Edelweiss Every morning you greet me. Small and white Clean and bright You look happy to meet me. Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow Bloom and grow forever. Edelweiss, Edelweiss Bless my homeland forever.   Many of us are familiar with the song “Edelweiss” from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1965 musical “Sound of […]

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It’s Aster Time!

September 27, 2015 lawanda Uncategorized

Scores of mums are shouting from door-side displays at every big box store in town this time of year. Mums are short-lived, if they survive at all once out of their pots. The native plant counterpart that provides a much longer lasting splash of fall color than that of mums are the asters. Asters do […]

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Asters

September 20, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Scores of mums are shouting from door-side displays at every big box store in town this time of year.  Mums are short-lived, if they survive at all once out of their pots.  The native plant counterpart that provides a much longer lasting splash of fall color than that of mums are the asters.        […]

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Perennial Plant of the Year: Geranium ‘Biokovo’

March 15, 2015 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The Perennial Plant Association has named Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ the Perennial Plant of the Year for 2015. For starters, here is how it is pronounced: jer-AY-nee-um kan-tuh-brij-ee-EN-see bi-o-KO-vo. Notice that this is a perennial plant, not the potted annual geraniums that you buy by the dozen. ‘Biokovo’ has many wonderful qualities, and when I […]

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Edges of Another Color

July 6, 2014 lawanda Newspaper Columns

I’ve never been a fan of variegated foliage plants – those whose leaves sport streaks or speckles of white, yellow, purple, red or light green.  I also don’t care for unnatural looking streaks of color on flower petals.  But when the first fall nursery catalog arrived in the mail in mid-June, I fell in love […]

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Artemisia is 2014 Herb of the Year

February 16, 2014 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The International Herb Association makes an annual selection for Herb of the Year based on the herb being outstanding in at least two of three categories: culinary, medicinal, or ornamental.  IHA has selected Artemisia as its Herb of the Year for 2014.  This is a rather unusual selection, because there are about 400 different species […]

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Variegated Solomon's Seal

April 7, 2013 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The Perennial Plant Association has chosen Variegated Solomon’s Seal as its Perennial Plant of the Year for 2013.  It’s a plant for shady woodland gardens or for a border in part to full shade.  Morning sun is better than afternoon sun for this plant. Variegated Solomon’s Seal grows 18-24 inches tall and has long oval […]

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Native replacements for your favorite plants

January 20, 2013 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Native plants are those that were growing in a particular area when the first European settlers arrived. Many of these plants are still in existence and using them in our landscapes is a good idea for many reasons. Since native Wisconsin plants have been growing here for hundreds of years, they are uniquely adapted to […]

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