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Summertime Color in the Limelight

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Summertime Color in  the Limelight
In addition to the display from some evergreens such as azaleas and rhododendron, we are most often accustomed to a magnificent springtime show of flowers from many deciduous shrubs.  There are others, however, that begin their great display in mid summer and extend that beauty well into the fall. While we have become accustomed to the extended summertime bloom of many of the crape myrtles, It’s hard not to notice the show being put on by a number of the Hydrangea paniculata suc...
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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun

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Some Annuals That Can Take Sun
Sun coleuses, such as these at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening here at MBG, are colorful plants for summer sun and heat. Long-time gardeners may remember when Solenostemon scutellarioides (coleus) varieties only did well in shade or part shade, but today there are many varieties of coleus such as these, that not only tolerate but do best in full sun exposures. Just make sure that you look for varieties labeled as ‘Sun Coleus’. This coleus bed is edged by the yellow foliage ...
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Deciduous Shrubs:  Tried and Trouble-free and Recommended to You!
Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single trunk. There are some taller shrubs (usually over eight feet) that may also be referred to as small multi-stemmed trees.One of our favorites is the spring flowering and fragrant Itea virginica ‘Henry’s Garnet’ pictured here in its full glory. Add to that its low maintenance requirements; good adaptability to various sun exposure an...
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