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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 s...
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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!
Tried & Trouble-free (T &T) plants are those that have been selected by area plant professionals whose  experience has shown that the particular plants have done well year after year in the St. Louis area and generally are readily available in the trade. This month’s features are the Tried & Trouble-free Deciduous Shrubs. Shrubs are defined as woody plants, which in comparison to trees, are relatively shorter in height and have multiple stems rather than a single tr...
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