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Hibiscuses of the Continental United StatesHibiscuses of the Continental United States
By Horntoad, August 31, 2015

Many people are familiar with our native Hibiscus moscheutos. It is the source of many of the cultivars sold as Hardy Hibiscus, but there are many other species that grow here in the United States. Here is a look at the species that grow wild in the Continental United States.

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Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, AnywayRose Of Sharon: What's in a Name, Anyway
By Sharon, August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Celebrating HibiscusesCelebrating Hibiscuses
By dave, August 29, 2015

We open the Hibiscus Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Many Veggies Taste Best RawMany Veggies Taste Best Raw
By Newyorkrita, August 28, 2015

Lots of summer veggies taste great raw, straight from the garden.

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An All Things Plants Favorite: GarlicAn All Things Plants Favorite: Garlic
By dave, August 27, 2015

What is the absolute easiest edible plant you can grow? I spent my entire morning contemplating that question, and nothing came to mind that beats garlic. As everyone knows, it's a bulb, planted in the fall, grown through the winter, and harvested in very early summer. It requires no special care during the growing season, and has absolutely innumerable uses. Let's talk about this incredible plant.

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 Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs Make Your Ponds More Inviting to Frogs
By Newyorkrita, August 26, 2015

Ever wonder why some ponds have frogs and others don't? Help the frogs out with pond plants.

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Homemade Humidity Trays for Multiple OrchidsHomemade Humidity Trays for Multiple Orchids
By chris1948, August 25, 2015

These are inexpensive, very easy to make, and only take a few minutes for each one. They work very well, especially with all the orchids I have in my greenhouse.

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The Most Important Garden Pass-AlongThe Most Important Garden Pass-Along
By grannysgarden, August 24, 2015

We often refer to an heirloom plant as a pass-along. These are very dear to us, but there is an even more important garden pass-along, which is the garden practices and garden knowledge we adhere to in our own gardens.

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Garden PhotographyGarden Photography
By frankrichards16, August 23, 2015

Photographs are a great way to document and share gardens and garden history. Here is what I have learned.

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By kc0dxik0il on Aug 31, 2015 3:15 PM, concerning plant: Lily (Lilium 'Starlette')

Any idea where I can get the Lilium Starlette; it's such a gorgeous plant?

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 31, 2015 11:32 AM, concerning plant: Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Marbled Mohr')

Registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, but considered to be an Arilbred Iris.

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By KentPfeiffer on Aug 31, 2015 11:09 AM, concerning plant: Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Mohrloff')

Registered as a Tall Bearded Iris, but considered to be an Arilbred Iris.

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By greene on Aug 31, 2015 9:27 AM, concerning plant: Kathalekan Marsh Nut (Semecarpus kathalekanensis)

Semecarpus kathalekanensis, Kathalekan Marsh Nut aka Kannada, is a newly discovered/described tree found only in the Swampy Relic Forests of Kathalekan area, Western Ghats region of India. The tree was described in 2000; there are only 50 breeding individuals documented at this time.

To learn more:
http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/energy/water/paper/swampy_rel...
http://wgbis.ces.iisc.ernet.in/biodiversity/pubs/ETR/ETR41/t...

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By Bonehead on Aug 31, 2015 8:48 AM, concerning plant: Crocosmia (Crocosmia 'Lucifer')

This is a very vigorous plant, with a substantial size. In full sun, and given enough space, Lucifer will easily form a vase like clump 6' tall and as wide. Be ruthless in cutting back leaners early so the plant will put its energy into the upright stalks. Be cautioned that if it does not get enough sun, it will lean heavily, take over its neighbor's space, and you may lose the vase effect to just a messy looking thug. The vivid orange-red flowers are spectacular and are offset nicely with other bold colors (deep golds/purples, even fucschia). I like Melissa (lemon balm) at the foot of Lucifer, which acts as a bit of support for the strappy leaves. Lucifer multiples freely for me - both by dropping seed and multiplying. If you have the space for 3 or more clumps spaced around your garden area, your eye will be drawn from one to the other. As others have noted, it is an absolute hummingbird magnet.

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