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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 csandt on Aug 31, 2015 2:33 AM, concerning plant: Butterfly Bush (Buddleja Buzz™ Sky Blue)

I planted two Buddleja Buzz Sky Blue in mid-summer 2014 and was so pleased with them that I added 11 more in 2015. I chose them for their drought tolerance, profuse flowering habit, and long period of bloom (July - frost). They stay reasonably small (maxing out at 5 feet tall and wide) and appear to be sterile (no little ones). The flowers are a lovely shade of blue/violet, and the butterflies love them.

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By BlueFlax on Aug 30, 2015 8:21 PM, concerning plant: Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata Emerald Spreader®)

Anyone in Colorado have this plant - Japanese Emerald Yew, or the Japanese Gold Yew? I hear it can grow in the shade.

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By Bonehead on Aug 30, 2015 12:14 PM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa multiflora)

I have not found this to be invasive in the Pacific NW, and don't find it on our invasive species list. I have a fairly thick stand of it, which has increased over the years, but not overly aggressively. I use it as a pleasant visual screen barrier between my side yard and the neighbor. It does need some room - my hedge is about 8' wide and 20' long. Birds use the hedge for nesting, and it gets lovely big hips in the fall.

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By Bonehead on Aug 30, 2015 11:13 AM, concerning plant: English Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile 'Treneague')

I've had problems with chamomile "disappearing" on me after a few seasons. This one is supposedly evergreen, so I'm hoping it will be easier to keep track of. Per the label, it "seldom blooms," which has clearly not been the case for me. I had lots of bloom the first season. It also spread out well and I'm hoping it will be a reliable groundcover for the cosmetic section of my herb garden.

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By Bonehead on Aug 30, 2015 11:09 AM, concerning plant: Rose (Rosa 'Lady Emma Hamilton')

I planted this in my herb garden, intending to use the petals for various lotions and potions. Very fragrant rose, with a nice bright color. Blooms and reblooms. So far, little insect or disease damage.

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