Husker’s Red Penstemon in the Garden

One of the neatest perennials in our garden is 'Husker's Red' penstemon (Penstemon digitalis).  'Husker's Red' has reddish foliage that adds color to the garden during the growing season but it also blooms prolifically for several weeks in the spring.  Ours are just now starting to fade so I thought I would take a…

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5 Fun Foliage Plants! (Friday Fives)

Let's be real, foliage is more important than flowers!  Foliage is there 3 out of the four seasons and unless you have some fantastic re-blooming plant that blooms incessantly from spouting to leaf drop you aren't going to have something interesting all the time - unless you plant with foliage.  Color, leaf texture, leaf…

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Japanese Maple on Fire!

Of all the fall colors I've seen this year the Japanese maples seem to have topped all other trees.  This Japanese maple at my mom's house was figuratively on fire with red foliage lighting up the scenery.  I didn't have my camera with me when it was at its peak but even past peak…

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It’s Not Time To Pick Cotton Yet!

Before reading a certain garden blogger's post I had never heard of a cotton plant with dark foliage (Gossypium herbaceum 'Nigra'). Then this spring Nancy Ondra of Hayefield emailed me and asked if I would like to try some seeds. Me being the seed collecting addict I am I said of course! She also…

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My Overwintering Coleus

'Henna' Coleus When the outside temperatures began to drop in the fall I knew there were a few tender plants that I wanted to preserve for next year like my coleus. I brought 2 varieties of coleus indoors in the hopes of planting them again in the Spring of 2011 and both are doing…

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Seeing Red

The foliage is still there on some if the trees and shrubs in our garden and is fading fast. Most of what remains now has a reddish hue in the leaves but in some cases what remains isn't just the leaves. The 'Shasta' viburnum is showing red in the last few of it's remaining…

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2009 Fall Color Project Wrap-up

As the official date of the beginning of winter is almost upon us it's time to say farewell to fall! What better way to say good bye to the fall of 2009 than by taking a look back at all the wonderful posts that our fellow bloggers have written about fall foliage. The weather…

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Fall Colors From My Garden

The fall color may be winding down across the northern hemisphere but I still haven't showed you what autumn foliage we've seen around here in Southern Middle Tennessee. I hope you will forgive my lateness at my own entry for the Fall Color Project.  I've taken tons of pictures of our fall colors and…

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