‘Beni Shichihenge’ Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)

Last week I attended the Bloom N' Garden Expo in Williamson County, TN.  It's a neat event held each year that offers garden speakers, display gardens, and (of course) plant vendors!  I've been getting pickier in my plant selections over the past year or so because I want unique plants for my garden.  I'm not trying to fill it up anymore, just trying to make it interesting!  Also money is an issue.  Despite advertising here on this blog (which doesn't earn much) and my fledgling nursery venture we're still really just a single income family. I don't want to spend money on plants I can raise from seed or through cuttings.  Nor do I want to spend money on plants that I don't have a good place to plant them.  So I've been getting more picky.  Fortunately at these kinds of shows there are unique plants to find like the…

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Amazing Ajuga (reptans)

Some plants just really know how to grow! Take this Ajuga reptans (Bugleweed) that I planted in my corner shade garden area last fall for instance. I had one plant that I divided into two and planted on either side of a large stepping stone. Those two plants have now become all those that you see in the picture below. To me that's just amazing! Ajuga makes a great groundcover for shady areas. You can help ajuga along by propagating more of it through division but that really isn't necessary unless you want the purple and green variegated groundcover to spread in a new location. It's a tough groundcover and doesn't seem bothered by poor watering conditions. Ajuga is great for a little color in the shade or a living mulch underneath shrubs and trees. It fills in thick and doesn't allow for many weeds to poke through. Keep in…

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Caryopteris Snow Fairy

It's always fun to plant new plants in the garden! I'm sure you agree! Caryopteris has been one of my favorite perennials for a couple years now and I've gradually developed a hedge of caryopteris along one side of our yard. The hedge row was inspired by a picture I once saw of a caryopteris row at Longview Gardens. This year I found a new caryopteris to add into my garden: 'Snow Fairy' (Caryopteris divaricata).  It's a Japanese variety with variegated foliage and blue flowers in the fall. I know from my other caryopteris plants that pollinators love caryopteris. Since I planted it about a month ago it's already tripled in size. Two weeks ago I took a caryopteris cutting and a few days ago I noticed roots. Other caryopteris plants (Caryopteris clandonensis) are very easy to root as well. Take a look at this post if you're interested in…

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