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Spring Has Sprung

I hope you can find a little time soon to stop by and wander around among our outdoor plants. It’s the time of year when there are so many things blooming and at their best that it’s a refreshing experience just to stroll around and enjoy the endless forms and colors that plants have to offer.

Janet suggested that I include a couple of plants that we don’t often see and they are profiled below.

P. S. We have another Kids’ Planting Day coming up on Saturday, June 16th. More details next week.

GloxiniaHardy Gloxinia Incarvillea delavayi ‘Bees Pink’

For masses of large, exotic, trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring it’s hard to beat ‘Bees Pink’. The lush foliage looks somewhat like Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) and they are even sometimes called ‘flowering fern’. Clusters of lovely pink flowers bloom in late spring and they will rebloom if cut back after flowering. As a bonus, they have a light, yet lovely fragrance. Plant this perennial in full sun and keep it evenly moist. Grows 18″ to 24″ tall.

DianthusDianthus ‘Green Ball’

The striking moss-like green balls of this unusual Dianthus make a fabulous focal point. It’s great to use in beds, borders, and cutting gardens and the unique texture of the ‘flowers’ adds a bit of fun to flower arrangements. It does best in full sun and well-drained soil. Stems will grow 10″ to 14″ tall and maybe even a bit taller.

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