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I Love Marble Queen Pothos

This pothos is not only easy to grow, but it brightens up any display of all-green plants.

Name: In part of the world this plant is called Scindapsus aureus. In North America it’s either Epipremnum pinnatum or Epipremnum aureus. Most of us just call it pothos. Or golden pothos, taro vine or silver vine. No matter what you call it, this is an easy to grow houseplant and I love the variegated

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I Love Hydrangea Pinky Winky

Here you see my Pinky Winky on the left, next to the tall 'Lemon Queen' Helianthus. Another good companion for Pinky Winky is a purple-leaf Physocarpus such as Center Glow or Summer Wine.

Name: Hydrangea paniculata ‘Dvppinky’ aka Pinky Winky Hydrangea

Type of Plant: This is a very hardy shrub that flowers in mid-to-late summer and into fall. The large flowers are cone-shaped, a bit lacy and totally upright. A trouble free shrub that’s hardy in Zones 3-8.

Why I love This: Pinky Winky not only has flowers

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I Love Verbascum Chaixii – aka nettle-leaved mullein

All types of bees love this Verbascum.

Name: Verbascum chaixii aka nettle-leaved mullein

Type of Plant: A biennial that sometimes only lasts a year and other times might live three years, this plant self-seeds around the garden. The straight species has spires of yellow flowers, and the variety ‘Album’ has white blossoms…both have purple stamens which add to the charm of the

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Change? You Can Grow That!

And here is that same area in 2014 - we added onto the existing patio with "patchwork" rocks and pavers, and planted an assortment of perennials, shrubs and annual plants.

Anyone who has a garden comes, at the very least, to accept change. When we’re fortunate, we come to value it. Over the past 8 years I’ve watched great growth and development here at Poison Ivy Acres as I’ve created new gardens and watched them fill in. Now I’m at the stage where I’m tweaking

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

I think that the stamens add a great deal of drama to these flowers.  And yes, I'm careful not to brush by them with light-colored clothing or have them positioned over a white couch.

Recently when I spoke at a garden club I listened to the flower show judge comment on the various arrangements that members had brought in. Her comments were about how the displays would be judged in a formal flower show, of course…we are all free to put flowers together in any manner we want at

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