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Block Those Noisy Neighbors

Thuja Green Giant, Arborvitae, specimen, Missouri Botanical GardenFast growing evergreen screen to block unsightly views, noisy neighbors, or strong winds.

Green Giant Aborvitae, Thuja, has fast become a top selection due to its lush evergreen foliage and its vigorous, fast-growing growth, shooting up by as much as 3-4′ per year until maturity. An exceptional landscape tree, Green Giant makes an ideal choice for a dense screen or as a single specimen. Once established, it holds up to strong winds, and heavy ice and snow making it an effective natural windbreak. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Perennials for Fall Color

Gateway Gardener

 

As the days shorten and leaves on trees turn from verdant greens to brilliant yellows, oranges and reds, it can be easy to just look up. Read the article ‘Top 10 Fall Beauties!’ by Sugar Creek owner Abby Lapides in the latest edition of the Gateway Gardener to see the top perennial plants that will keep yours eyes glued down. Read it now.

 

 

 

Meet the First Dwarf Rose of Sharon, Lil’ Kim

Hibiscus Lil' Kim, Rose of Sharon

 

The first dwarf Rose of Sharon, Lil’ Kim Hibiscus tops out at 4′ tall. A unique little shrub with striking white flowers punctuated with showy red eyes. Extremely versatile, it works well in mixed containers, perennial gardens, as a low growing hedge, or around decks or entry gardens. A long bloomer, flowering begins in summer and continues through autumn. Read more here.

 

 

Two New Clematis Are Getting Rave Reviews

We’ve been given two new Clematis to try and are extremely impressed with their blooming power and beautiful blossoms. Happy Jack, a plumb-purple that is said to be an improved C. jackmanii, and Jolly Good with lovely lilac blossoms. Unlike older varieties that only bloom once, the word out is that these beauties will continue to bloom all summer into fall. Take a look at Jolly Good here, and Happy Jack here.

 

I Stopped Counting At 75 Blossoms

Stokesia Mel's Blue, Stoke's Aster, closeup 2

I am so impressed with Mel’s Blue Stokes Aster. I just planted a SC little baby this spring, and this is the result. So amazed, I started counting the blossoms and stopped at 75 buds. The flowers are massive too! Perennial. Go here to read more and see the latest pictures of it in my garden.