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Plants with Benefits

by Seasonal Wisdom on February 11, 2014

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Seasonal Wisdom is raising a glass to herbs, fruits, flowers and veggies that are ideal for love and romance.

To get the scoop on this titillating topic, we climbed under the sheets with a copy of Plants with Benefits. This new book provides a tasteful guide to aphrodisiac plants, including the appropriately named passionflower (Passiflora incarnate) shown above.  You’ll also find recipes and growing tips for these plants, along with folklore and history. Enter to win an autographed copy! All photos copyright Plants with Benefits.  Congratulations to Shana of South Carolina for winning this giveaway. Read the full article →

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Fabulous Plant Foliage

by Seasonal Wisdom on September 20, 2013

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True confession: I’ve fallen in love with fabulous plant foliage in recent years. Red romaine and speckled lettuces. Lime green and black sweet potato vines. Chartreuse pelargonium leaves marked with reddish brown. Who needs flowers when you can have this fabulous plant foliage?

Come see a few examples of unusual edible and ornamental plants with foliage too pretty to ignore. Read the full article →

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New Proven Winner Plants

September 15, 2011
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Each summer, my garden literally bursts into blooms from a wide variety of annuals and perennials. This year was no different. In fact, I was asked by Proven Winners to review a number of their newest plants for my USDA Zone 6b garden over the last few months. Here are a few of my favorites. Photo copyright Teresa […]

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Must-Have Plants I’m Growing

September 8, 2010
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“We have plowed, we have sowed, We have reaped, we have mowed, We have brought home every load, Hip, hip, hip, harvest home.” For the last few months, I’ve spoken with some of the nation’s most well-known garden writers, bloggers and personalities about their must-have plants. So, you might just be wondering which plants I […]

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Must-Have Plants (Jean Ann Van Krevelen, Lisa Gustavson, Mike Lieberman)

September 1, 2010
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It’s harvest time! So, these “must-have” plants are delicious and delightful edibles of all types. Three clever gardeners, from across the nation, show you how beautiful fresh food can be … and how you can grow vegetables, herbs and fruit in even the smallest urban spaces. Photo by Elaphurus on Flickr

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Growing A Greener World Experts Share Favorite Plants

July 26, 2010
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As more Americans embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle these days, the timing couldn’t be better for a new PBS television series called Growing a Greener World, distributed by American Public Television. Growing a Greener World combines traditional gardening knowledge with a strong focus on sustainability – and provides plenty of cooking and preserving tips for your garden harvests. Each episode tells […]

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Part III – Even More Experts With Must-Have Plants

June 14, 2010

A suburban garden in New Jersey. An apartment balcony in California. Acreage in northwest Ohio. These gardeners may enjoy the outdoors in different ways, but they all know plenty about plants. Here are their “must-have” plants for this year… Like gardening blogs? There’s a good chance you’ve read Kylee Baumle’s Our Little Acre. Her award-winning blog takes […]

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Part II – More Experts Share Must-Have Plants

June 9, 2010

As we enter into June, the peak growing season is upon us. So, I turned to two more gardening experts for their “must-have” plants for 2010. Here are the plants they can’t live without this year… In the San Francisco Bay area, Rebecca Sweet knows plenty about plants. The talented landscape designer owns Harmony in the Garden and […]

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Five Experts Share Their Must-Have Plants

May 5, 2010

It’s early May, and no doubt many gardeners are asking themselves what to grow this year. So, I turned to five experts for advice on some of their favorite plants. These folks are landscape designers, garden bloggers, journalists and ordinary citizens from around the nation. But the one thing they have in common is their […]

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Part V: Favorite Winter Plants (Western Washington)

November 30, 2009
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Pieris japonica ‘Flaming Silver’ Winters in Western Washington are wet … pure and simple. The final stop of this multi-part series on Favorite Winter Plants may not be as cold as the other regions, but this lovely area definitely has its challenges, reports personal garden coach Christina Salwitz.

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