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Liatris: Blazing Star of Prairie and Garden, by Gwen Bruno

Liatris is a tough and undemanding prairie plant, tolerant of poor soil and less-than-ideal moisture situations. It's also a perennial border standout and florist's staple. The long-lasting blooms of this summer- and fall-blooming American native attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. This is one wildflower that stands out wherever it's planted, be it roadside, naturalized area or formal garden.

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Parterre; the Elegant Flower Bed, by Stephanie Boles

Have you dreamed of boasting flower beds akin to the great palaces of the world? Perhaps you thought it impossible. But even the most humble plot can flaunt a flower parterre. A parterre is a formal garden. The individual planting beds are bounded by clipped hedges then filled with flora or nothing at all. Paths direct one through the parterre. The parterres of the great palaces were designed on a grander scale along sweeping lawns and often incorporated topiary, impressive planting beds and paths. This article will help you attain a touch of that royal elegance within your backyard.

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PlantFiles: Orchid (Cypripedium )


(Cypripedium )

From Tony Avent's wonderful essay on growing hardy ladyslippers
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Willis Orchard Company

Review by griffella:

6 of the seven items I ordered arrived healthy and are doing terrific. But the 7th item, a hardy pecan, didn't look good...
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BirdFiles: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Northern Mockingbird

(Mimus polyglottos)

Has anyone else seen a Northern Mockingbird in Madison, WI? ...
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BugFiles: Funnel Web Spider (Agelenopsis sp.)

Funnel Web Spider

(Agelenopsis sp.)

We have many of these spiders in our yard. A few months ago, one of them took up residence between the screen & stationary...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

McKaig Nature Education Center

5 stars
A beautiful forest property with two creeks and 6 trails for walking through the woods of oak, beech, hickory, tuliptrees,...
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Gardening Book: Growing Tomatoes: A Directory of Varieties and How to Cultivate Them Successfully

Growing Tomatoes: A Directory of Varieties and How to Cultivate Them Successfully

Review by riceke:

A lot of time went into this and find it helpful in variety selection.But one may bear in mind that weather, soil composition,...
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Do you need help identifying a plant, bug or bird? Check out the plant and tree identification, insect identification forum, and the bird identification forum. Or browse the PlantFiles, BugFiles and BirdFiles databases, where you'll find information on more than 160,000 plants and thousands of insects and spiders.

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We invite you to sign up and join our community, and share what you know! Here at Dave's Garden, you can create your own blog, upload photos for free, or use our tools to trade seeds and plants.

Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!


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I have a group of flowering plants that I have no idea what they are. Any help would be appreciated.
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  Today in history: June 27  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Small touches of whimsy make your garden distinctly yours. Go ahead and tuck in a plastic pink flamingo to your border; your friends will find it charming.

1763: Edward Rudge, English botanist, was born. He would study the flora of Guiana (Guyana) and publish "Plantarum Guiane". The genus Rudgea is named for him.

1915: Fort Yukon, Alaska recorded a state-record high temperature of 100 degrees F (38 C).

1923: Beth Chatto, English plantswoman, gardener and writer, was born. In 1975, she created a small winter garden display at one of the RHS Halls; she is best known for creating the Beth Chatto Gardens near Elmstead Market, and for her gardening books and lectures.

1935: New Jersey named the eastern goldfinch (Carduelis tristis), as its official state bird.

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