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Weather winter by finding plants’ comfort zone

There are innumerable plants in the world, and knowing which to choose can be a daunting task. A plant may be labeled an annual in one climate, a perennial in another or an evergreen in a tropical environment. Plants’ needs vary by sunlight, water, fertilization and soil types, and a…

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Some pointers for pretty poinsettias

The holiday season is upon us, and decorating is in the air. While each year we seem to get more options for holiday plants, few can top the popularity of the poinsettia. While the red poinsettia is still the most popular, there is a wide array of colors and sizes…

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Pansies perfect for a cool-weather color pop

Gardeners have planted more annual flowers this year than ever before. We had outstanding color all summer, and cooler weather doesn’t mean the color needs to end. There are a wide range of winter annuals to choose from, but the star in the winter garden has always been pansies. Pansies,…

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Edible perennials like asparagus will produce spear after spear

When gardeners hear “perennial,” they think of plants like hostas, daylilies and coneflowers — ornamental herbaceous plants that come back every year. While many perennials are ornamental, there are some edible perennials as well. Asparagus: One of the most popular perennial vegetables is asparagus. Asparagus gardens can live for a…