Category Archives: Long Blooming Plants

Stone and Hypertufa Container Gardens

Stone Trough Gardens  Miniature gardens can be very satisfying elements in small personal landscapes. Hypertufa and stone troughs or copper pots are among the best of planting containers, remaining in place outdoors through all the seasons, and lasting for many years. It turns out that there are a lot of perennial plants which are preadapted […]

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The Latest Flowering Shrubs

THE LATEST FLOWERING SHRUBS SOME LATE BLOOMING FAVORITES  ‘Recency is Primacy’ In general, people call to mind most easily those things that have happened most recently. Each year, the last plants to flower in a freshly beautiful way seem very precious. In fond memory, they seem to stay close by as we go through the […]

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The Longest Blooming Clematis of my Acquaintance

  LONG BLOOMING SMALL FLOWERED CLEMATIS Many of the longest blooming Clematis are found among the smaller flowered kinds. Their myriads of small individual flowers combine to make as exciting a show as any of the large flowered Clematis can offer. I find that their stems and foliage also last more nicely and can be […]

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Fourth of July Plant, Spigelia marilandica

Spigelia marilandica is spectacular every Fourth of July – A living Sparkler. If you have a few hours of good sun somewhere, this beautiful and tough plant will return each year, bringing in Hummingbirds for the festivities. It will give you its amazing display for quite a while, and if you trim it after flowering, […]

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Hellebore Favorites

Some Hellebore Favorites An Evergreen groundcover plant with fresh flowers for Christmas and New Year’s Day in New England, Zone 5….. Seems quite magical. Staunchly evergreen, most Hellebores are treasured for their handsome leaves in all seasons and for their flowers through winter and early spring, when there are few other showy plants in the […]

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Long Blooming Plants, and how to make them Longer Blooming Plants: Zone 5

Tricks to Keep Plants Long Blooming 1.  Use Various Exposures If a long blooming kind of plant is sited in various locations, it can have an ultra long flowering season. If any given kind of plant can thrive in a range of exposures, and you put some in a shadier and some in a sunnier […]

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Long Blooming Plants: Thalictrum rochebruneanum and Other Fabulous Flower Fireworks

Thalictrum rochebruneanum is a Star for the Fourth of July. You can expect Lavender Flowered Fireworks, every year…. Sometimes called ‘Meadow Rue’, or ‘Lavender Mist’, this plant is elegantly vertical. When in bloom, each individual is like a 6’ magic wand, with delicate foliage and perfect lavender sparkles, which fluff out at the top in […]

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Long Blooming Hardy Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Hardy Perennial Self – Sowers goes to: Corydalis lutea  and to Corydalis lutea alba…… Easy, long flowering friends can be found among the many perennial choices in the plant world. Among the handsomest of hardy, long blooming plants, these two enthusiastic Corydalines are willing to volunteer […]

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Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series

Long Blooming Perennial Plants : Prizewinning Series A First Prize in the category of Longest Blooming, Best Standing Perennial Self Sowers goes to: Linaria purpurea (purple) and to Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went (pink) Linaria purpurea Canon J. Went The pink form of this Linaria is named in honor of Canon J. Went (ecumenical), and […]

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Euphorbia, Beautiful but Sometimes Dangerous

EUPHORBIA WARNING!!!   BE CAREFUL OF THE SAP !!! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ When you trim ANY Euphorbia variety – and there are many lovely ones among the 2000 or so species in the Genus – Be Careful not to get the latex like sap that bleeds from cut stems onto your hands or face ……and Oh my Goodness, […]

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Long Blooming, Self Sowing, Comeback Plants

Prizewinning Self Sowing Plants : Annuals and Perennials .Longblooming Comeback Plants for Zone 5B It is a good feeling to have some favorite plants that you know are So Happy in your place that they will be coming back of their own accord, year after year, through generations of new individuals.  Some kinds of plants […]

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November Nor’easter

………………………………………………………………. * The small grove of Maples I pass each late night Today were moon – lit Cross black blue and star white. …………… Nor’easter behind them, Their yellow leaf  hands Waved wildly at me, Those last leaves of the stand. ……………… Soon to be fallen, tonight was so dear, “Till next year” we said […]

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Long Blooming Vines: Loniceras

Long Blooming VinesSome Favorite Honeysuckles If you find a place in each view for one or more kinds of the longest blooming plants, and build your landscape pictures to complement their colors and character, your beds can nearly always be freshly beautiful. These enthusiastic, long flowering Loniceras are tough and reliable, contributing substantially through the […]

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Plant Names and Why They Matter

“Most of us are bored with gossip and photographs of people we do not know. The beginner feels the same way about plants”[1] … The plant scene becomes more interesting when you understand the cast of characters a bit. To develop relationships with the plant players, you will want to get to know them as […]

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Propagating your Clematis

Certain methods of propagation are so simple that it would be a shame not to use them. If you take a stem or branch of some cherished woody plant, bend it down and bury it a few inches (or more) in the ground adjacent to the parent, you will have a good chance of getting […]

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Pruning Your Clematis

Prune After Flowering. This is the the general rule for all Clematis, as it is for most plant materials. But When After? This question has a long answer, but the situation does not need to be as puzzling as you might think. For most people the confusing thing is which Clematis to cut down substantially […]

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Clematis Clues

Clematis Vines Training and Pruning

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