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Monochromatic Gardens

Monochromatic color palettes are a growing trend in gardening and for good reasons.  Varying hues of one color family is visually compelling and it simplifies the design process.  You can’t go wrong because all the colors are guaranteed to work together.  Design Tips A monochromatic palette is one that uses flowers and foliage all in …

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Siskiyou Pink Butterfly Flower

As the temperatures rise and the rain begins to taper off I gain new appreciation for the plants in my garden that are heat and drought tolerant. One of my favorites is gaura or wand flower. It is called wand flower because its star shaped blooms are borne on long wispy stems. I like to …

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plants for borders

7 Plants to Use for Borders

I like to structure gardens so that there’s something eye-catching on each level. I find that it’s often easy to forget about the plants right at your feet. So, when you’re planning your garden, consider these plants for forming borders, either in a bed or along a path. Some of these do really well in containers …

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Gilbert H. Wild – Allen’s Favorites

Hello Friends, Gilbert H. Wild and I have identified some of the finest new plant varieties available for your garden today and we have spent the past year procuring and cultivating these varieties to make them available for you to add to your garden. I invite you to take advantage of these, helping you create …

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Saving Pollinators in Missouri

Saving Our Pollinators  Partnering with Leaders to Improve our Communities.   First Community Bank’s and P. Allen Smith’s ‘Bloom With Us’ Pollinator Program   Pollinators are a Critical Component of Our Food Chain Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumble bees are beautiful additions to the garden — animating space and bringing additional life and color.  But did you …

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5 Late Summer Blooms for Zone 9

5 Late Summer Blooms for Zone 9

With spring blooms starting to fade or having already done so, it’s a good idea to add some color to your landscape that will get you through the hottest days of summer and into fall. Here are my picks for USDA Hardiness Zone 9. Planting flowers by zone is a way to make sure you …

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5 late summer blooms for zone 4

5 Late Summer Blooms for Zone 4

With spring blooms starting to fade or having already done so, it’s a good idea to add some color to your landscape that will get you through the hottest days of summer and into fall. Here are my picks for USDA Hardiness Zone 4. Planting flowers by zone is a way to make sure you …

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