perennials

Allium. Once You Get It, You Really Get It.

by Polly Garden Recipes

Allium is an onion that will bring you to tears, but not for the reason you probably think.  You’ll crave this member of the onion family for your garden, not for your plate. Dinner will be the last thing on your mind when you see the large globes of bright purple rising to tower four […]

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Chrysanthemums: A Burst Of Color Every Gardener Will Love!

by Polly Garden Recipes

To my mind, fall just isn’t complete without chrysanthemums! This beauties come in all the colors of autumn leaves and then some: yellow, bronze, purple, pink, red, and white. Chrysanthemums have been cultivated for more than 1,500 years. The plants can grow as compact 10-inch mounds to plants that are several feet tall with stems […]

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Spotlight on Hydrangeas

by Polly Organic flowers

When it comes to spotlight the pure flower power, few summer-flowering shrubs can beat the huge blooms of hydrangeas. The best known of the bunch, big-leaved hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla), bears blue flowers when grown in acidic soil and pink flowers in near-neutral or alkaline soil. This hydrangea will bloom and grow well in morning sun […]

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Garden Design: Crop Rotation

by Polly How To Choose & Grow

When you design crop rotation in your organic garden you should keep in mind one thing: different plants have different appetites. Like folks, plants fall into three categories: big eaters, lighter eaters, and caterers. This last batch of plants returns nutrients to the soil. Cover crops are often soil-building crops. In other words, they are […]

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