Category Archives: Perennials

Evergreen Perennials

Picture of Christmas Fern

During the dregs of winter when most perennials are quietly asleep underground it can be difficult to see life in the garden. Plant a few of these evergreen perennials for a reminder that spring is right around the corner. Photos (except as noted) and text by Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Nov/Dec 2017 issue]

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The Diverse World of Geraniums

A picture of Geranium Biokovo Karmina

Did you know Pelargoniums and Geraniums are two different plants? Geranium refers to the genus of hardy perennials that is commonly called cranesbill. One of my highest recommended perennials; it always seems that a cranesbill can fit into just about any planting. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2020.] Did you know Pelargoniums

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Lawn Alternatives

Image of Loriope No Mo

The green sea of a well-kept lawn adds a sense of serenity to the yard, however harsh chemicals and time spent on upkeep can ruin this tranquility. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2019 issue.] The green sea of a well-kept lawn adds a sense of serenity to the yard, however harsh chemicals

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Shrunken Treasures

A photo of Columbine 'Little Lanterns'

Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these spectacular beauties can grow upwards of 6’ or ever more, causing them to be too large for some of our smaller gardens. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener July/August 2018.] Our Missouri natives provide beautiful blooms on tough plants. Some of these

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St. Louis Cottage Garden

A picture of a cottage garden.

The English cottage garden brings a charming intimacy to the home. Many plants that thrive in St. Louis offer the cheerful informality bursting with color that evoke the welcoming flare of the cottage garden. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener March 2018 issue.] The English cottage garden brings a charming intimacy to the home.

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Winter Gardens in The Gateway Region

An image of seedheads in snow

In St Louis we can be outside enjoying our gardens and landscapes at any month in the year. If you add some of these plants to your list there will be a whole new season of interest in your own backyard. By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Nov/Dec 2017.] Everyone has a different answer

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All in on Alliums!

An image of Allium 'Millennium' ornamental onion.

Alliums…I love their toughness, functional beauty and versatility in the garden. Some varieties sprout gorgeous gigantic blooms, while others give scrumptious veggies and herbs for cooking. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in the Gateway Gardener September 2017 issue.] Alliums…I love their toughness, functional beauty and versatility in the garden. Some varieties sprout gorgeous gigantic blooms, while others

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