Tag Archives: perennials

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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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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Evergreen Perennials

A photo 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. By Abby Lapides [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener Nov/Dec 2017.] During the dregs of winter when most

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Pollinator Buffet

a photo of Yellow bumblebee on Monarda photo by Ed Spevak, St. Louis Zoo

Following the remarkable success of Grow Native!’s “Monarch Café” lineup of tags that was released in spring of 2015, plans were set for the team to build upon the concept of purpose-driven landscape plants. By Jennifer Schamber (This article first appeared in The Gateway Gardener April 2017 issue.) Following the remarkable success of Grow Native!’s “Monarch Café” lineup of tags

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Daylilies–From Dips to Tets, History and Trends

An image of Daylily 'August Frost'.

If you’re looking for durable reliable perennials that are easy to care for and offer a variety of flower colors and forms, you should consider daylilies. By Barbara Perry Lawton [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener July/August 2012 issue.] If you’re looking for durable reliable perennials that are easy to care for and offer a variety of

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Peony Power

A photo of Peony 'Show Opener'

Among spring’s glories are peonies. The flowers are beautiful. The fragrance is spectacular. A plus in our region is that they are not eaten by deer. By Barbara Perry Lawton Photos courtesy Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener May 2014 issue) Among spring’s glories are peonies. The flowers are beautiful. The

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Outstanding Perennials for Landscape Success

A picture of Allium 'Millennium'

The pace of new perennial introductions by plant explorers and breeders each year is almost staggering.  What is a herbaceous perennial enthusiast to do?  Is NEW always improved? How does the “latest and greatest” compare to the traditional tried and true? By Bill Ruppert, photos courtesy Walters Gardens, Inc., www.perennialresource,com unless otherwise credited. [An abbreviated version of this article appeared

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