Horticultural Info

Thanks to Eddie Chau at Niagara This Week for his Article July 4, "Planting Cool Info on Blog", I read with interest the story regarding Mark Denee. Mark is employed locally as a horticulturalist and has taken up writing on his blog about rare and unique plants. Mark is also a publisher and producer of The Epic Gardener magazine and he is a speaker and author.  

Please check out his blog at www.coolplants.blogspot.com  Mark has agreed to connect to my blog and offer great local information to my readers. Here is Mark's latest post.  Thanks Mark.

Here's a few more suggested perennial plant combos...

First, an interesting combination of Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar', Tradescantia 'Concord Grape', and a Rose.

Second, good ol' Veronica spicata 'Red Fox', with the newer Coreopsis 'Autumn Blush'. I have generally found the latter not to be hardy here in zone 6, and so have been somewhat disappointed, but I am however, looking forward to trying the newer varieties as they become available. You can see some here.

Finally, here's one that I've loved for several years now, Campanula 'Kent Belle' with Aruncus aethusifolius. Similar combinations could be made with variations of the above and/or Campanula 'Sarastro' (generally better than 'Kent Belle'), Aruncus dioicus, Aruncus 'Horatio', or Aruncus 'Misty Lace'.

Here's to dirt under your nails.