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The Runner in Your Garden

Allium in the May garden.

It’s May in Indiana, that strange in-between month where temperatures rise and fall like the stock market. While it may be a time of fluctuation, it is also a time of great beauty. Many of the bulbs I planted on

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Amazing Alliums

A bumblebee finds this 'Purple Sensation' allium irresistible. Learn about using allium in your garden at

The alliums have just started blooming in our gardens. These ornamental onions are fabulous for adding height and whimsy to a border. Best of all, squirrels don’t like them, so they bloom for us year after year! In honor of

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Pruning Shrubs

When we prune shrubs, we want to maintain the natural shape of the plant and make it healthier. Whether your shrub is completely overgrown or just needs a little shaping up, here’s how to do it. Remember, prune summer- and

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Our State Fair Is a Great State Fair

Summer produce is rolling in, and the scent of fried food is in the air. It must be time for the state fair! We love the state fair. At some point, every one of our crew will head over to

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 August Garden

butterfly coneflower garden

Savor long summer evenings in the garden, but don’t forget the bug spray!

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Coping with Drought in the Garden

2012 marks the third year in a row we’ve experienced summer drought in central Indiana. With dry summers becoming the new norm, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of how we use water.

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 July Garden

Thanks to record high temperatures and drought, gardens are looking dry. We expect to see fewer fall blooms that we usually do; and so many trees are losing leaves, it looks like September out there!

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 June Garden

Astilbe bloom june garden

Indiana gardens are glorious in June, especially during the early part of the month. Take a walk through yours! What To See Salvias are blooming now, along with catmint, the last of the geranium, and the lavender. Coneflower is starting

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Caryopteris: a Star Shrub in the August Border

Caryopteris buds | Spotts Garden Service

As we move into August, lots of plants in the garden have passed their prime. Traditionally known as “the lull,” this late summer period calls out for plants that can add color to the garden no matter how hot it gets. Our favorite? Caryopteris.

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Catmint Capers

The longer we garden, the more we learn how important it is to use plants that tie the space together. Sure, you want a couple of fabulous focal points, and using contrasting textures is a must. But to truly pull

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