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February 2007 Plant Profile: Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’

Heucheras have been all the rage in the past few years! With hundreds of new varieties and colors now available, it has become a staple foliage plant in perennial gardens and containers. With all the fancy-leaved varieties out there, one absolutely stood out during the winter with its bold, bright color and ruffled edges crystallized in frost. Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ was a color breakthrough a few years ago when it was first released being the brightest, most sought after plant on the nursery table. 

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August 2006 Plant Profile: Geranium ‘Rozanne’

One of the most exciting of hardy geraniums to be introduced in the last decade, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ has many of the qualities a great perennial plant should have. A single specimen can act as a billowy groundcover of maple-like, light green foliage smothered with two inch pale blue flowers with a lavender center all throughout the summer months. From our Blooms of Bressingham trials, I took a division in early spring and planted it close to the dry river rocks in Bed 6 where the soothing color represents a stream of cool running water. 

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July 2006 Plant Profile: Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpurescens’

Traditionally used as an herb, bronze leaf fennel has been a favorite among perennial gardeners for many years because of its airy texture, soft smoky color, anise-aroma, the height it can reach making it a stand out in the garden.
The main drawback of this plant for many gardeners is its invasive potential in the landscape. When allowed to set seed, one will spend endless hours eradicating them if seedlings are allowed to establish because they have a long taproot (being in the carrot family). 

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June 2006 Plant Profile: Stipa gigantea

Beds 5 and 6 hold two large specimens of an ornamental grass that has always been an eye-catcher come June. Giant Feather Grass is a native to Spain and Portugal. It thrives is mild areas and withstands drought and heat once established. The plants are architecturally appealing by themselves or as a companion plant adding a fine, airy texture for interest through the summer, fall and even winter months! 

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