Category Archives: Perennials

Spring-Blooming Bulbs in the Perennial Border

By Steffie Littlefield [This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener October 2009 issue] Combine spring blooming bulbs with garden perennials for a spectacular start to the gardening season. Think outside the boring line of tulips planted in front of your boxwoods or yews. Make your traditional perennial beds and borders awake next spring with the color of spring

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Carex, Where Have You Been All My Life?

By Steffie Littlefield (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener May 2006 issue) After being given the assignment of writing on a small ornamental grass (sedge, actually) called carex, a subject I feared was very limited, I went to my bulging bookshelf of garden resources for new information. The first three books I choose did not even list

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Mix Up Your Beds and Borders

By Barbara Perry Lawton (This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener May 2006 issue.) Traditional gardeners and garden designers often create each garden bed and border with a single focus, with an emphasis on a particular group of plants. As a result, we often have perennial borders, annual beds, rose gardens, herb gardens and other “Johnny-One-Note” gardens. While

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Perennial Vines

(This article was first published in The Gateway Gardener April 2006 issue.) By Barbara Perry Lawton Perennial vines offer good solutions for many landscape design challenges. They can screen for privacy and they can hide an unsightly utility area. Vines can serve as attractive “walls” to separate different sections of your garden. When grown on an arbor, they can create

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