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Happy in a New Home

I used to write about the perennial pollinator garden at Behnke’s. All of the perennials in the garden were adopted by employees and are enjoying their new homes. At my place, thanks to the removal of an old oak tree that was dying, I now have an area in my garden where I have sun.

For the first time I can plant some sunny perennials. I put in two of my favorites rescued from the perennial pollinator garden: Fragrant Aster, Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’, which is just beginning to bloom, and Eutrochium (Eupatorium) dubium ‘Little Joe.’

They are both great pollinator plants (see ‘Little Joe’ photo above), and so far the deer have left them alone. I highly recommend both, as being good for the garden, good for nature, and good for the soul.

Larry Hurley: Behnke’s Former Horticulturist

Larry Hurley, perennials specialist for Behnke Nurseries (now retired), started with Behnke’s in1984. Larry enjoys travel, food and photography. He and his wife Carolyn have visited Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Brazil, South Korea and much of Europe. Their home is on a shady lot where a lot of perennials have met their Maker over the years.

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