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Hakonechloa Macra Aureola; Meadowbrook Farm; PA

10 Shady Perennials that Pass the Test of Time

One of my coworkers recently bought a home with a shady yard, and she was looking for advice on what to plant. I thought it might be time to review what has been successful in my shady garden.

I Love Shade Gardening

I cannot tell you how often I hear people say that they would love to have a beautiful garden but all they have is shade. My suggestion is always the same - add height, texture, movement, and stronger variations of leaf color. Trust me, with a few new additions, you will never see shade as a dark, lifeless place again.

Japanese Forest Grass

Hakonechloa macra (Japanese Forest Grass) 2009 Perennial of the Year My favorite ornamental grass is the Perennial Plant Association’s Perennial of the Year for 2009, Hakonechloa macra or Japanese Forest Grass. This is an interesting choice because, while they are…

Hakonechloa Macra ‘All Gold’ Planted 2003

Favorite Plants of Behnke Employees

In fall, a gardener's fancy often turns to ornamental grasses. My favorite grass is slated to be the Perennial Plant Association's Perennial of the Year for 2009, Hakonechloa macra or Japanese Forest Grass. This is an interesting choice because, while…

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