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    RARE ROOTS BLOG

    Japanese Anemones

    Japanese Anemones

    Japanese Anemone prefer partial to full shade and humus-rich, consistently moist soil that is well-drained.  Although plants are quite drought tolerant, the leaf edges will turn brown if the soil dries out.  Morning sun with shade from midday on is ideal in southern gardens, while plants grown in the north are happy in mostly sun with a little shade during the hottest part of the day.  A thin layer of organic mulch will help to hold moisture in the soil and increase their winter hardiness.  The shorter cultivars are suitable for containers, while taller varieties may benefit from some support in midsummer.  Japanese Anemone are hardy in USDA Zones 4-8.

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    Carex – Beauty Made for the Shade!

    Carex – Beauty Made for the Shade!

    Carex, also known as Sedges, are grass-like plants that are mostly very tough, easy to grow and quite attractive. The Genus Carex includes a wide range of species and cultivars suited to many different garden settings. Most are pest resistant and require only minimal maintenance. Depending on the species, Carex can take sun or shade, or both and varying amounts of moisture. Knowing that shade is difficult for many gardeners, we have selected several to offer you that are particularly suited for shade and that we think are worthy of a place in your garden.

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    Pycnanthemum - Mountain Mint – Pollinators’ Delight

    Pycnanthemum - Mountain Mint – Pollinators’ Delight

    Pycnanthemum or Mountain Mint is a perennial genus that is an absolute favorite plant for a wide range of pollinating insects.  While their blooms are smallish and not showy, they are numerous, open over a long period of time and provide plenty of nectar.  Visitors to Mountain Mint include bumblebees, honeybees, solitary wasps, tachinid flies, syrphid flies, beetles and butterflies.  A Pycnanthemum in bloom is in constant motion with the hordes of visiting insects.

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