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Word of the Week: Rhizome

Those of us who garden are probably most familiar with a rhizome as one of those brown knobby things irises grow out of. The mind of a cook might turn to ginger, which my neighbor thought this gardener was offering him when she recently thinned her irises… Continue reading

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GROUND COVER: Iris cristata (Dwarf Crested Iris)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Indigenous mostly to southern Virginia, this diminutive iris is also native to Fairfax and Prince William counties as well as seven counties in Pennsylvania and Maryland and in the District of Columbia. Its colorful blooms and easy culture make it a valuable addition to a woodland garden. Spring flowers in various shades of purple form a lovely carpet. Continue reading

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