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The Green Thumb Almanac Library of Select Plants contains varieties of plants chosen for their superior performance in the garden.

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Echeveria 'Topsy Turvy'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM
Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy' Echeveria

  • Height:  4 - 8" high, space 6 - 10" apart
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 9 - 11
  • Uses:  Containers, House Plant
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Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:50 PM
Ocimum x citriodorum  PP: 16260 Basil 'Pesto Perpetuo'

  • Height:  18 - 48" tall, space 12 - 14 inches apart
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 9 - 11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers, Edible Plant
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Pennisetum purpureum 'Vertigo'®

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:30 PM
Pennisetum purpureum 'Tift 8' PP: 22254 Pearl Millet

  • Height:  36 - 48" T x 24 - 36" W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 8 - 11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Containers
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Echinacea 'Tomato Soup'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:05 PM
Echinacea 'Tomato Soup' PP 19427 Coneflower

  • Height:  32" T x 32" W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 4 - 10
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders
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Drift® Groundcover Roses

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Rosa 'Meidrifora' PP#19148 CPBRAF Coral Drift® Groundcover Rose

  • Height:  1 1/2' T x 2' W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 4 - 11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders
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Rose of Sharon 'Azurri Blue Satin'®

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:45 PM
Hibiscus syriacus 'Azurri Blue Satin'® DVPazurri' USPP 20,563 Rose of Sharon

  • Height:  96 - 144" T x 48 - 72" W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 5 - 9
  • Uses:  Beds & B...
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Crabapple 'Royal Raindrops'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:20 PM
Malus 'Royal Raindrops' 'JFS-KW5' PP 14375 Crabapple 'Royal Raindrops'

  • Height:  20' T x 15' W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zone 4
  • Uses:  Ornamental tree
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Red Abyssinian Banana

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:50 PM
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' Red Abyssinian Banana

  • Height:  36 - 96" tall, space 24 - 48 inches apart
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 9 - 11
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Container...
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Mandevilla 'Giant Crimson'

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:05 PM
Mandevilla x 'Sunmandecrikin' P.P.# 17,736 Sun Parasol® Giant Crimson Mandevilla

  • Height:  Climbs 10 - 15 feet, will require support
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 10-11
  • Uses:&...
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Missouri Black-eyed Susan

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 2:25 PM
Rudbeckia missouriensis Missouri Black-eyed Susan
  • Height:  24 - 36" T x 12 - 18" W
  • Hardiness:  USDA hardiness zones 3 - 8
  • Uses:  Beds & Borders, Wildflower Garden
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Feather Reed Grass 'Karl Foerster'

Posted on March 15, 2015 at 9:30 AM
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass

Height:  48 - 72 inches tall, space 24-36 inches apart
Hardiness:  USDA Hardiness Zone 5 - 11
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Plant Names Explained

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Most garden plants go by two sets of names:  common and botanical, also called scientific or Latin.  If you learn the botanical name for a plant, you'll always get what you want at the nursery.  Many Plants have multiple common names, but all have unique botanical names.


Common names are usually descriptive names used informally by gardeners, such as morning glory ...

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