Posts by bhoxie

Bees and Button Bush

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Native Plants | 0 comments

Bees and Button Bush

During an early morning swim in a local Cape Cod kettle hole pond, I found a button bush shrub, Cephalanthus occidentalis, growing at the edge of the water in full bloom and covered with bees. As a designer I’m always on the lookout for new plants to use in difficult sites, so I did some research on button bush and found that it’s is native to most of the eastern United States and grows in soil that is wet for long periods of time. A trait that would make it a good choice for wetland restoration projects, retention basins or sites that flood regularly. A mass planting of them in...

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Greek Columnar Basil

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in Kitchen Gardens | 1 comment

Greek Columnar Basil

              Greek Columnar Basil adds height and form to a container or herb garden and provides a steady supply of basil for cooking. This small leaf, upright variety of one of the world’s favorite herbs rarely goes to seed and will grow vigorously until frost. It has a spicy flavor that is somewhere between sweet basil and Thai basil. I purchased mine from a local Cape Cod organic vegetable grower last May and planted it in a conical shaped clay pot. It grew to a height of 30 inches and served as a formal accent in the kitchen garden all...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in home-slider | 0 comments

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