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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month

Picks

Brazilian Red Cloak

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys A stunning, super showy, root hardy tropical shrub from South America that grows into a large 10’–12’ lush plant with large, glossy leaves & unbelievable 12”-18” panicles of bright red ... Read More >

Lovage Recipes

Brussels Sprouts with Lovage Sauce 4 cups Brussels sprouts, cleaned and trimmed 1 tsp Salt 1 Shallot, finely chopped 2 tsp Garlic, minced 4 cup Chicken Stock, divided ¼ cup Lovage, chopped ... Read More >

Lovage

Levisticum officinale A noted member of the Umbelliferae family, lovage is the ultimate (and classic) celery herb. Its complex flavor, once experienced in soup, stew, or a rich chicken salad (or ANY ... Read More >

Dark Violet Hybrid Skullcap

Scutellaria x ‘Dark Violet’ ‘Dark Violet’ is a hybridized variety. Woody gray-green foliage contrast the neon purple flowers. It has a tidy, mounding habit where scallop shaped blooms peek above compact spikes. ... Read More >

Harvesting a Bouquet Garni for Your Soup

As the days cool we think more and more of enjoying warming soups. If this is on the menu at your home, make it savory with the addition of a just-picked bouquet ... Read More >

Don’t Pull Up Those Geraniums

As the days shorten, a wise gardener makes plans for putting the garden to bed for the winter. Some plants will be trimmed back after the riotous growth of summer. A few ... Read More >

Calendula Recipes

Calendula Cookies 6 Calendula flowers 1 / 2 cup Butter, room temp 1⁄2 cup Sugar 2 Orange, zest of 2 tbsp Orange juice concentrate, at room temp 1 tsp Vanilla 2 large Eggs, ... Read More >

Calendula

The bright yellow and orange calendula, also known as “pot marigold” for its culinary usefulness, is a beloved annual often seen in colonial-style gardens. A wonderful addition to our cool-season plantings, it ... Read More >

Blonde Ambition Grass

“Blonde Ambition” Blue Grama A stunning cultivar larger than the species. Creates an abundance of horizontal seed heads, which change from chartreuse to blonde and hover above blue green, 2′ stems. Drought ... Read More >

Cuphea

Giant Cigar Plant (Cuphea micropetala) A majestic cuphea up to 4′-5′ tall with a full, mounding growth habit. It’s covered with 4″-6″ long, shiny, dark green leaves topped with 10″ of orange ... Read More >

Mint Recipes

Mint Chocolate Syrup 6 oz Unsweetened Chocolate 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter 2 tbsp Mint, chopped 2 cups Sugar 12 oz can Evaporated Milk Melt chocolate, butter, and mint over low heat. When ... Read More >

Purple Coneflower, A Native Herb

When the first European settlers came to the New World, high on their list of things to look for were new medicinal herbs. If the plant was attractive as well they considered ... Read More >