Colorful in Maryland


For Gardenblogger "Bloom" Day, here’s a favorite scene or two from earlier this week.



And remember that Amsonia I showed you a few days ago?  Well, my wonderful neighbors have agreed to give me all their extras – 6 full-grown clumps!  I can already see them next fall against the backdrop of the new Iteas and Fothergilla I’m looking to buy.

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Susan Harris

Susan’s a garden writer, teacher and activist in the Washington, D.C. area. Co-founder of GardenRant, she also wrote for national gardening magazines and independent garden centers before retiring in 2014. Now she has time for these projects:

  • Founding and now managing the pro-science educational nonprofit GOOD GARDENING VIDEOS that finds and promotes the best videos on YouTube for teaching people to garden.
  • Creating and managing DC GARDENS, the nonprofit campaign to promote the public gardens of the Washington, D.C. area, and gardening by locals.
  • Creating and editing the community website GREENBELT ONLINE to serve her adopted hometown of Greenbelt, Maryland (a “New Deal Utopia” founded in 1937).
  • Also in Greenbelt, MD, writing the e-newsletter and serving on the Board of Directors for the cooperatively-owned music and arts venue and restaurant called the NEW DEAL CAFE.

Contact Susan via email or by leaving a comment here.

Photo by Stephen Brown.


  1. I felt horticultrally daring several years ago when I bought one of the encore azaleas when they were first introduced. After seven years in the garden, it’s a bit leggier and less dense than typical azaleas, but it does bloom endlessly – It bloomed prolifically right up until the hard frost I had two nights ago. It’s the most frequently asked about plant in my garden this time of year, because it frankly looks almost odd with it’s perky magenta flowers in an otherwise drab November Maryland garden.

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