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Downtown: Is there room for two frozen yogurt stores on Concord’s Main Street?

Concord hasn’t yet joined the growing number of U.S. cities with self-serve frozen yogurt shops. That’s about to change.

Not one, but two yogurt stores will open this summer on North Main Street: a national chain and an independent shop.

Orange Leaf, an Oklahoma-based company with more than 200 stores in 38 states, will open at 70 N. Main St. The storefront has been vacant since Butter’s Fine Food Wine moved to Sheep Davis Road last summer. Franchise owners Kristina and Jeff Hathaway of Exeter hope to begin serving yogurt in June.

A few blocks away, Dips Frozen Yogurt will open in May at 138 N. Main St. Owner Nicolas Harriman, a 23-year-old Canterbury native, plans to use local ingredients to build his business.

Both stores will run on the same business model: Customers choose a flavor, serve their own yogurt, add their own toppings and pay according to the weight of their serving.

Owners at both stores said they planned their shops before they knew someone else was doing the same thing down the street.

“We went ahead with our plans and I think we had already signed the lease, and it was just kind of a coincidence that we both decided to do it at the same time,” said Kristina Hathaway, who is opening Orange Leaf.

Harriman, meanwhile, said he had already signed a lease and paid a deposit for his yogurt-making machines when he heard he wasn’t the only one bringing yogurt to Main Street.

“So it’s going to be a little bit of a competition here, but I think we’ll be able to be competitive,” Harriman said.

And, both owners said, they’re committed to becoming part of the Concord community.

Kristina Hathaway said she and her husband don’t have experience in the restaurant or ice cream industries, but they wanted to start a new business together. They found Orange Leaf, and decided to open a franchise. The Concord location will be their first yogurt shop, but they hope to expand in the future. Hathaway said she was drawn to Concord due to the upcoming Main Street redesign project.

“So we felt like the city’s putting this big investment into the downtown to bring more traffic and more business,” she said. “And we

felt like this would be a great time for us to come in with bringing in a new business.”

Hathaway said she researched other frozen yogurt franchises before settling on Orange Leaf. Her shop will become the company’s fifth location in New Hampshire. Before it opens in June, they’ll renovate the building’s interior.

At Dips, Harriman is already renovating his storefront and ordering supplies. He plans to use dairy from Contoocook Creamery, Stonyfield Yogurt and fruit toppings from New Hampshire farms.

“I don’t want to be put out of business, and I don’t want to put (someone else) out of business,” Harriman said. “I hope that Concord can support two, but we’ll find out.”

Impact of the arts

A recent study showed that arts and culture brought $17.7 million to the Concord area economy in 2010. Inspired by those results, the Concord Community Music School decided to conduct an informal study of its own.

The school’s mandolin festival, held for three days last month, brought visitors to Concord from nine different states, Canada and France, said Peggy Senter, the school’s president.

Those 50 participants paid for 29 hotel rooms and at least 220 meals at 14 different restaurants in Concord that weekend, Senter said. She asked her guests to keep track of their meals on a large poster board at the music school. “So that’s where it gets really anecdotal,” she said.

One night that weekend, Senter went to dinner at Siam Orchid on North Main Street and counted 25 people who were there because they were attending the mandolin festival.

The larger study about the impact of the arts in New Hampshire was conducted by Americans for the Arts. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce commissioned a study focused only on the Concord area. Its calculation of $17.7 million in fiscal year 2010 is based on jobs, spending for arts events and related transportation, lodging, meals and shopping.

Senter, who is a board member of the chamber of commerce and a member of its Creative Concord committee, said the mandolin festival’s informal survey simply proves that the arts do bring substantial business to Concord.

“What we’ve been talking about a lot at the chamber level, and at Creative Concord, is attracting tourists to downtown Concord,” she said. “And I think there’s the scenario where somebody’s driving by on their way to see and they stop by for dinner once, but there’s also this kind of immersion scenario . . . and they’re here for three days.”

Wonder Made moves on

Wonder Made is closing its shop on Warren Street.

But that doesn’t mean the arts collective will stop helping local artists “survive off their craft,” said Laura Loci, one of the founders. She and the 100 member artists will continue selling handmade goods online, and they’re working on other plans.

“We started as an artist collective – the storefront wasn’t our goal or our endpoint,” Loci said. “It’s more about community organizing and trying to meet needs.”

The shop opened last year to sell handmade goods. It will remain open until April 13 and return to downtown during the annual Market Days festival this summer.

Loci said the collective’s idealism – including its commitment to not raise prices or charge membership fees – made it difficult to keep a store open.

“We decided to close the storefront, so this part of the long-term vision might be over for now,” she said.

Backside brainstorming

Want to weigh in on how to improve the view of Concord’s backside?

The group seeking to make the city appear more attractive from Interstate 93 will hold a May 1 brainstorming event.

Concord’s New Front Door, a group formed by the Creative Concord committee of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, is holding a charrette to launch its initiative. They’re inviting residents to brainstorm ideas to make the backside of downtown buildings more attractive, and the ideas could include lighting displays, landscaping or murals – though no decisions have been made.

“(We will) try to record as many ideas as we can,” said architect Chris Carley, who is leading the Concord’s New Front Door effort. “We’re not going to shoot anything down at this point.”

Carley said the charrette will include presentations about the area between I-93 and Main Street. Participants will then split into small groups and use aerial photographs and other images to develop ideas.

The charrette, at the Grappone Conference Center, begins at 6:30 p.m. May 1.

Flamenco and fundraising

A flamenco band is coming to Concord, to raise money for the second annual Granite State Music Festival.

The Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio will play at Red River Theatres on Friday.

The trio includes guitarist Juanito Pascual, percussionist Tupac Mantilla and bassist Brad Barrett.

“Fusing their distinct musical backgrounds with a palpable personal chemistry, the trio has created a distinctive and exhilarating sound,” the music festival said in a press release.

The Granite State Music Festival was held for the first time last summer at Kiwanis Waterfront Park. It will return for two days of live, local music this year, June 22-23.

The fundraising flamenco concert begins at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is $25, and $15 for students and music festival sponsors. For more information, call 229-2157.

Spotlight on South Main

A speech from the governor and a hard hat tour will highlight South Main Street’s redevelopment tomorrow.

The state’s Community Development Finance Authority is planning events throughout the state to celebrate national community development week.

Tomorrow morning, they’ll highlight developer Steve Duprey’s building at the former site of the New Hampshire Bindery. Duprey used benefits provided by the CDFA for the new building, which is expected to open this summer.

Gov. Maggie Hassan will speak at the construction site tomorrow, followed by a hard hat tour, according to a release from the CDFA. The event begins at 11:15 a.m. at 47 S. Main St.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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In-Depth Biz Profile: JOSH Lawn Care & Landscaping

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With Spring upon us and the days getting longer, it is time to think about landscaping ideas. This week’s in-depth business profile, JOSH Lawn Care Landscaping, is a company that is growing and working to meet the needs of its customers in the Rochester and Finger Lakes area.

Right out of high school, Josh Schmieder knew what he wanted in life.

“It was a dream of mine to own a company that would be a leader in Rochester in the landscaping industry,” Schmieder said.

His dream came true. Josh’s Lawn Care and Landscaping business has grown from one employee ten years ago, to a team of close to 30 today.

“Our people are our most important assets,” Schmieder commented. “And our people is what makes that experience.”

Josh outgrew office space in Livonia, recently moving to a new facility on West Main Street in Honeoye Falls. Since opening 11 years ago, the business has been growing at a rate of about 15 to 20 percent per year.

“One thing that we did, even from day one, is look at the industry’s weaknesses and try to make those our strengths,” Schmieder said. “So we looked at professionalism, we looked quality, we looked at customer service and basically the uniqueness that our company will bring to the table.”

Some of Josh’s award winning work has been featured at Gardenscape as well as other garden shows throughout the area. From patio installations, to natural and man-made waterfalls, the goal is to walk people through the design phase to the finished product.

“We handle installations from the wood structures to the patios to the masonry, outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens,” Schmieder added. “The landscaping industry has changed since Josh first opened his business more than a decade ago. The focus now is on custom outdoor living space. I think people just really want to enjoy, even though it’s a short season from May until October, but they want to be able to enjoy the outdoors, the outside of their property, their home, their landscaping for as long as possible.”

JOSH Lawn Care and Landscaping is excited about what the next five years has to offer as it continues to grow and offer new products.

“Our goal is to be leaders in outdoor living as well as leaders in the industry in the Rochester region,” Schmieder said.

Josh Lawn Care Landscaping

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Master Gardeners: Edible gardens can also be beautiful

 The news is full of stories about this year’s never-ending winter and there is even a story about having Punxsutawney Phil indicted for fraud.  And I find that the snow filled pictures of our northern neighbors shoveling and shoveling make me feel very sympathetic to their plight.  Yet, here on the shores of Lake Livingston we are enjoying the greening of our environment.  The dogwoods are blooming, wildflowers are popping up everywhere, butterflies float from flower to flower and the hummingbirds are beginning their arrival.  All of these signs of renewal and rebirth make this the perfect Easter weekend for those of us blessed to be here.  This is the time of year that really gets me excited about gardening.  But putting in new beds and choosing which plants I wish to populate those beds places me in a bit of a quandary.  I really prefer to plant those plants that I deem useful…ones that are edible or that attract beneficial insects to my gardens.  On the other hand, I want to have plants that are beautiful to the eye and fragrant to the nose.  Well, I think I have discovered a way to please both sides of my gardening personality…”Edible Landscaping”.

Edible Landscaping is a type of gardening that incorporates elements of aesthetic gardening design with the benefits of growing one’s own food.  There is hardly anything better than homegrown fruits, nuts and vegetables but many people don’t have the room for beds dedicated to only edible plants or they simply don’t desire to have their yards dominated with the regular squared off vegetable bed that is then planted in rows.  And we do have to admit that squared off vegetable bed and its rows are just not very attractive.  The solution is incorporating edibles into more attractive flower beds!  It is quite easy to put a trellis against a fence or outside wall and plant it with thornless blackberries instead of English Ivy.  You not only get the benefit of foliage but you, also, get those wonderful tasting blackberries.  Other ideas are using blueberries for hedge plants, thyme in between walkway stones, lettuce or chives as a border and, of course, just tucking in edible plants in any open area of your bed.  

Another type of Edible Landscaping is the planting of edible flowers.  The use of edible flowers is becoming more and more popular.  Many times you may find edible flowers for sale in the produce sections of some grocery stores and there is usually at least one vendor selling them at most farmers markets. Edible flowers are used as garnishes, salad additions, the making of flavor infused waters, flavored butters, ice creams, flavoring additions to many desserts and cake decorations.  The planting of edible flowers interspersed with fruits, vegetables, peppers and herbs can make your edible garden into an aesthetically pleasing little piece of paradise that, also, can be used to feed you and your family.

Now for the serious side of Edible Landscaping.  There are definitely some important considerations when growing anything for consumption and the most important being the use of chemicals.  Personally, I do not advocate the use of pesticides or herbicides on anything that is used as a food product, although there are some that are considered safe when only used as directed.  My rule of thumb in this department is to consult the Walker County Extension Office for exact recommendations before using any chemicals on edible plants.  Another consideration is the strict teaching of children about which plants are edible and which are not, especially when mixing the plants in the same bed.

Most of my information about Edible Landscaping has been learned through books written by Rosalind Creasy, who has been a landscape designer and consultant since 1973 and one of the first pioneers in the edible landscape movement.  You can learn more about her recommended gardening techniques and books by going to her website,

I hope that you all have a great Easter weekend filled with the joys of renewal!  And, while you are enjoying our wonderful spring weather, send some warm wishes to our northern neighbors because, in a few months, it just might be them feeling sympathetic to our plight in the middle of our Texas summer heat!


 FYI: The Walker County Extension Office is now on Facebook!  WalkerCoTxAgrilife has been established to provide updates and information to Walker County residents and landowners on a timely basis.  For more information on the Walker County Master Gardeners, please call (936)435-2426 or go to  The WMCG website is a bounty of useful information and citizens are encouraged to peruse it often.

If you have any questions about the information in this article or any of the Extension programs, please contact the Walker County AgriLife Extension Office at (936) 435-2426 or Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.  The Texas AM University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas cooperating.  A member of the Texas AM University System and its statewide agriculture program.

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Countryside Gardens celebrating 25 years

As soon as winter loses its hold, and temperatures warm just slightly, his telephone starts to ring constantly.

That means spring – and business – soon will be blooming, Jerry Althoff said.

It’s been 25 years now since Althoff and his wife, Jan, first opened Countryside Gardens, at 2440 Baltimore Pike in Gettysburg. The business covers six lovingly maintained acres filled with eight greenhouses, a garden center, plus rows and rows of outdoor plants, shrubs and trees in season.

In celebration of their silver anniversary, Countryside Gardens is offering a bevy of promotions, classes and discounts as their gift to their customers.

“We really like to help people find gardening solutions,” said Jerry Althoff. “A lot of people want to know, ‘When do I plant?’ and ‘When do I prune?’ We can answer those questions and lots more.”

If people buy through big box stores or catalogs, they are not getting the one-to-one personal customer service that is really needed to keep their plants alive and thriving, Jerry Althoff said. Countryside Gardens offers everyday low prices on healthy plants that will thrive when they are planted and maintained correctly, Althoff said.

Many potential gardeners end up losing their desire to beautify their homes due to not really understanding the need to consider soil and climate conditions, or what the plant really needs to survive, Althoff said.

“Sometimes people try something the same way once or

twice, it doesn’t grow and then they just quit,” Althoff said. “But that’s like the quote from Einstein ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.'”

Althoff said it’s important to not only ask customers what they want to grow, but if they are planting in sun or shade, the type of soil the plant will be in, and what will be planted next to it.

The latter issue is often the most overlooked by novice gardeners, Althoff said. Tomatoes, for


like constant moisture so they won’t dry up or split, while peppers – which are native to Central America – like to grow where it is hot, dry, and sunny, he said.

Often people will plant them side-by-side.

“We are taking plants that grow all over the world and we try to make it grow where it doesn’t naturally belong,” Althoff said. “It can be done – but you have to make all the conditions right for that plant.”

“It takes a little tender-loving care,” Jan Althoff said with a smile. “And then the gardener will have happy plants and we will have happy customers.”

The Althoffs are “locally grown” themselves, both being graduates of Gettysburg Area High School. Before opening Countryside Gardens in 1988, Jerry Althoff retired from Westinghouse after being laid off for a second time.

“Westinghouse said ‘Here are your savings’ and I said I am going to invest it in ourselves,” Jerry Althoff said. “We have always been nature lovers and this was our dream.”

He got his start in horticulture at the now-closed Springhill Gardens near Hanover, where he worked full-time for three years. He said he learned the fundamentals of landscaping by working two more years with Waybrant Landscaping, then widened his horticulture education by taking classes at Franklin County Vo-Tech and at Penn State University.

Countryside Gardens has something for every gardener – literally from A to Z, such as flowering plants from Ageratum to Zinnias, plus huge assortments of vegetable plants including cucumbers, squash, herbs and much more.

The outside sales yard is

located beside the large accessible parking lot, and contains birdbaths, garden benches and other poured concrete innovations, plus bagged and bulk mulches, stone and soils. Delivery of mulch, soils and stone is also available in a 10-mile radius of the store, Althoff said.

Stock includes flowering shrubs, evergreen shrubs, flowering trees and shade trees.

The garden center also offers garden fertilizers, chemicals, tools, landscape fabric, tree stakes and garden novelties.

While customers can telephone with gardening questions, Jan Althoff said questions emailed to often receive a more unhurried and thorough response. People also can visit the nursery’s Facebook page – Countryside Gardens, Gettysburg. Countryside also has a website:

“We are a full service gardening supply,” Jan Althoff said. “We want to serve our customers the best we can, from their first questions to getting their materials bagged and loaded in their vehicle. Our goal is high quality and friendly customer service.”

Countryside Gardens is located 1 mile south of U.S. Route 15 on state Route 97 (Baltimore Pike). Garden center hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday only in gardening season.)

Plant sales

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Countryside Gardens will offer 25 percent off the following items during specific weeks.

April 15 to 21: trees and shrubbery

April 22 to 28: mulch, soils and stone

April 29 to May 5: hanging baskets and containers

May 6 to 12: gardening supplies

May 13 to 19: lawn ornaments

May 20 to 26: perennials

May 27 to June 2: annual flower and vegetable plants

Lectures, demos

Several lectures and demonstrations by the Penn State Extension Master Gardeners are scheduled at Countryside Gardens including.

April 20: Planting and pruning demonstrations

April 27: Lecture on mulches, soil amendments and nutrients

May 5:Make your own hanging baskets/containers (in time for Mother’s Day)

May 11: Basic gardening tools and their uses – tips and demonstrations

May 18: Using accent pieces such as statuary, birdbaths, and fountains in your landscape.

May 25: Perennials – blooming plants for all seasons and what attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

June 1: Create your own edible container garden with annuals, veggies, and herbs

All lectures and demonstrations start at 1 p.m. at Countryside Garden

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Gardener Ralph Hoare, 104 shares tips on Twitter

Ralph HoareMr Hoare will answer questions posted with the hashtag #askralph

A green-fingered centenarian, said to be Britain’s oldest gardener, is taking to Twitter to share his horticultural tips.

Ralph Hoare, from Gloucestershire, still enjoys his passion for growing vegetables and cultivating flowers at the age of 104.

He took up gardening in 1914 and cites the activity as key to his long life.

Mr Hoare will answer questions posted with the hashtag #askralph from Tuesday.

The owner of around 200 rose bushes said he allowed for his weak knees by using a hoe for weeding and a grabbing tool for picking up items from the ground.

‘Willpower to continue’

He also secures the help of his great-grandchildren, aged six and four, who he said were already proficient in deadheading his roses.

The former bank worker and RAF veteran, who was born in Plymouth and grew up in Devon, said: “I have just sent off my order for my annuals.

Ralph Hoare with one of his great-granddaughtersMr Hoare said his grandchildren were proficient in deadheading his roses

“The seed potatoes are sprouting in the spare bedroom and I am waiting for some dry weather for the onion sets.

“The thought of my garden in bloom gives me the willpower to continue through the winter.

“Gardening keeps me on the move and my mind active.”

Mr Hoare said he had kept the garden at his Longlevens home himself since the death of his wife Dorothy in 2007.

“She used to do all the weeding and I did the planting, pruning and digging,” he said.

The couple, married in 1940 at St John’s Church in Taunton, Somerset, had two children and Mr Hoare is now grandfather to six and great-grandfather to a further six children.

He said: “Now that my knees are not so good, I have to garden standing up and by asking other people to do things for me.

“I use a hoe for weeding and a grabber for picking things up from the ground. I also spend more time just wandering through the paths, admiring and smelling the roses and making mental notes of what has to be done.”

Mr Hoare was identified as the UK’s oldest active gardener by retailer Furniture Village which led a hunt for an expert to respond to the nation’s horticultural questions.

Members of the public can put questions to Mr Hoare via the Twitter account @OfficialFV

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Gardening tips for April

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Gardening tips for April

By Ryan Sproul

Grove Sun – Delaware County Journal

Well we sure have got some nice rains over the last several days and hope this warmer weather is here to stay. It seems like everything is greening up and even some trees are trying to bud out. This month is planting time for our gardens and for this month’s column; I wanted to share some horticulture tips for April. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can reach me at 918-253-4332. Have a good week!!!

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Gardening tips: four ways to beat the freeze

1. Seed potatoes are traditionally planted on Good Friday, but many gardeners have delayed. If the ground is frozen, try planting in containers instead. Two or three early tubers such as Rocket or Red Duke of York placed in a large builder’s bucket or plastic bin (drill holes in the bottom for drainage) will produce a good crop of spuds, and they’re less vulnerable to slugs, too. Cover the container with horticultural fleece or place in a frost-free shed until the weather warms. If your soil isn’t frozen, do plant outside but protect the rows with several layers of fleece.

2. Throw fleece over newly emerged shoots of herbaceous perennials in exposed spots in the garden to shield them from freezing winds. Fleece will also protect open flowers and buds of delicate fruit trees such as apricots and cherries. Mulches can help to preserve moisture in the soil and suppress weeds, but if applied when the soil is frozen they will simply lock in the cold for longer, so wait for a thaw. If you must get on with something in the garden, prune gooseberries and autumn-fruiting raspberries and tie in blackberry canes.

3. Most vegetable seeds need a consistent soil temperature of 6-8C before they can be sown direct: peg down black plastic sheeting over bare soil to warm it ready for sowing and planting. In the meantime, sow seeds of parsley, cabbages and lettuces in plastic module trays and place them on a warm, sunny windowsill, with a clear plastic bag or clingfilm over the trays to trap in heat. Once the weather warms and you can see roots poking through the drainage holes, harden seedlings off by gradually exposing them to conditions outside. Plant out once you’re comfortable working without a coat.

4. Microgreens are the ultimate quick-return windowsill crop. Try sowing coriander, radish, chard, fenugreek and mustard seeds in a plastic takeaway food tray or a length of guttering and covering with a sprinkle of compost or vermiculite. Keep the compost moist and within days you’ll be cutting handfuls of flavoursome greens to sprinkle on stir-fries, dahls and salads.

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Nine shrubs and groundcovers with various shades of yellow and gold foliage, all meant to brighten the garden, are featured in this year’s Beautiful Gardens lineup.

Since 2009, the Virginia-based plant introduction program has tested and promoted new and underused ornamental species for cold hardiness zones that range from Zones 4-8. Partners in the project include the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech, Virginia Cooperative Extension, master gardeners and test sites such as Norfolk Botanical Garden.

Linda Pinkham, a professional gardener in Smithfield, Va., helps select nominations for the program and grows many of them for her own personal perspective.

If you think yellow plants look weak and unhealthy in a garden, Pinkham thinks differently, based on years of professional experience.

“Yellow is the happiest color, the one that advances the most toward the eye, the one that can be a unifying addition to a mix of plants,” she says. “Plants in gold and yellow have to be placed wisely — not lined up in rows or symmetrical patterns, but dispersed throughout the garden to make it ‘pop.’

“My husband, Bill the landscape designer, had trouble persuading clients to let him add yellow plants to the site. I kept telling him he had to say ‘chartreuse’ instead of yellow. All good flower arrangers know that no matter what colors you use in an arrangement, using a little, or a lot, of chartreuse will make it

‘sing.’ ”

Les Parks, curator of herbaceous plants at Norfolk Botanical Garden in southeastern Virginia, is also partial to bright, bold foliage.

“Used in the garden, gold or chartreuse has a real way of bringing in light, particularly in shady situations,” he says. “The colors also mix well with burgundy, purples and black.”

You’ll find many of the Beautiful Gardens plants available at garden centers.

Here’s a close look at some of this year’s selections:

Mother Lode juniper, or Juniperus horizontalis Mother Lode (Zones 4-7). Creeping, flat evergreen has brilliant gold foliage that goes bronze in winter. Deer-resistant, it spreads 6-8 feet but stays 4-6 inches tall; it needs full sun and tolerates drought.

Little Honey oakleaf hydrangea, or Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey (Zones 5-9). “It’s a good plant for shady spots, even if it never blooms,” says Parks. “It stays small (4 feet tall and wide), has attractive white flowers, the bark exfoliates and the bright yellow foliage turns a nice burgundy red in fall.” Give the plant part shade and well-drained soil.

Mellow Yellow spirea, or Spiraea thunbergii Ogon (Zones 4-8). “This is my favorite on the list,” says Parks. “It produces dainty, baby’s breath-like flowers. The real draw for me is the golden-to-yellow green foliage on arching branches, which adds a fine texture to the garden. In the fall, the plant tends to lose its green tints and goes more golden.” The deer-resistant plant grows 4-5 feet tall and wide and attracts butterflies.

“Ogon can be pruned hard each winter to keep it 3-4 feet tall and wide,” says landscape designer Peggy Krapf of Heart’s Ease Landscape and Garden Design in James City County, Va. “It works well with a contemporary or informal style landscape.”

Golden Japanese spikenard, or Aralia cordata Sun King (Zones 4-8). The evergreen quickly forms a plant 4-5 feet tall and wide. Contrasting reddish-brown stems support its bright yellow, tropical-looking foliage; in late summer, interesting racemes of tiny white flowers attract honeybees and are followed by black berries. It likes part shade and is deer resistant.

All Gold forest grass, or Hakonochloa macra All Gold (Zones 5-9). Deer-resistant grass spreads to form 18-inch-high and 24-inch-wide clumps that glow chartreuse in shade and brighter gold in sun.

Brigadoon St. John’s wort, or Hypericum calycinum Brigadoon (Zones 5-7). “This gold-leaf St. John’s wort is grown primarily for the foliage,” says Parks. “In shadier sites, it’s more chartreuse green, and with more sun, it’s yellower. More groundcover than shrub, it stays mostly evergreen. Exposed to cold weather, the leaves take on an orange to red cast.”


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