Last summer I tried growing a few new varieties of flowers that are especially attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Because I wanted to get started gardening early, I chose varieties I could start from seed indoors.
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When you think about hostas (and daylilies and roses and dahlias), you probably focus on their appealing foliage and vibrant blooms. Surprisingly, these plants are delicious as well as lovely. In fact, many of our favorite garden plants can feed both body and soul. Here’s a quick peek at how to harvest and prepare hostas […]
In fall, many gardens are highlighted by the fragrant “sweet autumn clematis,” which covers itself with frothy clouds of small flowers. Until now, the late-bloomer was only available in white, but growers have created a new variety, Sweet Summer Love, which blooms in cranberry-violet. Fragrance is sweet cherry-vanilla. This new clematis is one of five […]
With gracefully arching stems and bright green leaves with white edges, variegated Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’) is a welcome addition to the woodland garden and an ideal companion for other shade-lovers, such as hosta, astilbe, hellebore, brunnera and ferns. Although it doesn’t produce the riot of color of many previous Perennial Plants of the […]
Some of my favorite perennials bloom at this time of year and their end-of-the-season finale is well worth the wait. With its gold flowers and purple leaves, Desdemona ligularia pairs brilliantly with a 7-foot-tall fleece flower (Persicaria polymorpha) in the garden at Muckross castle near Ennis, Ireland. Desdemona ligularia (Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’) A […]