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From German grower Dümmen comes a cornucopia of fruit-inspired African daisies, with tasty names like Blueberry and Cranberry. Purple and fuchsia petals have an iridescent look, with dark violet-blue centers. Typically used as an annual.
I just can't help it – I love brown flowers. Maybe it's the irony; maybe I just have a thing for the color brown. But the malted-milkshake, silvery tones of Velour Frosted Chocolate are on another plane. Part of an award-winning series from Floranova, the flowers in this dainty little one are a bit smaller than its brethren, less than an inch across, with a shape more akin to wild violets. Blooms profusely on compact plants, fall and spring.

For unusual muted shades, landscape designer Stephen Suzman likes to use Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ (powdery pinkish lavender) and E. ‘Perle von Nürnberg’, pictured (grayish brown with a pinkish mauve tinge). Both form rosettes of overlapping leaves, 1 foot across for ‘Afterglow’, 5 to 6 inches for ‘Perle von Nürnberg’. provenwinners.com

Spectacular greenhouses and an authentic six-acre Victorian walled garden are just some of the sights that you can still visit today as examples of Victorian gardening.
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It's the golden age for lilies, of the genus Lilium, with thousands of lily varieties. A short history of lily hybridization and why it's heating up now, more than ever.
Artist Frances Palmer, well-known for her pottery, is also a passionate dahlia gardener. After teaching us how to plant dahlias, she returns to GardenDesign.com to show us how to dig up and store dahlia tubers for the winter. 
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Anna Schuleit's 2003 piece Bloom installed 28,000 potted flowers in the Massachussetts Mental Health Center before it closed.
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How putting succulents in the pond and snapping up the local nurserys ugliest trees yielded a pitch-perfect paradise.
New leaves on this Indian bean tree emerge wine colored to chocolate, segueing to green in summer. White flowers are lavender-tinged. Though it can reach 40 to 50 feet tall and wide, it can be pruned hard to keep it shrubby. Zones 5-9. forestfarm.com
A member of the very popular, many-colored Sorbet series from grower PanAmerican Seed Co., Sorbet Black Duet is a sweet little bicolor, with a bright-purple face and velvety dark-plum wings. Sorbets are early to flower after winter has passed and continue through late spring. Plants are 6 inches high and wide; flowers are about an inch across.
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