Petunia is the new black! Our columnist Anna Laurent investigates the "Black Velvet" petunia and its specially bred dark hues. Adored by designers and admired by breeders, the flower is the most recent addition to a trend for black-flowered plants.
A slide show of photographs of the second part of New York's High Line, an elevated garden built on an abandoned railroad track, with gardens designed by Piet Oudolf and landscape architecture by James Corner. The second part of the High Line opened June 8, 2011, bringing the completed garden to a mile long, with a third part to open in the future.
A desert plant, the Welwitschia mirabilis is beloved among botanists who seek the very old and the very strange. It's a living fossil that survives in the desert, neither a typical succulent or a cactus, and neither a shrub nor a bush. It has been named a dwarf tree, and a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens once described it as "the most wonderful plant ever brought to this country, and the very ugliest."
Now that Labor Day is behind us and the kids are heading back to school, Katherine Anderson of Marigold and Mint creates a few late summer flower arrangements with three favorite flowers of the season: sunflowers, zinnias, and dahlias.
Our online editor attends a class taught by florist Ariella Chezar and share some of Chezar's tips for creating a natural, full but loose centerpiece. Chezar favors a more relaxed style of arranging that is inspired by the way plants grow in the garden and is a move away from the tightly bundled style of flower arranging.