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Hot-pink leaves with ruffled, variegated borders edged with a thin line of light green make Solenostemon ‘Pink Chaos’ look like an explosion of neon paisley. Grows 6 to 18 inches tall. Can be perennial in Zones 10 to 11, but elsewhere is an annual. gardencrossings.com, provenwinners.com, sunnyborder.com
Floral designer Jennifer McGarigle creates nature-inspired containers designed to outlive the flowers that once graced them.
University of Georgia's famed football coach is passionate about two things: football and gardening. In our Q & A, he talks about his biggest gardening challenge: "Trying to keep it up as I acquire more and more space and more plants. My mother used to say, 'Housework is never done.' The same can be said for gardening."
Your chairs outside should have the same flair as your style indoors—here are four of our favorites, including an affordable option from Ikea and the high-end Luxembourg Chair (just like the ones in Paris's Luxembourg Gardens!) in a riot of colors.
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Our sneak peek at some of the new lily varieties that will be shown at Lilytopia, starting May 20 at Pennsylvania's Longwood Gardens, and that will be showcased in our July/August issue. These lilies, with their amazing new colors and shapes, will be available for both the bulb and the cut-flower market in 2012.
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Should you encourage your children to play with their food? Young gardeners might enjoy this set of utensils disguised as gardening tools.
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This magnificent rose garden was created on the site of a family olive grove, which has been owned by the same family for half a century. Located in the San Joaquin Valley, this olive grove was originally developed by the railroads, before recently being transformed into orange groves.
Renaissance artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo painted a surreal version of a still-life, by creating portraits that portrayed the face of the cognoscenti—through its table, gardens, and natural world. 
Photographer Lori Nix builds a post-apocalyptic city, in which human inhabitants have retreated, and nature has begun to creep in. We ask the artist about the plants that are reclaiming these transformed urban spaces.
With spring bringing flowers aplenty, gardeners again have the pleasure of readily available blooms begging to be brought indoors. Two books—The Natural Home and Bringing Nature Home—remind us that living with nature in the house takes many forms.
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