Add Old World Treasures to Your Garden

February 01, 2013
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Add some variety to your garden with Sempervivum, also known as Hens and Chicks and Houseleeks.

Sempervivum are considered “Old World Treasures” and are associated with mythology. During early centuries in Scandinavian countries, they were called “Thor’s Helper” and were believed to drive off demons and guard homes if planted on roofs. The Romans called them “Beard of Jupiter” and planted them on roofs to guard against lightning. This myth spread throughout Europe to Ireland where they were described as “a wee cabbage sat down, on my roof. ”

Plant Experts' Picks

January 21, 2013
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 The little-known ‘Pink Pearl’ apple

Two New David Austin Roses for 2013

August 15, 2012
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Although they won’t debut until September, we got an exclusive preview of two 2013 blooms from British hybridizer David Austin Roses. ‘England’s Rose’ (left) and ‘Queen Anne’ took their time to achieve perfection; David Austin began the hybridization process a decade ago.

Look Book: Passion for Plants

April 04, 2012
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Do you know about our digital Look Books? They focus on one gardening topic in particular and highlight images and information, perfect for inspiration for your garden. Our most recent one is Passion for Plants.

Bird-Friendly Habitats

March 13, 2012
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In the spring, as the frozen ground thaws and signs of green slowly start to emerge, we begin again in earnest to attract life to our backyards. To entice birds, whose avian acrobatics and cheery chirps enliven and animate our burgeoning gardens, we install feeders that often produce disappointing results or invite a host of unwelcome critters. Garden Design turned to Stephen W.

Vines Online

December 14, 2011
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A photo of Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty,' available from Brushwood Nursery.


February 19, 2010
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Photo by: Chelsea Stickel

An unusual pattern reminiscent of some of its elephant’s-ear cousins in the Arum family, ‘Elise’ has rose-pink speckles and brush strokes across a rich-green background.