Flower guide

Posted with permission from Wine News.

Show me your garden, and I will show you who you are. From the humblest window box to the finest parterre, each garden has its own distinct character — a verdant reflection of the person who created it.

David Austin's Garden Roses

August 16, 2012
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If you want to see all eight varieties of the cut flowers, take a look at our David Austin's Garden Roses Slideshow.

How to Grow Picture-Perfect Petunias

August 15, 2012
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Ever wondered how to grow petunias that will be the envy of your neighborhood or garden club? Here are 10 tips from Wave Petunias to help you grow perfect petunias:

Photo by: Dana Gallagher

See also the Gilding Lilies Photo Gallery for more photographs of the lilies.

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011

Great Spring Plant Sales

May 16, 2011
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May is a banner month for public garden plant sales. This year at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, curator Don Mahoney is growing the fragrant luculia shrub, for which, he says, “a local nursery had a waiting list 35 people long.” At the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, director of horticulture Dorthe Hviid has been dividing some of the garden's historic collection of daylilies, readying them for sale. Below, a few of the nation's plant sales and their time-tested best sellers.

Witch Hazel

March 14, 2011
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Among the plant world's many miracles, witch hazel may be the most restorative. In colder parts of the country, it is one of the only big plants to bloom during the low-light days when gardeners feel most despondent. To stumble unexpectedly across a good-size witch hazel shrub during a snowy January walk is inevitably to be set alight by the not-quite-rational sense that spring is on its way. The flowers—delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon—blow outward from bare branches like streamers from a party cracker.

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