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The Victorian language of flowers meant that you could express a wide range of sentiments with a simple floral nosegay. On Valentine's Day, the sweetest of holidays, we take a look at some popular flowers to include in a bouquet and how they speak the language of love.
Australian plants are like the ultimate self-sacrificing mother: They give and give (certain trees can reach 20 feet in just a few years and flower for six weeks or more) but ask so little in return. (Fertilizer? Rain? If you insist.) Their fantastical forms, however—including sculptural, hairy, or waxy blooms in neon colors—are anything but matronly.    
At Hortulus Farm, Garden & Nursery, floral designer and event maestro Renny Reynolds creates simple, unstructured arrangements with seasonal and homegrown botanical ingredients. He and partner Jack Staub glean from the perennial borders, cutting garden and flowering shrubs to create highly personal arrangements for decorating their home.  Here are their top 10 cutting plants for floral design:
Sunflowers can grow remarkably fast, and incredibly tall. Young gardeners, unwitting cultivators, and casual competitors have all planted extraordinary sunflowers—here's a look at some of the tallest (and the craziest, including one with 104 flower heads!).
Take advantage of this time of year and plant a mass of Drumstick Alliums that will pay dividends next spring and summer.
Related Topics: Grow | flower gardens | Flowers | How-To | planting
Now is the time to get forced bulbs ready—we show you how! Plus: How a gin cocktail keeps paperwhites short and manageable.
Don’t leave the garden before the encore of summer has the chance to bloom. From the cheerful willow-leaved sunflower to the striking toad lily, we have 10 garden show-stoppers who may be late, but are definitely worth the wait.
Related Topics: Grow | autumn | fall | Flowers | Garden Inspiration | plants | summer
Get a glimpse of one of the world’s largest collections of rhodies at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington.
Related Topics: Grow | Flowers | rhododendrons | Seattle
Discover the special virtues of species rhododendrons at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington.
Related Topics: Visit | Flowers | rhododendrons | Seattle
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