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It's the golden age for lilies, of the genus Lilium, with thousands of lily varieties. A short history of lily hybridization and why it's heating up now, more than ever.
The discovery of the world's smallest orchid is, fittingly, the story of an intrepid explorer, an enigmatic flower, and the curious luck that brought them together. All but transparent, the flower's petals are one-cell thick, and its blossom is just 2.1 mm wide from tip to tip.
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.
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The New York Times reports on how China has banned all mention and selling of jasmine, for fear of revolution. (Even poetry about jasmine has been banned.) Rural jasmine growers, unaware of the controversy, are left with falling prices on their unsold plants.
Peonies sell out fast, with yellow tree peonies going first. You can preorder herbaceous peonies now, and tree peonies are available spring through fall, as well as the hybrid Itohs or intersectionals. We take a quick look at the history of yellow peonies and why they command such high prices, as well as a reminder to start ordering new varieties for your garden.
There are many ways to see the rhododendron in its full splendor, including botanical gardens and specialty nurseries.  Here are five great gardens to see the flowers in bloom.
Summer bulbs, which go in when the soil warms in spring, can be the easiest and most satisfying way to give your garden a hit of exotic color and fragrance during the hottest months of the year. Now is the time for gardeners in most parts of the country to make plans for and order summer bulbs, in order to get them in the dirt in April or May.
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If you're curious about how people develop snowdrop mania, we've compiled a list of articles about the people, the societies, and the culture behind the madness. Links include a first-person tale from the man who sold a snowdrop for almost $600 this year (on eBay, natch), a gathering of the 'Immortals' among the snowdrop collectors, and photos of Hitch Lyman's astounding American collection of snowdrops.
Attracting the birds and the bees with its puckered lips, the Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus) wins our prize for best kisser.
The bewitching fragrance of jasmine vines is a difficult-to-bottle scent. Capturing jasmine's essence is considered a superlative feat of aromatic alchemy, which is why jasmine is an ingredient in some of the world's most expensive perfumes.
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