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Alcatraz Island’s historic but long-neglected gardens are once again lush and colorful. Thanks to volunteers in the Bay Area, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Garden Conservancy, and the National Park Service, the gardens at Alcatraz are now flourishing after 40 years of neglect. Take a visual tour of the beautiful gardens now serving time on “The Rock.”
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Begonia have tropical and subtropical origins and are known for their asymmetrical leaf shapes. Read on to learn more about these plants that are best kept indoors or in shady summer beds.
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Sparked by shortening days, poinsettias burst forth with color just as the world outside turns gray and cold. Read on to see nine dazzling poinsettias, just in time for the holidays.
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Jenny Andrews sneaks a peek at the new plants featured at the Ohio Florists Association show
When Flora Grubb added a floral-design studio to her San Francisco garden boutique and nursery this past fall, she created it with intent. The San Francisco native finds inspiration in materials seen in her everyday surroundings.
Lilac blue with a cream face, deep-purple blotch and clutch of whiskers, Viola Sorbet Marina Babyface is sweet beyond belief, and fragrant too. Forms a mound 6 inches high and up to 10 inches across; flowers are an inch or more wide. Very frost tolerant.
A black-eyed Susan amped to the max. Heads of narrow, quilled golden petals look like a cheerleader’s pom-pom. Blooms summer through fall, 18 inches tall. Hardy to Zone 5a.
This new Japanese water iris has a poetic grace, with large flowers of lavender falls veined in violet and a dark-purple central clutch of “petaloids.” Adds a lovely accent to summer water gardens when grown in a partly submerged container. Hardy in Zones 4-9.  heronswood.com
A bit quirky but totally cute, the ruffled, often semidouble flowers of Viola Angel Amber Kiss are very un-viola-like. Ruddy orange with a yellow center and rose-colored reverse on the wings. Each flower seems to have its own personality. Plants are 6 to 8 inches across; flowers are about an inch wide. 
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