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Peonies deliver showstopping blooms with surprisingly little effort.

 

The Rhodochiton atrosanguineum, or Purple Bell vine, a native of southwestern Mexico, is hardy to zone 9 and offers much to covet. It's also easy to start from seed indoors in cooler climates.
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A familiar bulb sparks passion both sides of the Atlantic—our exclusive photographs of five showstopping varieties of daffodils (and suggestions for similar alternatives to grow at home).
These six unique varieties of pelargoniums are quite rare and mysterious—and worth tracking down. 
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.
Witch hazel, which blooms in the middle of winter, is a natural remedy for the wintertime blues. With flowers that resemble delicate bits of yellow, copper, or red ribbon, witch hazel is not only a burst of color, but can also produce a delicious and powerful fragrance in the icy air. Plus: We list six of our favorite witch hazel varieties.
Not since the likes of Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors has their been a botanical diva like Lois, the Corpse Flower, in Houston. One might call her the Snooki of the plant world, with a giant poof and an attitude even stronger than her smell. We chat with Lois, who gained her fame with her stink and her Twitter stream last year, about how life—now that her 15-minutes of fame is over—has been treating her. We discover that this Titan arum has still got her groove on.
We lust over the many magnolias in the Rare Find Nursery catalog.

Landscape designer Stephen Suzman likes the groundcover species Senecio mandraliscae for its fast growth and distinctive chalky-blue fleshy foliage. A native of South Africa, it grows 12 to 18 inches tall with masses of 3- to 4-inch pencil-like leaves. For more, visit Great Garden Plants.

A vibrant groundcover for the shade garden, Lamium maculatum ‘Anne Greenaway’ forms a 6- to 8-inch-tall mass of scallop-edged variegated leaves that glitter with chartreuse, silver and mint green. Clusters of small lilac-mauve flowers add to the display in late spring, but the foliage can last all year in mild-winter regions. Perennial.
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