A garden notebook is a “must.” Now is as good a time as any to start one.
Make a note of varieties you see and like. Jot down all your garden activities —even your mistakes.
You’ll have a better garden for your effort.
Peonies To Choose From
Single peonies have a grace and charm lacking in the double forms.
The belladonna type of delphinium is often overlooked for the heavier and bolder spikes of the giant hybrids.
For spikey material in flower arrangements, the belladonna form has few equals.
A dry, sunny spot in the rock garden is just the place to plant Sedum cauticola ‘Lidakense.’
It is now growing with interesting gray-green foliage and deep pink flowers.
A low creeping plant that grows well between a rock crevice or between flagstones is sandwort (Arenaria yenta caespitosa).
It is a rugged grower that tolerates shade.
If you haven’t noticed the improvement in Shasta daisies in the last few years, then you are in for a surprise.
If one were to choose a single variety of sedum from the many available.
Sedum Sieboldi would be an excellent selection. The leaves are silver-gray with a faint reddish margin.
Coral bells (Heuchera sanguinea) make excellent cut flowers and combine particularly well in rose arrangements.
Iris Pallida Dalmatica
Iris pallida dalmatica was one of my early loves. Its lofty stature, lovely lavender-blue color (medium blue, according to the catalogs), and pleasing fragrance have kept it close to my heart.
Naturally, when I notice it in a catalog, I’m prompted to browse further among the offered items.
The greater vigor, heavier flower production, greater uniformity, and brighter colors of F1 hybrid petunias will certainly make the user of petunias for bedding a happier gardener.
But when you remember that white petunias often lack vigor.
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