Unique Annual For Flowerbed Backdrops

It’s fun to grow things that cause passersby to stop and point. All flowers are nice, but some are unique and uncommon enough to stir curiosity. One such flower is cleome. (Usually pronounced klee-ohm, or less often klee-OH-mee.) Nicknames include spider flower and grandfather’s whiskers. It’s one of our long-time favorites, and great for flowerbed…
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Two-Hundred-Year-Old Marigold Making A Popular Comeback

Sometimes old flower varieties are best left in the past, because improved versions are, well, improvements. Newer types might have improved vigor with larger flowers, better disease resistance or longer blooming season, so planting the older versions can be disappointing. But there are a few very old flower varieties that need no improvement, yet they’ve…
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Lisianthus: A Little-Known Flowerbed Gem

Have you tried lisianthus? This unique annual has been grown in flowerbeds for ages, but remains a well-kept secret. It’s probably not widely known and grown because not many garden centers sell them as starter plants. But if you grow it successfully, I can assure you that neighbors will want to know it’s identity. Lisianthus…
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