NEW Trips to Take!

Myrtle's easy when the conditions are right.


NEW Plants to Try!

Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


A Gardening Journal

Today in the Garden of a Lifetime: Berries of the Wayfaring Tree

Gold-leaved wayfaring tree is "on" all year: White flowers in May, gold foliage Spring to Fall, unusual evergreen "place saver" leaves that tip the branches all Winter—and, in high Summer, clusters of colorful berries.

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And yet, for a plant that is so rewarding season after season, year by year, I hadn't yet stopped to appreciate the berries until now. Ah, the reasons!


The Best Season Ever: 'Panache' Canna in Bloom

This canna's leaves are blue—well, bluish—and as elegant as any leaf so large that a banana plant might bear it could ever be. Its flowers, though, are elegant without caveat or qualifier: subtle and complex, voluptuous and generous—yet, paradoxically, restrained and even ascetic. 

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No wonder this cultivar is named 'Panache'. 


Perry's Giant Sunburst lotus in bloom

During the night, the bud in the previous post completed its transformation into a flower.

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By morning, the green sepals had relaxed outward and downward, letting the pristine white petals expand and begin to open. Already, the flower is larger than many a grapefruit—and, yet, its fully-open form and size are still to come.


Perry's Giant Sunburst lotus in ravishing leaf and bud

By August, the competition to be noticed is at its peak. Perennials are at their height, while annuals and tropicals are within inches of overtaking them. Thanks to its enormous leaves held high above the water and, of course, its staggering flowers, this lotus is never less than a star. 

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Even in bud—as here—the excitement is already intense: In just another day or two, another of the flowers will dazzle us. 


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