Temari Patio Blue verbena

Bluish-purple blooms of Temari Patio Blue

Virtues: We love Temari Patio Blue verbena for its bushy, more upright growth habit than typical annual verbenas, which makes it a unique cultivar for patio pots and the garden beds. Temari produces bountiful, bright bluish-purple flowers that cascade over …

Zahara Double Fire zinnia

Scarlet-orange double blossoms of this zinna variety

Virtues: We love Zahara Double Fire zinnia for its spectacular scarlet-orange, double blooming flowers.The dense, bushy plant is a continuous bloomer from late spring until frost. 

Blue Velvet St. Johnswort

Bright Yellow Flowers of St. Johnswort

Virtues: We love Blue Velvet St. Johnswort for its lustrous, fragrant blue-green leaves and vibrant yellow blooms with “fiber-optic” centers.

‘Arizona Apricot’ blanketflower

A unique blend of orange and yellow petals with a daisy-like center.

PLANTS WE LOVE Virtues: We love ‘Arizona Apricot’ for its unique apricot color, a blend of soft yellow and orange petals.  An All-America Selections winner for 2012, it boasts continuous blooms, hardiness and a high heat tolerance. Apricot’ is an …

Define Your Garden with Edgings


Excerpted from The Flower Gardener’s Bible by Lewis and Nancy Hill (Timber Press, 2003). An edging defines exactly what is garden and what is not, and it gives the bed a finished appearance, often making the difference between a fine …

Summer Jewel Red (Salvia cocciena)

Summer Jewel Red

Virtues: We love Summer Jewel Red for its profuse brilliant-red blossoms that continuously bloom from spring through autumn. As the 2011 All America Selection Award Winner, the bright red flower spikes of Summer Jewel Red are covered with half inch …

Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’ (blue star)

Blue Ice Blue Star

Virtues: This compact version of Blue Star is a superb introduction for any spring garden. Blue Ice displays blue-violet, star-shaped blossoms and a thick mound of deer-resistant foliage that gives credence to its hybrid origin. Once established in a garden, …

Filigree daisy (Anthemis marschalliana)

Filigree Daisy

Virtues: We love Filigree daisy for its drought-tolerance and long-stemmed blooms. This hardy perennial is a perfect choice for xeriscaping or for a dry border, and its well-branched filigree foliage and profuse golden blooms will shine in any garden.

Herbal Sunburn Relief


I got a typical gardener’s sunburn on my shoulders over the weekend. Next time this happens I will be prepared with a remedy.  I found a recipe for sunburn relief in a small, mail-order catalog produced by Mountain Rose Herbs …