New Seeds from Thompson & Morgan

New varieties from Thompson & Morgan for 2009

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia x hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’)

'Cherry Brandy' Rudbeckia

Following on the 2002 introduction of Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’, Thompson & Morgan flower breeders worked hard to develop the first-ever red Rudbeckia from seed – Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy! These robust plants have outstanding garden performance, producing a [...]

Summer Flowers – Gone but not Forgotten

After the flowering party is over…

Stunning Echinacea Meadowbrite Orange blooms at their peak

Their blooms have come and gone and left behind are the fallen petals and the swellings and bulges not unlike those at a mom-to-be convention.  After the flowering party is over for many annuals and perennials, a gardener’s task turns to deadheading [...]

Showy Mexican Milkweed

Mexican Milkweed

Brilliant red and orange Mexican Milkweed blooms in an Austin, Texas garden

Mexican Milkweed (also called Bloodflower, Swallow-wort, Silkweed, Tropical Milkweed, Indian root, Butterfly Weed, Red Cottonweed, and Scarlet Milkweed) is botanically known Asclepias curassavica.

This tropical, herbaceous perennial (evergreen in milder areas) is hardy to zone 8, but can be grown [...]

More High Impact Garden Design Tips

High Impact Garden Design – Part Two

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' at Portland's Rose Garden

In the previous article it was revealed here that it is easy to make a dramatic statement in the garden if masses of Goldsturm Rudbeckia are planted.   Even though masses of bright, golden daisy flowers do make a showy statement, they do [...]

Creating Impact with Garden Design

High Impact Garden Design – Part One

Beauty in garden design found in this Amsterdam Canal House Garden

Making a dramatic statement in the garden is easy if you are a big fan of putting Goldsturm Rudbeckia everywhere.   Alas, it is possible to go overboard with this reliable, showy plant!  Masses of bright golden [...]

Easy Elegance Roses for 2010

The 2010 Easy Elegance® Rose Collection

Welcome to a tour of the 2010 Easy Elegance® Rose garden. The following varieties are currently available at better garden centers across the country. Be sure to notice Como Park and Coral Cove, two new varieties joining the collection in the spring of 2010.

All the Rage Rose


Columbines and Granny’s Bonnets

The Beauty of Columbines

Old-fashioned Charming Columbines

Columbines are a delightful addition to the perennial garden.  Forming an upright plant with fine lacy foliage, this plant is a favourite of many gardeners.  Columbines bloom for many weeks in late May and early June.   They have very interesting and highly decorated blooms.  Whether they are purple, [...]

Hardy Hibiscus

Bold and Beautiful Hardy Hibiscus I was thrilled to see more brilliant red hibiscus flowers blooming in the garden this morning. There were several open earlier in the week but I didn’t have my camera ready at the right time, so early this morning after doing my watering chores, I ran down with my camera [...]

Key Garden Tools – Part Two

Here’s a look at more indispensible garden tools.

Hand tools (forks, cultivators, or trowels) are readily found in garden supply outlets.  Such tools are even available in a number of fashionable colours. Choose a colour that is bold enough to be seen when the tool is put down among the perennials.  Do not buy green [...]

Key Garden Tools – Part One

Indispensable Garden Tools

What makes a garden tool indispensable? 

The essential garden tools

The right garden tool should feel comfortable in your hands, be  well balanced, have a good grip, and have a smooth, well finished handle.   A good gardening tool should just feel “right”.  If a tool feels clumsy, unbalanced, or heavy initially-it will feel even [...]