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Bletilla striata - hyacinth orchid Plants / Perennials

Bletilla striata - hyacinth orchid

How about a garden orchid? If you like unusual plants look at this princess from China. It is a hardy plant that can be planted outdoors down to USDA zone 5. Typically orchid-like flowers are magenta or lavender pink, 4-5 cm wide, borne at tips of 15-25 cm long stems. There can be 6-12 flowers on each …

Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac (Month-by-Month Guide) Other / Books

Doug Welsh's Texas Garden Almanac

Think of Doug Welshs Texas Garden Almanac as a giant monthly calendar for the entire state--a practical, information-packed, month-by-month guide for gardeners and yardeners. This book provides everything you need to know about flowers and garden design; trees, shrubs, and vines; lawns; vegetable, herb, …

The Informed Gardener Other / Books

The Informed Gardener

In this introduction to sustainable landscaping practices, Linda Chalker-Scott addresses the most common myths and misconceptions that plague home gardeners and horticultural professionals. Chalker-Scott offers invaluable advice to gardeners gardeners who have wondered: …

Covering Ground Other / Books

Covering Ground

Open sweeps of lawn are a large part of most home landscapes, but imagine turning those stretches of lawn into striking swathes of beautifully planted ground covers. Barbara W. Ellis explores hundreds of wonderful possibilities in her new guide, helping readers create eyecatching splashes of color and …

Magnolia 'Susan' - girl magnolia Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Magnolia 'Susan' - girl magnolia

In 1955 and 1956 several crosses between Magnolia liliflora and Magnolia stellata were made at the U.S. National Arboretum by William F. Kosar and Dr. Francis de Vos. These selections bloom two-four weeks later than other spring blooming magnolias, reducing the possibility of frost damage to minimum. …

Evergreens For Every State Other / Books

Evergreens For Every State

Evergreens For Every State: How to Select and Grow Them Successfully in Your Locality The purpose of this book is twofold; it combines the necessary information for the successful growing of evergreens, together with suggestions for their uses in the planting scheme. The book opens with a discussion …

Magnolia campbellii 'Lanarth' - magnolia Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Magnolia campbellii 'Lanarth' - magnolia

Lanarth is another breathtaking rare magnolia. It belongs to campbelli group which originated in Nepal and India. Its full name is Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata Lanarth. This one, however, comes from Yunnan Province in China, where it was raised from a seed in 1924 by a famous collector George …

Magnolia 'Goldstar' - Goldstar magnolia Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Magnolia 'Goldstar' - Goldstar magnolia

Another rare magnolia is this cross between magnolia acuminata var. subcordata “Miss Honeybee” and magnolia stellata. It gained flower shape fro stellata and colour from acuminate. Goldstar has medium sized flowers with 14 narrow petals, very similar to star-shaped magnolias. The colour is a delicate …

Magnolia 'Athene' - magnolia Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Magnolia 'Athene' - magnolia

Athene is a large-flowered magnolia hybrid, a cross between magnolia „Mark Jury“ and magnolia x soulangeana „Lennei Alba“. The flowers have almost white petals with deep red or purple red shades at the bottom. They are very fragrant and reach 25-30 cm across when fully opened. It is an early …

A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants Other / Books

A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

The most comprehensive, detailed, and lavishly illustrated guide to garden plants ever published, first published in 1997, has now been completely revised to include nearly 250 new plants and photos. The AHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants is an essential reference for all gardeners, from novices to …

Magnolia 'Atlas' - magnolia Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Magnolia 'Atlas' - magnolia

Hybridizing and crossing brings new and better varieties of magnolias that have features never seen before. Mark Jury from New Zealand continues this work that was started in 1960´s by his late father Felix. ´Atlas´ is one of his fantastic results, a cross between Magnolia Mark Jury and Magnolia x …