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Cinderella Plants

Although their ugly stepsisters get all the attention, these are the true belles of the ball

Fine Gardening - Issue 144
Every year, for as long as anyone can remember, a new batch of plants is introduced to the masses. As gardeners, we crave new plants—something we haven’t seen before or a new improvement on an old favorite. But, unfortunately, unless a new plant has a multimillion-dollar marketing firm or a zealous public-relations agent backing it, gardeners might not ever know that it exists. When it comes to new plants, the more money that the company introducing the plant has, the more attention that plant gets—and the more people buy it. The worst part of this system is that many great plants never get the recognition or notoriety they deserve, while many mediocre selections get all the glory. It’s time to pay attention to a few gems that have been largely ignored by the gardening public but deserve the spotlight because of their unique characteristics, well-behaved habits, and low-care requirements.  …

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