1. ‘Thalia’ Daffodil
Name: Narcissus ‘Thalia’
USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9
Size: 10 to 12 inches tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
This classic daffodil is so beautiful that upon first sight of the flower, I swore I would name my first-born daughter Thalia. Pure, nearly translucent white blossoms are held in sweetly nodding clusters with reflexed petals. There is a slight fragrance to the blooms, too. It is one of the latest blooming daffodils, with thin, grasslike foliage. This feature makes the deterioration of ‘Thalia’ a graceful event compared to other daffodils whose fat, heavy foliage collapses into a heap, looking like a pile of discarded linguini. Stunning in combination with Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8), ‘Thalia’ is reliably elegant and breathtaking year after year.
2. ‘Ascot Rainbow’ Euphorbia
Name: Euphorbia × martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Zones: 6 to 9
Size: 16 to 20 inches tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…
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