rare plants

  • Daphne juliae covered in pink flowers

    Tiny Treasures in Brigitta’s Garden

    Brigitta Stewart, the owner of the small mail-order nursery Arrowhead Alpines in Michigan, has a garden full of tiny treasures, many of them very rare—special plants that you don’t see…

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    Tips for Attending Local Plant Sales

    Across North America, spring and summer mean that it's time to buy new plants for the garden, and while there are plenty of great nurseries and garden centers, real plant…

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    Wish-List Plants for the Northwest and Beyond

    I know that I’m not the only gardener and designer with a wish list of plants. But I also have an ongoing list of “holy grail” plants that I’m on…

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    Elle’s Connecticut Garden

    I’m always excited when Elle Ronis sends in photos of her beautiful garden in Stamford, Connecticut. If you’ve missed previous posts, you can see some here: Flowers Big and Small…

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    Collect Rare Plants to Make an Exciting Garden

    Today’s photos come from John Story and Diana K. Weiner and feature their garden in the Sullivan Catskills in New York. They write that their passion is propagating and planting…

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    Artful Gardening

    Elissa Steves of Blacksburg, Virginia, has an unusual and very beautiful garden. Typically, gardeners either focus on collecting the most rare and exotic of plants, OR they focus on arranging…

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    Iowa Plant Collector, Part 1

    Gary Whittenbaugh gardens in Iowa, where he grows an astonishing range of rare plants. Iowa can be a difficult place to garden. With hot summers and cold winters, it is…