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Amaryllis Are Fabulous, Foolproof and Fun

Nearly everyone enjoys receiving flowers or plants to recognize or celebrate a special occasion. However, there are times when sending and receiving flowers are not convenient or practical due to poor weather, inappropriate location or timing. There is a flower that is an exception - the amaryllis. It is a live, flowering plant that can be boxed, gift wrapped, and enjoyed a few weeks or a month later and, possibly, kept alive and going for years after that. Read more about Amaryllis Are Fabulous, Foolproof and Fun

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Tweedia: The Little Blue Star

Tweedia is known for its distinctive turquoise blue star-shaped flowers and green/gray felted leaves. Prior to being identified as Tweedia caerulea, tweedia belonged to the genus Oxypetalum meaning sharp petal. Its five-petaled flowers bloom in loose clusters, which give way to boat-shaped seedpods. The seedpods are characteristic for the plant family in which it belongs, Asclepiadaceae. Read more about Tweedia: The Little Blue Star

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Hen and Chicks: A Kaleidoscope of Leaf Shapes, Textures and Colors

The plant’s well-known common name, Hen and Chicks, was derived from the vegetative offsets, or new plants that mature Echeveria will produce. The mature plant, the hen, develops numerous offsets, chicks, which surround the mature plant until the offsets are mature enough to support themselves.  In nature, the offsets break away from the hen once they are mature, but they can also be pulled or cut off and transplanted in the home garden.  The hen actually benefits from the removal of offsets since much of its energy is used to supporting the chicks.   Read more about Hen and Chicks: A Kaleidoscope of Leaf Shapes, Textures and Colors

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Viburnums for Every Garden

The range of aesthetic characteristics that viburnums display is a gardener’s delight. You can choose plants that are evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous. Some species are under two feet in stature while others are towering 20 footers. Viburnum leaves can be rounded or lance-shape, smooth, velvety or rough, and often deeply veined to give the leaf an undulating appearance. The often fragrant flowers are white or pink, and most species bloom between early spring and early summer. The fruit (drupes) set in the late summer are metallic blue, bright red and in some species change from red to deep purple as autumn progresses. The fall color on the deciduous types is equally striking ranging from bright clear yellow, to brilliant crimson, to a deep rusty maroon. Read more about Viburnums for Every Garden

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