Paul’s Plant Picks

Paul’s Plant Picks: Alliums Continue to Shine

Paul’s Plant Picks: Alliums Continue to Shine

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) on Allium ‘Millenium’ Allium ‘Millenium’ piqued my interest back in May when we received about 20 plants for our annual TBG plant sale. As I have...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: Beautiful Edibles

Paul’s Plant Picks: Beautiful Edibles

I have always been drawn to the simple beauty of eggplants from the nodding flower buds that appear at the base of the leaves to the star-shaped papery blossoms eventually followed by a peculiar...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

Paul’s Plant Pick: Does it Flower all Season Long?

One of the comments I most frequently hear when I do presentations or lead a garden tour is, ‘‘I want a perennial that blooms all season.’’ Personally, this has never been a real selling...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Paul’s Plant Pick: Beauty before Flowers

Echinacea ‘Solar Flare’ in the Entry Garden Walk I find it very exciting to watch flower buds develop and emerge through the foliage in the garden. Such is definitely the case with coneflowers...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: <i>Penstemon</i> ‘Dark Towers’

Paul’s Plant Pick: Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’

This week’s beautiful, but dark, star in the garden. Last Friday, as I walked through the gardens I was joined by a number of American Goldfinches darting about, a song sparrow singing its...

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Paul’s Pick: Patience and Good Pruning

Paul’s Pick: Patience and Good Pruning

“Wow” and “is it real” are two expressions I have heard repeatedly over the past week as visitors enter the Floral Hall courtyard. They are referring to the breathtaking Wisteria vine that...

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Paul’s Plant Picks: One of the many shining spring stars in the gardens, <i>Narcissi</i> ‘Rip Van Winkle’

Paul’s Plant Picks: One of the many shining spring stars in the gardens, Narcissi ‘Rip Van Winkle’

The recent warm temperatures and bright sunny days have resulted in an explosion of blooms throughout the gardens.  There are new surprises to delight with each passing day and in some instances...

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Paul’s Pick: Spiketail: a rare gem now in bloom

Paul’s Pick: Spiketail: a rare gem now in bloom

In addition to the beautiful magnolias that are just beginning to flower, we are very excited that spiketail (Stachyurus praecox), a seldom-seen shrub, is currently in full glorious bloom on the west...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: Cornelian cherry (<i>Cornus mas</i>) is ready to shine

Paul’s Plant Pick: Cornelian cherry (Cornus mas) is ready to shine

When one thinks of yellow, spring- flowering shrubs in the garden, plants such as Witchhazel (Hamamelis) and Forsythia come to mind. A lesser-known and seldom-seen beauty is Cornus mas, the Cornelian...

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Paul’s Plant Pick: A Feeding Frenzy!

Paul’s Plant Pick: A Feeding Frenzy!

Having spent the last 15 days setting up and being at Canada Blooms, I have had little opportunity for my routine walks through the TBG gardens. So on Monday morning I was amazed to see the changes...

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