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Time to fall in love with rhododendrons

  Williamsianum Taurus Sappho PJM Ken Janeck Cinnabarium Impeditum Hotei Dora Amateis Augustinii 10 OF THE BEST FOR YOUR GARDEN AND WHERE TO GO TO SEE MORE April and May are prime months to see rhododendrons at their best. Since it has been such a cool, sunless...
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Hurrah for Garden Starters

I just received by shipment of "plug plants" packages from Garden Starters, the mail-out service provided by DeVry's Greenhouses, of Chilliwack. This is a new service that allows you to select annuals, herbs and vegetables...

Exciting new plants for spring

Looking for some new plants to add to your garden this spring? Here are some new varieties being offered by Heritage Perennials, of Abbotsford, one of the prime suppliers of top notch perennials to...
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Changing faces

During my 26 years as garden writer at The Vancouver Sun, I changed my logo quite a few times and also went through a number of different looks. Here's a fun look over my many...

A little shocker for some summer fun

What’s the quirkiest plant on the shelves this spring? It could well be the “electric daisy” (Acmella oleracea), possibly the hottest novelty plant of 2017 that also is known as the toothache plant. This also...
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Marvellous magnolia season

We make a big fuss over cherry blossoms in Vancouver. But we ought to be making just as much fuss about magnolias since they are just as magnificent. Some years ago, I planted a beautiful Yellow Bird magnolia...

Two perfect plants for Canada’s 150th

Want to do a special planting for Canada Day this year? Here are a couple of plants that are being marketed this spring specifically to appeal to those gardeners who want to show their patriotism...

10 heavenly hostas

Hadspen Blue Francee Patriot June Sum and Substance I love hostas. They look fantastic in the garden. But they also look terrific in containers. I grow too many of them. Scattered all over the garden. But I love seeing...

Upcoming England-Wales-Ireland Tour

Next month, I will be leading two back-to-back garden tours to England, North Wales, Ireland and then to the Chelsea Flower Show in London. Each day of these tours I will be posting stories and...

My 10 favourite trees

Styrax japonicus (Japanese snowbell tree) Looking for a superb, moderate-growing, small tree for your garden, you can do no better than to pick the graceful snowbell tree. This exceptionally handsome deciduous tree is an excellent...

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