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The 6 Best Summer-Flowering Bulbs

Summer bulbs can offer some of the most stunning summer flowers.  Summer Bulbs will give you years of perennial bloom and more bang for your investment bucks!
1. CrocosmiaCrocosmia is an exotic, beautiful plant that's a cinch to grow. Its summertime flowers appear in a cluster like freesias in dazzling shades of red, orange, and yellow. The swordlike foliage is handsome, too. Plus, it's a great cut flower.
How to Grow It:  Crocosmia grows best in full sun and moist but well-drained soil. Zones 6-9.



2. Dahlia
Dahlias are one of the most versatile bulbs for the summer garden. Dwarf types of this summer flower reach only a few inches tall; the monster "dinnerplate" varieties grow more than 6 feet (and feature flowers bigger than your head). Dahlia blooms come in nearly every color of the rainbow and a range of flower forms -- from daisy-like singles to more alienesque quilled types.
How to Grow Them: Dahlias appreciate a spot with full sun and moist but well-drained soil. …

Not Your Grandmothers Hollyhocks!

Hollyhocks have come a long way baby!How many of us have fond memories of eight foot tall hollyhocks growing against Grandma's fence... gardening is in great part an exercise in recreating the beautiful moments in our lives. They've seen a lot of history in the last 300 years -- those lilacs, and hollyhocks, foxgloves and Johnny jump-ups that have graced our gardens since before America lit its first birthday candle. No other plant has flourished with such persistent vigor, despite the handicaps of general neglect, poor soil, rust disease and drought that it has often had to suffer.  The hollyhocks survived when many more tender plants could not abide the rigors of late spring and early autumn frosts, burning noon-day sun, and persistent drought; and so they became the favorites; seed was shared; and soon, as one of my aged neighbors has said, "Everyone had hollyhocks." Year after year its strong spikes of gaily-colored blossoms have continued to gladden the dooryar…

10 Striking Rare Climbing Roses You Must Plant

Climbing roses not only give you more bangs for your buck, but they add dimension, form and interest to your cottage garden. The big box stores, unfortunately do not carry these multi floral varieties. All those listed here are double, repeat blooming and delightfully fragrant, and the best feature is, they are all in my garden. These roses are all hardy and vigorous growers, even novice gardeners can grow these.1. Abraham Darby bears large, deeply cupped blooms in shades of pink, apricot and yellow and, in spite of their size, they continue to be produced for the remainder of the season. They have a rich, fruity fragrance with a refreshing sharpness. ‘Abraham Darby’ is an excellent, vigorous, medium-sized shrub. It has a bushy, arching habit and large, polished, rather modern leaves; flower, growth and leaf are all in proportion and never clumsy. Sort Climber 6-8 ft.2.  Goldilocks:  An excellent re-blooming sport of the shrub rose, Goldilocks. Few better climbing yellow roses have be…

Mme. Alfred Carrière a Mighty Climbing Old Garden Rose

There are few white climbing roses to rival ‘Mme. Alfred Carrière’ in performance. It bears large, cupped, creamy white blooms tinged with pink, which have a sweet tea rose fragrance. The mighty climber has virtually no thorns on its pencil thin stalks.  The flowers have a loose, informal shape and depending on your growing zone, it starts blooming anyhere between April to July. The first blush of blooms are magnificient and it continues to flower with great regularity until late in the season. 


This is a healthy, reliable and hardy climber with plentiful foliage. The growth is very vigorous and upright. to 20ft.
The rose was introduced 1875 by Schwartz and classed as a Noisette though the full blooms of this rose are more of a Bourbon or Hybrid Tea in shape. The flowers are intensely fragrant, cupped, and double opening and the palest of pinks, then cooling to creamy white. "Madame Alfred" will create a vertical focal point in any garden. It's nearly thornless canes make …

9 Ever Blooming Flowers for Your Summer Garden

Who doesn’t enjoy flowering plants? Their intoxicating scents, eye-popping colors, fancy shapes and textures are truly beautiful. Yet, with so many flowers for the garden and types of flower gardens that can be grown, where does one start. These unfussy, long-lived plants pump out beautiful foliage and flowers year after year. Plant in fall or spring when cooler temperatures help them get a healthy start.Nicotiana is a genus of herbaceous plants and shrubs of the familySolanaceae, that is indigenous to the Americas, Australia, south west Africa and the South Pacific. Various Nicotiana species, commonly referred to as tobacco plants, are cultivated as ornamental garden plants.  Nicotianas were popular in early America and were planted by Thomas Jefferson. This tall variety produces flowers that open in the day; the colors range: pink, red, lavender, rose, and white. These are easy to grow and cause a splash of color.Named after the ape-like rare creature that legend says inhabits the H…

10 Unusual Colored Roses for Your Garden

'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.'  ~ from Romeo and Juliet by ShakespeareAmerica's most popular flower is also one of the very oldest flowers in cultivation. There are over 2,000 different rose varieties to lure us with their history and fragrance. This is because the rose, like the orchid, cross-breeds readily—a trait exploited first by nature, and then by horticulturalists. Today, we can choose from old-fashioned favorites, as well as modern varieties that are the result of intensive breeding programs throughout the world. The rose is a flower with a rich past, and an exciting future. The important thing is to select a rose that you find beautiful, and that suits your garden. Through hybridization some very  exciting unusual colored roses have been created and made available to the public. Below I have listed the 10 most different colorations in my opinion.  Enjoy.1.  IRISH CREME:  Hybrid Tea, Bred by Astor Perry (United States, 1999).
Introduced in United…