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Peppermint Twist- I have a great time growing different amaryllis stating in the fall every year. I give a lot away at Xmas that have started to bloom, but I always have some late bloomers to last me through the winter. Some of mine are spiking now in late March.

intense and peppermint

sometimes i add the boo-yah and sometimes the flowers just have their own. these lilies seem to pop with just a regular flashlight and some green lantern-type lighting. i have struggled to find the right combo with these flowers and i'm really liking this. stay tuned for more. SOOC.

Maria Stern Sub Zero Rose: They will survive temperatures to -20 degrees without protection

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Buy 2 or more, only $11.99 each! Sub Zero Roses were introduced in the 50's by famous rose breeder Dr. Brownell in Rhode Island. They will survive temperatures to -20 degrees without protection. These hybrid tea roses have stunning fragrance with large 4-5" blooms that will cover the plants all summer long, well into the fall. They make excellent cut flowers for those summer bouquets. Maria Stern has salmon-orange blooms with scalloped edges. Extremely hardy rose that thrives in well-drained…

Clematis Franziska Marie - gorgeous, would be really gorgeous in any of the current pots for around the pool that aren't looking so hot...I will plant (special needs for planting and then they are really hardy, last through winter, and you will have them for a long time. In Bloom May-Fall!

Clematis Franziska Marie

Here is the baby picture of the Clematis Franziska Marie I planted this morning. Raymond Evison named this cultivar after his youngest da...

Are your roses ready for winter? In zones 6 and below, water your roses deeply (about 18 inches) after the first frost.   Pull off any remaining leaves and pile soil over your rose so that it covers the bud union by one foot. Once the ground has frozen, cover the mound of soil with mulch about a foot thick.  Get more tips from Noelle, including how to care for roses in zones 7 - 9, on the Birds and Blooms Blog.

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Looking for help growing roses in our sometimes inhospitable Wisconsin climate? Here are profiles of twelve major classes of roses which include plants that are disease resistant or fully hardy without winter protection. Traditional and newer methods for winter protection are discussed: such as tipping and burying the plant

Honeyberry: Hardy to zone 3.  Pest and disease resistant. Foliage is silver-green, then lemon yellow in the fall.  It has ripe fruit about mid-May. Wait for the berries that taste like blueberries to turn dark blue. Shrub will fruit about three weeks.  Grows 5-7'  tall and wide. Prefers part sun. Plant at least two. Water weekly, and every two weeks in the winter. Little to no pruning. Fertilize in early spring.  'Berry Blue', Blue Forest (3 feet), and 'Blue Belle' are excellent cultivators.

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Dahlia "Nick Sr." Gorgeous red blooms with petals that ruffle and turn, showing off the  white-gold reverse on the backside of each petal. Strong, sturdy bush  with a very upright growing habit. dig and store during winter in colder zones. (New this Season '13)

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Lonicera japonica 'purpurea' (Japanese Honeysuckle Vine) - This vine will be evergreen in zone 6 and warmer, and semi-evergreen in zone 5, but worth it for its year round interest.  From May to September it produces large flowers that open white and turn to yellow with red edges over bronze-tinged foliage.  In winter the leaves become dark bronze.  Can spread to 30' feet but more likely 15'.  Can be invasive in the warmest southern areas but not in the central or northern areas.

Lonicera japonica 'purpurea' (Japanese Honeysuckle Vine) - This vine will be evergreen in zone 6 and warmer, and semi-evergreen in zone 5, but worth it for its year round interest. From May to September it produces large flowers that open white and turn to yellow with red edges over bronze-tinged foliage. In winter the leaves become dark bronze. Can spread to 30' feet but more likely 15'. Can be invasive in the warmest southern areas but not in the central or northern areas.

Rare Oxalis Versicolor - 3 Bulbs - Welcome spring with easy-to-grow bulbs that actually bloom inside during winter months!      Unique trumpet-shaped, red and white striped blossoms add curb appeal     Grow 9"-12" tall with 1" flowers     Perennials     Plant in sun or shade     Includes 6" container

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Whiskey Mac. Want a real challenge? Try growing this hybrid tea bush. It suffers from disease, dies back terribly in winter and needs a perfect site. However, if you take all the precautions, hill it up big time for the winter and pamper it like a new born baby, you will get the most amazing amber colored blooms with an unusual but intoxicating fragrance that will fill the garden with scent.

Whiskey Mac. Want a real challenge? Try growing this hybrid tea bush. It suffers from disease, dies back terribly in winter and needs a perfect site. However, if you take all the precautions, hill it up big time for the winter and pamper it like a new born baby, you will get the most amazing amber colored blooms with an unusual but intoxicating fragrance that will fill the garden with scent.

A good container plant for the sun room/conservatory that will flower to early winter. Clematis Pistachio also grows well through evergreen wall trained shrubs in the garden. Winter hardy to -10 degrees.     Flowering:    Early summer to autumn  Site:    South or west facing  Height:    2 - 2.5m (6-8ft)  Pruning:    Hard prune in early spring  Collection:    Garland®

Clematis Pistachio ™

Clematis Pistachio within the Garland collection.

Cytisus x praecox x Paulette

36" tall x 36-60" wide. A fantastic hybrid broom with large, bright orange-red flowers blooming in late spring, 'Paulette' is a showstopper. Bright green stems give the plant nice winter interest. Best in hot, dry planting sites, this is an outstanding Old World flowering shrub. Not for sale to CA, WA and OR. Low fertility, well drained soil.