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Laguna Sky Blue is a new heat-resistant lobelia (Photo from Proven Winners)

Heat-proof lobelias

A second generation of breeding has produced heat-proof lobelias. Lobelias have intensely blue cascading flowers for hanging baskets or as an upright form.

Mourning cloak butterfly. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Peonies and butterflies

This morning I found the heavily budded peonies (those without ring supports) splat on the ground, victims of overhead irrigation.

Italian honeysuckle is blooming later than usual. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Off schedule: Italian honeysuckle

Italian honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium, Zone 6, possibly Zone 5 with protection) is finally in flower, and is quite late this year.

Plant ideas

Gardens to Visit

Kingsbrae operates a lovely café, tempting garden shop and a plant nursery.

Kingsbrae Garden in charming St. Andrews

From the moment she arrived at Kingsbrae Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Lorraine Flanigan’s camera didn’t stop clicking. This 27-acre garden opened in 1998.

Food to Grow

Mahonia developing berries (Photo by Carol Pope)

Growing food where deer roam

It’s a big challenge growing food where deer roam daily, grazing and razing every palatable morsel to the ground. Carol Pope suggests edibles to grow.

TIPS & TECHNIQUES

Starting Seeds Indoors tips

Starting seeds indoors

Growing new plants from seeds is one of the most gratifying experiences a gardener can have. Get your free copy of Starting Seeds Indoors Tips.

Lilacs perform well in clay soil

Coping with clay soil

Clay soil can be difficult it can be to work with. It’s sticky and wet in the spring, and brick-hard in summer.