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Rio Yellow Purslane at Variety Trial in 2012 at Missouri State University.

Rio portulaca for hot spots

Rio portulaca plants are now on Judith Adam’s front walk gallery of ornamental plants because the location is too hot for tomatoes in containers.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' (Photo from Walters Gardens, Inc.)

‘Blue Paradise’ summer phlox

The ‘Blue Paradise’ summer phlox (Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’) is lavishly blooming in Judith’s sunny front bed. It’s a cultivar bred for mildew resistance.

Plant ideas


Plant picks: More favourites

Our roundup of favourite plants comes from freelance writer Lorraine Flanigan who asked gardeners to pick just one plant. More that didn’t fit in magazine.

Gardens to Visit

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.


Dominion rose

The joys of sharing plants

Nova Scotia gardener Jim Smith shows the joy of sharing plants with a Dominion Day rose. Its red-and-white striped buds normally open on Canada Day.