Making a Garden

Camelot Mix foxgloves (Photo from Veseys)

Perennials that bloom the first year from seed

Judith Adam

Sowing seed indoors during deepest winter can prompt some perennials into blooming in their first season. How to grow perennials that bloom the first year from seed.

Stephanotis plants can be coaxed to rebloom. (Photo by Forest & Kim Starr [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Secrets to growing a stephanotis vine

Judith Adam

A pot of white stephanotis vine (Madagascar jasmine) with clusters of deeply perfumed flowers can become a lovely vine grown in a container.

‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone blooms in mid-September. (Photo from

‘Honorine Jobert’ is a lovely late Japanese anemone

Judith Adam

The sparkling white ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese anemone begins flowering about the middle of September, and is a Judith Adam favourite. Its tall stature gives it architectural presence.


Hummingbirds love the nectar from turtlehead

Judith Adam

Pink turtlehead, sometimes called twisted shell flower, are showy plants that provide nectar loved by hummingbirds. They prefer nectar over sugar water.

Mildew-resistant lilacs

Judith Adam

Dealing with powdery mildew on lilacs can require replacing them with mildew-resistant cultivars. Mildew spores are active in late summer.

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