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Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - Contents - By Dorothy Dob­bie


Aunt Molly’s ground cher­ries. If you know where to look, you'll find these fel­lows grow­ing wild. They are tasty fruits wrapped in brown pa­per and of­ten used as gar­nish, al­though they are de­li­cious raw, in jams, pies and pre­serves. Will store for up to four weeks.

Can­dle­fire okra. Not only does this okra defy logic by be­ing red in­stead of green, it has no ribs like other okra. Still, it has great taste and tex­ture. Red pods ap­pear on red stems. Skyreach toma­toes. What’s new about an­other tomato? Its stripes. This small fruit is split-re­sis­tant and an ex­cel­lent slicer. Turk­ish orange egg plant. Add a lit­tle nov­elty to your veg­gie gar­den. You can eat this one when it’s still green, but wait­ing for orange is its own re­ward.


Bi­dens ‘Camp­fire Fire­burst’. A short, mounded beauty of gold with orange-topped petals. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall for all lovers of tidy, mounded plants.

Cal­i­bra­choa ‘Su­per­bells Blue Moon Punch’ will have your gar­den on trend with the colour of the year. Mauve petals deep­en­ing to dark pur­ple with a yel­low eye, this is a lovely ad­di­tion to the pot­ted gar­den.

Dahlia ‘Dha­light­ful Crushed Crim­son’ is a stun­ner with dark green, al­most black leaves set­ting off two-

toned bur­gundy blooms with raised golden cen­tres. Bred to have no tu­bers, they oc­ca­sion­ally pro­duce one or two, so it’s worth the search to see if you can over­win­ter them. Dead­head to en­cour­age new flow­ers. Os­teosper­mum ‘Bright Lights Dou­ble Moon

Glow’. Just when you thought they had reached the pin­na­cle of os­teosper­mum plant breed­ing, along comes this dreamy, semi-dou­ble ver­sion in cream and lemonyel­low. It’s low grow­ing, 10 to 12 inches and mounded. No dead­head­ing re­quired. The only stip­u­la­tion: no wet feet, please. And fer­til­ize it to keep it com­ing.

Salvia ‘Rockin' Playin’ the Blues’. The ca­lyx on the spikes of this plant has the lovely habit of re­main­ing dark blue even af­ter the flower petals have fallen off. A mag­net for bees, but­ter­flies and hum­mers, it grows 24 to 36 inches tall. A sea­sonal trim­ming will cause the plant to branch out and re­ward with even more flow­ers.

Salvia Rockin’ ‘Deep Pur­ple’. If you love salvia ‘Blue and Black’, then you will want to try this ver­sion in pur­ple, with its con­trast­ing black ca­lyces. It, too, loves birds, bees and but­ter­flies and will re­sponse to trim­ming with more bushi­ness and flow­ers. Fer­til­ize.

Thun­ber­gia ‘Tan­ger­ine Slice A-Peel’ doesn’t seem to know when to stop grow­ing. The vines can reach 90 inches in a sea­son. Give them 18 to 24 inches of space to grow in and watch them climb the chain in a hang­ing plant.


As­cle­pias ‘Carmine Rose’. Still try­ing to save the monarch but­ter­fly? Be sure to get this lovely milk­weed. It grows three feet tall and the flow­ers are also lovely in the cut­ting gar­den or in dried ar­range­ments. T&T Seeds.

Carex ‘Ever­color Ever­sheen’. Here is a show­stop­per carex with its grassy leaves of dark green edg­ing lemon­lime leaves. It’s happy in sun and shade and grows just 14 inches tall. It does spread when happy, but very slowly. Plant it next to Carex ‘Ba­nana Boat’, and bring out the lime tones. Both are deer re­sis­tant.

Gail­lar­dia ‘Sun Devil’. The charm here is in the ruf­fled

petals that al­most look torn on this bright per­former. It doesn’t like clay soils, pre­fer­ring sandy, well-drained con­di­tions. It’s a clump-grow­ing plant only 10 inches tall.

Goats­beard ‘Chan­tilly Lace’. For those of you with small gar­dens or a yen for small peren­ni­als, Chan­tilly Lace goats­beard is the per­fect an­swer. It reaches 30 to 32 inches tall. In cooler zones, you can grow it in full sun or if you are deeper south, give it a lit­tle af­ter­noon shade. Blooms early to mid sum­mer and best of all, it is deer re­sis­tant. He­me­ro­cal­lis ‘Siloam Dou­ble Clas­sic’. Clear peach, semi-dou­ble blos­soms will en­chant the sum­mer gar­den.

This beauty has won many awards over the years with its fra­grant flow­ers. Plant in sun. Zones 3 to 9. He­me­ro­cal­lis Rain­bow Rhythm ‘Storm Shel­ter’.

For lovers of the deep-toned daylilies that per­form best in sun­light, this smaller daylily will not over­take your gar­den at just 20 to 24 inches tall and wide, but it has gor­geous two-toned, pur­ple-coloured, five-inch blos­soms aris­ing from loose, strappy fo­liage.

Heuchera ‘Lime Ruf­fles’. Bril­liant lime fo­liage lights up any cor­ner. This one-inch heuchera will send plumes of white flow­ers up 24 inches – but you grow it for the glow­ing leaves.

Hosta ‘White Feather’. From Breck’s, this nov­elty hosta comes up white in spring­time then grad­u­ally turns green, start­ing with the veins and spread­ing over the leaf. The flow­ers are mauve. You can eat the hos­tons (the emerg­ing un­furled leaves). Keep it in the shade. Hy­drangea ‘In­vin­ci­belle Mini Mau­vette’. Avail­able from T&T Seeds. Large mop­head flow­ers in a deep mauve-vi­o­let. Blooms on very strong stems start­ing early sum­mer through fall. Per­fectly happy in zone 3, it grows only three feet tall and wide in full sun. Om­phalodes cap­pado­cia ‘Starry Eyes’. Brecks al­ways searches out the un­usual and beau­ti­ful and this is no ex­cep­tion. A mound­ing plant suit­able for the rock gar­den or planter. Its un­ap­peal­ing com­mon name is navel­wort. 12 to 18 inches. Phlox ‘Cloud­burst’. A mounded peren­nial phlox hardy to zone 4. It is 26 to 28 inches tall and blooms most of the sum­mer. Now there’s a win­ner! Give it lots of air cir­cu­la­tion as you tidy gar­den­ers like to do and fer­til­ize it to keep it bloom­ing.

Prim­ula vul­garis ‘Be­la­r­ina Amethyst Ice’. The early spring gar­den is the gar­den that glad­dens the heart, and this prim­ula, with its amethyst-blue flow­ers edged in white, will make you glad to be alive in the early days af­ter the snow melts. It’s fra­grant, too. Just seven inches tall, it will bloom for up to four weeks when planted in cool moist soil. Be sure to plant so that the crowns are above the soil. It is hardy zone 4 to 8. Also look for ‘Cobalt Blue’. Rosa Oso Easy ‘Hot Pa­prika’. We’ve in­tro­duced you to Osos Easy roses in the past, but this year vivid orange is hard to come by. Your Pa­prika rose will bloom and re­bloom all sum­mer and grows only 12 to 24 inches tall. Of course it blooms on new wood. Veron­ica ‘Bi-colour Ex­plo­sion’. Fat spikes of laven­der-colour blos­soms rise 24 to 28 inches in bright sun­light. Veron­ica al­ways charms, adding tex­ture to the gar­den.


Acer gin­nala ‘Atomic’. A shrubby maple grow­ing four to five feet tall and wide. This globe-shaped plant is green in sum­mer turn­ing a bril­liant red in fall. Hardy to zone 2. Y

Pea 'Pa­tio Pride'. Can­dle­fire okra.

Turk­ish orange egg plant.

Skyreach toma­toes.

Aunt Molly’s ground cher­ries.

Dahlia ‘Dha­light­ful Crushed Crim­son’.

Bi­dens ‘Camp­fire Fire­burst’.

Salvia ‘Rockin' Playin’ the Blues’.

Os­teosper­mum ‘Bright Lights Dou­ble Moon Glow’.

Cal­i­bra­choa ‘Su­per­bells Blue Moon Punch’.

Thun­ber­gia ‘Tan­ger­ine Slice A-Peel’ .

Salvia ‘Rockin’ Deep Pur­ple’.

As­cle­pias ‘Carmine Rose’.

Goats beard 'Chan­til­lly Lace'.

Carex ‘Ever­color Ever­sheen’.

Gail­lar­dia ‘Sun Devil’.

Daylily Rain­bow Rhythm ® 'Storm Shel­ter'.

Heuchera ‘Lime Ruf­fles’.

He­me­ro­cal­lis ‘Siloam Dou­ble Clas­sic’.

Om­phalodes cap­pado­cica ‘Starry Eyes’.

Rosa ‘Oso Easy Hot Pa­prika’.

Hy­drangea ‘In­vin­ci­belle Mini Mau­vette’.

Acer gin­nala ‘Atomic’.

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