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Ontario 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 lo­cal­gar­dener.net

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.

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’.

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