SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE,

Country Gardens - - Gardener’s Bookshelf - WRIT­TEN BY MARY ANN NEWCOMER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY BRIE PASSANO

heir­loom flow­ers are here to stay. Dozens of these beau­ties are fea­tured in Grow­ing Heir­loom Flow­ers: Bring the Vin­tage Beauty of Her­itage Blooms to Your Mod­ern Gar­den (Chris Mclaugh­lin, Cool Springs Press, $25.00). Some of these plants have been loved by our fa­vorite gar­den­ers, in­clud­ing our great- and greater-grand­par­ents. They have sur­vived for gen­er­a­tions be­cause they are sturdy, drought-tol­er­ant, and easy to grow. Now, mak­ing a grand come­back and tak­ing cen­ter stage, many of these pass-along plants are pop­ping up in mod­ern gar­dens. Sweet peas, stock, pe­onies, and Ger­man bearded iris are loved for their ex­quis­ite fra­grances and pow­er­ful sen­ti­men­tal value. Mclaugh­lin goes be­yond the vase, too, with de­tailed in­struc­tions and recipes. Gather your BFFS and make marigold-dyed silk scarves. Mix up rub-a-dub beauty scrubs for the face and your bath. De­light­ful frozen-flower ice cubes will make a stan­dard pitcher of lemon­ade party-fes­tive. For­ever gifts of pressed flower ar­range­ments in frames make lov­ing re­mem­brances, too.

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