SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE,
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.