If you ever promised yourself a rose garden, turn to Jackson & Perkins for roses, perennials, gardening equipment and accessories. For more than a century, Jackson & Perkins has been selling roses; today this grower cultivates over 5,000 acres of rose fields in California's San Joaquin Valley. Shoppers can choose from climbing roses, tree roses, Floribunda, miniature roses, shrub roses, English roses, groundcover roses, and hybrid tea roses. For the beginner, there are easy roses like the hardy Raspberry Swirl Shrub, and for the experts, there are exclusive roses like the fragrant Summer Samba Var: JAC sumre. Add a glow to your garden with the Night Lights Collection of 3 luminescent plant varieties. Rest assured that these horticultural professionals stand behind their products; every Jackson & Perkins plant is guaranteed to grow. Close-up: Jackson & Perkins has a fine selection of flowers and gardening accessories and a prize-winning collection of roses.
"White Flower Farm, of Litchfield, Connecticut, is a family-owned nursery that has sold annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants for more than 50 years and grows most of the plants it sells. If you are looking for a specific flower, you can locate it in the alphabetized Plant Index, or if you want information on a species, check out the Cultural Guide; you will find both features and more information in the Garden Wisdom section. Want to attract butterflies? Try the Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome. And don't choose just one annual when you can have the Summer Sensation Collection, a combination of three sun-loving varieties. Visit the Kitchen Garden for fruit, vegetable, and herb plants. When you reach your selection, with the usual information on planting Zones and bloom time, White Flower Farms offers a Compatible Companions feature that suggests plants that would make good neighbors or containers that complement your selection's floral assets. Close-up: If you want fair and fragrant flowers, White Flower Farm has the plants, supplies, and useful features to help your garden grow.
As their name implies, Dutch Gardens cultivates an enormous selection of tulips, shipped from Holland, and other plants, too. Vibrantly colored Parrot tulips and lacy edged Fringed tulips are just two of the 97 varieties, all inspected by the U.S. and Dutch Departments of Agriculture. To keep your yard blooming all spring, choose collections of Double Late and Double Early tulips. Grouping them according to Fall Planting or Spring Planting, Dutch Gardens offers a spectrum of bulbs and plants to peruse from crocuses to daffodils, begonias to peonies. Add a splash of sweet spring colors to borders and containers with the magnificent Pastel Hyacinths or fall for the dreamy peach flowers of the Miniature Amaryllis, "Moviestar." Close-up: Terrific tulips and plants from Holland are Dutch Gardens' specialty.
For folks who long for a meadow to call their own, American Meadows will customize a wildflower mixture just for you, in consultation with their staff horticulturist. Regional seed mixtures and special use mixes, such as Partial Shade, are another option. If you hanker for a specific species out of the 70 American Meadows offers, you will find it listed by its Botanical Name (in Latin) and its Common Name (in English). Who could resist the sweet Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophilia menziesii) or the sultry Black-Eyed Susan (rudbekia herta)? For children and the novice gardener, the award winning 5-Packet Seed Collections, like Medicinal Plants, Gourmet Pepper Collection, and Kid's Butterfly Garden Kit, are an affordable and rewarding choice. An irresistible pick-me-up are their Mini-Packets, slightly smaller than a regular seed packet; at 50 cents apiece, can easily find their way into thank-you notes or invitations and make gracious wedding favors. Close-up: Take a walk on the wild side with the wonderful assortment of wildflowers at American Meadows.
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