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a mad scientist, searching out plants that most people have

never seen before & figuring out how to make them perform.- The Boston Globe

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or just about any other place where concrete consumes

the dirt and skyscrapers shield the sunshine.- USA Today


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Louis tries to capture the exact words to describe the fleeting but deep pleasures to be found in these Summer-into-Autumn incredibles.


New Gardening to Do!

Allergic to bees? You can still have an exciting garden, full of flowers and color and wildlife.


Plant Profiles

Elegant New Foliage of Tellmann's Honeysuckle

Nearly seven year ago, I introduced Tellmann's honeysuckle via its June calling card: large sprays of mango-orange flowers. Yum! But in still-chilly April, the promise of such luscious beauty is cold comfort. No matter: Tellmann's sophisticated young foliage—plum and burgundy netted with green—is a worthy beckon out into the bracing weather.  


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Emerging sprays of leaves are held upright, like brazen cold-weather butterflies.  


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Shivering showers (hello April!) bedazzle young leaves like Swarovski crystals.


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Foliage of the honeysuckles that flower in warm weather tends toward an early as well as colorful debut in spring. (New foliage of Mandarin honeysuckle is particularly dark—truly a wine/burgundy.) I'll report on emerging foliage of all my current honeysuckles—L. japonica 'Aureoreticulata' and 'Gold Nancy'; L. reticulata 'Kintzley's Ghost'; L. periclymenum 'Belgica', 'Harlequin', and 'Belgica'; L. x purpusii 'Winter Beauty', L. sempervirens 'Toison d'Or'; L. standishii 'Platt Garden Form'; and L. tragophylla—in quest of colorful juvenile foliage to highlight.




Here's how to grow Tellmann's honeysuckle, as well as pictures of its sumptuous flowers.

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