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In Praise of the Glorious, Ordinary Azalea

Azaleas are fantastically useful plants that can solve all kinds of landscape problems. Yet, I often get the same negative response when I suggest them to gardeners, “oh I don’t want azaleas, they’re already all over the place.” I’m always baffled by this, because all kinds of things that are “regular“ are amazingly beautiful just…
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The Ever-Illusive Rex Begonia

It is strange to think of plants falling either in or out of fashion like a high-waisted pair of jeans. The once highly sought-after Rex Begonia is now a resurgent nod to the Victorian Era where exotic indoor greenery was the obsession of every esteemed socialite in a petticoat. I never assumed them to be…
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