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Namesake Gifts For The Holidays

Namesake plant gifts are easy to send and are usually well received.

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Phlox paniculata ‘Laura’.

I just ordered a gift of some daffodil bulbs for a friend who is a fan of Sir Winston Churchill. This variety of daffodil, ‘Winston Churchill’, is a robust grower and ideal for naturalizing. It produces multiple double, white flowers that have orange touches, and they are long lasting and fragrant.

I also ordered Phlox ‘Laura’, which is mildew resistant with purple flowers that have white eyes, for a gardening friend called Laura.

If you know someone who gardens called David, I recommend as a gift for him Phlox paniculata ‘David’, a classic variety that is free flowering and vigorous.

There is also a handsome burgundy-red Dianthus called ‘Desmond’, and a magenta perennial geranium with a maroon center called ‘Patricia’, if those names are included on your gift-giving list.

I was going to give Lamium ‘White Nancy’ to a friend, but then I remembered that the common name of Lamium is dead nettle, so I bought my Nancy a garden center gift card instead.

However, I highly recommend heirloom roses websites if you know a Beverly, Tiffany, Monica, Cynthia, or Violet, or if you need a wedding gift. Just order now and present a card that says delivery will occur next spring.

Namesake plant gifts are easy to send and are usually well received.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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